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Last Updated: Monday October 06 2008 10:39 GMT

Ore's tasty lesson on making cash

Ore gives pupils a hand in the garden

Loads of people are worrying about money at the moment, but a school in Suffolk has come up with a way to make a bit of extra cash.

They've found that small seeds can lead to big business. Ore went along to find out what they've been getting up to.

"One of the best things about reporting for Newsround is getting to visit so many different places and meeting different people to bring the best stories to you guys.

Ore at school
Ore was excited to see his name on a classroom door
When we arrived at the school in Suffolk, it was a bit of a shock when I walked down a corridor to see my name on a classroom door!

Of course it wasn't actually named after me, it was named after a river near to the school, but it still got me pretty excited!

So the real story was that the kids in this school were doing a bit more than some others might with their garden.

To stop me from just watching telly all weekend, my mum and dad used to give me a bit of extra pocket money to help with the gardening, but this school was getting cash from their garden regularly.

Pupils digging
Loads of pupils have been helping out
I was happy to join in and see what actually happened, so I grabbed some gloves and did my bit to help the guys earn their money.

There were so many kids helping out - they obviously really enjoyed it and even though it rained a little bit it didn't put them off.

Planting, weeding, digging, cutting - I really got some green fingers out in the garden. And for the kids? Not only do they learn about keeping a garden in good condition, they also get a good idea about how to run a business.

It's the salad leaves that make the money and teacher Miss Briley told me that over the past year, the garden made over 100!

Ore and pupils tuck into a lunch made with some of their produce
The school's produce is used by local restaurants
The money goes back into the school and the garden itself, but it has also helped them build their own kitchen where they will soon be learning to cook their own fruit and veg.

When we harvested the salad leaves, we took it down to one of the restaurants, and after the kids got their cash I watched Louise, the chef, cook up some lovely grub.

So not only did pupils earn their school some money for all their hard work, but they also got a free lunch - not a bad afternoon really!