he Plant a Row • Grow a Row initiative builds on the long-standing tradition of gardeners loving to share their harvest with others. It is a people-helping-people program to assist in feeding the hungry in their own communities.  The program has its roots in many communities in North America.  For example when gardeners produced more in their backyard garden than their family could consume and decided to donate the excess to the local food bank.


The City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library is pleased to host an information session on Saturday, April 20 at the Lindsay Library and on Saturday, April 27 at the Kirkfield Library.  Both programs begin at 10:30 am. 


Scott Jowett, the City of Kawartha Lakes Plant a Row, Grow a Row coordinator will explain and answer questions about the Grow a Row initiative.


Megan Stong from the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit will discuss nutrition, food security and the community.


Representatives from local food banks will also be on hand. On April 20 Roberta Sommerville from the Kawartha Lakes Food Source will discuss how KLFS collects and distributes food to organizations throughout Kawartha Lakes.  On April 27 Sandy Shad from the Woodville Christian Food Bank will talk about how the food bank operates and the needs of the community.


On April 20, Master Gardener Jamie Morris, member of the Lindsay & District Master Gardeners and Communications Officer for the Lindsay Community Garden will explain how community members can acquire plots at the community garden and describe the food donation the community garden has been doing. Jamie will be available to answer questions about the community garden and about vegetable gardening.


On April 27, a question and answer session on vegetable gardening with local growers will take place, and in celebration of Earth Week participants will receive a free tree seedling.


For more information about Plant a Row Grow a Row visit their website at www.growarow.org.  For further information about the information sessions, please contact Diane at 705 324-9411 ext. 1265.