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American Society of Botanical Artists publishes coloring book

Colorful Edibles

Project Coordinators: Bobby Angell and Wendy Hollender
Designer: Charlotte Staub Thomas
Editor: Bobbi Angell

A coloring book featuring contemporary botanical art created by members of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Thirty-six pen and ink drawings of fruit and vegetables are paired with information about the origins and the uses of each fruit and vegetable.

Truly a coloring book for all ages. Garden teachers will find this activity book to be a helpful teaching tool. A great gift idea for gardeners and a unique raffle/auction item for garden clubs or community gardens.

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June 30, 2012   Comments Off on American Society of Botanical Artists publishes coloring book

Community gardens help Ethiopia’s urban poor grow


Members of an urban garden in Allem Genet. Photo by Borja Santos Porras. More excellent photos in article.

Since 2008 in Ethiopia, the Urban Gardens Program has strived to improve the general health and incomes of women, orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS, through urban agriculture.

By Borja Santos Porras, Debre Zeit
Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Africa
25 June 2012

Excerpt:

“My husband died from HIV/AIDS years ago and then I lost my first daughter the same way,” says Sishae, an elderly widow who works in a community garden established in 2010 in the town of Debre Zeit, an hour south of Addis Ababa.

“By working in the garden I now have some income to help support my children and my grandchildren,” she explains.

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June 30, 2012   Comments Off on Community gardens help Ethiopia’s urban poor grow