August 4, 2021

Grow It Yourself? Waterford’s Michael decides to write it himself

Waterford’s favourite Green guru Michael Kelly of Grow It Yourself (GIY) has brought out a new book aimed at teaching children how to live more sustainably.

Co-written with Muireann Ní Chíobháin and illustrated by Fatti Burke, it offers teach tips to children on how to grow and cook their own food.

Michael has been sharing his passion for sustainable and seasonal living for over 10 years now and as part of the book’s launch he is sharing some of the things he has learned in order to have a more eco-friendly Christmas.

“When it comes to the tree, choose a live one; live trees are a renewable resource and are replanted on tree farms contributing to our air quality and ecosystem,” says Michael.

“You could also opt for a potted tree for indoors and then enjoy a ‘Nature Restoration’ activity with the family after Christmas as you plant it outside again.”

Michael also advises to buy less when it comes to the Christmas dinner: “The first tip is to buy less, every year Irish households dump tonnes of food waste, we never need as much as we think so don’t fill that trolley.

“A Turkey and ham dinner with all of the traditional trimmings can see 10’s of thousands of food miles racked up.”

GIY’s Know-it-Allmanac is published by GIY. It is a 104-page hardback and is available now from all good book shops and also online at and is priced at €25.00

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