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How A Community Created A Garden From Sadness

Meg Johnson and Brad Holland were behind the effort to replant the memorials’ flowers and plants. They also used the plastic sticks that hold cards in potted plants for crop labels. Photo by Ted Robbins/NPR.

The wounds from the shooting — emotional and physical — took longer to heal than the garden took to grow.

By Ted Robbins
NPR News
January 04, 2013


Brad Holland had big plans for the empty lot he owns in midtown Tucson, Ariz.

“This was going to be my dream house before the economy collapsed,” Holland says. “I had a big empty lot and said, ‘Wow, a lot of good can come out of this.’ ”

He and the neighborhood decided to turn it into a community garden. There are 21 plots and about 50 gardeners. They were about to till the soil for planting two years ago when a gunman opened fire in another part of town, killing six and wounding 13. Among those wounded in the January 2011 shooting was a neighbor who lived across the street from the garden, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Many New Yorkers attend Young Farmers Conference

“The center is one of several places in the region where New Yorkers can indulge their weekend or would-be farmer impulses, or just learn something about what they eat, even if they don’t want to grow it themselves. In its fifth year the conference had sold out [its 260 spots] in 36 hours, with 175 on the waiting list.” Photo by Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times.

Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture Conference

By Kathryn shattuck
New York Times
January 3, 2013


Few flaunt the farm-to-table ethic more proudly than New Yorkers, who long ago jumped on the organic and locavore bandwagons.

Well aware of that the Stone Barns Center addresses farming on a scale and with a consciousness appropriate to urban and peri-urban environments, from rooftop and backyard gardens to the farms of tens and hundreds of acres normally cultivated in the densely populated Northeast rather than those with thousands of acres found farther west. (There is actually more land in urban communities that could be used to produce food than most New Yorkers realize, Mr. Kirschenmann said, citing a map created a few years ago at Columbia University that showed 25,000 such acres inside the city.)

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