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Market garden creates an outdoor classroom at Vancouver School

Jamie Latimer, Kathleen Olds, Ilana Labow of Fresh Roots, Sam Kaser and Jane Buckshon will transform muddy school fields into a market garden. Photo by Kevin Griffin.

School project will also be commercial operation

By Kevin Griffin
Vancouver Sun
February 8, 2013


Students at Vancouver Technical secondary school will be digging in the dirt this spring when they begin transforming several muddy areas into a market garden.

The school’s organic garden, along with a similar one at David Thompson Secondary, will be funded through a $35,000 grant to Fresh Roots Schoolyard Market Gardens from the Greenest City Fund.

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Our First Harvest: A Bilingual Garden-Based Early Childhood Curriculum

In 2003, Rebecca Lemos and Lola Bloom took on the name City Blossoms and began teaching year-long workshops in schools, after school programs, and in summer camps. Today City Blossoms works with over 3,000 children and youth all over the Washington D.C. area.

Their book is coming in early March 2013 for early childhood educators

By City Blossoms

After years of teaching children ages 3-5 City Blossoms is publishing Our First Harvest/Nuestra Primera Cosecha, a bilingual year-round curriculum consisting of 30 garden-related lessons plus all kinds of resources and helpful hints. Lessons align with typical educational standards and investigate subjects including:

* Observing plant life cycles
* Learning about insects and their roles in a garden
* Creating nature-inspired artwork
* Making garden-inspired recipes

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Community garden flourishes in Dublin’s Liberties

Weaver Square Community Garden started in May 2011 on a derelict site owned by Dublin City Council in the Liberties area of Dublin. The site contains the Community Garden and 28 individual allotments let out by the council.

“This garden has given disadvantaged youth something positive instead of going into negative things that lead to anti-social behaviour.”

By Stephanie A. Caspelich
The Liberty
Feb 7, 2012


“Three years ago, the neighbors and I became aware of so much derelict space around the Liberties. It was a shame these areas were lying desolate and so we decided to start an action group called RECLAIM (which has since been renamed Weaver’s Square Community Garden),” said Gary Brady, organizer and founder member of the garden.

“We lobbied [Dublin] City Council (DCC), our councillors and let them know we wanted to make it a nicer area to live with more greenery around.”

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Higher Ground Farm will be building Boston’s first commercial rooftop farm in Spring 2013

Group starts campaign Kickstarter campaign to help grow the company

Higher Ground Farm will be Boston’s first commercial rooftop farm, and the second largest open-air rooftop farm in the world! We’re installing our food-producing green roof on a 55,000 square foot space on the South Boston waterfront in the Spring of 2013.

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