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1943 – Victory Gardens in Greater New York


“In the closely built areas, particularly in Manhattan, Victory Gardens are out of the question. The return from gardens on roofs is not worth the trouble and expense involved and the raising of vegetables in water culture is not practical for the novice.”

By New York State College of Agriculture
16 pages


The Victory Garden program is for the production of vegetables as a source of vitamins. In 1942 the Victory Garden Program was well underway in rural areas. In 1943 these gardens are still more necessary and the city dweller becomes an additional producer of foods where transportation is not a problem and packages are not needed. Victory gardens represent a patriotic effort as well as insurance against a shortage of vegetables which are need for health.

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Edible Gardening in the Renaissance

The Nuremberg Residence and Garden of Magdalene Pairin, about 1626–1711, Georg Strauch. The text above the image explains that the house and garden pictured here were acquired in 1502 and formed an ancestral residence owned by Magdalene Pairin in Nuremberg, Germany. The garden is arranged into flower and vegetable beds surrounded by fruit trees. An aerial view of the garden is included to the left of the image, and a measuring line is drawn at the bottom of the page to provide a scale for the site. It is interesting to note that the garden appears from above today much the same as it did more than three hundred years ago when this manuscript was created. (From Gardens of the Renaissance by Bryan C. Keene.)

Edible gardens of the Renaissance were as much about pleasure as they were about sustenance.

By Christy Wilhelmi
The Getty Iris
May 29, 2013


Gardening is…well…as old as grass, and while we may have modern innovations like hybrid seeds, tractors, and automatic irrigation systems, the gardens of today aren’t that much different from those of the Renaissance.

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New Scottish Bill proposes that local authority must provide allotments where there is demand

Edinburgh Allotments.

‘Consultation on the Community Empowerment Bill’

The Scottish Government
Riaghaltas na h-Alba
November 06, 2013

This consultation seeks views on a range of proposals intended to give people in communities, and those supporting them in the public sector, a range of new ways to help deliver a better Scotland.

Chapter 4 – Excerpt from Allotments section:

Local Authority Duty to Provide Allotments

173. Under existing legislation, where the local authority considers there to be a demand for allotments in their area, it is under a duty to acquire any suitable land for the purpose of letting as allotments. We intend to retain a similar duty which is set out in this section. Respondents to the Allotments consultation indicated that provision of allotments by the local authority should be linked to and triggered by demand.

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Gaza Urban Rabbit Raising Intervention


A January 2013 evaluation found that two years after the initial support, 50% of rabbit kits that were distributed were still in operation.

Written by Elena Qleibo and Elena Bertola
Edited by Zalynn Peishi, Laura Phelps and Carol Brady
OXFAM 2010


Rabbit Raising intervention

The rabbit raising intervention is funded by the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) and implemented by MA’AN Development Centre.
The rabbit raising intervention seeks to protect the livelihoods of unemployed people and to provide very poor households with increased consumption of protein or vitamin-rich food. This activity was implemented with the intention of increasing household consumption of fresh meat, and allowing beneficiaries to sell surplus rabbits to local markets at affordable prices. Rabbit rearing has been showed to be a sustainable and profitable intervention for small-scale household food production. The intervention was also expected to empower women, as household members recognise the economically productive role that women play. 286 Gazan households were involved.
The rabbit raising intervention was implemented as part of a twelve-month project starting in November 2009.

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