June 8, 2023
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Full of beans: Free kits to show Kilkenny residents how to grow your own food

An initiative aimed at getting more people in Kilkenny growing their own foods has been launched by the local authority.

Some 830 growing kits have been made available for distribution throughout Kilkenny to to get people started growing their own food at home.

These free growing kits, provided by the local council in collaboration with Grow it Forward, have 5 packs of seeds – tomatoes, peas, carrots, oriental leaves and beetroot.

People who receive seeds are then asked to ‘Grow it Forward’ by giving some seeds, seedlings or produce to another 10 people. So far 650 packs have been distributed to homes across the county.

A Kilkenny County Council spokesperson said: “The response has been phenomenal as so many people have embraced the opportunity to get involved in growing their own vegetables at home.

“The Library Service has also worked with a number of other local organisations, such as the Kilkenny Men’s Sheds, the Newpark Family Resource Centre and community networks to spread the word.  So far the feedback has been very positive, people have been getting their seeds planted and are eagerly awaiting results,” the spokesperson added.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the iniative can contact Kilkenny Library Services on 056 779 4160 or email info@kilkennylibrary.ie.

PHOTO: Patrick Browne 

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