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The seeds of the urban farming movement: Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California

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Community Garden at Markum Nature Park,founded in 1975 and still growing. Contra Costa County is a primarily suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 1,049,025.

“There are now over 40 community gardens, more than 60 school gardens, three large-scale cooperatives and farmer markets in almost every city in the county.”

By Lou Fancher
Contra Costa Times
08/15/2013

Excerpt:

WALNUT CREEK — In 1975, an urban revolution started with two acres of scrub land and five friends with big ideas huddled in a Martinez gymnasium. Planting seeds — literally and ideologically — for what has become a booming agricultural industry and a common cause in Contra Costa County, one group’s garden begat a movement.

At the Walnut Creek Library on Aug. 10, a daylong gathering hosted by Sustainable Contra Costa and six county garden educator and activist organizations turned their collective energy to urban gardening’s future.

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Kitchen Garden International: 10 women who have done the most for food gardens

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Vandana Shiva, Michelle Obama, Pam Warhurst, Alice Waters, Barbara Damrosch , Amy Goldman, Karen Washington, Josée Landry, Stephanie Alexander, Renee Shepherd

By Roger Dorion
Kitchen Garden International (KGI)
Oct 3, 2013

Excerpt:

As part of KGI’s10th Anniversary retrospective, I’ve been thinking about who’s done the most for food gardens over the past 10 years. I started jotting down names and what immediately struck me was that the first eight or so were women. Now, I can’t say that I was completely surprised. Anyone who has watched minute 15 of my TEDx talk knows that I had already recognized that women were doing most of the heavy lifting in the US food garden movement.

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A Garden of Healing in Brownsville, Texas

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Rosie Bustinza, garden manager and neighborhood organizer, stands along rows of flourishing garden plots at Tres Angeles Community Garden in Brownsville. Photo by Yvette Vela/The Brownsville Herald.

Tres Angeles Community Garden

By Ty Johnson
The Brownsville Herald
October 7, 2013

Excerpt:

Bustinza began recruiting prospective gardeners from the surrounding area last fall, after the group received a grant to reclaim the lot from its disarray and transform it into a garden that honors the memory of three children who were slain in 2003 in the building next door.

The garden is the first step toward replacing those grim memories with a new sense of community, as the city, which purchased the lot and building, is aiming to eventually demolish the building.

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