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Allotment gardens in Norway


Våland is one of four allotment gardens in Stavanger, Norway. It dates back to 1917 and has 116 plots. Note the cabins and large properties in these allotments. Four videos from allotment gardens in Stavanger, Norway are included in this article.

There are often long waiting lists. Oslo reports of 10-20 years.

By Sandalsand – Global Travelling
01.10.2012

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At least in Stavanger there have been reported cases of plot owners living in their cabins throughout the year, in violation of the rules to only stay there in the summer season. Some have also installed toilets and secured a water supply inside their cabins. On the other hand we find several plots in Stavanger with only a tool shed, or simply nothing at all. (We sometimes make a distinction between a “parcel plot” with a shed on as opposed to the “allotment garden” with a cabin on.)

Allotment gardens organised in the Norwegian association have some common rules. One of them is a maximum price for a plot and the use of the garden board as a mediator in the transaction. There are often long waiting lists. Oslo reports of 10-20 years. The typical size of a parcel is 250 square metres and a cabin may not exceed 28 square metres.

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Public Gardens and Fruit Trees in Northampton, Massachusetts

Free Fruit in Public Spaces

By Help Yourself! a group of volunteers in Northampton, Massachusetts

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Project Goals for Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

Transform much of downtown Northampton’s empty spaces into common places, where fruit trees, perennial polycultures, and public veggie, flower, culinary and medicinal herb beds are the norm!

Bike Path Connector – community vineyard, fruit trees, raised beds

For our pilot project, we picked the 700 foot long Bike Path Connector of the Manhan Rail Trail. It connects Conz St to Pleasant St, and is the backyard of 2 large apartment buildings.

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In Organic-Hungry Hong Kong, Corn as High as an Elevator’s Climb


Plots like the rooftop City Farm are sprouting across Hong Kong amid fears of tainted imports.

“You develop a different attitude,” he said of cultivating his garden, “and it changes your lifestyle.”

By Mary Hui
New York Times
October 3, 2012

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HONG KONG — Kimbo Chan knows all about the food scandals in China: the formaldehyde that is sometimes sprayed on Chinese cabbages, the melamine in the milk and the imitation soy sauce made from hair clippings. That is why he is growing vegetables on a rooftop high above the crowded streets of Hong Kong.

“Some mainland Chinese farms even buy industrial chemicals to use on their crops,” Mr. Chan said. “Chemicals not meant for agricultural uses at all.”

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