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UK: Carrots and communism: the allotments plotting a food revolution

OrganicLea, where all vegetable planting uses organic and permaculture principles, working with nature not against it. Photograph: OrganicLea

It is legally permissible for allotment gardens to market the surplus, up to 49% of what allotmenteers produce, and councils are also entitled to put unwanted allotments to commercial use on a year-by-year basis.

By Ru Litherland
The Guardian
Aug 18, 2017

Excerpt:

Allotment gardens have always been more than mere domestic food growing units. From their very beginning in the Victorian period, when land was given to the labouring poor for growing food, they’ve provided a space for recreation and an alternative to industrial capitalism.

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How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish

Ravi Romel Sharma for NPR.

“A lot of gardeners sort of forget the community aspect of the garden,” says Marien. “If you don’t pull your weeds, those weeds flower and get into my plot.”

By Carolyn Beans
NPR
Aug 18, 2017

Excerpt:

I spent two years dreaming of sun-warmed tomatoes, towering sunflowers and home-grown salad greens before a spot opened in my community garden in Washington, D.C.

When I first met plot 56 in September of 2015, it was a mound of grasses, vines and cilantro gone to seed.

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