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UK: Recovering addicts grow confidence at Newcastle allotment plot

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Andrew Gibson, left, and Dan Norman in the polytunnel they have built as part of the garden project. Picture: Malcolm Hart.

The aim of the garden is to get people involve healthy activities and build their confidence.

By Jack Furness
The Sentinel
September 26, 2016

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One of the volunteers, Andrew Gibson, has been taken on by the centre full-time to maintain the plot.

The 38-year old, from Newcastle, said: “I wanted to give something back. I was a hopeless drug addict and an alcoholic and my life wasn’t really worth living until I came into rehab.

“I started taking drugs when I was 13 and took them all of the way through my adult life. And when I was 30, alcohol started to become a major problem.

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Call for papers: The Resilience and Decline of Urban Agriculture in European History

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Gemüsegarten, Vegetable garden 1716. Click on image for larger file.

We welcome papers on every European region, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century

Organisers: Tim Soens (University of Antwerp) and Erich Landsteiner (University of Vienna)
11-14 September 2017, Leuven, Belgium
Deadline for submissions: 8 October 2016

Excerpt:

At the beginning of the 21st century, urban or community agriculture is rapidly gaining importance. All over the worlds urban dwellers are gathering to cultivate crops and vegetables or raise some poultry or pigs, often on a cooperative basis and on tiny plots of ‘marginal’ land. In a urban world characterized by globalizing food markets, social polarization, but also increasing food insecurity, citizens practice urban agriculture in a combined effort to diversify their food supplies, shorten the food chain and strengthen community life. Urban Agriculture is a highly diversified and multi-layered phenomenon, and its roots are both very old and very recent. Throughout European history it has appeared in different shapes and disguises. In some periods of Europe, Urban Agriculture seemed to decline at an early stage, whereas in others urban economies and societies remained firmly based on more or less specialized and commercialized agrarian production until the recent past.

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Many praise urban agriculture throughout West Virginia as building a healthier, stronger community

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Eleanor Derrick, 74, a retired nutritional service worker plants some of her crops including beans, peppers, cherry tomatos,and lettuce for her and her husband at Carroll Terrace. Click on image for larger file.

“We’re not saving the world,” he said. “But we’re chipping away at it, working towards a healthy society. I believe very strongly the work we’re doing is worthwhile.”

By Linda Harris
The State Journal
Sep 22, 2016

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If Danny Swann had his way, empty lots across West Virginia would be turned into urban gardens. And instead of sitting indoors playing video games, kids would spend their spare time in the sun, wind and rain learning how to grow foods and flowers.

“Seven or eight years ago I was a college kid in my early 20s and living in East Wheeling, kind of on the wrong side of the tracks,” Swann said. “I was working at a youth center and I wanted to figure a way to get kids outdoors, a way I could connect to them — gardening was a medium to do that.”

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