Grow and eat your greens!

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON COMYN

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

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