Spring is here which means we can finally get our little ones outside for some fresh air. Trusted brand innocent has launched a wonderful incentive to get kids outside sowing and growing in the garden. From March until the end of April, every box of innocent smoothies for kids or fruit tubes will come with its very own pack of easy to grow seeds. You have six different varieties to collect, and what’s even better, all of these seeds grow into something you can eat.
Seeds include carrots, tomatoes, cress, basil, violets and sunflowers. Every pack will include growing instructions, cut-out plant markers and lots of interesting plant facts to encourage your child’s interest in growing their own plants.
Those of you who are regulars on the site will know that we are fans of innocent - we've written about them before
. But what we really love about this idea is that not only will it give our children a fun new hobby, but it will also teach them about where vegetables come from and hopefully get them eating more of their greens.
Whether your garden is big, small, or not much at all, innocent seeds can be grown in containers of any shape of size – even an empty innocent smoothie carton.
Schools are also being asked to take the innocent and GIY Sow & Grow pledge and get growing in the classroom. Teachers can sign up to receive their special growing packs at www.innocentdrinks.ie/sowandgrow
which will include seeds, soil, growing guides and lesson plans. Teachers can upload photos of their class planting to receive a special Sow & Grow certificate.
Classes who take the innocent and GIY pledge could win a day trip to Bloom where they will be presented an award by celebrity chef Donal Skehan. The winning school will also receive €500 worth of growing equipment and one year’s mentorship from GIY specialist in their local area. The Sow & Grow pledge will run from March until the end of May so you can sign up now.
GIY (Grow It Yourself) is an organisation that works towards building a healthier, more sustainable world where people grow their own food. They bring people together in community groups and online where they inspire and empower them to grown vegetables. There are over 100 GIY community groups and around 12,000 people involved in the organisation. For more information on growing your own vegetables, and to find out more about GIY, visit www.giyireland.com
So pick up an innocent smoothie today and get sowing & growing with your kids…you never know, you could have a little Dermot Gavin in your home.
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