Raising money using your school garden

Information sheet

Use these ideas to raise money using your school garden. Involve your pupils and use produce and plants from the garden. 

  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): English, Maths, Art&DT

Ideas for fund-raising in schools using the school garden

Vegetable, fruit and plant sales

  • Sell surplus crops to staff and parents, have a garden produce sales table in the school reception 
  • Hold pick-your-own days in an established fruit garden
  • Sell surplus plants such as tomatoes, pumpkins, salads, herbs and strawberry plants grown from runners
  • Take cuttings of fruit bushes and other plants in the school garden and grow on to sell
  • Make up bunches of fresh flowers or herbs ( don't forget to stand in water)
  • Grow flowers or bedding from plug plants. For plants to be ready for sale in the summer term, it is best to buy small plug plants rather than starting from seed. Pot them on into 9cm pots, grow on and sell at a summer fair. Schools must have sufficient indoor space (a greenhouse or cold frame) to keep the plants protected until they can be hardened off.
  • Consider approaching local food outlets to see if they would buy school grown produce such as salad leaves, herbs or edible flowers.
  • Approach your local market or farmers market and see if they will allow you to hold a stall there occasionally, this is a great way of engaging your local community.

Processed fruit and vegetables

  • Garlic and herb oils, jams, chutneys
  • Carrot cake, courgette cake, beetroot cake
  • Recipe cards or recipe books with vegetables for sale in a priced bag
  • Remember to comply with food hygeine regulations and list the ingredients for allergens 

Seasonal events

Spring term 

  • Scarecrow event, make your own scarecrow
  • Potato day - buy in seed potatoes for sale. Cook tasty potato dishes
  • Plant sale of spring veg and flowers
  • Worm tea in small bottles – makes good liquid fertiliser
  • Make your own plant container – craft day of painting and decorating a container – plant up with flowers or vegetables

Summer term

  • Sell vegetable, herbs and fruit harvest
  • Strawberry fair
  • Edible hanging baskets and containers
  • Organise a party using produce from the apple picking and pressing day

Autumn term

  • Apple bobbing
  • Bulb planting day – charge for bulbs
  • Make your own seed packets for sale
  • Seed swap events
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Make Lavender bags using the dried flowers collected in the summer

Winter and Christmas

  • Christmas craft events
  • Make Christmas decorations and wreaths to sell or charge for craft workshops
  • Plant up containers with bulbs for sale
  • Bird feeders for the garden

School fairs

  • A useful event to sell produce and plants but you can also run stalls with seed sowing activities, guess the weight of the pumpkin, lucky dip with a gardening twist (hide prizes in a bag of compost). 
  • Feely boxes – cut a hand-sized hole in a series of cardboard boxes and hide a vegetable or fruit in each box – children have to guess the name of the vegetable just by feeling it!
  • Children can produce care instructions (including a photo of the plant in flower) so customers know what they are buying. They should do a costing exercise to ensure that they make sufficient profit on each plant sold.

Open days 

  • Charge an entrance fee
  • Garden tours with produce tasting
  • Wildlife gardens; offer pond dipping as a supervised activity.

Non-uniform day

  • Ask pupils to bring in £1 towards the gardening project in exchange for not wearing uniform. Or ask them to bring in a plant or produce from home that can then be sold at a school fête in aid of the garden.

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