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Toronto: Connecting urban farmers looking for spaces with spaces looking for purpose

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Growing Connections

Animation: Serena Pollastri
Music & Package Design: Kevin Liu
Script: Brian VanderWerff & Kevin Liu
Website Design: Gena Flores & Serena Pollastri
Heehaw & moral support: John Gallinski

Description:

Growing Conections is about connecting hopeful urban farmers with the tools and capabilities to start their own plot. If there is no space available to them in their home, they can connect with businesses and individuals not using their fields/rooftops/etc to rent a plot.

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March 4, 2013   Comments Off on Toronto: Connecting urban farmers looking for spaces with spaces looking for purpose

Civic greening and environmental learning in public-access community gardens in Berlin

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Map displaying community gardens and public-access community gardens in Berlin.

Gardeners learned about soil quality, shade patterns and heat levels in different parts of the garden, Berlin climate or local wind patterns.

By Pim Bendt, Stephan Barthel, Johan Colding
Pages 18-30 in Landscape and Urban Planning
Volume 109, Issue 1, Pages 1-128 (January 2013)
Special Issue: Urban Ecosystem Services

Abstract

We analyse environmental learning in public-access community gardens (‘PAC-gardens’) in Berlin, representing public green spaces that are collectively managed by civil society groups. Through extensive fieldwork, and drawing upon social theories of learning, we describe learning communities in four PAC-gardens and analyse factors that influence participation and boundary interaction, that is when experiences brought in from the outside encounter socially defined competences.

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Princess Park Children’s Play Garden in Toronto

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Our garden has 4 kinds of fruit trees; apple, pear, peach and cherry.

By Dan O’leary
Coordinatinor Princess Park Children’s Play Garden
March 3, 2013

Its the first week of March and the time to prune fruit trees is now.  

Pruning means to cut away unwanted branches. Pruning devices are used to make the cuts.  They are like oversized scissors and are  called secateurs.  Pruning is done to control shape of the tree,  remove diseased areas  and take off branches that touch so fruit production is maximized.  

Our garden has 4 kinds of fruit trees; apple, pear, peach and cherry.

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