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British Columbia University Opens Campus Food Garden

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Sustainable Simon Fraser University (SFU) Learning Garden

By Chris Reid
Shifting Growth
April 2013

Shifting Growth was awarded the Request for Proposal to undertake the community consultation, design, and garden installation of the ‘Sustainable SFU Learning Garden’ – a temporary garden on a vacant, under-utilized piece of land in the heart of SFU’s Burnaby Campus. The Sustainable SFU Learning Garden is a new garden facility near SFU Burnaby’s Convocation Mall. This new garden is a student-centered education and social space. Members will learn how to grow, eat, and share campus-grown food while making SFU Burnaby a more sustainable community.

All garden features are atop of shipping pallets, allowing the Sustainable SFU a 3-year agreement for the land to utilize as a temporary growing space. Constructed with BC cedar and black hinges, the garden beds sit at varies height.

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Philadelphia crowdfunds its first municipal project – Rivera Community Garden

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The garden will have special areas for children and adult gardeners.

Fifty “citizenvestors” donated a total of $2,163 dollars to fund the garden

By Alex Wigglesworth
Metro
April 22, 2013

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The Rivera Community Garden at the Rivera Recreation Center in North Philadelphia will be transformed into a 40-by-60-foot fenced in garden with smaller raised beds for children and larger beds for adults.

Fifty “citizenvestors” donated a total of $2,163 dollars to fund the garden through the site.

The money will go toward the city Department of Parks and Recreation, which will use it to purchase and plant greens.

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Community Garden Weight Loss: Gardeners Have Better Weight Than Neighbors And Siblings

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A new study looks at the difference between gardeners and their neighbors. The gardener’s likelihood of being obese is far lower than the foodie, non-gardener’s.

A new study recommends that city planners and public health officials take a new tack when it comes to keeping their communities healthy: gardening.

By Ansa Varughese
Medical Daily
Apr 23, 2013

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Working in a community garden could mean the difference between obesity and healthy weight, a new study suggests.

Researchers culled measurements of body fat and weight from community gardeners and non-gardeners and found that the gardeners weighed less than their non-farming neighbors. It wasn’t just luck of the draw, either; gardeners were shown to have a lower body-mass index than their non-gardening siblings.

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