Mick Kelly

Founder & CEO

I feel very lucky to work with this amazing team, changing the world one GIYer at a time”

Mick is founder of GIY, a social entrepreneur, author, TV presenter and hacker grower.

He worked in the IT industry for 10 years before starting GIY in 2008 after a chance encounter with a pesky bulb of Chinese garlic in a supermarket.  In the time since he’s most proud of working with an amazing team of changemakers to build GIY in to a leading social enterprise, and build a home for the movement at GROW HQ in Waterford.

He co-presented/produced 3 series of Grow Cook Eat for RTE which is now watched around the world on Amazon Prime.  He is an Ashoka Fellow, a member of The Irish Food Writers Guild and a board member at ChangeX.  He has written 4 books and columns on food for The Irish Times, The Irish Independent and Food & Wine Magazine.  He was the 2017 Local Food Hero in the Food & Wine Awards.

He lives in Dunmore East with his wife Eilish and two young GIYers.

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