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Innocent and GIY Sow & Grow Schools Campaign

To all those who entered, Thank you..
A huge thank you to all the schools that got involved, we are very impressed by the amazing growing and creativity. The Winners were chosen based on some important criteria; making growing fun, imagination and creativity, integrating growing into class work, cooking with the produce and of course, success in growing.

1st Prize


19th April 2013 - Miss Forde’s 1st Class in St. Kevin’s GNS, Kilnamanagh


Catch up on their latest news report. where they got to do a radio interview with Colm Flynn on TRTÉ Radioactive show. Their blog gives a great report on their progress throughout the competition (with images) including making a pizza with the Basil they grew.

The Class went to Bloom on Friday 31st May to be presented with their trophy from the lovely Donal Skehan. Congratulations.

See images here

2nd Prize

Headford Girls National School in Galway.

Junior & senior infants and 4th, 5th and 6th classes from Have a look at their diaries here and here.

3rd Prize

1st class Scoil Mhuire, Lucan, Dublin.

Check out their growing diary here.

The 2013 Launch

Pictured here are Caoimhe Flynn (9) and Maeve Kaluscha (10).

GIY and Innocent launced the Sow & Grow schools campaign with Donal Skehan (home cook, food writer & photographer), Michael Kelly (GIY CEO), and the children from Rathfarnham Educate Together.

Donal Skehan says: "I'm really delighted to be part of the innocent and GIY Sow & Grow schools pledge. We want as many primary schools in Ireland to take part and get kids growing. It's so important for kids to know where their food comes from and there is a real sense of achievement in growing your own food and using it to create delicious recipes. So roll up the sleeves and let's get planting"

Michael Kelly says: "We want to create the next generation of budding GIYers and this campaign is designed to make seed sowing fun and accessible to all. We're also conscious that we need to help busy teachers and make it easy for them to incorporate GIYing in to the curriculum. At the end of the Innocent and GIY Sow & Grow campaign we hope to have 15,000 new GIYers out there, experiencing all the benefits of home-grown food!"

The 2012 School Winners


St Thomas Senior National School, Tallaght. Dublin

The runner up schools in the innocent and GIY Sow & Grow schools pledge were Cloghan’s Hill NS, Tuam and Scoil Ui Fhiaich, Kildare.

Source: GIY - Innocent and GIY Sow & Grow Schools Campaign