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Community And Vegetables Grow Side-By-Side In Syrian Refugee Camp Gardens

Syrian gardeners at the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq share the harvest.
Kastro Yosef/The Lemon Tree Trust

Perkins and her colleagues emphasize the immediate rewards of camp greening with residents — farming skills, keeping memories of home alive, building community, and accessing fruits and vegetables they would not otherwise have.

By Julia Travers
Feb 22, 2018
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Fig and pomegranate trees, grapes, carrots, and narcissus flowers are some of the plants that Aveen Ismail like to grow in the Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq where they live. That’s because these plants remind her of Syria and home.

At first, Ismail did not find the dry land welcoming. But she values greenery and gardening, so she cultivated a small patch of land next to the house her family built in the camp.

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India: Terrace garden to farming: Urban dwellers show the organic way

Their owners– mostly professionals from Gurgaon– are toiling in the field they have taken on lease for community organic farming. Some are weeding, some sowing seeds, and others are plucking vegetables(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

An increasing number of professionals in Delhi and NCR are now renting agricultural land for organic farming.

By Manoj Sharma
Hindustan Times
Feb 17, 2018


Urban farming, says Prof. Anirudh Garg of Institute of Urban Farming and Sustainability, is likely to take the form of a social movement in the coming years. “It is the need of our expanding cities. I firmly believe Indian cities can grow their own vegetables.

Gurgaon’s Green Leaf India community was born when the district horticulture officer, Deen Mohammad Khan, was invited to speak on terrace gardening in a residents’ conclave. “Many in the audience said they had no terraces, and the balconies were too small to grow anything and asked if we could help them lease farmland near Gurgaon. I said I could try,” says Khan.

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Urban gardening might save your life

Click image to see larger file. Homegrown food is homegrown wealth. The foresighted farmer makes a garden plan showing what to plant, when to plant, and when to make second plantings. The plan shows how to cultivate and keep the garden free of weeds, and what poison spray to use to kill the insects that might eat up the vegetables. A garden is meant to feed the family, not the bugs and worms. Lange, Dorothea, photographer Created / Published 1936 Feb.

Some of my fondest childhood memories are of the wonderful taste of truly fresh corn, a cucumber picked from the vine, sliced then soaked in vinegar or eating slices of a tomato still warm from the sun, trying to keep the juice from running down your chin.

By Bill Wadford
The Fayetteville Observer
Feb 15, 2018


As I grow older I have become aware of how disconnected we have become from our food and the land. Family farms have become endangered species and the majority of folks that live in, and immediately around, the city don’t even bother with a small herb plot by the back door, a backyard raised bed containing a few fresh, nutritious vegetables or even some 5 gallon buckets on the patio or balcony with cherry tomatoes or sweet peppers growing in them.

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