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85 Green

85 Green is a series of initiatives at Kitchener Public Library, promoting food literacy and environmental sustainability. Through innovative programs and community collaboration, we hope to build a more sustainable future together.


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85 Green Learning Garden

Located in the Sheriff John Motz Courtyard at Central Library, the Learning Garden will be a place where people can come together to plant and care for vegetables, while building strong social ties.

Over the summer, people of all ages and backgrounds will have the opportunity to participate through programs, events, and hands-on learning and activities.

Learn more about the garden


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Honey Bee Hives

Bees, native bees and honey bees, provide crucial pollination services for both edible and non-edible plants in our community and our world. So much of what we eat depends on the pollination services provided by bees and other pollinators!

There are two beehives at Central Library. They are located on the green roof and are visible from the second floor of the library. Our hives will serve as learning opportunities for our community by being a platform for education and conversation about the importance of bees and other pollinators.

Learn more about bee hives at KPL (pdf)


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Seed Pickup

Did you know the library provides seeds for you to begin growing your own garden at home? Our hope is to promote gardening as well as food literacy, and to showcase the importance of preserving seeds for public use.

Are you ready to plant your garden, or do you want to start one? Check out our self-serve seed pickup, available as of Monday, May 9, 2022.

Learn more about self-serve seed pickup at the library