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Montreal’s Seedy Saturday opens the gardening season

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Seedy Saturdays a feature in many Canadian cities

CTV Montreal
February 13, 2016

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For the 16th year in a row, the NDG Food Depot is hosting its annual seedy weekend event at the Botanical Garden.

They’re expecting 4,000 visitors and this year people can buy and exchange seeds. There are also free workshops.
“I like to be in nature, it’s good for the health and very interesting to plant something and look at it growing out.

That’s pretty cool,” said gardener Nathalie Clavel.

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February 14, 2016   No Comments

Moderator of the Church of Scotland formally opened community garden in Bervie

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Brighter Bervie members, from left, group treasurer Phyllis Bisset, volunteer Jim Gillbanks, committee member Mary Finch, chairman Tom Campbell and administrator Sandie Gillbanks. Picture by Chris Sumner.

“With its theme, Voyage of Life, the garden is a reminder of our journey here on earth and a place where you are encouraged to reflect on your spiritual journey and the message of life and love that we find within the Gospel.

Church of Scotland
Feb 9, 2016

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The retired offshore engineer said: ” Our community efforts to create the Voyage of Life garden with its stunning Lighthouse Sculpture, which is effectively a ‘pocket park’ right in the heart of our Royal Burgh, were featured last year on the popular Beechgrove Garden TV series,” he added.

“When people walk round the garden they begin with a launch a slipway, moving into an outfitting basin before they leave safety and head out into the sea to negotiate the rocks and waves.

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February 14, 2016   No Comments

New York: Queens Politician Accused of Demanding $250K Kickback from Community Gardeners

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James Sanders (New York State Senate).

Sanders denied the claims “in the highest fashion,” saying, “The thing is ludicrous. It’s absolutely preposterous and I’m speaking to lawyers about countersuits for anybody who is going to defame us in such a fashion.”

By Nathan Tempey
Gothamist
Feb 8, 2016

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A couple who run an educational community garden in Far Rockaway say that prominent Queens politician James Sanders tried to offer them $1.7 million in taxpayer money in return for a quarter-million-dollar kickback. Marion Moses and Malisa Rivera made the bombshell claim to New York Post reporters, saying that Sanders, now a state senator running for Congress, proposed the scheme at a meeting in 2012 back when he was councilman, and that they’ve been passed over for government funding ever since they refused to participate.

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February 13, 2016   No Comments

1.2-hectare McQuesten Urban Farm in Hamilton, Ontario

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McQueston Urban farm on land owned by City Housing Hamilton.

Merulla says McQuesten is one of the largest urban farms in Canada.

Sam Merulla this year, asking about funding for a full-time, full-fledged farmer.

Reid says professional guidance is important to help the farm get properly started on its first full season. The 1.2-hectare farm is located behind St. Helen early learning and child-care centre on Britannia Avenue, near Barton Street East and Red Hill Valley Parkway. The “farm” was established last year after councillors approved a $350,000 construction job to break ground on the property.

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February 13, 2016   No Comments

Film: “The Seer – A Portrait of Wendell Berry”

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The most powerful way to draw a portrait of such an accomplished thinker and artist with a painfully lucid voice is to attempt to get behind his eyes and to imagine the world as rural farmers see it.

In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities.

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February 12, 2016   No Comments

Silent meditation used to halt construction at the Gill Tract a second time in Albany, California

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Occupy The Farm uses a broad spectrum of tactics, including direct action, to reclaim and expand the commons for sustainable farming and community education

By Occupy the Farm
Press Release
Feb 8th, 2016

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Community members, students, and UC faculty have put forth an alternative proposal to use all twenty acres of the historic Gill Tract as a Center for Urban Agriculture and Food Justice, serving the University of California’s mission of research and education for the public good, while also operating as a productive urban farm that provides students, workers, and community members with access to affordable local produce. This proposal better aligns with UC President Napolitano’s Global Food Initiative as well as the sustainability and climate mitigation policies of the state of California.

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February 12, 2016   No Comments

UK: Eyesore Derbyshire fountain to become community veg garden

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The fountain in Romorantin Place, Long Eaton.

The council were tired of having to empty and clean it after every weekend with the drunks using it as a toilet.

By Derby Telegraph
February 07, 2016

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The popular water feature was used as a paddling pool by local families for many years, but after the water was switched off the structure started to deteriorate.

But now plans are being drawn up to fill the 14-metre-wide fountain with 70 tonnes of earth – and paved walkways will be laid for green-fingered locals to make their way around the new fountain garden.

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February 12, 2016   No Comments

Urban Agriculture Mentorship Program in Columbia, Missouri

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A family shows off their bountiful garden, built through the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture’s Opportunity Garden program.

The garden mentorship program started three years ago with the mission of helping families and individuals with limited resources learn to grow their own fresh, healthful foods

By Caroline Dohack
Columbia Tribune
February 7, 2016 at 12:00 am

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“A lot of times, people want to be able to grow food but don’t know how to cook it. Other times, we give people plants they’ve never seen before and don’t know how to prepare. We’ve had a couple of mothers feeding up to five children before who want to learn how to prepare foods efficiently. Other people have never tried eggplant and don’t know what to do with it,” DeMarco said.

To date, CCUA has served 143 clients through Opportunity Gardens and usually serves between 80 to 100 clients at a given time. It currently has the capacity to accept as many as 45 new clients, DeMarco said.

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February 11, 2016   No Comments

New community garden sprouting in midtown Sacramento

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City work crews put in the framework for Sacramento’s newest community garden, at 19th and Q streets in midtown. Photo Bill Maynard.

Maynard is accepting requests from Sacramento residents who would like to have a plot in the Truitt garden. Those names will be placed in a lottery for 25 plots, each 10 by 10 feet.

By Debbie Arrington
Sacbee
Feb 5, 2016

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Demand for a new community garden in midtown has been building for several years. Fremont Garden, at 14th and Q streets, has a four-year waiting list for new members.

City crews have been rushing to construct concrete borders and build raised beds for the Truitt community garden, the 14th in Sacramento’s program. To comply with a grant deadline, the work must be completed by March 31, according to Bill Maynard, the city’s community garden coordinator.

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February 11, 2016   No Comments

Iowa: Growing Food and Transforming Communities: Farming on Vacant Land

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Volunteers with their harvest at the Waverly Community Sharing Garden.

“The county owns 160 acres in Johnson County within Iowa City city limits, and it’s an incredible resource.”

By Lindsey Moon & Charity Nebbe
Iowa Public Radio
Feb 3, 2016

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Sellz is the first county-level local foods and planning specialist to be hired in the state of Iowa. Iowa State University Extension has been helping to organize urban gardens like the Community Sharing Garden in Waverly, but Sellz’s job is the first position of it’s kind in local government.

During this Talk of Iowa conversation, host Charity Nebbe talk with Sellz about her new post and some of the things she is hoping to do, including an effort called Grow Johnson County, whish aims to turn the old country poor farm into an urban garden.

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February 11, 2016   No Comments

Grow What You Eat, Eat What You Grow

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The Green Man’s Guide to Living & Eating Sustainably All Year Round

By Randy Shore
Arsenal Pulp Press
Sep 12 2014

Randy Shore’s father and grandfather grew up on farms, yet he didn’t even know how to grow a radish. Author of “The Green Man” column in the Vancouver Sun, he spent five years teaching himself how to grow food for his family, and then how to use the resulting bounty to create imaginative and nourishing meals the year round. In Grow What You Eat, Randy reveals the secrets to creating and maintaining a thriving vegetable garden, from how to make your own fertilizer to precise instructions on how best to grow specific produce; he also offers advice for those with balcony or container gardens and others who live in small urban spaces. He then shows how to showcase your bounty with delicious, nutrient-packed recipes (both vegetarian and not), including instructions on canning, pickling, and curing, proving how easy and fulfilling it is to be a self-reliant expert in your garden and your kitchen.

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February 10, 2016   No Comments

“Can You Dig This” – John Legend’s documentary about four “gangster gardeners”

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CAN YOU DIG THIS – Trailer from Delirio Films on Vimeo.

“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”
— Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”

Delila Vallot – Director
Rafael Marmor – Producer
Christopher Leggett – Producer
John Legend – Executive Producer
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South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

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February 10, 2016   No Comments

Vancouver city requirements curb urban farming enthusiasm

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Yet if Vancouver policies support urban farming, bylaws and regulations are another matter.

By Peter Mitham
Business Vancouver
Feb. 9, 2016

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City staff confirmed that council is set to receive and consider a new policy by month’s end “to support and better enable urban farming,” but it will be limited to recommendations; bylaws and an actual business licence legitimating urban farms remain some ways off.

Staff also declined to address other issues facing urban farms, such as compliance with civic zoning and fire code.

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February 10, 2016   No Comments

Air farming: The lucrative business of selling fresh air to those in polluted cities

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In heavily-polluted cities like Beijing and Shanghai, people are paying upwards of $160 for a single jar of air

By Paige Cockburn
ABC Australia
Feb 8, 2016

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Leo De Watts from Britain has jumped on the bandwagon; selling jars of air collected from locations like Yorkshire, Somerset and Wales.

The air from each region is described in elaborate detail that may be surprising for those who do not consider themselves “air connoisseurs”.

Welsh air for example has a “morning dew feel to it” with “vibrant and flavoursome undertones” whilst air originating from Somerset has “unblemished qualities”.

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February 9, 2016   No Comments

Pittsburgh’s St. Clair neighborhood to get an urban farm and new housing

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The Hilltop Alliance Hilltop Farm Master Plan.

“This is really going to be a public community garden for the broader community.”

By Ashley Murray
Pittsburgh City Paper
Feb 3, 206

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The farming portion will include 16 quarter-acre plots for farmer incubation.

“It’s a big issue that people who want to start farming, the cost of doing so is so high and very prohibitive,” said Baxendell.

There will be 60 community gardening plots, as well as bigger lots for larger crops, such as corn. All spaces will require applications from community members. An orchard of 176 fruit trees is planned for the site. Gardeners can sell their produce at a year-round farmer’s market; an on-site community-supported-agriculture (CSA) farm would also sell goods.

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February 9, 2016   No Comments