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North Carolina: The City of Asheville has launched the ‘Asheville Edibles Program’

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The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for community members to grow food and pollinator plants on publicly-owned land – Adopt-A-Spot – Community Gardens – Urban Agriculture Leases

Press Release
City of Asheville
Apr 24, 2017
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Adopt-A-Spot
The City has teamed up with Asheville GreenWorks to provide oversight of the new Adopt-A-Spot program. Businesses, organizations, or individuals can apply to adopt a City-owned piece of property. Once an application is approved, the responsibility of the adopter will be to maintain either an edible or pollinator garden in the location. Adopters will be recognized with a sign at the adopted spot. This program aims to make a positive impact on Asheville by promoting stewardship of publicly owned places.

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No Dig Organic Home & Garden

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New Book: Charles is a pioneer of organic and no dig growing since 1983, creating and cropping four market gardens, the largest of seven acres.

By Charles Dowding & Stephanie Hafferty
Permanent Publications
May/June 2017

They describe how to:

make compost and enrich soil
learn skills you need to sow and grow annual and perennial veg
harvest and prepare food year round
make natural cosmetics, cleaning products and garden preparations

These approaches work as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The Authors’ combined experience gives you ways of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, including delicious vegetable feasts and many recipes and ideas for increasing self reliance, saving money, living sustainably and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round.

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Australia: Urban farmer turns town garden plot into permaculture experience

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Christine Corner applies permaculture principles to her garden in Mudgee. (ABC: Sally Bryant)

You can pack a lot into a small yard and that’s what I’m trying to show people.

By Sally Bryant
ABC News
Apr 25, 2017

Excerpt:

During the past six months, Ms Corner has taken her garden from suburban residential to thriving small production system, with carefully designed complementary plantings to create the ideal growing conditions.

“I have always grown my own food, ever since I was little,” she said.

“My grandmother started me off doing that.”

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