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Growing for GOAL

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019 4:23pm

Got some budding gardeners at home? Bring them along to Fitzgerald's Park this July to learn all about growing fruit and vegetables.

The Irish humanitarian response agency GOAL will inspire your little ones to get their hands dirty and learn the importance of not only eating fruit and vegetables, but growing them as well, at the Laya City Spectacular in Fitzgerald's Park on 20-21 July.

The GOAL team will be replicating practices operated by the agency in Zimbabwe, Niger, Ethiopia and Malawi which will involve kids (and their parents!) getting their hands mucky planting their own crops in GOAL’s African space.

While playing games and planting seeds, children will learn the benefits and the nutritional value of the food that will grow from them. They can then take away their new plant and watch it flourish over the summer.

As well as teaching best practice on how to sow your own produce, nutrition specialists will chat about the work GOAL does overseas and discuss the differences of Irish and African culture, landscape and foods. Connecting local actions with global issues is an important step forward to becoming better global citizens, and this is a chance for kids and adults to connect with global community practices in a fun and engaging way.

The GOAL Tent will be at the Laya City Spectacular at Fitzgerald's Park on 20-21 July. For more information visit cityspectacular.com.

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