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Canada: Regina Food Bank launches urban agriculture project

Grade 7 and 8 students, Jacob Exner (foreground), Ella Chay (middle) and Ferison Alcantara (background), from St. Peter Elementary School check out a garden tower, which will be provided for their school for at least a year. Jennifer Ackerman / Regina Leader-Post

Launched by the Regina Food Bank on Wednesday, the Urban Agriculture Outreach Program is aimed at giving students and educators a better understanding of where our food comes from and how it’s grown and produced.

By Jennifer Ackerman
Regina Leader-Post
Sept 20, 2017

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Launched by the Regina Food Bank on Wednesday, the Urban Agriculture Outreach Program is aimed at giving students and educators a better understanding of where our food comes from, and how it’s grown and produced.

There is “room to grow” when it comes to improving young people’s connection with the food they eat, said Steve Compton, the food bank’s CEO.

Garden towers — which hold up to 72 plants and take up about four square feet of space — and growing kits will be provided to 15 schools and community organizations to grow their own healthy produce. The program runs until the end of next summer, but Compton hopes it will eventually become permanent.

Brett Matlock is a teacher at St. Gregory Elementary School. He and a handful of students attended the launch of the new program. He said it’s important for students to get involved in projects like these in order to contribute to the community’s social fabric.

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