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London food-growing project seeks its 2,012th and final garden

London’s Mayor supports urban agriculture.

Capital Growth will continue to run into 2013, supporting people to grow food in London and providing events and training.

By Rhiannon James
City Planter UK
November 8th, 2012

Excerpt:

A campaign to create 2,012 community food-growing spaces in London by the end of 2012 is to reach its climax this month with a competition to find the final plot.

Capital Growth’s search for its 2,012th garden is a chance for communities to help complete a four-year project that has created the world’s largest urban food-growing network.

Rosie Boycott, the Mayor’s food adviser, commented: “Through the campaign we have witnessed the amazing ways that Londoners rise to the challenge of limited space, by growing food on roofs, barges, in disused playgrounds, outside offices and in people’s back gardens.

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City of Orlando, Florida says ‘Garden Has to Go’


Jason and Jennifer Helvenston of College Park, Orlando, Florida have been ordered by local officials to remove their front yard vegetable garden at a time when Orlando wants to become one of greenest urban centers in the country.

City orders man to dig up vegetable garden

By WESH.com
11/12/2012

The city of Orlando has ordered a College Park man to get rid of the vegetable garden in his front yard, calling it a code violation.
Jason Helvenston said he never dreamed his garden would get him in trouble, and he is refusing to get rid of it.

He said the garden saves his household hundreds of dollars in groceries, and it’s a source of pride.

The city left a notice on Helvenston’s door saying the garden showed “failure to maintain ground covers.” The notice said to dig up the garden by Nov. 7 or actions would be taken.

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