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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.

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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.

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congratulations to our sow & grow winners

Recently we finished up the innocent Sow & Grow. Our campaign to help get kids growing their own veg and learn more about where food comes from. We sent seeds and growing kits to 100,000 kids in over 3,000 schools to help them develop healthy habits that could last for life.

Of course, being British, we couldn’t exactly have lots of people growing stuff without turning it into some sort of competition. Gardening competitions are an important part of life and who are we to break with tradition? So we got our fancy pens and clipboards out, read through all the school’s growing diaries and looked for the veg that impressed us the most.

After much searching we chose Horsenden Primary School. Their cress was incredible, their peas were perfect, their spinach was good enough for Popeye. We packed up the grassy van with their prizes and headed over.

It turned out that Horsenden used to have a vegetable patch but ran out of money to keep it going. Now, thanks to their winning the innocent Sow & Grow, they’ve got gardening tools, a brand new wheelbarrow and loads of seeds to help them get it started up again.

“Taking part in Sow and Grow has been, without a doubt, the highlight of the academic year for my class.,” said Miss Wright, a teacher at the school. “It is rare to find a project that can engage a whole class and draw enthusiasm from even the most reluctant of learners, but the Sow and Grow initiative certainly achieved that. From planting the seeds to harvesting our small crops, every child was excited to get their hands dirty and learn as much as they could about growing their own food.”

And, just this morning, they sent us one of the best thank you cards we’ve ever received. A story about the ‘smart smoothie summery tree’, hand drawn pictures of all the kids and, to top it all off, a proper pop-up made entirely of fruits. It’s already done the rounds in Fruit Towers to a chorus of ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’.

A huge thanks to everyone who took part this year and congratulations again to Horsenden Primary School. You’re the best (at growing stuff).

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the innocent sow & grow - week three growing update

Right now, in schools across the country, over 100,000 kids are taking part in the innocent sow & grow. Recently we checked in on a few of the schools as they got their growing going. Now that we’re a few weeks in, let’s see how they’re doing.

Some very impressive efforts from LFA Moorhead here. We can only assume they have two other pots growing, waiting to be added to the structure, to create some sort of plant pot pyramid. Maybe they’ll put it on waterskis and charge people to come and see it. Maybe not. Probably not.

 

Goodleigh Church of England have got some excellent looking beans on the way. Just look at those leaves. You can almost sense how soft they are. Like a velvet cloud after a long soak in the bath.

And again from Goodleigh Church of England. This is the sort of cress which would make tall people jealous. “Why aren’t I as tall, proportionally speaking, as this cress?” they would probably ask. Nobody knows the answer, tall people. You’ll just have to live with it.

Great stuff all round, we think. There are still ways to get involved with the innocent sow & grow. Head to our website for growing guides, activities and more updates from all the schools taking part.

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the innocent sow & grow - growing update

Last week we sent out growing kits to over 3,000 schools across the country with the aim of helping over 100,000 school kids to discover the fun of growing their own veg. Pots, soil and seeds, everything you need (except from water, which seemed like a bit much to send through the post). A week or so in, we thought we’d check in to see how their growing is going.

Flamstead End Primary school above is going strong with some already impressive shoots of, we think, spinach. It could be peas. They’re fairly similar in the very early stages. Think of it like a cliffhanger, Jack Bauer himself couldn’t cope with this suspense.

And Shorne Church of England Primary School clearly have some sort of powers when it comes to cress growing. Probably not that useful a super power though. It probably wouldn’t get you into the X-Men. But when you need a garnish for an egg sandwich, you’ll be laughing.

There’s still plenty of ways to get involved with sow & grow. Head to the sow & grow website to find growing guides, activities and all the updates from the thousands of schools taking part.

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