Posted: 16/01/2015 at 18:36
Further thoughts - could you persuade a large local GC to 'sponsor' the project?
A couple of sacks of compost, some seeds & maybe a mini greenhouse would set them back less than £50. It would get your project off to a flying start & they might be pleased for the publicity if the local press got to hear about it. Even if they only gave you £5 worth of stuff it's better than nothing. A local allotment group might also help.
I do also think it's worth roping in parents and teachers. Anyone who is a gardener might have left over seeds or spare cloches they would donate / lend to the cause. Perhaps somebody will have some surplus seedlings (or will sow extra) that can be planted out in a few weeks time.
Gardeners always have spare plant pots they can donate & kids can collect & wash yoghurt pots. I quite like the idea of making their own too.
I also like the idea of using the next couple of weeks for planning & designing the plot - children need to learn that a methodical approach will usually produce the best results.
I do think you need to explain the problem to whoever has dictated this timetable. Fair enough if the funds are only available till April - you can buy everything you need before then and get the project well underway by then. But you cannot possibly be expected to have a plot ready for harvesting by then. I hope you are not being asked to do that!!!