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Gardening As One Way to Fight Trump-Era Hopelessness

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Frida Berrigan speaks at an antiwar seminar in Sweden in 2011. (Credit: YouTube)

One family’s effort to grow their way out of despair.

By Frida Berrigan
Alternet/TomDispatch
July 11, 2017

Excerpt:

I work part-time for a small nonprofit that builds and manages community gardens. It employs (and hopefully empowers) young people to do the physical labor and community improvement work of growing food in and for our urban center. As we were organizing a new community garden in a poor and isolated part of our small city recently, a woman told me that she was excited about growing her own food because “you never know when they are going to stop shipping food in here.”

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July 15, 2017   No Comments

Holland: Schoffelen en zaaien met azc’ers

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Click image to see larger file. zc’ers en buurtbewoners tuinieren samen bij de Bijlmerbajes.
Foto Simon Trel

Op het terrein van de Bijlmerbajes worden moestuin-workshops georganiseerd om azc’ers en Amsterdammers met elkaar in contact te brengen.

By Kirsten Dorrestijn
NRC
28 April 2017

Excerpt:

Bij de entree van de voormalige Bijlmerbajes voetballen drie jongens op een voetbalveldje van kunstgras. Erachter loopt huisbioloog Theo Coolen met een kruiwagen tussen de moestuinbakken. Hij zet materialen klaar voor de tweede moestuin-workshop van dit jaar. De houten bakken en langgerekte ‘akkers’ met houten omlijsting steken vrolijk af tegen de grijze gevangenismuren. In de verte razen metro’s bij station Spaklerweg af en aan. Sinds augustus 2016 biedt de Bijlmerbajes onderdak aan zo’n 500 vluchtelingen die wachten op een status of op huisvesting.

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UK: Deptford (London) has its first vertical farm and it could hold the key to our urban future

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Founders of Vertical Future, Jamie and Marie-Alexandrine Burrows.

A new vertical farm has opened its doors in Deptford housed within a previously disused warehouse.

Locating the farms in urban locations can also help to cut down on delivery miles thus reducing emissions and helping to combat poor air quality, while crops can be grown year round regardless of season or weather.

Founders of Vertical Future, Jamie and Marie-Alexandrine Burrows said in a statement that their planned network of London sites will do more than just provide crops and produce, but also provide community outreach and engagement projects to help tackle some of our most pressing urban problems.

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