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In New Jersey Gardening Builds Community

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22 minute video special on local community gardens.

By Stephanie Farrell
SNJ Today
Aug 9, 2016

Excerpt:

“It’s all about community,” says Harry Behrens, who founded Impact Harvest in 2011. “We base it on Mark 12:3: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” That verse is their mission statement to use fresh-grown produce from their farms to show love to the community. “One hundred percent of our produce is given away,” Behrens says. “We are sharing best practices with community gardens.”

Last year 160 families were directly served, receiving a bag of produce each month. Impact Harvest also supplies produce to many area food banks. Their growth quadrupled in four years. “God has been crazy good in a lot of ways—it’s been that process over and over again,” he says.

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Editorial: Bring the farm into the city – Victoria, BC

1800 Click on image for larger file. Garden of a Florist by Henri de Braekeleer (1840-1888)

Under city bylaws, a portion of a property can be used to produce retail fruits and vegetables, but they can’t be sold on the site. The proposal is to remove that restriction, so backyard farmers could have front-yard produce stands.

Times Colonist
Aug 11, 2016

Excerpt:

“What this would do is allow people to sell the food they’re growing on their property. So for example, at the house I grew up in, we had an apple tree that had so many apples that we could probably only use a tenth of them,” Coun. Jeremy Loveday said. “With these changes, you’d be able to set up a stand and sell them at the front of your property.”

As Loveday suggests, it’s not simply a question of supplementing the family income. It’s a chance to use produce that might otherwise go to waste.

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Spain – Garden Inside: Communication, Representation and Transformation in Seville’s Urban Gardens

Jardin Interior : Garden Inside from Christopher Yap on Vimeo.

A short participatory film made with producers across two urban community gardens in Seville, Spain

Christopher Yap
PhD Candidate and Participatory Video-Maker
Coventry University Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Excerpt:

In May and June 2016, urban producers in Huerto del Rey Moro (HRM) and Parque de Miraflores (Miraflores) engaged in a participatory action research process, using participatory video to explore the themes of communication and transformation within and between the two gardens. HRM is a squatted permaculture garden (huerto okupado) in Macarena, in the old centre of Seville. A committed collective of younger and older food growers maintains the open and democratic space, used by women, men, girls, and boys from across the city—building new forms of self-organization and reconnecting with the land for sustainable food production. Miraflores, in Las Almenas in the north of Seville, was formerly a dump site for construction debris during the city’s rapid expansion in the 1960s and 1970s. Reclaimed by a mobilized community in the 1980s, the garden is now a tranquil and productive space. Retired gardeners work alongside school groups to grow organic vegetables, and preserve and share knowledge. The two gardens are approximately three kilometers apart, but prior to this video-making project, there was only minimal communication between the sites.

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