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Ontario Community Wins $100,000 for Community Garden and Edible Urban Forest


The concept plan for the expanded CMHA gardens in Ontario’s small Grey Bruce community.

“This is an opportunity for those who would otherwise have difficulty finding employment in the community. They can hone skills and learn how to be good employees and take responsibility for a piece of the garden and we’ve seen people really blossom,” says Anderson.

By April Robinson, Fundraising and Event Coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce.
Canada Helps
Feb 23, 2017

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Our successful community garden project has been a valuable part of the community for the last five years. The garden sits on previously unused surplus parkland, leased to us by the City of Owen Sound; what started as a few raised garden plots built on an abandoned tennis court, has now grown into a garden with 69 raised beds, a greenhouse, and a large compost area.

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How to Turn an Abandoned Factory in North Philadelphia into a Thriving Mushroom Farm


From left: Tyler Case, Brian Versek, and Dan Howling at the North Philly farm.

“They’re doing it right, the mushrooms are always consistent, and the flavor is just killer. The quality is so high that we get to utilize all parts of the mushroom. We make mushroom oil and stocks, taking advantage of everything they give us.”

By Phil Dmochowski
Munchies Vice
Feb 27, 2017

Excerpt:

Our approach to the farm takes us through one of Philadelphia’s most blighted areas. Driving down Front Street, we pass over “El Campamento,” a homeless enclave regarded by the DEA as the East Coast’s largest heroin market. While most locals are quick to avoid the area, this stretch is part of Tyler’s regular commute. Where I see serial neglect, he finds possibility for renewal. To succeed in this business, he tells me you have to “think like a mushroom.” It’s a mantra that makes his choice of location feel apt: In nature, fungi have an unparalleled ability to manage decay and restore healthy, fertile environments at the molecular level.

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