Schools & Kids

Read about our activities for schools and children.

GIY and GROW HQ are all about helping children to develop ‘food empathy’ - a better understanding and appreciation of food - and to have a bit of fun while doing so!  We want to help children to learn how to grow, cook and eat healthy, seasonal, nutritious food.  We run a range of classes, programmes and activities for schools and children.  If you are interested in a course for your child or are a teacher looking to come visit, contact us on 051 584422 and we'll tell you more. 

Classes for Kids

We want children to experience food from plot to plate and get healthy!  Our signature class for children is the Junior GROW COOK EAT experience where they spend some time in the garden, then in the kitchen and finally get to eat the lovely food they’ve cooked!  We also run cookery and baking classes as well as willow-weaving workshops and even mindfulness and yoga for children of all ages.  

Junior Cookery Club

Keeping kids entertained can sometimes be a tough job, especially when the Irish weather is playing up. But don’t worry, come rain or shine you can be assured there will be something to keep the whole family happy at GROW HQ. On the last Sunday of every month we hold a Junior Cookery Club for 6 to 12 year olds. Give your kids kitchen confidence with a 2 hour monthly class. Click here for dates and to book Junior Cookery Club at GROW HQ

Kids Summer and Easter Camps

Looking for new ideas for school holiday camps for your kids this year? Look no further. Our kids camps offer a unique and exciting range of healthy, fun and educational activities for children including cooking and baking, food growing, yoga, arts and crafts, sowing seeds, foraging and more. Most importantly, each day they will eat delicious, seasonal food that they've harvested and cooked themselves. We offer your child a week of fun, creativity and connection to food and nature, while you can be sure they have an unforgettable experience in a safe, healthy environment with plenty of fresh air and great food. Bring a packed lunch, drinks and comfortable clothing. Suitable for kids ages 7-12. Click here for details of the GROW HQ Easter Camp and click here for details of the GROW HQ Summer Camps

School Visits

On a typical school visit the children will spend some time with Head Grower, Richard, Assistant Grower, Eimear and the garden team learning all about food-growing. They can harvest some seasonal veg, fruit or herbs.  They will gather their harvest and bring it down to our demo kitchen where JB and the kitchen crew will get stuck in to making soup, scones or pizza with them.  They will also get to eat the lovely food they’ve made and take home some recipes.  Typical cost is €10-€15 per child. Call us on 051 584422 for more info. 

Eat Together - Social/Healthy Eating Programme for Schools

Eat Together encourages children to try new foods together, develop healthy eating habits and gives children an opportunity to eat in a relaxed, social setting and to enjoy food together at school.   We deliver a hot, healthy 2-course lunch to the school once a week for 8 weeks and the children spend a full 45 minutes eating together, learning to appreciate and understand their food, take time over it, and enjoy a social eating experience. Eat Together was developed by our Founder, Michael Kelly with educators and dietiticians to combat the antisocial and unhealthy eating habits some children may develop in schools.

Learn more about GIY Eat Together

Schools Campaigns

GIY also operates national food-growing campaigns for schools including The Big Grow, with innocent drinks for primary schools and GROW2CEO with Cully & Sully  for secondary schools. For more details click HERE.

Teacher Training Course - How to Create a Veg Garden

This course is designed to enable teachers to develop the skills & knowledge necessary to organise, develop & implement a school garden. Participants will develop the skills necessary to assess a site for the establishment of a school garden, develop a veg calendar and cultivate a range of veg. Emphasis will be put on developing a garden as an educational resource and managing a garden within the constraints of the academic year. More information is available from the Waterford teacher Training Centre.