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Community Gardens Make a Comeback in British Columbia First Nations Communities

Photo: In Canim Lake, the BEADS project teaches horticultural techniques and traditional gathering and preserving of indigenous foods.

Victoria, B.C. – August 19, 2008
First Nations communities around B.C. are reclaiming their horticultural roots, thanks to a joint federal provincial funding program.

In the last five years, almost 40 communities have received grants through the Aboriginal Agriculture Initiative (AAI) to establish community and allotment gardens, build greenhouses and watering systems, and buy tools, bedding plants and seeds. The intention, according to Archie Deneault, chair of the AAI Advisory Committee, is to help Aboriginal people achieve self-sufficiency through participation in viable, diverse agri-food opportunities.

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Swedish Allotment Gardens


Photo of Jens Larsson’s Allotment Garden.

By Lena Boström, (2007) 38 pages – In Swedish
Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science

“The movement of the allotment gardens reached Sweden in the beginning of the last century. The allotment gardens quickly spread among the big towns from Malmö in the south and to the far north of the country. Today, there are about 42 000 owners of allotment gardens in Sweden. This work will show the differencies and similarities comparing the original ideas of allotment gardens with how they are used today. The specific questions were; what are the reasons to acquire an allotment garden; is it used for raising vegetables and fruit or only for growing flowers; is what is cultivated there also gathered and used or is it cultivated only for the pleasure of gardening; and finally how the owners of the allotment gardens spend their time there – by cultivating the land or by recreational activities.

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New Distance Learning Course on the Dimensions of Urban Agriculture.

The course will start September 2008 and will be taught
by Diana Lee-Smith and Wendy Mendes. Diana Lee-Smith is the former coordinator of the Urban Harvest programme in South Africa and has supported various cities, like Kampala (Uganda), Nakuru and Nairobi (Kenya), Yaounde (Cameroun) among others in developing urban agriculture research, programmes and policies. Diana is currently writing two books onurban agriculture and health, and gender and urban agriculture respectively.

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Watch British Guerilla Gardeners in Action

See a short-documentary on guerrilla gardening starring Richard Reynolds, the author of “On Guerrilla Gardening.” The piece basically shows the process, preparation and troops needed to go out on a gardening mission.
From Current TV.

Link with comments on Current TV here.

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