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Washington D.C.’s Wangari Community Garden to Expand

Successful campaign on Kickstarter ended in November.

A park and garden for the neighborhood; food is grown for and by neighbors, and the beautiful green space brings community together.

Excerpt from Kickstarter:

Wangari Gardens is a new 2.7 acre garden park being created by its surrounding neighborhood in the heart of Washington, DC. As a very diverse, friendly, and community oriented neighborhood, this area of the city suffers from high obesity, diabetes, heart disease rates, and malnutrition, especially among children. There are few grocery options available, and many residents rely on corner stores which sell little amounts of fresh produce or healthy food.

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December 10, 2012   Comments Off

How a gardening novice tackled urban farming in Los Angeles

A miniature farm in West L.A. Steven Wynbrandt in his garden, which just three years ago was a barren yard with problematic soil. Photo by Anne Cusack.

“There is a Hebrew phrase, Tikkun olam,” he says. “It means ‘Heal the world.’ That’s what I’m trying to do.”

By Lisa Boone
LA Times
December 7, 2012


Wynbrandt eventually grew more food than he ever thought possible. On 3,000 square feet, more than 20 crops spill out of 13 beds, each 15 feet long. Walk the aisles now and you will find cabbages, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, leeks, collard greens, onions, carrots, asparagus, even quinoa. Over the summer, he grew more than 200 pounds of Brandywine tomatoes along with heirloom and Sun Gold cherry tomatoes. Around the perimeter of the garden, he planted 16 fruit trees — navel orange, pomegranate, avocado, peach, dragonfruit and fig among them — to create a sound barrier from the traffic on nearby Overland Avenue.

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