Spring is in the Air

Growise from Bord na Móna has teamed up with Agri Aware’s Incredible Edibles to put a spring in the step of Ireland’s primary school children.

Girl with compost on hands

Launched at the beginning of March, Incredible Edibles sees schools around the country busy growing carrots, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries and turnips. Schools are supplied with raised beds and grow packs, everything they’ll need to grow a veritable feast of healthy foods!

Included in these packs is Growise Multipurpose Compost, just one of our vast range of Grow Your Own products aimed at enabling people who want to grow their own produce at home. Participating schools are also equipped with a logbook for tasks, lesson plans and fun activities. Each student also receives a healthy eating diary to keep themselves.

This year, the pupils and their parents are also being asked to look out for the Incredible Edibles characters, or the Bord Bia Quality Mark, which will be featured on the packaging of selected Irish-produced potatoes, fruits and other vegetables. The five schools who collect the most of these tokens will then be rewarded with either a class visit to Bloom 2012, or a school visit by Agri Aware’s mobile farm!

Growing from seed to plantWith Summer approaching (or doing its best to) it’s the perfect time for kids and their parents to get out in the garden and get their hands dirty. Apart from the fresh air – and the delicious home grown fruits and vegetables they can enjoy – gardening is a lovely way to spend some quality time together. And, of course, we’re here to help make sure that everyone gets the best possible result from their gardening efforts. You can find out more in our Grow Your Own section, or resolve any worries by asking our expert for help. You can also see the Incredible Edibles Facebook page for more information and updates on how the schools are doing with their grow your own packs!