Energia and GIY have been getting Ireland growing with the distribution of 1,000 free GROWBoxes to homes nationwide during lockdown.
Now they have announced the next round of prizes in the Get Ireland Growing initiative, with €10,000 worth of food growing kits to give away to budding growers across the country, regardless of their experience or skill level.
The Community GROWBox initiative will bring the joy of food growing to hundreds of people in one go.
Bespoke ‘seed libraries’ will be popping up in communities across the country featuring 100 packs of vegetable, herb and wildflower seeds for interested growers who are also encouraged to return seeds they don’t use, along with others of their own that would otherwise go to waste.
It is hoped that each Community GROWBox will enable several hundred people to grow their own and in addition provide more food for pollinators this summer.
Any Mayo residents with a passion for food growing who would be interested in hosting a Community GROWBox are urged to apply now at www.getirelandgrowing.ie
Each winner will have the specially made ‘seed library’ delivered to their door and it is hoped that they will place this on a wall outside of their home, inside an apartment building or install it in a local school, club or workplace – any location where they can easily share the GIY journey with friends and neighbours who may just need a little encouragement.
Founder of GIY Mick Kelly says, “We have been amazed at how big a role food growing has played to keep people happy and healthy throughout the lockdown. Growers across the country have been sharing seeds, knowledge and support like never before and the Community GROWBox is another way to support this movement throughout the summer months, the most enjoyable time of year to get growing.”
The winners of the Community GROWBoxes will be announced weekly between July 6th and August 21st on social media @EnergiaGIG. In addition to the Community GROWBoxes, a number of other prizes will be given away on social channels and the grand prize of a community garden worth €3,000 will be awarded to the most inspiring community of growers at the end of the summer.