Celebrity chef Clodagh inspires Offaly to grow

RECENTLY celebrity chef, author, broadcaster and Grow It Yourself (GIY) patron, Clodagh McKenna was in Ballykilmurray Community Centre, Ballinamere to promote GIY week in a bid to inspire people to start growing their own fruit and vegetables.

RECENTLY celebrity chef, author, broadcaster and Grow It Yourself (GIY) patron, Clodagh McKenna was in Ballykilmurray Community Centre, Ballinamere to promote GIY week in a bid to inspire people to start growing their own fruit and vegetables.

The speakers included Sarah Fleming of GIY, Klaus Laitengerger, organic lecturer and author and Clodagh McKenna who performed a cookery demonstration on the evening.

Sarah explained that the event was timed to coincide with the start of this year’s growing season and aims to encourage people who have never grown anything at all to pledge to stick a seed in the ground.

She said, “I hope people in Offaly will be inspired to take a pledge and grow their own. We were delighted at the turnout in Offaly, with over 100 people attending and would like to thank Offaly Local Development Company for hosting the seminar.”

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 thanked Ballykilmurray Community Centre for their co-operation and 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 contact Pauline Hoctor, RDP Project Officer on 057 9322850, email phoctor@offalyldc.ie or visit www.offalyldc.ie