Celebrity chef to promote GIY week

CELEBRITY chef, author, broadcaster and Grow It Yourself (GIY) patron, Clodagh McKenna will be in Ballykilmurry Community Centre, Ballinamere on Tuesday, March 15 from 8 to 10pm to promote and generate interest in the concept of growing your own fruit and vegetables.

CELEBRITY chef, author, broadcaster and Grow It Yourself (GIY) patron, Clodagh McKenna will be in Ballykilmurry Community Centre, Ballinamere on Tuesday, March 15 from 8 to 10pm to promote and generate interest in the concept of growing your own fruit and vegetables.

Offaly Local Development Company (OLDC) is hosting the seminar to coincide with GIY week (March 14 to 20) and it will feature three guest speakers and a question and answer session.

The speakers will include Sarah Fleming of GIY and Klaus Laitengerger, organic lecturer and author. Clodagh McKenna, celebrity chef will also perform a cookery demonstration on the evening.

Following the seminar OLDC in conjunction with GIY intend to run training programmes in various parts of Offaly for those interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables. The training programme will be open to people interested in food growing at all levels, from beginners to old hands and from growing some herbs on the balcony to complete self-sufficiency.

Pauline Hoctor, OLDC, RDP Project Officer, said, “OLDC will work with GIY to establish GIY groups in five areas around Offaly and deliver a highly practical four module training programme that will be delivered by local horticulturalists. These training programmes are focused on those interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables and will give participants a well-grounded knowledge in starting an organic garden and confidently growing their own food.”

The programme will be backed up by the GIY Ireland social network www.giyireland.com

For further information and to register for the seminar contact Pauline Hoctor, RDP Project Officer on 057 9322850, e-mail phoctor@offalyldc.ie or visit www.offalyldc.ie