Twins Ultan and Erin Rohan (8) with their sister Aisling (10) pictured with GIY founder of Mick Kelly at the announcement of the next round of prizes in the Get Ireland Growing initiative.
The “Get Ireland Growing” campaign organised by Energia and GIY has been a great success with 1,000 free GROWBoxes being distributed to homes nationwide during lockdown.
Today they have announced that they have €10,000 worth of food growing kits to give away to budding growers, regardless of their experience or skill level.
Following unprecedented demand in the first phase of the initiative, the Energia Get Ireland Growing team have created a Community GROWBox to bring the joy of food growing to hundreds of people in one go.
A bespoke ‘seed library’, each filled with the contents of the Community GROWBox will be popping up in communities across the country. 100 packs of vegetable, herb and wildflower seeds will be freely available to interested growers and they are also encouraged to return seeds they don’t use, along with others of their own that would otherwise go to waste.
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It is hoped that each Community GROWBox will enable several hundred people to grow their own and in addition provide more food for pollinators this summer.
The Energia Get Ireland Growing team are now calling out to anyone with a passion for growing food who would be interested in hosting a Community GROWBox to apply now (from June 30th) at www.getirelandgrowing.ie
Each winner will have the specially made ‘seed library’ delivered to their door, and it is hoped that they will place this on a wall outside their home, inside an apartment building or install it in a local school, club or workplace – any location where they can easily share the GIY journey with friends and neighbours who may just need a little encouragement.
Founder of GIY Mick Kelly says, “We have been amazed at how big a role food growing has played to keep people happy and healthy throughout the lockdown. Growers across the country have been sharing seeds, knowledge and support like never before and the Community GROWBox is another way to support this movement throughout the summer months, the most enjoyable time of year to get growing.”
The winners of the Community GROWBoxes will be announced weekly between July 6th and August 21st on social media @EnergiaGIG.
A number of other prizes will also be given away on social channels and the grand prize of a community garden worth €3,000 will be awarded to the most inspiring community of growers at the end of the summer.
For further details see, www.getirelandgrowing.ie to register and enter the draw for your free Community GROWBox. Share your food growing success pictures across social using #GetIrelandGrowing, and follow the Get Ireland Growing campaign through @EnergiaGIG on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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