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How Food Grows with Michael Kelly

Saturday Saturday 14 September 2019
Venue: GROW HQ

Interested in growing some food yourself, or just curious about how the food you eat grows and where it comes from? Join GIY founder, best-selling author and presenter of RTE's GROW COOK EAT Michael Kelly for a full day immersed in real food at the home of the GIY movement, GROW HQ in Waterford. This one-day course will strengthen your connection with and understanding of real food, take the mystery out of how food grows and immerse you in GIY's 'grow, cook, eat' ethos.

Michael Kelly's personal story is about the potential of food to change lives. A random moment with a bulb of imported Chinese garlic in a supermarket 15 years ago started him on a food growing journey that transformed his health and led him to leave his IT job and start the GIY movement. He grows food for a family of four on a windy acre in Dunmore East. His food ethos is simple, no-nonsense:

1.EAT Whole foods
2.Follow the Seasons
3.EAT Organic
4.EAT local or homegrown
5.LOVE your Food
"I think one of the biggest challenges for our society is that we've lost our connection and understanding with food," says Michael. "For me growing food is not about gardening, it's about food. Pure and simple. I am obsessed with real food and what I love about growing it is that it has thought me so much about how food works and where it comes from. My food growing has made me a more informed and better consumer, made me healthier and happier."

You don't need ANY prior knowledge about growing food to come along. Nor do you need to be considering a massive life-change where you'll be growing all your own food. You might not even have the space to grow a lot of food.

You will learn about how fruit, herbs and veg grow, how and when to sow a variety of seeds as well as the connection between your health and the health of the soil where your food comes from. Michael will demonstrate GROW HQ's organic approach to keeping plants and soil healthy, managing slugs and other pests, and simple techniques to get the most veg from the smallest of spaces.

On the day you will get to sow seeds (and take home a newly-planted seed pot), tour the GROW HQ gardens with Mick and enjoy a delicious, award-winning, home-grown HQ lunch cooked by our award winning Head Chef JB Dubois. At the end of the day take home a variety of veg growing guides, and lots of other information to get you growing.

Here's what some previous attendees had to say about this course

Siobhan - "Lovely relaxed environment and after travelling from Dublin for it, the lunch was spectacular."

Jen - Loved the relaxed atmosphere, I felt very comfortable and informed. Michael wasn’t always a gardener, so I felt inspired and confident my GIY goal is achievable."

Darragh – Very inspirational. I learned where I went wrong previously when I tried growing at home. His passion for growing comes across very clearly during the class.

This event is part of Taste the Island.


Dunmore Road
Waterford City
Republic of Ireland

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