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GROW2CEO gives secondary school students everything they need to start growing some food, develop a better understanding of their food, where it comes from, how it is produced, and the time and effort required (what we at GIY call ‘food empathy’).

It is open to all Secondary Schools in Ireland, with particular relevance to First, Second and Transition Years, as the resource booklet links each challenge to learning outcomes across a range of Junior Cycle.

The end goal of the campaign is for students to create a recipe using the knowledge they have learned throughout three key challenges. The challenges will help students to plant their seeds, come up with a food business idea, learn about food marketing, and create a recipe using the food they’ve grown themselves. Each challenge will also include a discussion topic to spark and encourage conversation around important topics. We’ve also included plenty of veg growing tips, key discussion points to accompany each challenge, a business plan template, and some recipe ideas.

The 3 most impressive classes join us at GROW HQ in Waterford for the grand final to pitch their idea. To win the grand prize your teams need to show us their progress, complete the 3 challenges and show us their #GROW2CEO story.