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Grow it Forward

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WHAT IS GROW IT FORWARD?


Grow It Forward is a national programme to help half a million people #KeepWell by growing their own food.

In partnership with Healthy Ireland and Libraries Ireland through the Government of Ireland’s Keep Well initiative, GIY Ireland are giving away 50,000 free seed packs and asking participants to use them to share the experience with 10 people. In all, GIY Ireland aims to support half a million people across Ireland to enjoy the wide range of benefits that come from growing food at home.

CONNECT WITH YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY:


If you are not already a member of your local library, there’s never been a better time to join! Sign up today and get access to GIY’s best-selling book, Grow Cook Eat as well as our kid’s book, GIY’s Know-It-Allmanac as free e-books. You’ll also find a wide range of related books on food growing, gardening, cooking and much more.

HOW DO I GET A PACK?


To get your free pack simply register at giy.ie/campaigns/grow-it-forward and it will be posted to your address. Alternatively, you can contact your local Library branch as all 330 branches are helping to drive the effort by sending out packs as well.

WHAT’S IN THE PACK?


Each pack includes seeds for beetroot, carrots, salad leaves, peas, and tomatoes; a guide to help grow them, and a postcard and gift tags to help share them. Those who sign up will also receive regular e-mails with growing support, video clips, and ideas for how to ‘grow it forward’ by passing on seeds, seedlings, or produce in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

HOW DO I GROW IT FORWARD?


After you receive your free pack you're asked to share the experience with nine other people to help GIY Ireland reach their goal of 500,000 people in total. How you choose to share this growing experience is up to you – you can put seeds in the post, leave seedlings outside your house, drop fresh produce off to your neighbours or whatever you can think of.