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Grow Your Own (2007 film) – comedy

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British gardeners at a Merseyside allotment feel resentment when some refugees are given plots of land at their site.

Grow Your Own is a 2007 British comedy film directed by Richard Laxton, and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Carl Hunter. It stars Benedict Wong, John Henshaw, Eddie Marsan, Pierce Quigley, Omid Djalili, Alan Williams, Philip Jackson, and Olivia Colman. The film centres on a group of gardeners at a Merseyside allotment, who react angrily when a group of refugees are given plots at the site, but after they get to know them better, soon change their minds. The film was previously known under the title The Allotment.

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June 5, 2016   Comments Off on Grow Your Own (2007 film) – comedy

Gardening is regaining its coolness

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Digging in the dirt for food has acquired status.

By Monique Keiran
Times Colonist
May 29, 2016

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Then two wars brought about economic and social change. The Depression and Second World War saw renewed gardening vigour at the household scale. At first, it was prompted by necessity, then by patriotism. The food fed the family, with abundance swapped among neighbours and friends.

After the war, most Victory gardens were plowed under and sodded over. Stay-at-home moms tended what remained, as well as the new flowerbeds, while dad cranked up the lawnmower on the weekend.

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Baltimore vertical farmers teach restaurants to grow microgreens

micrLarry Hountz and his wife, Zhanna, founded City-Hydro, an urban farm that uses LED lights and water to grow microgreens out of a second-floor room of their rowhouse near Patterson Park. They supply a dozen local restaurants with fresh microgreens and have expanded into selling equipments to help several restaurants start their own growing rooms. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun). Also see video on website. Click on image for larger file.

City-Hydro, an urban farm that grows microgreens for local restaurants, is piloting an onsite growing program for restaurants.

By Sarah Meehan
The Baltimore Sun
May 31, 2016
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Tucked in a back corner of La Cuchara’s dining room, baby radishes, lemon basil, arugula, sorrel and dill stretch their tiny leaves beneath the glow of LED lights, waiting to be snipped, sprinkled on dishes, briefly admired and gobbled up by diners.

The Woodberry restaurant is among the first in Baltimore growing microgreens onsite using a process created by the urban farm City-Hydro.

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