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Moneynick Primary School, Randalstown

Grow Your Own Potatoes

7th Jul 2024

This year our Eco council took part in the Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) initiative. They planted varieties of potato and observed their growth and weight. During our summer scheme we harvested our crop. Champ for tea tonight!

It had numerous benefits for our children including: 

  • Improved nutrition: Children who grow their own produce are more likely to eat it, leading to better nutrition, crucial for children's overall growth, development, and well-being. Good nutrition in childhood is crucial for healthy growth and development, supporting physical, cognitive, and immune system function. It provides the energy and stamina needed for physical activities and helps maintain a healthy weight. Good nutrition reduces the risk of chronic diseases and improves overall health, well-being, and quality of life. Investing in children's nutrition has long-term benefits, establishing lifelong healthy eating habits and breaking the cycle of poor nutrition.
  • Greater appreciation of food: Children who grow their own food gain an understanding of where food comes from and the effort it takes to grow it, which can lead to a greater appreciation for food and the environment. By fostering a greater appreciation of food in children, we empower them to make healthier choices, develop important life skills, and cultivate a positive relationship with food that can have lasting benefits for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
  • Development of life skills: Growing produce is a great way to help children develop important life skills, like patience, responsibility, problem-solving and teamwork. Growing food provides children with a holistic learning experience, encompassing various life skills, scientific understanding, environmental consciousness, and healthy lifestyle choices. It encourages their curiosity, fosters a sense of responsibility, and nurtures their connection with the natural world.
  • Boost confidence: Children who successfully grow their own produce feel a sense of accomplishment and pride, which can boost their confidence and self-esteem. The process of growing food provides numerous opportunities for children to develop confidence, whether through the sense of accomplishment, mastery of skills, problem-solving abilities, or connection with nature. It empowers them to take initiative, make decisions, and learn from their experiences, nurturing their self-assurance and belief in their capabilities.
  • Get outdoors: Growing produce encourages children to spend time outdoors, promoting physical activity and a healthier lifestyle. Getting kids outside through gardening offers a range of benefits, including physical activity, exposure to vitamin D and fresh air, sensory stimulation, nature connection, hands-on learning, emotional well-being, environment