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Gardening’s still the most radical political behavior anyone can do

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A woman looking at the Victory Garden Harvest sitting on the lawn, waiting to be stored away for the winter. Photo, Oct 1943, Walter Sanders.

Democracy needs gardeners! My liberating DIY revolution

By Megan Mayhew Bergman
Salon
Mar 2, 2014
Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of the story collection “Birds of a Lesser Paradise”

Excerpt:

When my husband and I first moved to our house in downtown Raleigh, N.C., nine years ago, we were fascinated by the empty lot between our 1890s Victorian and the neighbor’s bungalow. “That’s where the victory garden used to be,” my neighbors said, pointing to a slightly shaded quarter of an acre. This garden existed, of course, before the Krispy Kreme was built and the drunks used to sip 40s and eat glazed doughnuts behind our fence.

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Asheville, North Carolina Urban Farm grows vegetables, minds

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Sherrye Coggiola watches as Joey Cagle, checks on basil being grown hydroponically at the Asheville Urban Farms facility, in a warehouse off Amboy Road.

Coggliola and her husband, Anthony, want to take their model of hydroponic farming to the corners of the Earth, to help solve food insecurity and agriculture problems.

By Mackensy Lunsford
Citizen-Times
Feb 28, 2014

Excerpt:

Asheville Urban Farms is a model of an efficient farm, a teaching tool, and a commerce-generating machine in an unassuming former solar-panel manufacturer’s warehouse by the French Broad River. Within 10,000 square feet are multilevel greenhouses with shoji-style sliding doors.

The translucent panels conceal shallow rivers of trickling water on which float rafts of kale and microgreens. Sliding aside a panel reveals a burst of light and moist, rich air that smells of growing things. Below the foam rafts are tangled root systems, soaking in the nutrient-rich water.

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First Conference on Urban Gardens in Andalusia, Spain

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By Raúl Puente Asuero
Comité Pro-Parque Educ. Miraflores
Profesor Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla
e-mail: rpueasu@upo.es

On March 29 we will celebrate in Bujalance (Cordoba – Spain) the First Conference on Urban Gardens in Andalusia. Language: Spanish.
The Conference is especially directed to associations and councils that have a few gardens in its municipality or are planning to create one soon.
The Conference will be the start of a series of discussions aimed at creating a network of Urban Gardens in Andalusia in the near future.
If you are interested, you can write to me (rpueasu@upo.es) or to the e-mail 1jornadahuertosurbanos@gmail.com

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