Niagara Falls Library Grows on the Go

by Joanna Battaglia, Niagara Falls Public Librarygrow

Grow on the Go is an exciting collaboration between the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eat Smart New York and the Niagara Falls Public Library. Patrons at the Niagara Falls Public Library were able to sign up for a shopping cart full of seeds and healthy vegetable seedlings. We had a Planting Party to get everyone started followed by biweekly Cart Clinics at the library to brainstorm common garden problems and plan meals with the bounty.

We were thrilled to be able to offer this program in an urban environment with many apartment dwellers and renters who face challenges in both gardening and access to healthy food. Providing a mobile garden to those who don’t have much green space helps get healthy food from their front porch to their plates in no time. Our participants loved being able to literally watch their garden grow throughout the summer, and so did we. This year the program will be expanding to the LaSalle Branch of the Niagara Falls Public Library and the Doris Jones Family Resource Center.

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Here is is some of the media coverage of the program:

WKBW – “Grow on the Go” promotes healthy eating in Niagara Falls
Buffalo News – Shopping carts set course for healthier diets in Niagara Falls
Buffalo Healthy Living – Grow on the Go
WBLK – Grow on the Go Program in Niagara Falls Helps Those in Need
Niagara Gazette – Grow a garden in a cart!

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