This year for the third year we teamed up with GIY Ireland to get children all over Ireland sowing and growing their own seeds in the classroom, to show just how easy it is to grow your own plants and vegetables. Teachers and school children from all over the country got involved and got their hands dirty with a bit of gardening fun. This year over 20,000 kids around Ireland were growing their own in their classrooms.
Hundreds of schools signed up for a free growing pack which included all they needed to grow in their classrooms (cups, seeds, soil and growing guides). We had three top prizes up for grabs:
1st prize: The winning school will win a trip the Bloom gardening festival in May, along with €500 worth of gardening equipment and one year’s mentorship from a GIY gardener in their area. The winning class will have their grand prize presented by the home cook and food writer Donal Skehan. To top it all off, we’ll take your class to Dublin Zoo for a tour and some tasty lunch.
2nd prize: €400 of gardening equipment/plants and a visit from one of the GIY team to give advice on spending the money wisely and make your school even greener.
3rd prize: €300 of gardening equipment/plants and a visit from one of the GIY team to advise on spending the money wisely to help your school on its way to becoming even greener.
To be in with a chance of winning, schools needed to upload a growing diary to show their fantastic growing progress. We were overwhelmed with the creative blogs from all schools, showing amazing growing, video news reports, fantastic artwork and lots of really hard work. After reading through hundreds of diaries, we picked our winners:
1st prize: Cloghans Hill NS, Tuam, Co Galway.
2nd prize: 2nd Class, St Joseph’s Boys’ Primary School, Gorey, Co Wexford.
3rd prize: 5th Class, Athenry Boys’ School, Galway.
Cloghans Hill were deserving winners. The class grew cress, peas and beetroot, which were all part of the Sow & Grow pack, but also took to growing an array of other vegetables and growing diaries to track their fantastic progress.
Teacher Iseult Mangan says, “The children involved loved sow and grow from day one, from taking ownership and responsibility of their little tiny seeds to caring for and protecting their growing seedlings. They get to see where the fruit and veg that they eat comes from and how easy it is to grow your own food. I would recommend each and every school get involved in sowing and growing their own school garden.”
Cloghans Hill NS travelled up from Tuam to Bloom in the Pheonix Park to accept their prize. Food Blogger & TV Presenter, Donal Skehan, presented the Sow & Grow trophy.
Donal Skehan says, “This project has enabled kids all over the country to get growing and learn where their food comes from, it has been a delicious and fulfilling journey for all involved!”
We want to thank all the schools and groups who got involved in this year’s Sow & Grow. Have a fantastic summer and happy growing.