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There are 71 community gardens in Washington D.C.

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Elena Losada calls Park View’s Wangari Gardens, where she has a small plot of vegetables, “an oasis in the middle of a really busy city.” (Victoria Milko for Express)

Josh Singer of D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation says his team has partnered with a volunteer cooperative, DC Urban Gardeners Network, to launch a database of gardens and farms.

By Megan Downey
Washington Post
Sept. 23, 2016

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That desire led him and fellow students in 2008 to found the Food Justice Alliance, which worked on sowing support and fundraising to build the GroW Community Garden that opened at GW in the spring of 2009.

“We worked closely with the Mount Vernon estate to learn about the types of plants and vegetables that George Washington grew and tried to select crops that were native to the region,” Spangler says. “The bell peppers turned out nicely and I think that the original apple trees and fig tree are still in the garden.”

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Berkeley’s Mayoralty Candidates Spar Over Urban Agriculture Package

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Jesse Arreguín: Ben Gould

Ben Gould criticizes Councilman Jesse Arreguín’s Urban Agriculture Proposal

Items from The Daily Californian
Sept 2016
(Must see. Mike.)

Excerpt from Gould:

The Urban Agriculture package, meanwhile, does propose specific incentives to encourage farming. It proposes bypassing public review and approval entirely, to automatically allow farms on up to nearly an acre of commercial-zoned land, or of unlimited size on unoccupied residential land. The Urban Agriculture package expands this by-right approval to construction of greenhouses, sheds, and fences; community gatherings and group class instruction; and sales of both raw and processed foods. It imposes no limitations on use of GMOs, pesticides, fertilizer, or industrial farming equipment.

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Rapper 50 Cent’s community garden offers a green alternative to juvenile detention

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“There are not many activities in our culture where young people, old people, people of different races will all agree and find it easy to work together.”

By Nicole Jewell
Inhabitat
09/22/16

Excerpt:

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Bette Midler might not seem like they have much in common, but the two performers have quite the “budding” friendship. Hoping to give back to the Jamaica, Queens neighborhood where he grew up, the famous rapper has joined forces with Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to breathe new life into what’s now known as the 50 Cent Garden.

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