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May 24, 2016
Children at Toronto child care centres to plant vegetable gardens
Children at all 52 child care centres operated by the City of Toronto will be planting, growing, harvesting and cooking their own vegetables this summer. The children will soon begin planting seeds for beans, beets, carrots, lettuce, onions and tomatoes.

There will be two photo opportunities on Thursday, as detailed below.

Date: Thursday, May 26

Times and locations:
9 to 10 a.m. – Metro Hall Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 55 John St. (John Street
and King Street West)

2 to 3 p.m. – Ancaster Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 45 Ancaster Rd. (Wilson Avenue and Dufferin Street)

The vegetable seeds were generously donated by the Holland Marsh Growers Association.

Toronto Children's Services has been integrating local foods and recipes into its menus since 2011 under the City's policy on local food procurement. This initiative is designed to teach the children about the importance of local food in Torontonians' daily lives.

In addition to the plantings, other gardening-theme activities will take place at both locations.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Aggie Fortier
Strategic Communications



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