Dublin boy takes home top prize in gardening challenge for primary school children

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A Dublin boy has taken home a top prize in a gardening challenge
created for primary school students to participate in during the
country’s lockdown period. Agri Aware’s Incredible Edibles Family
Challenge saw over 1,500 families and almost 4,000 children take part
in the agriculture and food education body’s popular primary school
programme from home during the country’s lockdown period.

Fionn Jones (9) from Garristown, Co Dublin was the overall winner in
the Special Education Category and was awarded a gardening hamper
worth €100.

Due to the rise in popularity in gardening and interest in planting
fruit and vegetables as a result of social distancing during the
country’s lockdown period, Agri Aware decided to launch its popular
Incredible Edibles Family Challenge programme to primary school
children and their families to undertake at home.

For a period of five weeks Agri Aware’s Incredible Edibles Family
Challenge encouraged families to learn all about where food comes from
and the importance of eating Irish fruit and vegetables, for a
healthy, balanced diet.

Children carried out five tasks which focused on food origin, the
importance of eating Irish fruit and vegetables for a balanced diet,
planting their own produce and cooking Irish fruit and vegetables with
the supervision of their parent/guardian.

From planting and reusing materials at home to learning facts and
getting creative, the Incredible Edibles Family Challenge educated and
entertained families of all ages.

Agri Aware Chairman, Alan Jagoe praised the winners of Incredible
Edibles Family Challenge for their efforts and thanked families
nationwide for taking part.

“I’d like to say well done to the winners who put a huge effort in to
Incredible Edibles Family Challenge and also to highlight the
tremendous effort and dedication of the almost 4,000 children and over
1,500 families who took part in the five-week programme,” said Mr
Jagoe.

“It was great to see the positive impact the challenge has had on
families during this challenging period of social distancing, as a
result of Covid-19. Now more than ever it is important that families
and children have a greater understanding of food production and
Incredible Edibles Family Challenge has greatly encouraged this.”

“We’d also like to thank our patrons and sponsors for their support of
the Incredible Edibles Family challenge,” Mr Jagoe added.

Full List of Winners and Runners Up of Incredible Edibles Family Challenge:

Beginners Category

First prize: Lexi (9) and Sienna Bais (6) from Killarney, Co Kerry –
Winner of €175 One4all voucher sponsored by Country Crest

Second Prize: Patrick (7), Aoife (5) and Niall O’Donnell (3) from
Navan, Co Meath – Winner of €125 QuickCrop voucher sponsored by
QuickCrop

Third Prize: Eimear (7) and Aisling Ni Riain (9) from Tullamore, Co
Offaly – Winner of €75 Woodies Voucher

Advanced Category

First prize: Dylan Copeland (9) from Gorey, Co Wexford – Winner of
€175 One4all Voucher sponsored by Country Crest

Second prize: Filip (10), Jakub (8) and Kajtek (3) Lipska from
Ballybunion, Co Kerry – Winner of €125 QuickCrop Voucher sponsored by
QuickCrop

Third prize: Eadaoin (12), Eimear (5) and Cillian (9) O’Shea from
Waterford City – Winner of €75 Woodies Voucher

Special Education Category

First Prize: Fionn Jones (9) from Garristown, Co Dublin – Winner of a
gardening hamper worth €100

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