Thoughts from March 2014

Sow & Grow is back

The innocent and GIY Sow & Grow is back and this year will get 20,000 kids all over Ireland, growing their own. Growing their own vegetables is not only fun, but more importantly, it teaches kids where their food comes from and helps them to eat healthier. Lots of studies show that food growing children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables, show higher levels of knowledge about nutrition and are more likely to continue healthy eating habits throughout their lives.

We make it really easy for schools to get involved by sending out simple to use growing packs with seeds, growing cups, soils and guides for 30 kids.

Every class that gets involved are in with a chance to win some great prizes including; a day trip to Bloom where they will be presented with their prize by campaign patron Donal Skehan. The winning school will receive €500 worth of growing equipment and one year’s mentorship from GIY.

innocent and GIY Sow & Grow

Last week with kicked off the project with last year’s winners, St Kevin’s GNS, Kilnamanagh. The very lovely Donal Skehan was on hand to show the girls how to make a delicious salad out of the kale that they’d grown.

innocent and GIY Sow & Grow

Donal used his food wizardry to get fifty 8 year olds to try kale. Here’s the tasty recipe.

What you’ll need:
• 250kg kale
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 25g dried cranberries, chopped finely
• 25g pine nuts, roasted
• 4-5 spring onions, chopped finely
• 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped finely
• olive oil
• salt and pepper

Remove the stalks from the kale and roll each leaf before chopping in to fine strips. Place in a large bowl, add the lemon juice and 2-3 pinches of sea salt. Massage the kale with the juice and salt until it starts to soften a little, making sure all the leaves are coated. Sprinkle with olive oil and leave it to sit for another 10 minutes to soften further. Before serving add the cranberries, pine nuts, celery and spring onion and stir well. Serve to a pack of hungry

(Recipe from Dorcas Barry)

innocent and GIY Sow & Grow

To get your school involved in the innocent and GIY Sow & Grow, you can register here. All our growing packs were snapped up but schools can still take part by uploading their growing diaries.