It's time to get planting in Dryden. The Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op is holding the grand opening of their greenhouse tomorrow.

Chelsea Szachury is the Education Coordinator and explains what is going on.

"Our grand opening is on Saturday at 1 o'clock. There will be kids activities, come plant a seedling with your kiddie. We'll have local food prizes as well as a few speeches. Our first youth ambassador will be in attendance talking about composting. It's just going to be an all-around fun event," she said.

The greenhouse was made possible by numerous donations from members and businesses in the community. Szachury talks about what will be grown inside.

"We have 17 plots that community members have reserved. They can grow anything from vegetables to flowers. We also have four school plots and they will be growing everything from tomatoes to peas," she said.

Szachury explains why this greenhouse is good for Dryden.

"This greenhouse brings together the community as a whole. It provides a resource for people who may not have the ability to grow on their own property. It also provides education for the youth in the community allowing them to learn about the importance of local food and why it's so crucial that we sustain our environment and agriculture," she said.

The Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op is also working on creating an online database for growers and producers to see what is available in the region. They're also looking at expanding into Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Fort Frances and Lac Seul.

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