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GROW HQ is the home of the GIY movement and our national food education centre in Waterford City.  It is the capital of GIY-land, the mothership and a place of joy, healing and GREAT food that embodies all things GIY.  In GROW HQ there are no barriers between where food is grown, cooked and eaten. We can’t wait to show you around. To read about how it all came about and the reason GROW HQ exists at all click HERE for The Story So Far. 

What to expect:

The Location

Set on 4 acres in Waterford City, we’re just across the road from University Hospital Waterford at Ardkeen.  It’s sort of the last place you’d expect to find people growing food, but that’s why we love it so much. Click here for more info on how to find GROW HQ.

The Building

Our stunning eco-building with it’s distinctive green roof was designed by Solearth Architecture to remove the barriers between where food is grown, cooked and eaten.  Our cafe looks out on the kitchen garden and vice versa.


Our award-winning 65-seat cafe serves the most nutritious, delicious, seasonal food and we put our veg centre stage (but we also showcase the finest free-range, local meat, poultry, fish and cheese).  Mostly the distance from plot to plate is about 112 steps. Richard and the garden team grow it, JB and kitchen team cook it, and our lovely customers eat it!  Expect a warm, bright and good humoured welcome with a food ethos that’s home-grown, fresh, organic, healthy and delicious.  If you are time-pressed we also offer a range of takeaway soups and sandwiches. We’re open daily (7 days) for breakfast and lunch from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings we offer a beautiful bistro menu until 9pm. Find out more about the GROW HQ cafe here


Shop for all you need to grow, cook and eat food.  Seeds, tools and books to help your growing, the finest home-wares known to man for the kitchen and the very best food to takeaway.

Classes and Activities

Learn how to grow or cook, or both together in our two dedicated training rooms or the garden.  We’ve got classes in everything from foraging to fermenting, soil preparation to vegan cooking, sprouting to beekeeping.  There are yoga and mindfulness classes in our cosy room upstairs and we’ve got a monthly panel discussion on diverse topics like gut health and soil health. Check out GROW HQ's complete range of classes and courses here. 


Our  garden team are in the process of developing our 4 acres to include a stone-walled kitchen garden, our urban demo garden where the TV programme Grow Cook Eat is filmed, an orchard, edible boundary, foraging trail and much more.  We currently produce our veg in our production garden at the south end of the site, and in a 1-acre garden with two polytunnels at Carriganore.  If you’d like to help out grab a shovel and join our Volunteer Morning on Tuesdays.  Call 051 584422 for more.


There's no business like grow business and we have lots of opportunities to grow your business! From team building days, to outside catering to event hosting we have a host of options for business clients. Call Ursula on 087 7965906 or check out some of GROW HQ's corporate offerings here.