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
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.
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.
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
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.