Brackley pupils learning how to grow own produce

Bracken Leas Primary School. Brackley, Waitrose Grow and Sell Scheme. At the back, from the left, Linda Inns, eco leader, Jane Shoesmith, Jacqueline Cavalla, Waitrose and Isobel Dearsley, eco leader. Children from the eco club from all years and at the front is Billy Lathbury who helped to make the raised bed. NNL-160322-171708009
Bracken Leas Primary School. Brackley, Waitrose Grow and Sell Scheme. At the back, from the left, Linda Inns, eco leader, Jane Shoesmith, Jacqueline Cavalla, Waitrose and Isobel Dearsley, eco leader. Children from the eco club from all years and at the front is Billy Lathbury who helped to make the raised bed. NNL-160322-171708009

Schoolchildren in Brackley are being encouraged to grow their own produce and sell it outside the town’s high-end supermarket.

Waitrose is re-launching its national Grow and Sell scheme, which began in 2013, to encourage pupils in the towns and villages to grow food during the summer while learning where their food comes from and developing their enterprenuerial skills.

Michelle Hopcroft, branch manager at Waitrose, Brackley, said: “Having seen the success of the project in previous years, it brings us immense pleasure to be able to offer the Grow and Sell scheme to many more schools.

“We hope it will encourage children to choose to eat well, and inspire entrepreneurial minds to flourish.”

The supermarket will distribute Grow and Sell kits to schools around the country to help get school vegetable patches up and running.

The kits contain seeds to grow vegetables such as basil,

beetroot, courgettes, red lettuce, green lettuce and snap peas, as well as step-by-step growing instructions and gardening equipment.

Children will also receive badges to designate roles for both the growing and selling elements of the scheme.

The kit also includes wild flower seeds, which will help boost the number of bees, 
butterflies and other pollinators.