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Tucson gardeners growing edibles in city rights of way

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Luis Perales harvests the remainder of his grapes in his front yard. Photo by Sidney Richardson.

Because of the urban agriculture ordinance approved this year, Tucsonans are allowed to grow edible plants in the city right of way in front of homes, says Rebecca Ruopp, principal planner with the city’s Office of Integrated Planning.

By Elena Acoba
Special to the Arizona Daily Star
July 31, 2016

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“Bring your skill on the street,” he encourages gardeners. “Gardeners’ skills are hidden away.”

When people see you gardening, he continues, you start sharing tips or bartering food for services. “You’re just being good neighbors,” he says. “It starts a really nice process with this interaction.”

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Vancouver Gardeners’ Protest – The Arbutus Greenway: Paving Paradise

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Video by Mark Battersby. The Arbutus Greenway: Paving Paradise.

By Ian Bailey
The Globe and Mail
Aug. 02, 2016

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But Adrian Levy, chairman of the Cypress Community Garden, is suspicious about the pavement, suggesting it is likely permanent.

“Temporary? I just can’t see that,” he said, adding he would prefer crushed gravel as is used elsewhere on pathways at some city beaches.

“Even though they say it’s temporary, once that’s there it has started a process.”

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Gardens and health: Implications for policy and practice

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We recommend that the key influencers in the health, environmental, and gardening and horticulture sectors need to come together and develop a stronger joint strategy that will allow them to have a greater influence on policy on gardens and health at the strategic as well as local level, and contribute constructively to debates on sustainability

By David Buck
The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England.
This report was commissioned by the National Gardens Scheme
May 2016

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Executive summary: What this report is about

This report looks at the impact of gardens and gardening on health and wellbeing, and explores what the NHS and the wider health and social care system can do to maximise this impact.
Gardens are often thought of as intimate private spaces attached to private households but they can also be large private or formal gardens open to the public, or part of hospitals, care homes or hospices. Gardens serve many purposes: they can be cultivated for flowers or growing food; used as spaces for exercise, relaxation, solace and recovery; used as places to play, meet and volunteer; and can be part of wider environmental, planning or sustainability policies.

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