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Mother Earth’s Children – The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables – 1914

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“I’ll be grown up,” said Caraway,
“And out of school Thanksgiving Day;
And that’s a good thing, too, ’cause you see,
They can’t make cookies without me.”

100 beautiful illustrations! Highly recommended! (Mike)

By Elizabeth Gordon
Illustrations M.T Ross
P.F. Volland and Co. Chicago
1914

A seed, little friends, is really a plant or a tree all wrapped up in a little brown bundle. If you plant it in the ground it will grow, and when it is old enough it will bear fruit, because God has made it so.

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September 8, 2009   1 Comment

Campus to serve as national model for community gardening and environmental education

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More than 45,000 individual plants, shrubs and trees have been planted by Franklin Park Conservatory staff members and volunteers on The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus. Forty individual plots are available for community rental on the campus. Photo credit: Franklin Park Conservatory.

Franklin Park Conservatory Unveils The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus in September

(August 25, 2009 – Columbus, Ohio) – Franklin Park Conservatory announces the opening and dedication of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus on September 9, 2009. Located on the grounds of Franklin Park Conservatory, the campus will serve as a national model for community gardening development, education and outreach.

“In communities across the country, Americans are experiencing the pride associated with the renewal of community gardening,” said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO, ScottsMiracle-Gro. “At ScottsMiracle-Gro, we are equally proud to support this growing movement through the establishment of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus, a national resource for community gardening.”
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An Urban Farm in Bremerton, Washington

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Start Now Gardens on Bloomington Avenue

by Jean Schanen

My husband and I operate an urban farm on Bloomington Avenue in Bremerton, Washington. At first our goal was to grow our own food. That was easy. Then a neighbour who loved gardening, but no longer could, gave us space in her yard for garden beds, and the neighbour on the other side, who didn’t want to have to mow the inconvenient front strip of his yard, gave us more space.

More beds on the roof, more beds along the alley, and soon we were raising enough vegetables and berries to stock a table at the farmers market. We are now the proprietors of an urban farm, set right in our busy neighbourhood!

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1889 – Lydia Williams feeding chickens in the garden of her cottage – New Zealand

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Lydia Williams feeding chickens in the garden of her cottage at Carlyle Street, Napier, [ca 1889]

Photographer William Williams.
Glass negative
Photographic Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library

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