In response to the COVID-19 crisis,  LifeCycles and Farm to School BC have teamed up with the Greater Victoria School District to support the City of Victoria’s “Get Growing, Victoria!” program.  From May 25 – June 11 we will be distributing FREE vegetable plants and “How To Garden” resources to SD61 families and staff. 

The plant selection includes
:
tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, basil, parsley, swiss chard, kale, delicata squash, and cabbage!

LEARN TO GROW

Educational info and “how-to” videos are available to support your home gardening at the Growing Together website.

PLANT DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE

There will be 12 dates when you can pick up plants. We will have approximately 900 plants of mixed varieties available each day. Please bring your own box to carry your plants home in. We will be following COVID-19 safety and distancing protocols so bring along what you need to be comfortable if there is a line-up. 

For details on when and where to pick-up plants, please see the schedule below:   



These distribution days are serving SD61 families and staff so we ask that you do not promote it to others outside of the school community. To learn more about how to access this program through other organizations, visit the City of Victoria’s website.

If you have any questions about the FOOD HUB, please contact Marnice Jones at the School District: mjones@sd61.bc.ca



PLANT AVAILABILITY

There are a few variations in crop availability week to week.  You are welcome to pick up plants multiple times to make sure you get what you are looking for.

If you have any questions about the seedling distribution, please contact: Marcus Lobb  capitalregion@farmtoschoolbc.ca

More About the Project: This new initiative is operated by the City of Victoria‘s ‘Growing in the City’ program and aims to grow and distribute vegetable and herb seedlings to people who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.  This project aims to support more people in learning to grow food at home and to experience the numerous health benefits of gardening. In April 2020, City Council directed  staff to temporarily reprioritize the municipal nursery and greenhouses for the growth and distribution of food plants to be shared over the 2020 growing season. Using existing Parks nursery operations, as many as 75,000 edible plant starts will be grown this year.  

This program provides a selection of the top 16 vegetable and herb starts for easy growing for the novice gardener, and suitable for a variety of locations, such as garden beds in yards, or container gardening on decks or balconies.




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