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VIDEO: Be part of it – learn about GIY’s exciting new Grow headquarters

For me, there’s something incredibly satisfying about plunging your hands into the soil and creating a space to grow your own. From farm to table, there are so many people out there that get a kick out of seeing something grow up from the ground.

Global movement Grow it Yourself aka GIY, is planning to head up a HQ in Waterford; where an all-new hub for planting, growing and learning will be, as well as a place to learn how to cook with the freshest of ingredients.

They’re currently looking for support on Fundit, and if there’s anything I’d recommend getting behind, it’s this.

For those who are not too familiar with the concept, GIY is a movement that aims to encourage people across the globe to make the most out of the land around them – to take to the earth and grow.

“When people grow their own, they gain a deeper understanding of food called ‘food empathy’ which acts as a lever to a healthier lifestyle”, they note and I’d tend to agree – there’s something rich about plucking fresh food from your own plot.

Currently, there are 50,000 people involved in this initiative online and in the community.

Below, founder Michael Kelly talks about the exciting new plans for the new GROW HQ.

Learn more about the GIY global movement on their website here.

(Image via GIY International on Facebook)

National Organic Food Fair takes place this September in Marlay Park

In the capital this September and looking for a food-filled day out? This year’s National Organic Food Fair is to take place on Sunday, 14th September in Marlay Park, 10.30am to 4.30pm.

This public event is free for all and is a collaboration between the Organic Trust and the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association, and is supported by the  Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.

The organic festival will house lots of outdoor stalls and marquees showcasing the best in organic Irish products, from soups, yogurts, burgers, cider and apple syrups.

Apart from the food attraction, the fair will have many other different things on offer for families such as face painters, balloon makers and a pet farm.

Now in its second year, Chef Clodagh McKenna will return to host cookery demonstrations using organic produce (12.30pm and 2pm).

For those who’re interested about producing an organic product, a range of producers will be giving practical talks on the day. According to organisers:

“The aim of this years National Organic Food Fair is to strengthen and promote the message that organic, local and seasonal foods offer the best quality ingredients for home cooking, combined with the added advantage of supporting jobs, economic growth and local development”.

To find out more from the event, visit http://www.nationalorganicfoodfair.com/

(Image via National Food Fair on Facebook)

Irish documentary explores ethos of sourcing local food within a 12 mile radius

These are the kind of stories and ideas I love seeing coming out of Ireland.

Sourcing locally is an integral part of keeping the Irish food and drink industry thriving and with this new documentary 12 Mile, it highlights the importance of just this.

Filmed by Sean Monaghan of Tall Story Media, the documentary is set in Midleton in Co. Cork, to a backdrop of wonderful landscape that inspires hearty and delicious food.

The film opens by introducing us to Chef Kevin Aherne of Sage Restaurant, who talks about the value of scouting out produce within miles of his establishment.

Sprinkled across the film are hardworking individuals like free-range pig farmers Martin and Noreen, Charlie and Bridie who are bee keepers, Jane who’s from Ardsallagh Cheese, James who’s a highland beef farmer, Derek an organic vegetable farmer, organic beef and chicken farmer Dan Ahern and Frank Murphy, a master butcher.

It’s well worth a watch, and just goes to show how local is best.

12 Mile from Tall Story media on Vimeo.

12 mile encourages the viewer to understand the importance of locally sourced food and inspires you to find your 12 mile.