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Eco-Friendly Plot On Synagogue Land Supplies Area Food Pantries in Kansas City

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Volunteer Joe Karbank trimmed one of the pear trees that dot the land surrounding the garden. He has used grafts to transform the trees into a species that bears edible fruit. Photo Mike Sherry.

Its size, infrastructure and the organizers’ approach to planting crops for the entire farm, rather than letting individual gardeners plant their own plots, make it more like a small farm than a community garden.

By Suzanne King
Flatlandkc
Oct 4, 2016

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The Mitzvah Garden, a volunteer-run community garden housed on land owned by the temple, has transformed a suburban lot into fertile ground that annually yields some 10,000 pounds of vegetables for area food pantries.

The bounty of the garden, which measures three-quarters of an acre, includes tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, squash, potatoes and more. Bees buzz around rows of sunflowers. And purple martins feast on insects while making their home in four whitewashed gourds that dangle overhead.

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$2.5 Million Donation Preserves White House Kitchen Garden

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First Lady Michelle Obama embraces President Barack Obama as he surprises her during the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest. President chats with kids in the garden. Click on image for larger file.

The White House Kitchen Garden will be maintained and preserved into the future thanks to The Burpee Foundation And The W. Atlee Burpee Company Partnering With The National Park Foundation

Remarks by the First Lady at the White House Kitchen Garden Dedication

Oct 5, 2016
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Excerpt from transcript:

MRS. OBAMA: Hello everyone, I am so — I’m beyond thrilled. I’m probably as emotional as everybody sitting in this garden to be here with you today as we officially dedicate our White House Kitchen Garden.

People look at my daughters, and they see how time has flown by. And then I look at Tammy. And I remember Tammy to the day because she — her face is the same, but you did absolutely grow. (Laughter.) And you’ve matured is what you’ve done. You have grown into such a poised, gracious young lady. And I know your mother is proud. It’s just been a complete honor to have you by my side on this project. So, Tammy, thank you. (Applause.)

Oh, my goodness. I also want to say a few huge thank yous to a few more people — to the folks from the Burpee Foundation and the W. Atlee Burpee Company for their generous support of the National Park Foundation to preserve this garden for the future. And I want to recognize the Whole Kids Foundation for making this day possible. And what a beautiful day it is. This has been the garden’s luck, right? It rained all week and we were on pins and needles that we’d have to do this inside. And this is a perfect day — a perfect day.

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Turning Derelict Buildings into an Urban Farm in Detroit

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At a tax auction, social psychology student Tyson Gersh, now 26, and a fellow Michigan alum paid $5,025 for a six-unit apartment complex in the city’s blighted North End, to act as the center of operations as they converted a nearby, 1.5-acre plot of land into an urban farm.

By Lauren Rothman
Munchies Vice
October 6, 2016

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Today, Gersh and vice-president Molly Hubbell’s Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) not only produces thousands of pounds of organic produce each year, but also takes advantage of existing infrastructure in the community: Projects include a rainwater cistern made by waterproofing the foundation of a derelict home, and outfitting a former commercial building as a retail store for added-value products like pesto and tomato sauce.

We spoke with Gersh about MUFI’s location-specific approach to urban farming.

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