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2009/2010 New York City Community Garden Report

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Interactive map lets users look at each surveyed item spatially and compare two items at once – for example, gardens that compost AND partner with schools, or gardens that grow food in the Bronx. It also lets users add a few political borders.

Community Garden Survey: New York City Results 2009/2010

By Mara Gittleman, Lenny Librizzi, Edie Stone
Grow New York City and Green Thumb, NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation
2010

• In 2009, there were at least 490 community gardens in NYC.
• Approximately 80% of community gardens in NYC grow food.
• 65.6% of community gardens in NYC compost, and 20 of these gardens will accept organic waste from the public.
• 43% of community gardens in NYC partner with at least one local school, and another 39% would like to.

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Urban Farm Hub reports on Seattle Sheep Project

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Using modern technology to modernize an ancient practice

By Diana Vergis Vinh
Urban Farm Hub
January 5th, 2011

Excerpt from letter from Lydia Strand:

We have in total 19 sheep at various locations in King County- Tukwila, Redmond, Renton – on land that has been generously offered up by private land owners. We take turns checking in on the sheep, using Google Calendar to choose our check on dates, we meet face to face monthly to talk about the status of the project and what is upcoming for our collective flock. We use email to give daily reports on the sheep and keep on task of our shepherding duties.

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Partnership between Drury and Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition receives $300,000 for School Yard Gardens

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Planning and installing ten school gardens throughout the Springfield R-XII district

By Mark Miller
Drury University newsroom
January 4, 2011

Springfield, MO. Drury University and the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) have received a $300,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health. The three-year grant will fund The Dig In R-Twelve (DIRT) Project, which will plan and install ten school gardens throughout the Springfield R-XII district. DIRT, in collaboration with the Drury School of Education, will also provide and teach curriculum to address core state education standards and use the gardens to complement classroom learning by teaching healthy habits in a fun, active, hands-on environment. The grant also includes funds to establish infrastructure for an urban farm in a low-income neighborhood.

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New York City Urban Agriculture – 2010 in review

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Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm business in Long Island City, NY. Photo by Cyrus Dowlatshahi via The Greenest.

Roundup of news from “The Greenest – Superlative Ideas for a Sustainable Future”

By Derek Denckla
The Greenest
January 3, 2011

Excerpt:

What is new now about urban agriculture is increasing numbers of farmers and widening diversity of experiments motivated by intersecting crises in climate change and in public health.

A majority of urban agriculture projects gaining public attention are less than a few years old. There are many bold experiments that are untested with farmers who are new to their profession. So the urban farmer story will begin to evolve from “newness” to a theme of “sustainability.” With so many commentators and communicators recognizing the newfound importance of urban agriculture, I wonder what will happen in this next phase of its development which will be less glamorous, harder to track and thus commanding of less immediately gratifying attention.

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Chicago program has given away more than one million seeds since 2008

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From Seed to table with One Seed Chicago – 2011 seeds are Radish, Eggplant and Swiss Chard

Childhood obesity is a serious problem facing our country, and it is compounded by the fact that many of our youths in urban areas live in so-called “food deserts.” Experts in the field of childhood nutrition are working on remedying this decades-long problem, but there is a short-term solution with potential to change live for the better. Give people seeds to farm their backyards, windowsills, patios and community gardens. Then follow the seeds with gardening information and a network of community gardeners ready to embrace the new crop of gardeners. That’s exactly what’s happening in Chicago, IL.

Through the One Seed Chicago project NeighborSpace, Chicago’s land trust for community gardens, has given away more than one million seeds since 2008. Every year three seeds are put up for a vote and residents vote for their favorite and the winning seeds is distributed absolutely free to everyone who voted. The goal is to unite the city in a celebration of gardening by giving seeds away for free to local residents.

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