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Civic Horticulture Conference in Philadelphia includes ‘Productive Gardens’

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May 17, 2013, by The Cultural Landscape Foundation & Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Civic Horticulture Conference
May 17, 2013: The University Of The Arts, Philadelphia, Pa
Presented By: The Cultural Landscape Foundation & Pennsylvania Horticultural Society With Support From: Landscape Forms
See the conference here.
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpts from Abstracts:

Panel 2: The Productive Garden

Moderator:
James F. Lima
The Many Forms of the Productive Garden

After WWII, food production as integral to cities disappeared with the growth of globalized industrial food systems. But increasingly across the country, the “agropolis” is back.

This presentation will set the stage for this panel discussion by looking at how productive gardens take many forms, considering the various entity structures that operate and maintain them. Productive gardens are public, private or quasi-public places. Some are small neighborhood plots designed and maintained in a participatory process. Others have emerged within formal campus settings overseen by universities or public housing authorities. Elsewhere, planting beds on the rooftops of sprawling industrial warehouses are a prized local source of fresh produce, eggs and honey for locavore restaurants and farmers markets. The entities that operate and maintain these gardens range from traditional public parks agencies, to conservancies, Friends of groups, to BIDs and land trusts.

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15 vacant crack houses now filled with raised beds, fruit trees, herb beds

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Lu Than, team member; Jon Hopkins, PhillyEarth director; Eric Fulks, Bonzai House Photo by Kim Glovas.

North Philadelphia Urban Farm Project Hoping To Attract Young People

By Kim Glovas
CBS Philadelphia
March 9, 2013

Excerpt:

A North Philadelphia urban farm project is gearing up for the planting season and is hoping to attract young people to become part of the effort.

Philly Earth was created last year with the help of director Jon Hopkins.

It’s a farm tended by young people in the area surrounding the 2500 block of Germantown Avenue.

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City Farmer’s Sharon Slack is also a street gardener

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Sharon Slack in her ‘Bulge’ garden.

Vancouver’s Green Streets’ ‘Bulge Gardens’

By Sara Orchard
The Street Gardener
Monthly News from Green Streets Vancouver
March 2013

Excerpt:

Garden: Wallace and 33rd
Gardener: Sharon Slack
Joined Green Streets: 2006

The use of primarily native plants has made the garden resilient to the Vancouver climate and allows for it to survive purely on rainwater throughout the year. Losing only a few plants over the years, Sharon has found that the coastal strawberry, evergreen huckleberry, sword ferns, dwarf Oregon grape, Kinnikinnick and the dogwood tree have thrived. The one plant that faired too well in the garden was snowberry. Sharon had to remove the plant before it consumed the rest of the garden.

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