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Sow & Grow winners 2016

It’s that time of year again...

The smell of freshly cut grass is in the air, birds are singing (not nearly as loudly as Irish football fans), people are slowly starting to walk around with bare legs on show - we’ve reached our (sort of) summer, friends. As well as all of this, it’s the time of year when we visit Bloom In The Park with our friends in GIY to announce the winner of our Sow & Grow project.

The standard of growing diaries this year was so high, we needed a lot of help and lots of sitting down, to finally pick our growing champs. From stop motion films, to songs about seeds, we were so(w) impressed.

2016 champs:

After a lot of deliberation (and lots more sitting down), we finally chose our winners of Sow & Grow 2016: 1st Class, St John The Baptist N.S., Midleton in Cork.

The boys & girls of St John the Baptist N.S. joined us to bask in the glory (and lots of sunshine) at the Sow & Grow area in Phoenix Park on Thursday, where they accepted their trophy and lots of smoothies, and even got to meet the president (fancy).


We had over 1000 schools around the country involved in Sow & Grow this year – getting almost 30,000 boys and girls growing their own fruit & veg and more importantly, learning about where their food comes from (very important).

Well done to everyone involved in the project this year, you’re all winners to us (but 1st Class St John the Baptist are the actual winners, just to be clear.).  See you all next spring, we can’t wait.  


Getting things growing in Fruit Towers

With Sow & Grow well and truly underway (packs are all gone now, sorry), we decided we’d join in on the fun this time round in Fruit Towers and showcase our planting prowess – or lack thereof in some cases…

Using our Sow & Grow packs (thank you very much GIY International), we got growing cress, peas and spinach. We sang some sweet melodies to our seeds (apparently this helps?) and put them into a bed of soil and water. Lovely.

And now we wait…8-10 days apparently. We are equally excited and scared. We feel very responsible for the life of these seeds. Far too responsible.

Don’t forget to share your growing experiences on the Sow & Grow website once you receive your packs. By uploading a Growing Diary, you will automatically qualify for Sow & Grow 2016 certificate. By uploading lots of Growing Diaries on the website, you will be in with a chance of winning the overall prize at the end – a trip to Bloom for you and your class as well as a visit to the Dublin Zoo.

Visit for more details or to register your school and upload a growing diary.


Let’s Grow.

The innocent & GIY Sow & Grow campaign is just around the corner so get ready to grab a growing pack for you and your class or your little one's class. From March 1st, teachers will be able to go to and book a growing pack that helps to get a class of little ones growing their own fruit & veg.

We want to encourage kids to grow their own veg to help them better understand where their food comes from. We believe that by growing it themselves, kids are much more likely to eat (and enjoy eating) fruit & veg and continue with healthy eating habits for the rest of their lives.

This year, for the first time since the Sow & Grow project began, we’ll have a total of 1,000 packs to give away to schools around the country, which will enable us to get 30,000 kids in Ireland sowing & growing. Winning.


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.