Gwinnett County Public Library was awarded a grant funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services to add a tower garden to each branch location. This grant was a Sparks Ignition Grant and has been named "Homegrown Gwinnett."
Please continue reading below to find out more about the benefits of having these tower gardens in the library.
What is a tower garden?
Tower gardening is a way to grow more fresh produce by planting vertically and exposing the plant’s roots to a steady stream of water and nutrients from minerals. So, on one vertical “pole” there can be many different plant types such as herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers, growing on a single pole and fed by one recycling stream of water. Plants grown this way grow faster.
The tower gardens and the produce that they are producing are being used in a variety of ways throughout the library system including but not limited to:
- Donations to food pantries
- Harvesting programs in which customers of all ages can participate
- Salad in a Jar programs
- Plant themed storytimes and craft activities
- And many more...
Many branches have had successful harvests from their tower gardens and the library has been able donate many pounds of fresh produce to area agencies. If you have questions or want to find out more about how the tower gardens work ask one of our staff members.