YOUNG horticulturalists are growing their own fruit and vegetables and then selling it to their school kitchen.
Eight pupils at Newsome High School and Sports College have tended raised beds for the past two years.
And the fruits and vegetables of their labours are now being harvested and sold to catering staff for the first time.
It has allowed them to create delicious meals from the first crop of leeks and potatoes.
Brussel sprouts, the vegetable of many children’s nightmares, will also be picked in November and children encouraged to try them.
The school’s head of year 10 Noel Kitterick and community members are behind the project which started more than two years ago.
Mr Kitterick, with the help of other members of staff, decided to transform an overgrown area of wasteland inside a paved area.
Nine raised vegetable boxes were created, an old greenhouse restored and refurbished and a new garden shed bought.
Since then strawberries, tomatoes, beetroot, spinach, lettuce and onions have been sold to staff but this is the first time produce has been sold to their school kitchen.
Mr Kitterick said: “We’re already planning for next year’s crop and have 20 fruits and vegetables on our planting list.
“Since the project started we have also created a herb garden and are composting lots of waste and we are hoping to create a wormery in the near future.”
Mr Kitterick praised the support of the local community, including builders and the Newsome Ecumenical project which has donated £250 to help further the good work.
He is also in the early stages of setting up an eco schools committee at Newsome which will contribute to and support the gardening project and be involved in new initiatives.