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Be part of the Big Grow initiative

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:43pm

Primary school pupils are being encouraged to grow their own food as part of the GIY & innocent BIG GROW initiative.

The annual competition returns for its eighth year, enabling 56,000 primary school children across the country to learn how to grow and cook their own food this spring.

The campaign has been developed closely with teachers and educational specialists to create a series of tie-in lesson plans for use in the classroom.

GIY founder Michael Kelly explained the reasoning behind the initiative: “Studies show that children who grow their own food are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and show higher levels of knowledge about nutrition. The children not only learn the science of growing, they also experience the joy of growing and eating their own food. GIY calls this ‘food empathy', which is a deeper connection with food, and is proven to lead to a healthier life long-term.”

All participating schools will receive a Big Grow certificate while the best school will win a trip to Bloom and Dublin Zoo for their class, and €500 worth of gardening equipment. Two runners-up will receive GIY gift vouchers.

For more details and to register your school, visit

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