New food literacy initiative at the OPL: Grow tower to be unveiled at North Gloucester branch

Nov 29 2017

OTTAWA -- On Monday, December 4, Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board and Councillor for Beacon Hill-Cyrville, will be unveiling the first of five grow towers to be installed at OPL branches across the city.

 

The Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, à la carte, is sponsoring this project in partnership with Growing Futures, a social enterprise developed by the Parkdale Food Centre. À la carte brings together local partners to offer programs, activities and events that raise awareness about how we are connected to the food we grow and eat.

 

The vertical hydroponic grow towers will produce greens and tender herbs that will be harvested by local groups, with a portion of the proceeds to be re-invested into Growing Futures. These innovative grow towers have flourished at several Ottawa schools, community centres and at City Hall, with the benefits felt, enjoyed and tasted by the community.

 

“The grow towers are wonderful tools for the Library to use in food literacy programming, through which we also advance our work to build community and develop local partnerships. I’m delighted to unveil the first OPL grow tower at my local branch, North Gloucester!” said Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library Board and Councillor for Beacon Hill-Cyrville.

 

Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, à la carte, is funded by a grant from the Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund, administered by the Government of Ontario.

 

WHEN: Monday, December 4, 2:30 p.m.

 

WHAT: Grow tower launch with OPL Board Chair Tim Tierney, Sue Hall, Project Lead, Growing Futures and Karen Secord, Manager Parkdale Food Centre

 

WHERE: North Gloucester branch, 2036 Ogilvie Road

 

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, physical and virtual at BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, mobile libraries, and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people. Follow us on Twitter Twitter.com/OPL_BPO and like us on Facebook Facebook.com/BiblioOttawaLibrary. Contact us at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca. If it’s out there, it’s in here!

 

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