Free seedlings will be available at the Fernwood Community Centre on ­Friday, August 27th form 4pm to 5pm while supplies last

›› JJ Ford

It may feel like the height of summer, but vegetable gardeners know it’s also time to look ahead to fall and winter harvests! Due to our mild and misty winters, many ­common vegetables can be started in the summer, for harvest in fall right through the winter.

To support food growing in our ­community, Fernwood NRG is teaming up once again with Get Growing Victoria! to provide free vegetable seedlings to the ­public. On Friday, August 27th from 4pm to 5pm, we will be distributing free plants on a first-come, first-serve basis. We expect to have cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, swiss chard, romaine and loose-leaf lettuce, broccoli, kale, and parsley. ­Quantities per household may be limited and available while supplies last. Distribution will be outside at 1240 Gladstone Ave, and COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

What’s Get Growing Victoria!?

Get Growing Victoria! is a free seedlings distribution program created by the City of Victoria in partnership with community and non-profit organizations to support communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, the City grew 75,000 edible plant starts at the Beacon Hill Park nursery and over 30 local community partners worked to distribute the free plants to their members impacted by the pandemic. In 2021 the funding for this program was extended.

Local partners also saw the need for educational resources to complement the free plants, so check out ­ for more info on how to grow fall and winter food in your garden!

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