When: Friday, Feb 01 | 2:00 pm - 2:40 pm

Location: ICTC Ballroom A

Days: Friday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Public Libraries. Subjects: Innovation, Maker, and Programming.


Join the emerging trend of growing food for free in public spaces.

Growing and giving away fresh produce in libraries, school libraries, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations is a powerful way to increase food literacy for all ages. Burlington Public Library has led the movement in Ontario with year-round indoor vegetable gardening, in an aquaponic garden designed by Melissa Houghton of Lumago Tech. Library staff and volunteers maintain the system and harvest to food to give away to the public. Library staff create programming around food, and creating indoor growing food systems. These programs have been very well attended, showing that there is public demand for knowledge about growing food and food security.

This panel discussion will include the two library staff members that started the project at the Burlington Public Library, as well as the designer of our aquaponic garden.

Participants will gain an understanding of why libraries are a great place to grow food, proven programming ideas around food and food production, and an introduction to aquaponics and year round growing ideas that are scalable to your library or facility.