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GIY Launches Competition To Win A School Garden

They are looking for Ireland’s biggest ‘Know-it-All’.


To celebrate the launch of the GIY’s Know-it-Allmanac, primary schools in Ireland can enter a competition to win a school garden.

The brainchild of GIY’s Michael Kelly and Dig in Diner’s Muireann Ní Chíobháin, GIY’s Know-it-Allmanac was designed by award-winning illustrator Fatti Burke. Published in October, the colourful tome, slightly irreverent, bursting with fun characters, information, trivia and loads of food knowledge, offers children a month-by-month guide to growing and cooking through the year.

Thought out as a family guide, the book challenges the ethos of the GIY (Grow It Yourself) movement, a not-for-profit social enterprise that reconnects people with food. All year long, the team runs food growing programmes that help people to grow food at home, in school, at work and in their community. GROW HQ, the home of GIY in Waterford, has been promoting sustainable food practice through their award-winning zero-waste restaurant (led by Head Chef JB Dubois) and urban veg garden that serves locally produced, seasonal and chemical-free food.

READ MORE: My Life in Plates: JB Dubois

To celebrate the launch of the brand new book, which aims to get children involved in food growing and get interested in seasonal food, GIY have launched a nationwide competition for all primary schools, with a chance to win their very own food growing garden for their school.

Children have until October 10th to answer questions from a quiz online, all based around their knowledge of food and growing food. The finalists will be invited to the official launch of the book at Eason’s on O’Connell Street, Dublin, on October 16th, to take part in a head to head challenge. Ireland’s biggest ‘Know-it-All’ will receive the title on the day and will walk away with a school garden to the value of €1,000, along with a copy of the book for the class and lots of other school goodies.

To enter the competition, click here

The Know-it-Allmanac will be available in October from all good book shops as well as on the GIY's website for €25.