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Young Islington gardeners in CBBC documentary

PUBLISHED: 13:33 22 February 2012 | UPDATED: 13:39 22 February 2012

Malique proudly showing off his fresh veg

Malique proudly showing off his fresh veg

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King’s Cross may not appear to be the most fertile of areas to grow fruit and veg but this is exactly what six teenagers did last summer.

My Life: The Home Grown Boys is a CBBC documentary following six boys, aged 12 to 15 from the Caledonian Road area, as they attempt to turn a packet of seeds and some skip bins, into a profit.

Malique Howe, 13, Abel Batantu, 13, Yorn Addis, 15, Chelsea Sabine, 14 Abel Tesfay, 16 and Tevin Alebiosu, 16, planned to make £500 by selling their home-grown products and hosting a BBQ at the end of the summer – charging £10 a head.

The first step for the lads was to undertake market research in the King’s Cross area, talking to shop and café owners and investigating the demand for organic produce.

They showed natural flare for business and secured an impressive list of clients including the Guardian, King’s Cross Hotel and the Rotunda Restaurant in King’ Place.

They then pitched their idea to eco-charity Global Generation and won £150 to spend on seeds and equipment.

For the next two weeks the boys sowed seeds, tended their seedlings, and maintained their vegetables and herbs under the watchful eye of, Copenhagen Youth Group youth worker, Steve Griffith.

He said “These kids have a lot to offer but they don’t get the opportunity, their lives are tough but we put them into a world they don’t know and we saw the potential.

“There are smart kids who get involved with crime so we redirect their intelligence and reinforce the positives.”

My Life: Home Grown Boys aires today (Wednesday) on BBC1 at 4.30pm.


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