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Halifax young gardeners invited to CBC’s ‘Dragons’Den’ TV show

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Children involved with the North End Community Health Centre project, Hope Blooms, display their produce in 2011. Current participants in the project have been invited to take part in the CBC entrepreneurial show Dragons’ Den. Photo by Eric Wynne.

Funds needed to get kids to Dragons’ Den

By Michael Lightstone
Herald News
March 20, 2013

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They want to enter the Dragons’ Den, but first a resourceful group of Halifax kids is counting on the kindness of strangers to help get them to a CBC television studio in Toronto.

The children are part of the Hope Blooms enterprise that grew out of a Halifax community garden project the North End Community Health Centre launched around 2007.

After a successful audition in February for the business-promoting TV show, the youngsters have been invited to tape an episode for the next television season. Seven children and three adults are planning to go to Toronto for the April 27 taping.

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Seattle’s ‘Green Plate Special’ – cooking and food-growing for middle school youth

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Summer harvest ladies. Photo by Diana Vinh.

Interview with founder Laura Dewell

By Diana Vinh
Urban Farm Hub
March 21, 2013

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What are you growing this year?

We are growing so much: potatoes, carrots, scarlet runner beans, radish, lettuce (lots of different kinds), turnips, collards, cabbages (lots of different kinds), peppers (lots again), tomatillos, herbs, (basil, mint, tarragon, thyme, oregano, etc.), tomatoes, flowers (including sunflowers), kale, ground cherries, cucumber, squash, winter squash, onions, garlic, peas, beans, artichokes and cardoons (mostly for decoration), raspberries; just about everything that is possible to grow here….which means I’m forgetting stuff!

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City of Montreal gets permanent urban agriculture committee

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Josée Duplessis is a member of Montreal’s executive committee responsible for environmental issues and green spaces.
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The 20-member working group will meet several times a year to discuss issues such as financing of community gardens, zoning and bylaws

By Michelle Lalonde
The Gazette
March 21, 2013

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MONTREAL — After holding a year of public consultations on urban agriculture, the city has announced a permanent working committee to ensure those hearings produce some concrete results.

“Today, Montrealers are taking another step … mobilizing to further develop their community gardens, green roofs, and to inspire the boroughs and neighbourhoods to favour the local and affordable production of foods,” said Josée Duplessis, member of the executive committee responsible for environmental issues and green spaces.

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