Greater Victoria schoolkids to grow veggies

New program aims to encourage support for local food movement

Five Greater Victoria schools will establish vegetable gardens, thanks to a new initiative by the Capital Regional District called Growing Solutions: Local Appetites for Climate Action.

The program also entails a widespread public education campaign designed to inspire people to grow, buy and support food grown locally.

Individuals can pledge to change a food-related behaviour or submit a photo that exemplifies the beauty and benefit of the local food movement. Draw prizes include tickets to the Island Chef’s Food Fest at Fort Rodd Hill, coupons for the Good Food Box, backyard composters, gardening prize packs and more.

“By growing food in both urban and rural areas of the region, we can help to reduce (greenhouse gas) emissions, better prepare for climate-change impacts, and support sustainable economic development,” said CRD board chair Geoff Young.

“This project provides a tangible way for individuals to take action and supports our goal to create a resilient, healthy and vibrant Capital Region.”

Find out more on the website, at www.sustainableu.ca.

rholmen@vicnews.com

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