Here's a new iniative that Educate Together principals and teachers may be interested in:
GIY (Grow it Yourself) has launched a new resource to encourage growing in primary schools called The Living Classroom. In association with Bord Bia and SEED, the new web portal is a free resource for primary school teachers who are interested in helping children to grow their own food.
The Living Classroom includes a forum for teachers to connect and share tips, advice and ask questions about school growing. It also includes monthly lesson plans, 'how-to' videos, grower's calendars, tips, fun-zone and much more. Schools are encouraged to create a profile on the site and share pictures, videos and blogs about their growing endeavors.
In advance of the 2013 growing season, GIY is looking for schools to get involved and create a profile on the site – if you are interested, please call or email Therese Kennedy on 051 302191.
GIY is a national not-for-profit that aims to create a happy, healthy and more sustainable world where people grow their own food. The organisation brings people together in community groups and online to inspire and support each other to grow their own. There are over 100 GIY groups in Ireland and over 30,000 people involved. In 2012, over 15,000 school children took part in the GIY Sow & Grow schools campaign which was supported by innocent drinks.
GIY founder Michael Kelly with celebrity chef Donal Skehan at Bloom in 2012 with kids from St Thomas's Senior school in Tallaght, winners of the 2012 innocent GIY Sow & Grow campaign