Grow and eat your greens!
THE Barbican Centre was alive with greens of all sorts, shapes and sizes last week, as local school children joined producers from the town to proudly display the fruits, or rather the vegetables, of their labours!
Last week, the Local Education Committee held their launch of their new project ‘Drogheda Grows’ in the William Street centre, with Mayor of Drogheda Frank Godfrey looking after proceedings.
The aim of this project is to instill an awareness, season by season, of the riches of the earth, to plant, to eat, to enjoy!
“Drogheda has read Roddy Doyle through Drogheda Reads, solved intricate maths puzzles with Drogheda Counts, become more mindful from Drogheda Minds and started to become fitter with Drogheda Move and it was the Local Education Committee, who initiated these projects,” says schools’ coordinator Annette Moran.
“We now have this new project for 2018-2020, which we are calling Drogheda Grows. We have lots of ideas and plans for this exciting new project, and it was great to have speakers from the areas of horticulture, food growers and nutrition at the launch, as well as stalls from local farmers and garden centres. We shared our plans for this year, and look for suggestions for other ideas which could be included into this exciting new project.”
They’re also hoping that other schools, and outside agencies will get on board with this project.
The project Drogheda Grows is being driven by many primary schools in the Drogheda community including St. Joseph’s CBS, Presentation Girls’ School, St. Brigid’s & St. Patrick’s School, Marymount National School, St. John’s National School, St. Paul’s National School and St. Oliver’s Secondary School.
There were two speakers at the Drogheda Grows launch: firstly, Brendan Guinan, Inseason Farm, a local farmer who produces in season vegetables. He spoke about the importance of eating locally grown, in season, fruit and vegetables. Also, the benefits for us both physically and to the environment. Check out Inseason farm on Facebook.
The second speaker was Eileen Burke, Get Real Nutrition, she spoke of the nutritional value of eating well for our skin, concentration and health. Check out Get Real Nutrition on Facebook.
If there are any community agencies or individuals interested in getting involved in this exciting new initiative in Drogheda please contact Annette Horan in St. Joseph’s CBS: 087 1838649.
The Green Schools committee from St. Joseph’s NS with teachers Edel Berrill and Leone Gregory at the launch of Drogheda Grows.
Clodagh Doyle, Julia Casey and Heather Kierans
Mayor Frank Godfrey with pupils from St .Olivers
Jack Locke, Ryan Agnew and Sean Packard