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Canada: Regina food bank greenhouse fills shelves with garden-fresh goods

The greenhouse currently uses 48 vertical towers and they are growing a variety of crops such as broccoli, cabbage and many others.

“Growing our own food as a food bank is a really good way to look at what we do on a bigger scale and provide not only fresh food but also education to the clients and community about where food comes from, what it looks like, what it smells like, what it tastes like,” she said.

CBC News
Dec 09, 2017

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The centre of each tower is filled with compost which is produced by red wriggler worms, who live in bins at the greenhouse. These worms are fed waste the food bank won’t be using, with the worms converting 31 kilograms of inputs each week into fertilizer. This fertilizer in turn is fed back into the garden towers as nutrients for the plants.

“It’s vertical gardening and indoor growing. Controlled environments are definitely a popular thing right now,” said Wenger.

Outreach is also a major part of the greenhouse project, she explained. In the launch of this outreach program, students from five schools learned all about the garden tower, with the food bank delivering students with their own garden towers and all the materials they would need to grow food in their own classrooms through the year.

“We have a lot of interest from people that want to extend their season. There’s so many opportunities with this place. It’s really an asset to our community and we want to be able to share that.”

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