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India: Gardening for nutrition in bastis (slums)

Lady of a basti family holding her baby and showing the pumpkin she grew with pride.

“The mission of Urban Health Resource Centre is to bring about sustainable improvements in the health conditions of the urban poor by influencing policies and programmes and empowering the community.”

From their Facebook Page
Urban Health Resource Centre

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Slum families usually have very small houses. Therefore, they find it nearly impossible to grow enough vegetables to yield ample fresh produce to use for nutritious meals. Along with nutrition, growing plants provides confidence and a sense for making their immediate world more beautiful and natural.

Caring for plants gives a sense of well being in a place where it is most desperately needed With soft, attentive motivation and gentle perseverance, UHRC’s social facilitators encouraged slum families to grow vegetables that would thrive in their respective houses.

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June 28, 2017   Comments Off on India: Gardening for nutrition in bastis (slums)

Canada: Community gardens uprooted after Manitoba Hydro ends leases

Manitoba Hydro said new standards dictate the crown corporation must have access to corridors 24/7 in case of an emergency, and the gardens are an obstacle.

By Jeff Keele
CTV News
June 21, 2017

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For 40 years, Alex Kizuik and Marilyne Vandel have been growing their own fruits and veggies two doors down from their house at a community garden near Harrow Street.

“It’s great to be able to go outside, pick your lettuce, pick your onions, don’t have to go to the store,” Vandel said.

Alex Kizuik, a retired Manitoba Hydro worker, said they share the fruits of their labour with the neighbourhood.

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June 28, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Community gardens uprooted after Manitoba Hydro ends leases