The pandemic has seen a record number of people turn to growing their own food and discovering the joy and pride that brings. The process of seeing a seed turn into a seedling and eventually food you can eat is full of magic and no shortage of optimism. Grow it Forward is all about sharing that feeling as far and wide as possible at a time when we need it most. That’s why we’re inviting people to get free seeds and do good deeds. – Michael Kelly, Founder of GIY
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, we are giving away 50,000 seed packs and asking participants to use them to share the experience with 10 people. In all, we aim to support half a million people across Ireland to enjoy the wide range of benefits that come from growing food at home.
How do I Get a Pack?
Registrations have closed. Packs may also still be available from your local library, you can contact your library, as all 330 branches are helping to drive the effort by sending out packs.
When will i receive my pack?
Packs will be sent out between March 31st until May 14th. These will be sent out based on the order of registrations. You will receive an email when your pack is on its way. We thank you for your patience.
What’s In the pack?
Each pack includes seeds, 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.
If you were unable to register for a pack but would still like to take part and receive this growing plan click HERE. If you would like to grow along with the campaign but haven’t received a pack you can purchase the same seeds from our website below;
How do i GROW It Forward?
After you get your seeds we ask that you share the experience with nine other people to help us reach our 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. We will be sharing lots of Grow It Forward ideas and stories to give you some inspiration throughout the campaign.
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 here 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.
Please join our research project!
We are very excited to be working with a PhD researcher at University College Cork to better understand the impact a campaign like Grow it Forward can have on people and the planet. Please take a short survey here before you start growing to lend your voice.