The Wild And The Cultivated – Alys Fowler And Michael Kelly
Date: Saturday 4th May
Location: The Ballymaloe Cookery School
Workshop and Garden Walk
Foraging expert Alys Fowler and GIY founder Michael Kelly will bring you on a walk through the gardens of the Ballymaloe Cookery School. Along the way Alys will forage and in the glasshouses Michael will pick vegetables. We will return to the school to discuss nature’s gifts.
Alys Fowler is a gardener who loves food. She started gardening in her early teens and after leaving school she trained with the Royal Horticultural Society, The New York Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
Alys went to University College London to study a Masters in Society, Science and the Environment
Alys has worked as a journalist for the trade magazine, Horticulture Week and became editor of Landscape Review. Broadening her media work, she started working on BBC’s Gardener’s World as a horticultural researcher on both the main programme and the one-hour specials, including the ground-breaking ‘Parks’. Alys has presented on Gardeners’ World and Hampton Court Flower Show. She also presented her own series, The Edible Garden in 2010. She has published four books including The Thrifty Gardener, The Edible Garden and the Thrifty Forager.
Michael Kelly is a writer and social entrepreneur. In 2009 he established GIY (Grow it Yourself) to create a healthier, more sustainable world where people grow their own food. GIY is a growing, world-wide movement to support back-yard and community food growing by getting GIYers together in the community and online to exchange skills, knowledge and produce. There are over 100 GIY groups and approximately 30,000 GIYers in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Michael is an Ashoka Fellow, a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland awardee and a recipient of the inaugural 2010 Arthur Guinness Fund. He is a member of the TASTE Council of Ireland and a board member of the Green Sod Land Trust.