About GROW HQ

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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. 

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.

Front of GROW HQ home of GIY and set for GROW COOK EAT from the road

Cafe

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 seven days a week 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

The cafe and terrace at GROW HQ by GIY in Waterford

Shop

Shop for all you need to grow, cook and eat. We have a full selection of seeds, some great growing tools and cookbooks, growing books and kids books. Have a look at our online selection here. We also stock some beautiful homewares and kitchen accessories from Kilner, Mason Cash and Typhoon as well as beautiful local Irish brands. 

GROW HQ shop instore Mason cash kilner and typhoon homewares

Classes and Activities

Learn how to grow, cook and be well in our two dedicated training rooms or the garden.  We’ve got classes in everything from foraging to fermenting, the seasonal veg garden to vegan cooking and sprouting to beekeeping.  There are several yoga and mindfulness classes every week in our cosy room upstairs. Check out GROW HQ's complete range of classes and courses here.

Gardens

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 RTE 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 usually something nice to eat as a reward).

TV Garden for GROW COOK EAT at GROW HQ GIY

Corporate Away Days and Events

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 086 0440417 or check out some of GROW HQ's corporate offerings here.  

GROW HQ Corporate cooking class in the training room

The Building and Accessibility

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 straight out onto the kitchen garden. The building was designed with accessibility in mind. All external doors have large automatic buttons at the right height for a wheelchair user. The internal and external flooring is all on one level, doorways are large, tables and chairs are all mobile and is ample space to manoeuvre.