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the innocent sow and grow - how's the growing going?

As we mentioned last week, we’ve just brought the innocent sow and grow back to schools across the country to help 200,000 kids learn to love healthy food by growing their own in class. This week, we’d love to show you how their growing is going.

We’ve got these already impressive looking runner beans from Miss Ward’s Class at Pope John Paul II school in Ireland.

In Pine Class at St. Margarets decided to put their cress to good use by making it available in their school’s salad bar.

And Holme Valley School discovered that they had a rarely spotted ring of cress growing. Is this down to a rare astronomical event? Or some sort of woodland sprite? Or maybe they just sprinkled their seeds around the edge of the pot? Whatever the reason may be, we’ll be sure to keep an eye on it and let you know.

the innocent sow and grow 2017

Last year we launched our sow and grow campaign across the UK and helped over 100,000 kids learn to love healthy food by growing their own in school. This year we thought we’d go even further by doubling it to help 200,000 kids learn the fun of growing their own veg.

We’ve sent out growing pots, seeds and soil to over 6,500 schools across the UK and Ireland so kids across the country can get growing. By growing their own food, kids are much more likely to enjoy eating fruit & veg and continue eating healthily as they grow older.

You can get involved too. We’re also giving away 5000 seed packs to anyone who wants to start growing their own veg at home. Simply head here and fill in your details for a chance to win.

We’ll be popping back here pretty regularly to check in on how everyone’s going (it took all our willpower not to type ‘growing’ there), as well as giving you tips on how to get growing at home.

get your trowels out

The grey days are a bit less grey and the hot water bottle isn't seeing as much action as it used to. It can only mean one thing: winter is on the way out and spring is in. 

This week we've been braving the spidery corner of the shed and unearthing our spade and fork set so we can start messing about in the garden. That's how we came across this handy infographic from Wayfair, which is a guide to growing your own superfoods:

Grow Your Own Superfoods

There's no excuse not to pack in the globe artichoke and goji berries now. In fact, we might put a word in with the ladies in our products kitchen and see if we can borrow their blender. The next big smoothie recipe, we reckon.

the innocent sow & grow

We’ve teamed up with Grow it Yourself and iChild for the innocent Sow & Grow. We want to encourage kids to grow their own veg to help them better understand where their food comes from.

By growing it themselves, kids are much more likely to enjoy eating fruit & veg and continue eating healthily as they grow older (while playing about in the mud and getting their hands a bit grubby). This year, Sow & Grow will help 100,000 children in thousands of schools across the UK and Ireland to have their first food-growing experience in the classroom.

We’ve sent out pots, seeds and soil to 3,300 schools across the country. We’ll be checking in over the next or month or so to see how their growing is going.

All our school places have been taken but there’s still loads of ways to get your own kids involved. Head to our sow & grow site to find out how.