GIY and innocent drinks partner up each year to deliver a classroom growing project to primary schools across Ireland and the UK. This year we have renamed this programme the innocent big grow. As well as teaching children to grow in schools, this year we will also be sending out 50,000 home packs to families all over Ireland and the UK. Teachers can register now at https://innocentbiggrow.com
This year we will teach over 160,000 children to big grow. That’s HUGE. We will send FREE growing kits to teachers which include everything they need to get their students growing;
Seeds (this year the children will grow peas, cress & spinach)
Cups (each student gets their own cup to sow their own little ‘crop’)
Teacher’s resource booklet (which includes lots of fun and educational activities which complement the Irish & UK curriculum)
Wallchart (so teacher can celebrate the weekly growing highs and successes)
Stickers (who doesn’t love a vegetable shaped sticker?)
Star Grower Badge (how proud would you be?)
We know that even a small food growing experience can have a BIG impact. And that’s what the innocent big grow does. It has a big impact on children by teaching them something we call Food Empathy.
Food Empathy is a deeper connection and understanding of food that comes through the power of food growing. Food Growers eat more locally and more seasonally. They eat more portions of fruit and vegetables every day and are more physically active. Food growing also does wonders for self-esteem and confidence.