Scoil Thomáis, Castleknock 2nd class students Kayla O'Gorman (7), Brian Buie (8), left, and Callum O'Keeffe (8).
GIY and Innocent Drinks have teamed up to launch the sixth annual Sow & Grow initiative, a project that will enable 45,000 primary school children across the country to learn how to grow their own food this spring.
Primary schools across Ireland can now apply for a free Sow & Grow pack to be delivered to their school here. This year the pupils will learn how to grow cress, baby carrots and runner beans.
Each Sow & Grow pack includes a detailed ‘how to grow’ guide focusing on learning in the classroom, soil, growing pots, seeds and expert food growing kits devised by GIY and Innocent Drinks along with details on how to cook and eat the food grown.
Along with announcing the 2017 Sow & Grow and Attitudes Ireland, on behalf of the team behind ‘Sow & Grow’.
Michael said, “At GIY we know just how important it is for kids to learn about growing food from an early age and the benefits that learning those life skills offer, therefore we wanted to carry out some independent research to see what the parents and children think. We were thrilled to hear that 99% of those surveyed believe it is valuable for kids to learn how to grow their own food and also that 49% of those surveyed have grown some food at home.
"It is however worrying to see that 29% of children are not eating enough fruits and vegetables daily and that 14% of the children surveyed don't understand where their food comes from. There is still a lot of work to be done and that is why initiatives such as ‘Sow & Grow’ are so important.
"One of the most important steps our Government could take to get children healthy is to put food on the curriculum – this research shows that parents want this to happen and understand how beneficial it would be.”
Over the last five years this initiative has enabled 100,000 Irish primary school children learn how to grow vegetables in the classroom. The children not only learn the science of growing, they also experience the joy of growing and eating their own food. GIY calls this “Food Empathy” a deeper connection with food, which is proven to lead to a healthier life long-term. This campaign has been so impactful that GIY and innocent are also rolling the project out across a quarter of all primary schools in the UK.
School teachers can apply for a free Sow & Grow pack here. (Packs are limited, so be quick.) The lucky entrants will then get their pack delivered to their school over the coming weeks.