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Mel Bartholomew, an Engineer Who Popularized Square Foot Gardening, Dies at 84

melMel Bartholomew in his square foot garden in Old Field on Long Island. Photo Credit Roger Thurber.

He concluded that 80 percent of a garden was wasted space — “space that doesn’t need to be fertilized, watered or improved, but does need to be weeded.”

By Sam Roberts
New York Times
May 8, 2016

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Mr. Bartholomew turned to gardening after retiring at 42 from his engineering and construction firm — a New Jersey concern that had worked on several State University of New York campuses — and moving his family to Long Island.

There, frustrated with weeding and watering rows of vegetables in his backyard, he applied his engineering expertise to conceive a densely packed, 12-foot-by-12-foot subdivided plot. It soon captured the imagination of aspiring horticulturists, introduced a bountiful harvest of vegetables into diets around the world, and inspired a public television program and a book that sold an estimated 2.5 million copies.

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Gardening the Community inspires Springfield, Massachusetts teens to grow, eat, fresh, healthy produce

prgardA group of children join in the ground breaking ceremony at 200 Walnut Street in Springfield Saturday for the Gardening the Community Organization, a Springfield based youth-led food justice organization. (Frederick Gore Photo)

Between 20-30 Springfield students participate in the programs all year long including field trips to farms, local universities and colleges and community groups.

By Elizabeth Roman
MassLive
May 03, 2016

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Looking across the large plot of land on Walnut Street where vegetables and berries will grow, fruit trees will sprout and a greenhouse will provide produce in the winter, Qamaria Wadud almost can’t believe it’s real.

“This is what we have been dreaming of for a long time,” said Wadud, the youth and farm manager for Gardening the Community (GTC), a Springfield-based, youth-led food justice organization which focuses on urban agriculture ans sustainable living.

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