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Plot 29 : A Memoir – Therapy from an Allotment Plot

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Allan used Plot 29 to make sense of his childhood. Credit: Andrew Crowley

When I am disturbed, even angry, gardening has been a therapy. When I don’t want to talk I turn to Plot 29, or to a wilder piece of land by a northern sea. There, among seeds and trees, my breathing slows; my heart rate too. My anxieties slip away.’

By Elizabeth Grice
The Telegraph
2 Apr 2017
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Plot 29 : A Memoir
By Allan Jenkins
HarperCollins Publishers
Mar 23, 2017

Excerpt:

“When I am disturbed, even angry,” Jenkins says, “gardening is a therapy. Whatever mood I’m in, I can walk through the gates and here, among the seeds and the trees, my breathing and my heart rate slow. My voice becomes slower and oddly deeper. It’s a great antidote to newspaper politics and to anxiety, a place where you can just be.”

Jenkins had plenty to be disturbed about. He and his older brother Christopher spent their early years in and out of “feral” children’s homes, often cruelly separated despite their closeness. At the ages of five and six, they were fostered by a middle-aged couple, Dudley and Lilian Drabble, in the Devon countryside, but spat out again at puberty to go their separate ways.

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‘Cityblooms’ Founder Nick Halmos Wins Innovator of the Year Award

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Innovator uses technology to build urban micro-farms

By Aleese Kopf
Palm Beach Daily News
Mar 27, 2017
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Excerpt:

What was your first Cityblooms success story?

It must have been my proximity to major technology and agricultural centers (i.e. Silicon Valley and Salinas), but by 2011, I once again found myself keenly interested in the technology of growing food. I spun the Cityblooms effort back up inside a barn where we built almost 50 prototypes and filed four patents before we drew the attention of one of the large technology companies in the Bay Area (Plantronics) that was interested in hosting an installation to grow fresh produce for its campus eatery. This gave us the incredible opportunity to put some of our ideas into action and make a big push forward with our technology.

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Florida: Verdi EcoSchool Is Private K-8 Urban Farm School For Hands-On, Immersion Based Learning

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A farm in the Eau Gallie Arts District.

It’s being cultivated by a group of students in kindergarten to 8th grade as part of their school curriculum.

By Space Coast Daily
March 27, 2017

Excerpt:

The Verdi EcoSchool is an urban farm school that uses real world experiences to create context for traditional academic subjects: chemistry and biology through plant science, physics and math through building/ construction, history through art and reading/writing through entrepreneurship.

“Our team of educators uses the Eau Gallie Arts District as our campus and students travel to different classrooms throughout the day thanks to incredible partnerships we have made within the community,” said Founder Ayana Verdi.

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