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GIY's GROW HQ

Michael Kelly | Waterford

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This project was funded!

rewards for funding this project:

€30 +

Get involved now to help us get this incredible project started, and your reward is a signed copy of the GIY grow/cookbook called 'GROW, COOK, EAT' (A GIY Guide to Growing and Cooking your own food) in Oct 2014. Reward cost includes delivery anywhere in Ireland.

€50 +

Get the 'GROW, COOK, EAT' book as above, plus: The green roof at GROW HQ is a living, breathing feature that will be seen by visitors to the centre for generations to come. By sponsoring a Living Sod on the roof of GROW HQ, you will be helping us to inspire a deeper understanding of food in Ireland. Get involved now and we will send you an exclusive Living Sod pack which includes: • Numbered GROW HQ Living Sod Certificate. • Certificate entitling you to a 10% Discount on GROW HQ courses and events for 2 years. • Copy of GROW, the GIY magazine. • Packet of GIY organic seeds.

€85 +

Get involved now to help us make this incredible project happen and get the above plus the following rewards: You will become a supporter of GIY for one year, which entitles you to: - A copy of GROW, GIY's supporter magazine, each quarter (4 editions in the year) - a gift of GIY organic seeds each quarter. - weekly GIY ezine packed with growing tips and advice.

€150 +

Get a signed copy of 'GROW, COOK, EAT' for yourself and attend (with a friend) our exclusive book launch party at a secret venue in Dublin, featuring some of the star contributors from the book.

€200 +

Get two signed copies of 'GROW, COOK, EAT' for yourself in September and then come (with a friend) and join us in GROW HQ when we open for a one-day GROW HQ Experience. Spend the morning in the veg gardens learning how to grow your own food and following a delicious home-grown lunch, spend the afternoon in the cookery school. The GROW/COOK course is usable July 2015 to July 2017.

€500 +

Help us to make this incredible project happen by becoming a Founding Friend of GROW HQ. We will put your name, your family’s name, or your company name on a brick in the very special Living Wall at GROW HQ – a living, breathing feature wall that will be seen by visitors to the centre for generations to come. Here’s the full list of Founding Friend rewards: • Brick in the GROW HQ Living Wall • Framed Founding Friend of GROW HQ Certificate. • We will post a signed copy of GROW, COOK, EAT book to you in September • Invite for two people to our book launch party in autumn 2015 at a secret venue in Dublin and featuring some of the star contributors to the book. • 1 x Free GROW HQ grow/cook course for 2 people, when we open in 2015. • Exclusive Founding Friends Events and updates. • Certificate entitling you to a 10% Discount on GROW HQ courses and events for 2 years.

€1000 +

All of the Founding Friend’s Rewards plus: Experience the good life for real with this very special, exclusive reward. GIY founder Michael Kelly is an award winning social entrepreneur, journalist and author of three books on food and health, including "GROW, COOK, EAT'' and "Tales from the Home Farm". Michael invites you and a friend to his small holding in the beautiful fishing village of Dunmore East Co. Waterford where he will give you a day-long introduction to creating the good life for yourself. From rearing hens for eggs and chickens for the table, to growing a wide range of fruit, herbs and vegetables in your own garden. The day will include a very special home-grown lunch which Michael will cook for you himself using the very best seasonal ingredients that have travelled just yards from plot to plate!

a project by:
Michael Kelly

Who are GIY?
GIY is an emerging global community of people who grow their own food which started in Ireland. When people grow their own they gain a deeper understanding of food called ‘food empathy’ which is a lever to a healthier lifestyle. The GIY movement brings people together to inspire and support them to grow food. Founded in Ireland in 2009 by author Michael Kelly, there are 50,000 people and 800 projects involved, supported by the GIY foundation, which runs awareness programmes and events.

What is GROW HQ?
GROW HQ is a national food education centre by GIY, which will help people to live healthier and more sustainable lives by inspiring and supporting them to grow their own food. GROW HQ will be a GIY training centre, cookery school, café, farm shop and training gardens.

Where will it be?
The location of GROW HQ makes it a truly groundbreaking project. It will be located on a high-profile 3-acre site at Ardkeen in Waterford city, donated by Waterford City Council. The site is opposite Waterford Regional Hospital therefore presents an incredible opportunity to create a highly visible, unique urban growing centre that promotes wellbeing through food. Our neighbours are pretty much all of the big multinational food retailers and fast food outlets - so it's also a great opportunity to show people there can be a different, local approach to buying and consuming food, right where they do their food shopping.

GROW HQ will create a wellbeing legacy for generations of Irish people and teach our children where their food comes from. It will also create approximately 25 jobs, reskill local unemployed and impact 400,000 people in its first five years.

We aim to open GROW HQ in July 2015, but we've a massive fundraising job to do, and we need your help! As part of the fundraising campaign we are hoping to raise €20,000 from the GIY and fundit communities. We hope the project (and our rewards) will be of interest to anyone who is passionate about the potential of food to change the world! Don't forget we don't get a penny of this funding unless we reach our goal of €20,000 so please invest as much as you can, and encourage others to do the same!

A key part of our rewards offering is our groundbreaking grow/cook book called 'GROW, COOK, EAT' which we are self-publishing in October this year. The full colour, hardback book features comprehensive advice on growing your own food throughout the year (written by GIY founder Michael Kelly), and seasonal recipes from a veritable who's-who of the culinary world, including celeb chefs like Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall (from River Cottage), Dylan McGrath, Donal Skehan, Rachel Allen, Clodagh McKenna and Neven Maguire (all of whom have contributed their recipes to the book to help us fundraise for GROW HQ).