Social enterprise Grow It Yourself - which encourages people to grow their own food and eat healthily - is branching out with a plan to create a GIY farm.

The organisation wants to develop a model of sustainable food and a mixture of food production, enterprise, education and tourism and is hoping to acquire up to 50 acres of land to attain this goal.

GIY has its headquarters in Waterford and was visited by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during their recent trip to Ireland.

According to founder Michael Kelly, developing a farm will build on the success of the Grow HQ, urban farm and education centre and will allow it to create a "world-leading campus" for sustainable food production while also acting as an attraction for tourists, students and entrepreneurs.

"Ideally, the land would also include farm buildings that could ultimately become the infrastructure for a farm education hub that could include a café, farm shop, education and food enterprise hub," Mr Kelly said, adding that GIY is looking for a farmer or landowner "who shares our regenerative ethos" and is open to a partnership or collaboration.

"From a food production perspective, the project would be a small, mixed-use organic farm with traditional breed cows, poultry, pigs and field-scale veg production."

The enterprise would be a model "for what a more sustainable agriculture system might look like, more diverse and working with nature," he said.

GIY already works with a number of bodies across different sectors including Healthy Ireland, Bord Bia and Fáilte Ireland, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Hub.