Iroquois students look to the future with hydroponic growing

Iroquois Public School students and the hydroponic equipment they've been using to grow vegetables. Courtesy photo

IROQUOIS — Students in Steph Guindon’s Grade 6 class at Iroquois Public School started their Growing Futures project recently by installing a hydroponic tower in their classroom.

The students will soon prepare for their first planting of leafy green vegetables and herbs.

The Growing Futures concept, to create a platform to teach kids to grow fresh vegetables using innovative technology and to develop their entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills, was developed by the Parkdale Food Centre in Ottawa.

The program at Iroquois Public School is part of a collaboration between the Parkdale Food Centre and Community Food Share.

Community Food Share received $4,000 in funding from Food Bank Canada’s Innovation Grant.

The grant was made possible through the financial support of the KraftHeinz Foundation. A total of $60,000 was awarded to food banks across Canada to encourage innovation and transformative change within the organization itself or in the local community. Community Food Share used the funds to sponsor the installation of two hydroponic food towers in local schools.

If you would like to participate in the Growing Futures project by either hosting or sponsoring a
hydroponic tower, please contact Ian McKelvie at 613-898- 0781 or

Courtesy photo

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