Grow It Forward

Grow It Forward

Grow It Forward LogoThe Grow It Forward campaign is a collaborative programme between the Irish Public Library Service and the Grow It Yourself organisation that supports people to live healthier and more sustainable lives by growing some of their own food. The campaign will run from 23rd March to 30th June.

This project is part of a national programme developed by GIY to supportGet Free Seeds Do Good Deeds Grow It Yourself the Government of Ireland’s Living with COVID Resilience and Recovery Plan as the lead activation under the Healthy Eating pillar delivered in partnership with the national library network. ​

For the majority of people, the best way to contribute to Ireland’s response to this global public health crisis is to stay positive and stay home. People need to stay physically and mentally well and connected with their family, friends, neighbours or broader community whilst adhering to public health guidelines. Food growing offers a new challenge and a mindful dose of fresh air and optimism, with the promise of great homegrown food to look forward to. It also confronts the vulnerable feeling of not knowing where your food comes from, replacing it with a GIYer’s pride.

We ask all participants to GROW It Forward by sharing their kits as little seedlings, plants in pots or the produce at harvest time to 9 other people so that we can achieve our goal of impacting as many people as possible with food growing.

All of the seed kits that Meath libraries have for distribution have now been booked and registration is closed. 

Registration is also closed on the Grow It Yourself Website due to huge demand.

Keep a look out for the competitions and prizes of garden goodies between now and end of June both on the website and on our social media platforms.

Grow It Forward eLibrary

We also have a Grow It Forward eLibrary with books and magazines that will help hone your gardening skills and provide you with some recipes for cooking the ingredients that you will produce.

For more help and information on growing your vegetables visit the GROW it Yourself website.

We will also have useful tips and links on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and here on the website throughout the campaign.

Vegetable Gardening 101 eLearning Course And you can even do an eLearning Course on Vegetable Gardening 101 with Universal Class.  It's a short 3 hour course and it's free to library members.   


"Vegetable Gardening" is a 12-part course that is designed for beginners to gardening. If you're interested in learning how to set up, design, and cultivate a vegetable garden, you will find the tips and advice in this course to be a helpful way to get started and to keep your garden growing for years to come.

This course will offer you the basics of how to create a garden in your space, while also helping you prepare the soil, choose the right fertilizers, and prevent weeding troubles. Additionally, you will learn about organic gardening, as well as container gardening when space is limited.

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