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UK gardening guru said Britain had seen a resurgence in interest in gardening, with allotments in particular enjoying a spectacular revival

Monty Don added: ‘Thankfully allotment society picked back up again. In the last thirty years, people have got much more interested growing fresh food, seasonable food’

“There was a deliberate plan after the Second World War not to have more allotments because they are associated with war time.”

By Tom Payne
The Daily Mail
3 July 2017

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Whereas 20 years ago people would struggle to see the benefits of growing a single leek to eat themselves, today’s allotment keepers enjoy growing simply for the sake of it, he said. Mr Don, the Daily Mail Weekend magazine’s gardening columnist, described the decision to sell off allotment plots after the war as a ‘social, horticultural and moral disaster’.

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“When you used to say ‘farmer,’ you wouldn’t have me as the picture.”

Chanowk Yisrael(Credit: Picasa)

Urban farming in Sacramento: Fighting back against the food desert one square-foot farming plot at a time, Chanowk Yisrael leads the way

By Aaron Carnes
Salon
July 2, 2017

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“Most gentrification efforts are led from the outside in. What we’re doing is we’re making change from the inside out. And people are seeing that. We’re transforming the ‘hood for good,” Yisrael tells me.

As we speak, he transfers young plants from the greenhouse to palettes outside so they can harden off before getting planted in the ground. Then he goes out to till the soil in one of his gardens (or as he calls it “dancing with the earth”), opting not for a rototiller, and instead using a broadfork. He jokes that interviewing a farmer is a “moving target.”

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