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Kenya: Balcony farming helps city folk produce own food in Mombasa

Part of the garden of Ms Zainab Abdalla a a balcony farmer at Tononoka Majengo Machura Estate in Mombasa County./Alphonce Gari

“If such initiatives are embraced, there will be a variety of food that shall improve the nutritional needs of their families.”

By Alphonce Gari
The Star
Apr. 05, 2018,

Excerpt:

She followed up with the Agriculture office in Mombasa town, which taught her how to set up the garden.

Today, she is producing a variety of vegetables and fruits, including spinach, sukuma wiki, cabbages, mchicha, cowpeas, tomatoes and onions.

“The balcony garden does not need much maintenance. It is not time-consuming. I just devote 10 to 15 minutes of my free time to attend to the plants,” she said.

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Guerrilla Gardening in New York City

In the 1960s, Jenny Benitez looked at an abandoned lot in Harlem and saw a space she could transform into a garden. Credit Elias Williams for The New York Times

Gardening season kicked off this week in our city’s 553 community gardens, marking the 40th anniversary of the parks department’s GreenThumb program.

By Jonathan Wolfe
New York Times
Apr. 4, 2018

Excerpt:

But before community gardens were sanctioned by the city, rundown lots were repurposed to grow flowers and vegetables by guerrilla gardeners like Jenny Benitez.

“I wanted a place for my boys to play,” said Ms. Benitez, an 85-year-old resident of Harlem. “I imagined a place with white roses and hydrangeas and everything in bloom, where people would come and enjoy nature.”

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