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City of Atlanta Expands Urban Agriculture with Support from GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace Program

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Atlanta Fire Station 11.

GRO1000 is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and greenspaces in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe by 2018, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary.

News Release
Mayor’s Office
June 17, 2016

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta today announced that it received a $40,000 grant from The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company and The U.S. Conference of Mayors through the GRO1000 Gardens and Greenspaces Grant Awards Program. The funding will facilitate the expansion of three successful urban agriculture programs across Atlanta, including Covenant House Georgia’s urban garden, the Atlanta Fire Station Gardens Project and the Vine City EcoDistrict community gardens. The announcement was made today at the GRO1000 Atlanta kickoff event at Covenant House Georgia.

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Brooklyn Community Garden Shut Down for Allegedly Growing Weed

brokkThe Green Gems community garden in East New York.

“GreenThumb takes these violations of the license seriously, as well as the potential harm to communities that they can cause.”

By Simone Wilson
Patch Staff
June 16, 2016

Excerpt:

A large, well-loved community garden called Green Gems sprucing up the corner of Fountain and Glenmore avenues in East New York has been shut down by city officials after they allegedly found marijuana plants growing on site.

Weed plants were discovered at the garden on two different occasions by staffers for GreenThumb, the sub-agency within the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation in charge of the city’s hundreds of community-run gardens, according to a spokesman for the department.

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Historic, Hidden Gardens Producing Peaches in the Suburbs of Paris

parpeachThe north-south orientation of the walls and the ability of limestone to trap the sun’s heat provided a few extra degrees of warmth for the fruits, allowing them to flourish farther north than their usual habitat.

At its high point, this area produced upwards of 15 million fruits a year, thanks largely to the murs à pêches, or ‘peach walls’. Established in the 17th century, this clever network — some 500 hectares of walls — helped protect the peach trees from the cold.

By Anna Brones
AtlasObscura
June 16, 2016

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The peaches of Montreuil became famous. They attracted royalty, earned a horticulturalist a prestigious Legion d’Honneur, and spurred an agricultural industry. Yet eventually, urban sprawl engulfed the walls.

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