I’m not exactly known for my green fingers – In fact, its quite amusing how unlucky I have been at killing of plants and flowers. Doesn’t stop me trying though and thankfully Mr C is much more successful than I!
A couple of weeks ago, we were invited down to Innocent Drinks‘ Headquarters, Fruit Towers (Yes, it really is called that!) to find out more about their Sow & Grow project. Innocent Drinks and not-for-profit organisation GIY (Grow It Yourself) have teamed up to help children learn exactly where their food comes from.
They believe (& I agree with them) that if children are knowledgeable and involved with how their food grows, have got their hands dirty and nurtured the watering, then they will be more likely to want to eat it. All the time promoting children eating fresh, healthy and nutritious food.
Our day at Innocent started with a bright, sunny morning train journey – accompanied by 2 Minions who luckily had their own seats. Tara, in particular, was uber excited – The first thing this child asks for every morning is an episode of Paw Patrol & an orange Innocent Smoothie. Her favourite after school snack is another Innocent Smoothie too. Its been going on for 10+ months now, so she considers herself the greatest Innocent fan!
When we arrived at Innocent Fruit Towers, we were greeted by bustling activity of families planting seeds, feeling and guessing the vegetable and plenty of eating too. Vi & Tara love this sort of thing and got well & truly stuck in too. No fear of dirty fingernails from my kids. We planted Spinach, Peas and Cress in little pots that made for an interesting train journey home but they survived.
Celebrity chef, Lorraine Pascal was also in attendance – Our lunch was a delicious mix of her recipes, crammed with fresh vegetables. We enjoyed a spicy vegetable chilli, Filled Courgette & Pesto Pasta.
We loved the game of guess the type of vegetables – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Swedes – What a brilliant way to introduce some of the more unusual veg to littlies. I t was delight to meet the small team from @GIYIreland – Over to London for the first time, following their success at getting people in Ireland to Grow It Yourself. Apparently there are 50,000 people involved with the movement to grow their own food. We’ve promised our girls we will devote a small part of our garden to growing more ourselves. Our strawberries in hanging baskets were such a success a couple of years ago, that they have got the bug!
And so back to our pots – The Cress grew like mad as expected, Our Spinach wasn’t quite as successful but would you look at our Peas? Amazing! This is 3 weeks later and they are still going well – We’re hoping for little buds of actual veg very soon but in the meantime, I’m basking that perhaps my fingers may have a little tinge of green after all! With huge thanks to Innocent and all the team at Fruit Towers for fulfilling a dream of little Tara – She loves her smoothies even more now she has visited where they are made.