GIY (Grow it Yourself) Ireland is on a mission to encourage people from all walks of life and of all ages to grow their own food and to provide them with the practical skills they need to do so successfully.
At a local level the organisation establishes GIY groups that get growers together on a regular basis to learn from each other and exchange tips, produce and warstories. There are already hundreds of GIYers involved in existing groups and GIY Ireland aims to set up a group in every town in Ireland.
Activities include monthly meetings, talks and demos; garden visits, seed and seedling swaps; produce bartering, mentor panels and grower’s meitheals. The word meitheal describes the old Irish tradition of people in rural communities gathering on a neighbour’s farm to help save the hay or some other crop. In the grower’s meitheals, small groups help with a growing-related task in a member’s garden.
Membership and meetings are free, and open to people interested in food growing at all levels, for example from growing a few herbs on a balcony to complete selfsufficiency. Founder Michael Kelly is a freelance journalist, author and ‘good-lifer’ based in Dunmore East, Co Waterford.
Our whole family is eating healthier now – because the kids are involved in growing the vegetables, they don’t seem to mind eating them as much.
Showing off their home grown vegetables
An example of home grown produce
Getting the vegetable patch ready for this years produce