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Kids Get Growing In The Garden - An Our Food Future 10-point Recovery Plan Project

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Kids Get Growing In The Garden

Within hours of the launch of Kids Get Growing, all 700 kits have been reserved.

Guelph, Ont – Despite recent snow and colder temperatures, it’s May and that means it’s time to get to work in the garden. This month, 700 children and youth in Guelph-Wellington will be able to pick up a free at home gardening kit as part of Grow Back Better: Our Food Future’s new 10-point recovery plan to respond to COVID-19.

The Kids Get Growing Garden Kits is one of the first initiatives to launch as part of Grow Back Better, and is being offered in partnership with the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph.

“We recognize that home gardening is a great way to provide food for the family, learn more about where food comes from, and spend time together while being able to maintain physical distance from others,” says Barb Swartzentruber, executive director, Smart Cities Initiative.

Each kit includes materials and resources that families need to start a home garden:

  • planting soil,
  • vegetable seeds,
  • a seedling,
  • a food grade bucket, and
  • instructions to guide the gardening process.

Sign up today

To ensure that physical distancing guidelines are followed, families are required to sign up for a free kit in advance, selecting the time and location of pickup. Kits are available for pickup on May 22, rain or shine.

Family-friendly activities and gardening tips from Our Food Future and partners will be posted on foodfuture throughout the season.

Don’t want a full kit or want to design your own? No problem! A downloadable BYO (Build Your Own) Gardening Kit guide will be posted on foodfuture.ca  (See link below) on May 22! Get growing with other families across Guelph-Wellington.

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