What’s the best tasting ingredient in the world? I’m sure everyone has their own contenders, but for us the answer is increasingly leaning towards ‘something that you grew yourself’!
I think there’s something a little bit magic about growing your own food, and over the past few months I’ve been able to share that magic with JD and Jay thanks to innocent and GIY’s Sow & Grow campaign.
Aimed at primary schools, the kits sent out to a quarter of UK primary schools also helped us to grow our own cress, runner beans and carrots right from seed. The plants were chosen because they’re easy and fast to grow and taste great, which makes them perfectly suited to the task.
As regular readers will know I made three meals inspired by our bounty:
- Carrot soda bread egg and cress sandwiches – I hadn’t tried putting carrot in soda bread before, but our experiments paid off and we ended up with a gorgeous, flavourful bread.
- Carrot and runner bean towers with mint yogurt dip – the kids had great fun making and then eating/destroying these!
- Carrot and mango curry with home-made spices and 5 minute naan bread – I’ve made this simple, flavourful curry several times since I first shared it on here. It is a firm family favourite and so healthy and easy to prepare.
Over 6,600 primary schools across UK and Ireland were sent kits to grow, and 5,000 seed packs were sent out to homes who wanted to try their hand at home grown veg.
84% of parents believe their children would be more open to eating fruit and veg if they knew where their food came from, and two of the top suggestions for how to help with that being learning more about nature and growing food at home or in the classroom.
So it’s clear what the benefits of the initiative have been – my children are certainly more enthused than ever about how to use ingredients now that they really understand where they come.
Now all the seeds have turned to plants and the plants have produced food for us all I thought it’d be a great time to see what other schools and bloggers did with their Sow & Grow packs!
School children did an amazing job!
It was great to see so many schools from around the UK apply for the packs and grow their own burgeoning crops.
Throughout the campaign, school children could upload their photos to be in with a chance of winning prizes from innocent, as well as the chance to be crowned Sow and Grow champions.
The results I’ve seen have been truly amazing, and I love how easy it has been to follow along with everyone’s progress.
Check out the #SowAndGrowUK hashtag on Twitter to see the veggie patches! Here’s some that I particularly liked:
Forest Glade Primary year 2’s plants came up fantastically.
— Forest Glade Primary (@FGPSownGrowers) May 28, 2017
Holme Valley Primary’s bean plants look very happy in their vegetable patch.
— Holme Valley (@HolmeValleySch) May 12, 2017
Telferscot Primary did an amazing job in three weeks worth of growth!
— Telferscot Primary (@telfertweets) May 15, 2017
The Sow & Grow resource pack
I think being able to follow the guides and activities that came in the kit made the whole challenge much easier for the kids to get excited about.
And rather wonderfully, the teacher’s pack is available on the Sow & Grow website, so if you missed out on getting a kit this year or it’s close to planting season where ever you are in the world then these downloads are a must!
There’s also a whole range of extra printable’s to get kids interested about fruit, veg and the gardens they’re grown in.
Along with a growing diary that’s easy to print out on home printers.
What other bloggers did
Fellow blogger Grace Hall got her kids growing their own produce at home over at Eats Amazing, and it looks like they had an fantastic time doing it!
They also got to revisit old recipes like Easy carrot & parsnip soup, Bunny rabbit carrot biscuits and Easy roasted carrot houmous but this time they were able to use ingredients from their own garden.
And Ren Behan‘s children’s plants got huge in such a short time! Ours didn’t get to quite the same height, but we still got plenty of runner beans to eat, and definitely have a better idea of how to care for everything next year.
I have really enjoyed this campaign and the children totally threw themselves into it and are already talking about getting their school to sign up next year.
It was such a fun activity to be a part of, and I can’t see my kids growing bored of mucking about in the soil any time soon.
I think the whole things has ignited a real interest in gardening for all of us.
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