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Canada: Fire Destroys Community Garden Shed in Heart of Vancouver

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We have no fire insurance. We don’t know how the fire started; the fire department called it “suspicious.”

From Go Fund Me site:

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At 2 am on July 3,2017 there was a fire at Cottonwood Community Gardens and our greenhouse and the attached tool/bee shed burnt to the ground. Many of the nearby plants, shrubs and trees were burned and scorched and may not survive the damage.

Nothing was salvageable from the fire and apart from the building itself, the largest loss is the beekeeping supplies. These include a community honey extractor, protective clothing for lessons and beekeeping tools, boxes and frames. We have a thriving apiary and a thriving bee team. Strathcona Beekeepers Association and the Cottonwood Beekeeping Coop are two of the groups that use the garden.

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UK: The onion war! Bitter allotment row sows division in Yorkshire town

George Wilkinson has been evicted from his allotment because of the gardening row.

Spate of sabotage leads to secret meetings in sheds and even threats with a garden fork

By Tom Witherow
For The Daily Mail
1 July 2017

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The dispute dates back to August 2015 when the allotment shop, run by Yarm and District Gardeners Association (YDGA) since its inception in the 1970s, put up the price of onions to £2.80 per kilo.

The decision caused a rift between the YDGA’s chairman Bob Wegg and the secretary, who wanted to sell them at £2.20 a kilo.

Mr Wegg, 69, a retired engineer, was said to be furious that his secretary was undermining him.

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Singapore: New urban farming trend: Rent a space, grow your greens

Mr Joseph Yeo, 62, a gardener at Eng Kong Cheng Soon Community Garden, pictured at his plot. St Photo: Mark Cheong

Twenty-one of its 22 plots have been taken up under one- to 10-year leases. Each plot ranges from 700 sq m to 10,000 sq m, with a fee of between $500 and $10,000 a month.

By Lea Wee
Straits Times
July 1, 2017

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It costs $57 to rent a 2.5 sq m plot for a year. All the units have been snapped up and there is a waiting list.

Meanwhile, D’Kranji Farm Resort, which offers farm staycations, leases out part of its land to hobbyist gardeners and commercial operators who supply greens to supermarkets.

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