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Metro Vancouver gardens getting big plant donation to tackle food insecurity

Last Updated Jun 11, 2021 at 12:23 pm PDT

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Community gardens across Metro Vancouver will be getting a big donation of plants this weekend

In a push to reduce food insecurity -- Urban Roots says it's committed to giving 30,000 plants away to over 30 gardens

The donation is valued at around $100,000

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — In a bid to reduce food insecurity on the Lower Mainland — a local market is donating 30,000 vegetable plants to community gardens.

Urban Roots operates seven pop-up gardens throughout Metro Vancouver and will be providing over $100,000 worth of plants to over 30 markets — with the largest donation in Port Moody.

Many of the vegetable plants will have flowers that attract bees and help increase the declining population.

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“We have the resources and I believe, the obligation to take care of our neighbours in need,” Urban Roots Garden Market CEO, Bill Brar, said.

“Food insecurity is a not-so-hidden tragedy in our region and community gardens are an important part of the solution. Growing plentiful and high-quality vegetables can have an exponential impact in providing good quality food to hungry families.”

The plants will be delivered this weekend.