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USDA Recognizes Jacksonville’s Community Gardens As National Model

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UF Urban Gardening Assistant Vic Groner gives USDA Deputy Under Secretary Ann Bartuska a tour of a west side community garden. Ryan Benk / WJCT NEWS

UF’s Duval Extension Office surveys up to 4,000 residents a year to come up with an economic value generated by community and home gardening. Its last survey found that close to $2 million in produce is harvested from urban gardens every year.

By Ryan Benk
WJCT
Dec 6, 2016

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Thirty three community gardens stretch from western Duval County to the beaches. The University of Florida Duval County Extension Office either manages gardens or helps community organizations, including churches and nonprofits, with planting, training and outreach. It directly oversees the operations of eight larger gardens throughout Jacksonville.

Each urban garden has its own rules — some collect monthly or yearly dues from would-be green thumbs, while others are almost exclusively commercial enterprises that sell produce to restaurants and markets. Dues usually go towards paying for irrigation or gardening tools.

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Hands-on Rooftop Food Production and Learning at Trent University

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With this Urban Roof Top Farm, Trent University in Ontario was ahead of the curve as they were one of the first one’s successfully growing crops on the roof on a larger scale.

By Jelle Vonk
Living Architecture Monitor
Winter 2016
Page 17

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Through the efforts of Dr. Tom Hutchinson, Professor Emeritus, this intensive green roof also provides ongoing research into the deleterious effects of ground level ozone on crop production and provides students with an opportunity to study the potential of plants to filter out sir pollutants.

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