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UK: Campaign to save Clapton community garden pins hopes on 1980s mural

Community creation: the mural dates back to 1980. Photograph: DFF

Residents calling on council to rethink its house-building plans are worried the artwork could be lost – despite a vow to retain it

Hackney Citizen
May 8, 2018

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Ben Metz, who lives next to the garden, is calling on the council to withdraw the planning application until Historic England has completed its research.

He said: “Destroying or taking this mural away from the community would be an act of cultural vandalism.

“To proceed with a planning application without a full assessment of the site’s heritage value would be a serious error.”

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May 14, 2018   No Comments

Urban Farming in Bethesda Provides New Meaning For Locally Grown

17,000 square feet of agriculture on the top of Pike & Rose residential buildings. Photo contributed

When you can turn an otherwise unutilized space it into something that produces food for the community, something for residents to use, that’s exciting.”

By Ashley Claire Simpson
The Almanac
May 9, 2018

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Pike & Rose’s farm will thrive on urban farming roof space to date, benefitting the hundreds of residents and employees who work at businesses at Pike & Rose as well as the North Bethesda community.

“Green roofs are often installed to facilitate high performance energy, and rooftop gardens take it to a whole new level,” Brown said. “They produce crops, but they are also good for stormwater management. When you can turn an otherwise unutilized space it into something that produces food for the community, something for residents to use, that’s exciting.”

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In ‘Seedfolks,’ Harvesting Hope and Humanity in a Community Garden

Sonja Parks in the one-woman “Seedfolks,” about a neighborhood uniting around a garden. Dan Norman.

It tells the story of a community plot in a blighted urban neighborhood, and of all that takes root there: not just vegetables, but hope, trust, camaraderie and a commitment to change.

By Laurel Graeber
New York Times
May 7, 2018

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It all begins with a 9-year-old Vietnamese immigrant and a handful of lima beans. But what grows from that modest start seems to fill not only a vacant lot in a fictionalized Cleveland, but also the whole of the New Victory Theater and the rapt hearts of its audience.

This ragged but unstoppable garden is the setting of “Seedfolks,” the New Victory’s latest family theater production. It tells the story of a community plot in a blighted urban neighborhood, and of all that takes root there: not just vegetables, but hope, trust, camaraderie and a commitment to change.

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