Thoughts from April 2012

Sow & Grow school visits

This week, our grassy van headed back to school. We drove across the country visiting some of the schools who have taken the innocent & GIY Sow & Grow schools pledge. We got sowing and chatting with kids in Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Dublin and Galway.

The boys and girls in St Brigid's Presentation Primary School in Middleton got a very special visit from GIY patron Darina Allen, who got her hands dirty and chatted to the kids about how great it is to grow your own.

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Darina is encouraging school children nationwide to grow their own, she said:

‘As a keen GIYer I am delighted to see primary schools around Ireland take part in the innocent and GIY Sow and Grow schools pledge. It is really important for kids to learn about where their food comes from an early age and I was very proud today to help my local school today take their first steps in growing their own.’

Darina planting 2 Sow and grow

A big thanks to all the schools; Scoil Moin A Lin, Limerick, St Brigids Presentation Primary School, Middleton, Our Lady of Good Council, Ferrybank, Waterford, St Colemans NS, Kilkenny, Educate Together Blessington, Patrician College Finglas and Scoil Rois Taylor's Hill, Galway, who were all so welcoming and doing some really great growing.

Check out the progress of Sow & Grow on our website.

Our carton family

We are delighted to announce that both our kids juicy drink carton and our 1.25 litre carton are now made from 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified card, making the whole carton family forest friendly.

Forests are special places, and we want them to stick around. By using card with the FSC stamp of approval, we can be sure that it comes from responsibly managed forests where people, animals and trees are all treated with the respect they deserve. If you want to read more about the great work of the FSC visit their website.

Back to school with Sow & Grow

The innocent and GIY Sow & Grow schools pledge is in full swing. We've had 15,000 kids in schools all around Ireland sign up to grow their own. To get them started, we sent out seeds, pots, growing guides and lesson plans. Every class that gets involved is in with a chance to win prizes worth €2,500 and one year’s mentorship from their local GIY expert. The winning class also gets a day trip to the Zoo and the Bloom festival where they will be presented with their prize by home cook & food writer, Donal Skehan.

This week our grassy van is hitting the road to give some encouragement to seven schools around Ireland who've taken the pledge. We'll be dropping in with a local GIY expert, who'll have some top tips for growing and of course, loads of smoothies. Keep an eye here for some photos of the visits.

We've already loads of lovely photos uploaded to our Sow & Grow gallery, check out the progress here.

St Peter & Pauls Primary School

St Marys BNS


Don't forget you can still get seed packs by purchasing special packs of innocent smoothies for kids or fruit tubes. Happy growing.