Grow it Yourself is an emerging global phenomenon which is garnering an increasingly large following in Ireland.
The aim of the movement, often referred to by its abbreviation GIY, is to connect individual gardeners and community-based groups who have an interest in growing their own food, to share tips and ideas, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of food growth and the supply chain.
There are over 140 local groups dotted around the country at present, but up until now, Longford has been absent from the list.
Rachel Poirier from Newtownforbes is hoping to change all that, though, and the enthusiastic gardener is eager to make contact with others who would like to establish a local GIY group.
“It’s a great outlet for people,” Rachel says. “It’s open to everyone, from hobby gardeners to community groups, and those interested in self-sufficiency.
Explaining the benefits of the group for those involved, Rachel adds that, “The meetings are a great way to exchange information and tips, swap seeds, and help each other out.”
Rachel’s own interest in GIY stems from her own interest in gardening, and she already has lots of experience in the area, as she grows vegetables in the garden at her home near Newtownforbes.
“I grow a bit of everything,” she laughs. “I have root veg, tomatoes, aubergines, herbs, peas and beans - pretty much everything.”
She goes on to explain that growing your own food is something that need not take up a lot of time, and that, “It takes less time to step into the garden to get what you need than it does to get into the car and go to the supermarket. You can feed your family on less money, and it tastes so much nicer.”
Anyone interested in helping Rachel to form a GIY group in Co Longford can contact her by phone on 087 7844267 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Grow it Yourself initiative, visit www.giyinternational.org.