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Grow It Yourself Is Offering Its Online Growing Course Completely Free
The Social Enterprise is offering its online course, How Food Grows, completely free and is available to anyone on their website. The 12 week course will guide participants step by step, from seed to harvest, on growing 12 vegetables in their back garden, with no extra equipment and previous growing skills required.
This follows the news that this week Rethink Ireland, the national organisation dedicated to supporting innovative charities, announced a multi-year €1.27 million investment in Grow It Yourself. GIY is based in Waterford, and this year alone will be supporting over 500,000 people and 8,000 community food groups in the UK and Ireland.
"Our research shows us that food growers are more than twice as likely than the average person to eat a predominantly local diet and over 50% more likely to have a plant-based diet"
The Goal Is Getting People To Grow Your Own
Mike Kelly, GIY CEO, maintains that the core motivation behind the organisation is getting individuals to grow at least some of their own food. This, in turn, will have a positive impact on other areas of their lives:
"By reconnecting people with where food comes from, we see dramatic shifts in purchasing and eating behaviours.
Our research shows us that food growers are more than twice as likely than the average person to eat a predominantly local diet and over 50% more likely to have a plant-based diet. There is also a marked increase in these behaviours among experienced growers compared to beginners.”
Grow It Yourself also has its own TV show, "Grow Cook Eat", which is available on RTE, Amazon Prime, and their own Youtube Channel. Each episode of the series features a star vegetable, grown from seed to harvest and used to create a delicious meal that anyone at home can replicate.