Li­brary grows ver­ti­cal gar­den

The Daily Observer - - NEWS - CÉLINA IP

A ver­ti­cal gar­den is grow­ing in­side the Pem­broke Pub­lic Li­brary.

Ear­lier this year, the Pem­broke Pub­lic Li­brary ap­plied for a grant through the County of Ren­frew’s Healthy Kids Com­mu­nity Chal­lenge to help them to de­velop and im­prove pro­gram­ming geared to­wards healthy eat­ing.

By Au­gust, the li­brary re­ceived the news that it had been cho­sen as a re­cip­i­ent of a $2,000 grant to go to­wards the pur­chase of a tower gar­den. The li­brary in­stalled the aero­ponic grow­ing sys­tem in­side the chil­dren’s depart­ment and the gar­den was planted at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber. Now, af­ter more than four weeks, a healthy va­ri­ety of fresh greens and herbs are sprout­ing through the soil.

To in­cor­po­rate the ver­ti­cal gar­den within the li­brary’s pro­gram­ming, a Gar­den­ing & Healthy Cook­ing Club will be tak­ing place ev­ery other Satur­day at 11:30 a.m., with the first ses­sion kick­ing off on Oct. 14. Kids and par­ents will be able to en­gage in the classes to­gether, as they learn how to take care of a gar­den and how to make healthy meals us­ing the fruits and veg­eta­bles from that gar­den.

The Pem­broke Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety will be as­sist­ing with the pro­gram by teach­ing the skills and tech­niques in­volved with gar­den­ing. Lo­cal or­ganic farmer Ja­son O’Brien will be prov­ing the fresh or­ganic veg­eta­bles used for the classes.

“We’ll talk to kids and their par­ents about the ben­e­fits of healthy eat­ing and we’ll share re­sources pro­vided by the County of Ren­frew,” Liout­sia Schizkoske, Pem­broke Pub­lic Li­brary chil­dren’s li­brar­ian.

The pro­gram is free to at­tend but regis­tra­tion is re­quired and can be done in per­son, on­line or by phone at 613-732-8844.

CÉLINA IP / DAILY OB­SERVER

Pem­broke Pub­lic Li­brary chil­dren's li­brar­ian Liout­sia Schizkoske pos­ing next to the li­brary's new Tower Gar­den which was funded by a grant from the County of Ren­frewís Healthy Kids Com­mu­nity Chal­lenge.

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