Thoughts from March 2015

Ready, steady, Sow & Grow.

It’s that time of year again, brush off those gardening tools, pop on those wellies and prepare to get your hands dirty. (Just a little.) The innocent and GIY Sow and Grow project is  back for its 4th year and is set to get over 20,000 school children growing their own fruit and veg this spring. Charlie Dimmock, eat your heart out.

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 and a class trip to Dublin Zoo. The winning school will also receive €500 worth of growing equipment and one year’s mentorship from GIY.

We launched Sow and Grow last week with the help of Lilly Higgins and camera loving Logan (6), Madison (6), (a distracted) Fyodor (7) and Lauren (11) at St Agnes’ Primary School, Crumlin.

Lilly was also on hand to show the boys and girls of St Agnes’ National School just how tasty courgette can be when you eat it as ‘courgetti’ (strips of courgettes so that it looks like spaghetti, for those who don’t know what courgetti is.).

Here’s the tasty recipe:

Courgetti Spaghetti

Serves 4

3 large courgettes

1 small bunch of parlsey

Zest of 1/4 lemon

6 tbsp olive oil

1/2 small clove garlic

Salt & black pepper

Finely grated parmesan, to serve

Roughly grate the courgette or julienne it by cutting it into fine strips or matchsticks. If you have a julienne peeler or spiraliser you can use that instead. Place in a large bowl.

Blitz olive oil, parsley, lemon zest and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour over the courgette, stir to combine and top with lots of finely grated parmesan. 

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.