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Interested in Growing your own Food?


Then come along to the first Meeting of Grow It Yourself

North Down!


With our economy in a perilous state and increasing concerns about the quality of our food system, there is unprecedented interest in producing organic food in back gardens, allotments and community gardens.


Unfortunately, right at the time when it would be most useful, there is a deficit of practical expertise about growing food.


As individuals and as a society we have lost the necessary knowledge and skills that a generation ago were taken for granted.


GIY’s vision is for a healthier, more connected and more sustainable world where people grow their own food. 


The organisation brings people together in community groups and online to inspire and empower them to grow vegetables. 


There are over 100 GIY community groups and approximately 12,000 people involved in the movement around Ireland.


GIY group activities include monthly meetings, talks and demos; garden visits, seed and seedling swaps; produce bartering, mentor panels and grower’s materials.


Meetings are free of charge, and open to all – beginners and experts, young and old!


The GIY website allows you to connect and share ideas with fellow growers and also includes information on GIY groups nationwide, a web-shop, as well as wheelbarrow loads of information - video tutorials, daily tips, articles, veg directory, photos and monthly grower’s calendars.


Registered members receive a weekly ezine featuring news, tips and seasonal recipes.


GIY was founded by author and journalist Michael Kelly.

Patrons of the organisation include Darina Allen, Clodagh McKenna, Klaus Laitenberger, Ella McSweeney and Joy Larkcom and the organisation is proudly supported by Woodies DIY, AIB, Innocent, Bord Bia, The Arthur Guinness Fund, Ashoka and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland.


Your local GIY group needs a mix of interests, abilities and experience to make this a success – so don’t be shy.


Come along and bring any family, friends or neighbours who might be interested too.


GIY North Down will be based in the constituency office Steven Agnew MLA - Leader of The Green Party in Northern Ireland.


The first information and sign up meeting takes place on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 6.30pm at 76 Abbey Street, Bangor, BT20 4JB – telephone 028 9145 9110.


There will be a half hour talk by Mick McEvoy on GIY, live music, drinks and nibbles and the unveiling of our garden/allotment space at the back of the office.


Everyone Welcome!


For more information or to sign up contact or or telephone 02891 459110 and leave your contact details and we will get back to you.


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