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Washington D.C. Urban Gardens Bring Low-Cost, Fresh Produce To City’s Food Deserts

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Jacquana McIntyre started as a volunteer and now manages one of DC UrbanGreen’s farms at Fort Stanton in Southeast Washington, D.C. Photo by Larisa Epatko/PBS NewsHour

“I always wanted to work outside,” she said. The former children’s day care worker noted that kids enjoy digging in the earth and learning how plants grow. But if they’re scolded for getting dirty, they tend to lose that curiosity.

By Larisa Epatko
PBS and NPR
November 24, 2016

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Lelia Parker grew up on a farm in rural Virginia and moved to the U.S. capital 30 years ago, seeking a more urban environment. But she still gets the gardening itch.

Down the street from her Southeast D.C. home is a community garden, where tidy beds of succulent zucchini, peppers and squash grow.

The garden is operated by the nonprofit group DC UrbanGreens. Not long ago, Parker discovered the site and began telling her neighbors about it and about how to cook with fresh vegetables instead of canned. Now she’s a board member and the group’s outreach coordinator.

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December 3, 2016   Comments Off on Washington D.C. Urban Gardens Bring Low-Cost, Fresh Produce To City’s Food Deserts

Unsung hero uses gardening knowledge to serve Springfield, Ohio

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Terry Frederick looks over a row of kale at the end of its life cycle in the Jefferson Street Garden Monday. Bill Lackey/Staff

The 1.25-acre garden served about 30 families last year, Frederick said.

By Michael Cooper
Springfield New Sun
Nov 24, 2016

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For his efforts at two local community gardens, Frederick has been named an Unsung Hero in the Springfield community.

Frederick, who owns Habitat Creations, a local landscaping business, began a production-oriented community garden at Grace Lutheran Church in 2006. With the help of volunteers from the church, the garden produced more than 8,000 pounds of produce — a majority of which was donated to charity.

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December 3, 2016   Comments Off on Unsung hero uses gardening knowledge to serve Springfield, Ohio