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University of California San Diego has several campus gardens and one San Diego community garden

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ellsEllie’s Garden.

Ellie’s Garden, Half Moon Meadow, Marshall Community Garden, Mesa Nueva Garden, Ocean View Growing Grounds, Roger’s Community Garden

UC San Diego
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Marshall Community Garden

Mission:
As guided by the philosophy of Thurgood Marshall College, to develop the scholar and the citizen, the Community Garden will serve as an opportunity to learn about social responsibility through sustainable living, an outdoor study area and a means to develop a close-knit Marshall community.

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May 29, 2016   No Comments

Ignatius gardens for Syrian Refugees in Guelph, Ontario

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guelphThe small plot section was buzzing.

A portion of the produce from many of them will go into hampers for Syrian refugee families.

By Bob O’Flanagan
Guelph Today
May 26, 2016

Excerpt:

Deshpande said community gardeners are working together to provide fresh harvest to recently settled Syrian families.

Ignatius Farm director Heather Lekx will oversee the donation of surplus production, and Bob Moore, who coordinates food donations for Lakeside Hope House will facilitate the distribution of the produce, Deshpande explained.

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May 28, 2016   No Comments

Budepest: Community gardens provide a piece of nature in the big city

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There are already 38 community gardens in Budapest, and Grundk3rt is one of them.

By Lilith Grull
Budapest Times
21. May 2016

Excerpt:

The members of Grundk3rt are a colourful bunch. The oldest member is 80 years old and regularly brings along her small grandchildren. Many different jobs are represented ranging from zookeepers to engineers – even a few non-governmental organisations joined the community.
Népi ?sgyógyászat (pictured), Menedék Migránsokat Segít? Egyesület and Messzelátó Egyesület have a parcel in the garden. The NGO Menedék Migránsokat Segít? Egyesület deals with helping migrants, and they regularly bring along some of them to do gardening work. Messzelátó Egyesület on the other hand deals with naturopathy. They plant only herbs and they give tours through their medical forest in Grundk3rt.

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May 22, 2016   No Comments

Toronto laneway to be turned into community garden

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Milky Way Garden – An Urban Agriculture Space for Parkdale. (Must see. Mike)

We believe that through community ownership we can assure that this land is used to meet local needs in the present and future!

Excerpt from their FundRazor site:

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) has partnered with Greenest City to acquire its first piece of community owned land! The Milky Way Garden is a privately owned vacant lot that hosts a community garden cared for by mostly tibetan seniors. With your help we will buy this property to secure this green space from development and create a dedicated urban agriculture space for Parkdale.

OUR VISION

We envision that the Milky Way Garden will be a shared urban agriculture space for Parkdale. Operated by Greenest City, it will host urban agriculture and environmental projects that increase access to healthy fresh food, while creating opportunities for environmental learning and community connections.

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May 21, 2016   No Comments

Urban gardeners plotting on the roof, in the streets of Portland

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“Urban gardening is very hot right now. It comes and goes. The farm-to-table movement that says food should be fresh and food should be local” drives the trend, she said.

By Kathleen Pierce
Bangor Daily News
May 14, 2016

Excerpt:

For rooftop gardens, where full sun can beat down all summer long, an irrigation system helps.

“The soil gets really dried out. It’s important to have a cover on the soil. We mulch with a thick layer of hay, which retains the moisture and absorbs the heat,” said Mailander. “If you don’t have an irrigation system, you’ll have to water and mulch often.”

To get the soil up five stories, Avesta used a crane. But Mailander recommends independent homeowners use what’s handy. “Compost, leaves, manure … garden in place,” is her motto.

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May 20, 2016   No Comments

More community garden workers strip off for World Naked Gardening Day

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‘Flower pot men’ Jim Coleman and Peter Whalley caused a stir in Great Harwood, UK

By Jon Macpherson
Accrington Observer
May 12, 2016

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Fellow volunteer Sandra Robinson praised the ‘flower pot men’ for their bravery and sense of humour.

She said: “I became aware of World Naked Gardening Day through social media and when I got to Churchfield House Jim and Peter were already there.

“I said to them ‘right lads it’s naked gardening day so are you getting your kit off?’ and they were up for it straight away.

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May 20, 2016   No Comments

Urban Gardening in Berlin

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Touren zu den neuen Gärten der Stadt Unterwegs in Berlin

By Elisabeth Meyer-Renschhausen
192 Seiten, 184 Abb., 135 x 210 mm, Paperback
Februar 2016

Mitten in der Stadt wohnen und trotzdem das eigene Gemüse anpflanzen, pflegen und ernten: Großer Luxus, der manchmal sogar in einer kleinen Kiste wächst. Die Idee des Urban Gardening kam bereits Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts auf und wird in Berlin seit einigen Jahren wieder kultiviert. Dieses Buch führt den Leser zu über 70 sehenswerten Berliner Gartenprojekten, stellt unterschiedliche Konzepte des Urban Gardening vor und verrät, wo sich ganz besondere Gärten verbergen.

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May 18, 2016   No Comments

UK Pub that transformed beer garden into allotments already has waiting list for plots

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ubsJan Parker-Brooks, of the Stork Tavern pub in Halliwell.

The garden, which has been named The Little Spuds Allotments is aimed at children and the grandmother-of-four said she is “overwhelmed” at the response to it.

By Kate McMullin
The Bolton News
May 9, 2016

Excerpt:

he allotments are open during pub hours for regulars and members of the public, while families that look after a lot have been given a key to the garden in order to maintain their patch.

A full range of vegetables have already been planted such as sweetcorn, potatoes, onions, lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, peas, broccoli and broad beans.

Mrs Brooks, aged 56, added: “It’s a great opportunity for children, to give them something to focus on and teach them some responsibility.

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May 17, 2016   No Comments

Community Garden Club of Meredith, New Hampshire hosts ‘Gardening is Murder’ author Neal Sanders

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He chronicles their garden and his views on gardening in his widely read blog, ‘The Principal Undergardener’.

The Citizen
May 9, 2016

Excerpt:

Neal Sanders retired from the corporate world in 2005 with an idea that he might pursue writing fiction. With the upcoming publication of ‘How to Murder Your Contractor’, he has now written ten books, and has many more ideas for future intrigue. Many of his mysteries feature a horticultural theme and more than a few of them will garner a chuckle as the plot unfolds.

Strong, independent women are at the heart of his writing. Sometimes they solve crimes, sometimes they commit them, but the women are always interesting and his books contain unexpected twists guaranteed to intrigue all readers. Neal’s books stand out as he is a thorough researcher adding accurate descriptions and details whether it is a flower show, corporate merger, or murder trial.

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May 16, 2016   No Comments

Urban farm in Calgary celebrates third year as demand soars amid slumping economy

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paulhPaul Hughes and his son Mac, centre, work the soil with the help of some Grow Calgary volunteers, Anne-Claire Antoine, left, and Isabel Graefendorf, right, from the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in Calgary on Monday May 19, 2014. Grow Calgary donates all the food harvested to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. (Jenn Pierce/Calgary Herald)

In 2014, Hughes made a request to the provincial government for an additional 254 hectares of land on the transportation utility corridor that would be used to grow everything from carrots to cabbage, zucchini and turnips.

By Trevor Howell
Calgary Herald
May 14, 2016

Excerpt:

Over the past three years, Grow Calgary has become Canada’s largest urban agricultural farm, attracted a core group of roughly 50 people, hundreds of more occasional volunteers, hosted tours for schools and community groups and donated truckloads of fresh produce to the Calgary Food Bank.

“We started with a chunk of grassland and now we’re this robust program that’s … delivered hundreds of truckloads of food to the Food Bank and now dealing with 16 different organizations,” said Hughes, who wants to grow the operation into the world’s largest urban farm.

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May 15, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farm in Calgary celebrates third year as demand soars amid slumping economy

Shorebird finds protection in Moncton-area community garden – New Brunswick, Canada

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kildThe white-bellied killdeer, described as “very vocal” is a shorebird you can find without going to the beach. (Alain Clavette)

“I think a mother killdeer could not have chosen a better place for a nest,” said Clavette.

By Paul Hantiuk
CBC News
May 07, 2016

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Community gardeners near the Moncton Area Control Centre were expecting to dig in for another planting season but instead found a killdeer had set up a nest right in the middle of their plot.

Charles Daigle, a photographer who works for NAV Canada in Riverview, found the bird when he went to till the garden. He has since done his best to make sure it would be protected.

“We’re going to be delayed a bit of course. I’m in charge of the garden but I talked to the people who are in charge of the building and basically we all made the decision unanimously to give the bird some space and let it do its thing.”

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May 14, 2016   Comments Off on Shorebird finds protection in Moncton-area community garden – New Brunswick, Canada

The Community’s Garden – Which should own the community’s garden?

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This conflict between the owner of the land and those who live with the land leads us to ask…

Food Chain Radio Show – May 14, 2016

Tune for the syndicated Food Chain Radio Show #1056 May 14, 2016 Saturday 9AM Pacific
Food Chain Radio Show #1056
Michael Olson, Author & Urban Farming Agriculturalist

Excerpt:

Guest: University of California Pre-Doctoral Student Monika Egerer

When I asked Food Chain Radio’s intern producer Sara Rezaie about her university classes, she mentioned one called “Environmental Justice.”

“What is environmental justice?” I asked, thinking if there was justice there would likely be injustice as well, and thus a story or two.

“Environmental justice,” she said, “is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all the people in the development of the environment.”

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May 13, 2016   Comments Off on The Community’s Garden – Which should own the community’s garden?

Locals fight for more space in a Santa Cruz community garden

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santSanta Cruz, Calif. After much debate an agreement was made earlier this week involving the Beach Flats Community Garden in Santa Cruz, but some community members say it’s not enough.

“This garden has helped me a lot because it’s actually helped me give food to my children,” said Beach Flats Community gardener Emilio Martinez.

By Maya Holmes,
546 Keon
May 1, 2016

Excerpt:

he land that the beach flats garden sits on belongs to the Santa Cruz Seaside Company. At Tuesday’s city council meeting the city of Santa Cruz and Seaside Company finalized a lease that would allow the community to continue to use 60 percent of the space for gardening, rent free, for the next three years.

“We demand that the Seaside Company and the city work together to make the full beach flats garden permanent,” said protestor Katie He.

The seaside Company said they will use 10,000 of the 26,000 thousand square feet of the garden for landscaping and agricultural related purposes.

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May 8, 2016   Comments Off on Locals fight for more space in a Santa Cruz community garden

Community garden at West Rockhill churches to benefit food pantries in Pennsylvania

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churBob Groff, left, and Penelope Rox shovel mushroom soil into a wheelbarrow at the community garden at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in West Rockhill. Bob Keeler-Digital First Media

“The churches are looking for ways to partner for the benefit of the wider community, and the garden is a great way to build relationships while serving others.”

By Bob Keeler
Montgomery Media
Apr 28, 2016

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“You’ll have to excuse the enthusiasm,” Wiley said. “I’ve been talking about this for two years and it’s finally happening.”

The food raised in the garden will be donated to the Pennridge FISH and Keystone Opportunity Center food pantries, she said.

“We know the need is great,” said St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Pastor Julie Bergdahl. The Sellersville congregation is partnering with Jerusalem in the community garden.

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May 5, 2016   Comments Off on Community garden at West Rockhill churches to benefit food pantries in Pennsylvania

Hundreds have been waiting years for allotment space in Gloucester, UK

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gloucGraham Snelling has been on the waiting list for an allotment for six years – but is still quite far back in the 200-strong queue.

As of 2015 there were 12 allotment sites providing 846 allotments in Gloucester. In total there are around 550 people waiting for a spot on these allotments.

By CitizenChip
Gloucester Citizen
April 28, 2016

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Graham Snelling has been on the waiting list for an allotment for six years – but is still quite far back in the 200-strong queue.

Despite living in Pennine Close in Quedgeley for 45 years, green-fingered Graham, 68, has been frustrated in his attempts to get a patch to call his own in the suburb.

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May 4, 2016   Comments Off on Hundreds have been waiting years for allotment space in Gloucester, UK