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Limerick Libraries are encouraging people to Grow it Forward  

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Grow it Forward – The new campaign will encourage people to grow and eat their own food

Limerick Libraries are encouraging people to Grow it Forward  

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Jade Crowe 

The campaign has been launched by GIY (Grow it Yourself)

The campaign has been launched by GIY (Grow it Yourself)

The ‘Grow it Forward’ initiative has launched in libraries across Limerick and the rest of the country.  

The scheme will encourage people to grow their own produce and to receive the benefits from growing their own food. Home growing kits will be available from the nearest participating library branch.   

The initiative will be supplying 50,000 food growing kits. The campaign aims to encourage each participant to inform ten more people of the initiative with the hope that approximately half a million around Ireland will become involved in the programme.  

The campaign has been launched by GIY (Grow it Yourself). GIY, which was established in 2008, supports a sustainable lifestyle by encouraging people to grow their own food produce. GIY’s mission is “to educate and enable a global movement of food growers whose collective actions will help to rebuild a sustainable food system”. GIY’s aim for 2021 is to influence a million people to try and cook and grow some foods at home, school or work.   

The new campaign is in partnership with Healthy Ireland, Grow It Yourself. Libraries Ireland and Limerick City and County Council will be offering free seed packages and growing guides to the first 830 people who contact them.  

Grow it Forward runs on the slogan “Get free seeds, do good deeds” and works with a three-step process.  

  1. Contact your local library 
  2. Receive your growing pack 
  3. Get growing with friends and family 

Each package will include various forms of seeds for growing at home, including carrots, salad leaves, beetroot, tomatoes and peas. Each package will also come with gift tags and a postcard to help share the word.    

Those who would like to get involved can get in contact with their local library branch via email or by phone, they will then collect your details. Alternatively, those who are interested can direct message Limerick City and County Council through any of their social media platforms.   

Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, all packages will be distributed via post. However, when Level 5 restrictions ease, it is hoped that a ‘call and collect’ service can be established where participants can collect their packages from their closest participating branch.  

Each participant who signs up for the scheme will receive regular email updates featuring ideas on how to ‘grow it’, video clips and growing tips. 

For more information on Grow It Yourself go HERE

For more stories on Limerick City and County Council go HERE 

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