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Australia: Community Gardens and Bureaucracy

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Waverley Council’s new ecoPOP (pictured above) is a good example of the steel supply chain providing a contribution to both social and environmental improvement. Click on image for larger file.

“For some reason which alludes me, the council seems to always be revising the community garden council policy. They seem to spend most of their time making red tape and remaking it.”

By Shon Ho
Altmedia
Feb 25, 2016

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“It’s not a complicated issue but council processes make it complicated. For example, the Coogee Community Garden took three years to be built and was very strongly opposed to by all the staff.?Many?people who had?joined the community garden?had left at the end of the three years because they got fed up. They said we came here to garden, not to go to council meetings.”

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New York University Study Defines Social Motivations of Urban Farms

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Vegetable Gardens, Grenelle (Des jardins maraîchers de Grenelle) Henri Rivière (1864 – 1951). Click on image for larger file.

The study, published in the British Food Journal, shows that three of the four top reasons farmers grow in urban areas – food security, education, community building, and producing food for the market – have social motivations.

New York University
29-Feb-2016

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They analyzed data collected from a national survey of 370 urban farmers. Thirty-five questions, covering the 2012 farm year, addressed food production and marketing practices, risks and challenges, information and technical assistance needs, farm size and location, age of primary farmer, and farm characteristics.

The researchers found that food production is an essential part of the mission for all urban farms, but approximately two thirds of farmers surveyed also expressed a social mission. These social missions are primarily related to food security, education, and community building.

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UK: Reclaiming Vacant Properties recognizes seven community gardens in Salisbury

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Local gardens are Camden, where the tour began, and also at Salisbury University, Halo, MAC, St. Albans, Habitat and the newest one, Boundless Playground.

By Susan Canfora
Salisbury Independent
Feb 20, 2016

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Reclaiming Vacant Properties hosts conferences where leaders nationwide explore “innovative solutions for tackling vacant, abandoned, and problem properties.”

The social media event highlights transitioned vacant lots in the country, according to Martin Hutchison, pastor of Community of Joy Church, who also started and runs Camden Community Garden.

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