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Library Gearing Up To Grow

Super Seed PortraitFour-year-old Jacob Kehl works on a seed tape with the help of his mom Amanda on Monday during the Port Colborne Public Library's March Break Getting Started With Seeds Workshop. The event was a soft launch of sorts for the library's upcoming Seed Library program. - Steve Henschel/Metroland

The Port Colborne Public Library is hoping to sprout a new crop of green thumbs in the city.

On Monday the library held Getting Started With Seeds, a workshop for kids on March break teaching them how to cultivate plants from seed making seed tapes and mats. The workshop was just the beginning, however, acting as a soft launch of sorts as the library prepares to host a new seed library program this spring.

Working with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the library will be handing out free garden vegetable seeds in the spring to community members, asking them to let a few of their plants go to seed with an aim of collecting the seeds and returning them to the library for distribution in the year ahead.

“We want to teach kids how to grow their own gardens,” said librarian Rachel Tkachuk, noting the program will also include programs and workshops on gardening for individuals of all ages. She said given the community challenge’s fourth ongoing theme is “power off and play,” gardening is a perfect fit as it gets kids outside engaged in healthy activity, with the added bonus of some healthy vegetables as they reap their harvests.

“Getting children away from screens was our No. 1 goal,” said Tkachuk, pointing out the library will also have a seed garden set up on its property, bolstering seed stocks and ensuring the program can carry on in a self-sustaining manor.

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Mar 13, 2018 by Steve Henschel Port Colborne Leader

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