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Largest community garden in U.S. feeds the hungry in Denton, Texas

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Volunteer Rebekah Jackson from Texas Woman’s University plants broccoli at Shiloh Field community garden. Photo by Ron Baselice.

Organizers hope to raise 30,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables on the 14.5-acre plot for needy families in Denton County.

By Melissa Wylie
Daily News
4 April 2014

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The garden helps feed those living in poverty in Denton County, where 1 in 5 people lives at or below the federal poverty line and nearly one-third of residents do not earn a livable income.

Last year, volunteers harvested nearly 24,000 pounds of produce at Shiloh Field Community Garden. This year, they expect to harvest more than 30,000 pounds of fruit, vegetables and eggs to donate to nonprofit organizations, such as Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, crisis center Friends of the Family and child care center Fred Moore Day Nursery.

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City Folk’s Farm Shop in Columbus, Ohio

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“When we talk about sustainable living and urban homesteading, people think of hippy-dippy types,” she says. “But we’re really not in that category.”

By Emily Thompson
Columbus Monthly
April 2014

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Amid the many businesses that sprawl up High Street, City Folk’s Farm Shop stands out with a bright orange awning and large logo boasting a chicken on the window. At first glance, the inside of the shop looks like a small-town garden supply store—standard gardening tools line the walls, birdhouses sit atop shelves and trashcans are off to the side. But a closer look reveals those trashcans are actually composting bins, and some of the products are even less recognizable. What exactly is a Nut Wizard, anyway? Customers frequent the store for this nut- and seed-gathering gadget, along with cheese-making kits, how-to books about fermenting, food dehydrators and the Farmer’s Almanac.

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‘Farm City’ author’s new book ‘Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild’

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Author Novella Carpenter on the success of ‘Farm City,’ being a mother and her newest book (release date June 17, 2014)

By John Liberty
Mlive
April 12, 2014

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The topics of urban farming, eating healthier and, when possible, buying locally, are very popular right now, but the conversation can be tricky, too, Carpenter said. The success of “Farm City” has propelled her into an advocacy role.

Carpenter said she avoids “preaching” to people about the virtues of eating locally, or establishing your own garden. She said in low income communities such as hers, families are struggling to make ends meet. As such, many people are eating foods high in sugar leading to an “epidemic” where one in three children have diabetes. Carpenter said one in every two children in her community have diabetes.

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Vancouver’s new Victory Gardeners transform Vancouver’s backyards and rooftop

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At Victory Gardens, Samantha Phillips, Sandra Lopuch and Lisa Giroday are helping to transform Vancouver’s backyards and rooftops into gardens that provide residents and businesses with their own vegetables. Photo by Rob Newell.

Victory Gardens harkens back to the days when people did their patriotic duty by growing their own food

By Martha Perkins
Westender
April 9, 2014

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So the three friends decided to start their own gardening business and called it Victory Gardens. Not only do they hire themselves out to create gardens — they just established a rooftop garden at HootSuite’s headquarters and one for Acorn, the vegetarian restaurant — but they also host workshops and seminars on growing your own vegetables.

Winning the $25,000 prize from the Co-operators’ National Co-op Challenge will help them spread the message even further. They’re using the money to produce an educational series of YouTube videos that show people how to create and nurture their own urban vegetable gardens.

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Students in Milwaukee build hoop house to take agriculture into community

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Photo by Michael Sears.

Highland Community School constructs first external greenhouse at an area public school

By Astead Herndon
Journal Sentinel
April 4, 2014

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Growing Power founder and “farmer-in-chief” Will Allen called Friday a historic day as seventh- and eighth-grade students at Highland Community School began constructing the first external greenhouse — called a hoop house — at an area public school.

The project put tools, pipes and wood in the hands of students, who hammered away under the supervision of Growing Power employees. The project was a collaboration between Highland, a north side Montessori school, and Growing Power, which has gained national recognition for its work in urban agriculture and education in Milwaukee.

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