Category — Community Gardens
City of Vancouver engineer Jerry Dobrovolny said it appeared the group did go beyond city property and on to the private property – which may explain why the relationship between the gardeners and the property owner soured.
CTV British Columbia
November 30, 2013
A group of young gardeners is heartbroken after somebody destroyed their urban “food forest” in East Vancouver.
The Purple Thistle Food Forest, an urban garden in the city’s Downtown Eastside that provides fresh produce for the less fortunate, is now just a long bare patch of ground with one lone berry plan still in its box, and a torn-up irrigation system.
December 9, 2013 No Comments
153 entries and 9 finalists – Winners will do their part by providing organic food for the communities that really need it
By Samantha Javier
The Alternative Consumer
Dec 3, 2013
The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative will transform vacant land plots and buildings into “agriculture-based resources from education programing to large-scale community gardens.” With their newly won grant they can now get the buildings going and start making immense progress!
The Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. is working in Maui to build a self-sufficient community in regards to food through educating locals and maintaining a garden. Their Goodwill Garden grows produce for weekly donations to organizations that feed the hungry!
December 8, 2013 No Comments
The Benefits of having an allotment.
Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation
BHAF Press Release
Nov 28, 2013
A major survey of plot holders in Brighton and Hove, just completed in October 2013 shows that 92% of plot holders either agreed or strongly agreed that allotments improved their mental health or provided stress relief. 53% strongly agreed and 39% agreed. According to the survey 4500-5000 people regularly use the allotments in Brighton and Hove.
December 4, 2013 No Comments
The Bambanani Food and Herb Garden. “It’s taken hold of people’s imaginations. They see the importance of fresh, healthy food and the need for green, working space in the city.”
By Sulaiman Philip
Media Club of South Africa
Nov 19, 2013
Urban farming has taken root in the run-down suburb of Betrams, as part of a municipal programme to revitalise the city. The Bambanani Food and Herb Garden has reclaimed the abandoned bowling greens of the old Bertrams Bowling Club, once a recreation centre reserved for white people during the apartheid era. Now, the lawns have been turned over, furrows tilled, soil fertilised, and vegetables planted and harvested.
November 29, 2013 No Comments
‘It’s a big hope for everybody in the industry that this is going to make a garden boom time again.’
By Lucy Crossley
17 November 2013
The Great British Bake Off inspired thousands of viewers to dust off their oven mitts.
And now the BBC is hoping a new gardening show – called Grow, Make, Eat: The Great Allotment Challenge – will do for cabbages and cucumbers what Bake Off did for pies and pastries.
Presented by Fern Britton, the six-part series is expected to air on BBC Two in early 2014.
November 22, 2013 Comments Off
Grant from the Dept. of Health and Human Services for urban agriculture and refugee resettlement in Rhode Island
By Emma Ruddock
Nov 8, 2013
The Southside Community Land Trust was selected to receive over $250,000 in federal grant money to support urban agriculture and refugee resettlement in Providence. The organization focuses on teaching community members how to turn under-utilized land into sustainable sources of food and revenue.
November 19, 2013 Comments Off
A short video of a Dutch allotment garden (in Dutch)
International Congress of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners 2014 in Utrecht – The Netherlands.
The congress of the Office International du Coin de Terre et des Jardins Familiaux will be held from 28 till 30 August 2014. The Dutch federation, AVVN, will organize this congress. Delegates from 15 countries, representing over 3 million families, will visit Utrecht and discuss the developments and trends in allotment and leisure gardening.
November 18, 2013 Comments Off
“When Plotters Meet’ by Caitlin O’Brian DeSilvey
By Caitlin O’Brian DeSilvey
Masters of Science Geography
University of Edinburgh 2001
(Must read. Mike)
During the twentieth century, Edinburgh allotment holders engaged in repeated efforts to defend their gardens against competing land uses. Allotment movement appeals for security of tenure and municipal investment mobilized different strategic representations of allotments’ functional and symbolic value. This thesis traces five interwoven narrative strands, which represent coexisting – but often conflicting – versions of the allotment. These strands of meaning and motive cohere around the following themes: poor-relief and social reform; recreation and leisure; urban ecology and town planning; land rights activism; and, patriotic national self-provisioning. Parliamentary allotment inquiries in 1921 and 2001 bracket my analysis thematically and chronologically.
November 17, 2013 Comments Off
‘Consultation on the Community Empowerment Bill’
The Scottish Government
Riaghaltas na h-Alba
November 06, 2013
This consultation seeks views on a range of proposals intended to give people in communities, and those supporting them in the public sector, a range of new ways to help deliver a better Scotland.
Chapter 4 – Excerpt from Allotments section:
Local Authority Duty to Provide Allotments
173. Under existing legislation, where the local authority considers there to be a demand for allotments in their area, it is under a duty to acquire any suitable land for the purpose of letting as allotments. We intend to retain a similar duty which is set out in this section. Respondents to the Allotments consultation indicated that provision of allotments by the local authority should be linked to and triggered by demand.
November 15, 2013 Comments Off
Developing temporary, community-based projects on private land presents unique challenges for all stakeholders involved
Prepared by Shifting Growth Garden Society
2nd Ed. Oct 15, 2013
This Community Consultation for Best Community Uses of Temporary Gardens on Private Vacant Lands Best Practises paper is designed to assist community groups who would like to start a community garden on a private property. This paper was designed to communicate that proper community consultations enhance the long-term value of development projects and properties. This paper focuses on community gardener organizations that are in the process of acquiring private, vacant properties, in order to create temporary community gardens, and outlines the processes of acquiring land, consulting with the community, educating and creating additional benefits for local community members, and relocating gardens to alternative sites.
November 12, 2013 Comments Off
Beautiful 26 minute film
Film and music by Bill Newsinger
In association with The Friends of the Queens Road Allotment Society
(Must see. Mike)
This is a film I have produced for the Friends of The Queens Road Allotment Society as part of their “Not Lost The Plot” heritage lottery funded project. The project has involved the production of a booklet and website as well as this film. The aim of the project has been to research and explore the history of the site as well as discovering and documenting the stories of allotment users over the years. The site is particularly unusual as the allotments are all privately owned. Allotment owners and users are not confined by regulations present on many council run sites. This film is the final edit of 4 seasonal episodes starting last winter in the thick snow. I am currently still filming an Autumn episode. The film will be screened in Leicester at the end of October 2013 at an event to celebrate the end of the project.
November 9, 2013 Comments Off
The St Anns Allotments are the oldest and largest detached town gardens in Britain
Story by Mo Cooper, Mark Magidson, Jonny Lewis
Filmed, edited and directed by Jonny Lewis
Atlas AV – Sep 24, 2013
Doctor Who meets Gardeners World in this time travel fantasy adventure.
This film is being screened at the St Anns Allotments (STAA Ltd) Visitor Centre. The St Anns Allotments, Nottingham, is a very special and unique allotment site. It is the oldest and largest area of Victorian detached town gardens in the world and has recently been listed with a Grade 2* by English Heritage. The site covers 75 acres and sits in the heart of the one of the most deprived inner-city communities in the country.
November 8, 2013 Comments Off
Fruit and vegetable prices are up 30% since 2008, while overall inflation was 13% and wage rises much lower.
Oct 5, 2013
Still, allotments are cheap—rents are usually around £40 ($65) a year—with the scarce land rationed using queues. The waiting list is equivalent to half the allotments in England, but supply of new plots is inflexible. Only 1,950 new strips of land have been set up by councils in the past two years. They are expensive to develop—a typical one costs £2,000.
November 7, 2013 Comments Off
The largest indoor aquaponic vertical farm in the United States, Farmed Here is also the first vertical farm to be USDA Certified Organic.
By Kathleen Corr
Oct 31, 2013
In neighborhoods, in parks, on rooftops, and even at its airports, urban agriculture in Chicago is thriving. Food Tank has compiled a list of ten urban farming projects in Chicago that are definitely worth a visit.
1. Urban Canopy Rooftop Farm – 1400 W. 46th Street, Back of the Yards, Chicago, IL
Located on the rooftop of The Plant building, the Urban Canopy is a rooftop farm and Local Unified Community Supported Agriculture site. Visits to the Urban Canopy can include “Dinner Dates” hosted at the rooftop farm, membership in the farm’s Compost Club, or simply volunteering to work on the farm.
November 7, 2013 Comments Off
Thousands of people are facing waiting lists of up to nine years for a local authority allotment, the Scottish Greens have said.
Oct 20, 2013
There were 2,773 people in Edinburgh on the local authority allotment waiting list.
In Aberdeen the figure was 279, while in Dundee it was 340 people.
Glasgow City Council said it did not have its own waiting lists and Highland Council did not respond to the request, the Greens said.
November 5, 2013 Comments Off