Big Grow marks decade of helping kids sow own veg

GREEN SPACE: The winners of the 2020 Big Grow were St. Patrick’s Boys and Girls Primary School in Lombard Street in Galway City. The school own a small concrete yard and used the space to create an incredible ‘Vertical Garden’ using every inch of space and even placing pallets on walls to grow peas, lettuce, spinach, potatoes and lots more.

SCHOOLS across the UK and Ireland may be closed, but Innocent and GIY are calling on teachers to sign up for free food growing classroom kits to welcome them back when the doors are open again.

This kicks off the 10th year of The Big Grow, an initiative started by Innocent and GIY to get kids growing their own veg at school, helping thousands of schools to get free growing resources.

Schools all over the country are again invited to apply to The Big Grow for a food growing kit which comes with five packs of different seeds and enough compost, growing cups, instructions, and fun lesson plans for the entire class. Although schools are closed at the moment, they’ll be sent once everyone’s back in class just in time to start the growing season. The growing cups are easy for kids to take home and do the activities from the comfort of their kitchen, too.

The Big Grow has so far helped 1.5 million kids to start growing their own veg, and this year over 200,000 more children in Ireland and the UK will be getting stuck in to learn something new.

Teachers can sign up for a free food growing kit at Registration is still open while stocks last, and kits will be sent once school doors are open again based on government guidelines.


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