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Will city Land Bank save North Philly nuns’ community garden?

Gary Robbins with Sister Sylvia Strahler, center and Sister Margaret McKenna pose in the New Jerusalem Laura recovery Center Garden on Norris Street in North Philadelphia. Steven M. Falk.

Hundreds of recovering users such as Robbins have gone through New Jerusalem’s program since then, and all have tended to the garden as part of a required two hours of daily community service

By Claudia Vargas
The Inquirer
Apr 2, 2018

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While Sister McKenna worked, she started shoveling dirt and gardening on a vacant side lot and invited neighborhood children to help.

Every time a vacant house fell nearby, the sisters and the residents of New Jerusalem would clean up the debris, get fresh soil from the Philadelphia Horticultural Society, and create a garden or simply keep the lot clean and put a walkway through it.

Over the years, the sisters were able to obtain the deeds to some of those properties. But many of the lots they consider part of their garden remain in city or private ownership, leaving them vulnerable to sheriff’s sale.

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Malaysia: Edible Park, is not about ornamental plants and flowers

The five-acre Edible Park is an edible landscape designed to build community around the important subject of food and how to incorporate it in sustainable living. Picture courtesy of Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MIM)

The Edible Park is a lush garden with local fruit trees, vegetable and herbal plants, while its Heritage Forest showcases the region’s flora.

By Ben Tan
Malay Mail
March 31, 2018

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JOHOR BARU, March 31. Tucked away in the heart of Medini City in Iskandar Puteri, Johor lies a two-hectare garden that attracts a growing fan base.

Despite its urban location, the garden called Edible Park, is not about ornamental plants and flowers.

Instead, gardeners plant vegetables, fruit and herbs to promote better eating choices.

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Volunteers gather to build community garden in Colorado Springs

Volunteers with the Pikes Peak Urban Gardens are spending the rest of their Spring Break building plots to help people grow their own food.

Written By Rachael Wardwell
KOAA News
Posted: Mar 31, 2018

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One of the volunteers explained the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

“It’s totally important, that’s why we’re spending our Spring Break doing it, I have all six of my kids out here so they can understand where their food comes from and how important it is that we take nutrition responsibly and we take care of our needs,” said Melissa Olson, a volunteer.

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