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Looking for New Gardeners – East Brunswick Community Garden in New Jersey

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Your community garden in season. Credits: East Brunswick Environmental Commission

Established in 2009, the garden offers 160 plots for new and returning gardeners who live or work in East Brunswick.

By Maureen Berzok
Tap into East Brunswick
February 22, 2017

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The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission is looking for new gardeners for the East Brunswick Community Garden this spring. There are 30 plots available for rent, which usually are rented prior to the start of the growing season.

Thirty garden plots are still available at the East Brunswick Community Garden for the 2017 growing season for township residents and local employees who lack the space, proper sunlight or soil to grow produce and flowers at home.

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February 28, 2017   No Comments

Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village

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Canada: University of Victoria historian Elizabeth Vibert teamed up with award-winning director Christine Welsh to produce ‘The Thinking Garden’.

The garden, which has now been in operation for 25 years, provides fresh vegetables and opportunities for the local villagers while helping confront the ravages of poverty, climate change and AIDS.

By Dan Ebenal
Saanich News
Feb 25, 2017

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“The garden has been vitally important to the community, especially as the effects of climate change get worse. It provides local, affordable produce that otherwise people have to travel on public transit to buy fresh vegetables,” said Vibert.

More familiar with writing about history, Vibert said her first venture into filmmaking was extremely challenging.

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February 26, 2017   No Comments

Ireland: Galway Michelin chef backs project to fight poverty in Central Africa

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Concern ambassador, chef JP McMahon with daughters, eight year old Heather (left) and Martha, 4, at the Westside Community Garde

Speaking from the Westside community gardens, accompanied by his daughters, he said: “Europe has taken so much out of Africa; it is our duty as Europeans and Irish people to give back.

By Our Reporter
Connacht Tribune
February 19, 2017

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“I think Kitchen Gardens is a genuine and excellent idea because it taps into that connection to growing food that a lot of us never have to think about at all.

“It supports people in great need in growing their own farms for the future, making them more self-sufficient and strengthening their community.

“This project gives us a sense of fulfilment that we are actually helping people to produce their own food because aid can only do so much.

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February 26, 2017   No Comments

UK: Brighton & Hove Allotment Strategy 2014-2024

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Brighton & Hove?s allotment community is comprised of 6000 food growers with 3100 plots on 37 sites.

Brighton & Hove City Council
Brighton & HoveAllotment Federation
2014

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The strategy emphasises increasing the number of people growing high quality local food by ensuring the availability of good quality land. It promotes a self- sustaining and efficient service, encourages site participation, while fostering biodiversity, organic practices, good food and healthy living. It encourages a cooperative approach.

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February 23, 2017   No Comments

The University of Arizona Community Garden holds ‘Stories in the Garden’ event

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Photo by Monique Irish.

Stories in the Garden incorporates food and inspired dialogue in the UA Community Garden. Dialogue can consist of poems, songs and stories from audience members related to a specific theme.

By Marissa Heffernan
The Daily Wildcat
Feb 14, 2017

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The crowd sat on an eclectic mashup of chairs and blanket-draped hay bales, sharing snacks they had brought along with cauliflower and carrots harvested from the garden earlier in the evening.

Jackie Mendelson, UA Community Garden manager and plant sciences senior, said the event series started in fall 2015 when one of the community garden students suggested a potluck-style event.

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February 20, 2017   No Comments

Veggies from the ‘Giving Garden’ in Highland, California

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Ms. Wendt’s kindergarten class of Highland Congregational Church, U.C.C. are planning for their own Giving Garden plot.

From the time my mother and dad created a “Victory Garden” in our backyard in St. Louis, Mo. during the second World War, until this day in Highland, I have been an enthusiastic gardener.

By ElmaMae Henderson
Highland News
Feb 13, 2017

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When I visited the Highland Congregational Church, I discovered the Giving Garden up beyond the parking lot. One does not need to be a member of the church to have a garden plot. Powell and helpers have created the boxed in plots and at this there are still a very few unclaimed. I planted mine last October, and have been harvesting and enjoying beautiful kale and collard greens.

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February 19, 2017   No Comments

Community Garden Plaque Celebrates the first African American woman elected to Wilmington City Council (Delaware)

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The mural at the Burton-Phelan Community Garden celebrates influential African Americans in the Eastside community.

By Lauren Huet
WDE1
Feb 13, 2017

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State Representative Stephanie T. Bolden praised Phelan.

“I think it’s very important to keep the history alive of those that came before us that made it possible for us to be where we are today,” said Bolden. “We should never forget from which we’ve come and always acknowledge what was there in the past in order for us to be successful in the future.”

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February 18, 2017   No Comments

Sprawling urban garden coming to San Antonio’s east side

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They call the development exciting because the 190 families who live next door at the Springview Apartments will have fresh food right at their door steps.

By Sue Calberg,
KENS 5
February 09, 2017

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“The best way to trick kids to eat veggies is to get them to grow it. They see the entire process from seed to plate,” said Lucke, who added that a number of community partners have been working for at least two years to make this day a reality. “We knew that the east side was a food desert. We knew that the east side didn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. And so having an urban micro-farm, we felt, would be a good step in the right direction.”

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February 14, 2017   Comments Off on Sprawling urban garden coming to San Antonio’s east side

Australia: New South Wales residents promote sustainable living through thriving community garden

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The Port Macquarie garden called The Lost Plot was initiated by the Port Macquarie Hastings Council and started in April 2014

By Emma Siossian
ABC Mid North Coast
Feb 8, 2017

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“There’s been a lot in the media I guess in the last 12 months about the multi-faceted benefits of eating locally, from a health perspective as well as an environmental perspective,” she said.

“There is a lot of interest in that in the community, especially in Port Macquarie where we have local food markets and other things happening to support what we are doing.

“There is nothing better than going and picking a fresh cucumber and then going home and making a Greek salad with it.

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February 13, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: New South Wales residents promote sustainable living through thriving community garden

Poverty-Fighting Community Garden In South Africa

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Mnqobi Mnguni, Mashange, RS Maqolo, AM Maqolo and Busie Maqwaza are ready to reap their first crop at the garden project in Lovu Township.

The garden currently uses four 10,000-litres tanks for water.

By Earl Baillache
South Coast Sun
Feb 8, 2017

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Zeph Mbuyisa initiated the project in Lovu Township in November by planting maize and the seven people working in the garden will reap their first harvest on about 15 February.

“We have two-and-a-half hectares we can cultivate but currently we are only using an area of 67 metres by 52 metres,” said Zeph.

“We are trying our best to alleviate poverty in the area. At the moment we have only grown maize, but we want to branch out into growing other crops and recruit stakeholders.

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February 12, 2017   Comments Off on Poverty-Fighting Community Garden In South Africa

Walmart Foundation Gives $25,000 to Arkansas Community Garden

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Miller hopes with the new equipment to increase the number of raised beds to 60 this spring.

Southern Arkansas University
Feb 2017

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“With the tractor and mower, we will be able to maintain the grounds and make them a showplace,” said Miller. “I want to get the word out to the community that using these garden beds is a fun thing to do and meet new people, we can help with gardening tips, and it’s free.”

The community garden area also hosts other agriculture educational areas with an orchard, vineyard, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, a garden, and forage and turfgrass plots. The teaching area and raised beds share a compost shed. Miller feels that this is an excellent way for the campus and community to learn about and experience agriculture. He is also excited about the campus and community interaction.

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February 7, 2017   Comments Off on Walmart Foundation Gives $25,000 to Arkansas Community Garden

15-Acre Urban Community Garden in Mid-Town Phoenix Ordered to Close

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The Department of Interior ordered the lot to be vacant.

By Janessa Hilliard
Phoenix New Times
Feb 3, 2017

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Community gardeners are being asked to have their plots cleared by Friday, February 10, and the entire site is to be vacated by Wednesday, February 15. It is unclear what will become of the acreage, which sits along the northeast side of the intersection, bordering Steele Indian School Park.

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February 5, 2017   Comments Off on 15-Acre Urban Community Garden in Mid-Town Phoenix Ordered to Close

UK: Greater Manchester community garden installs round the clock CCTV cameras for protection

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Big Lottery funding provided £9,850 cash for round the clock monitoring and lighting

By Saiqa Chaudhari
Bolton News
Jn 25, 2017

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The community garden in Halliwell, Bolton is used by disabled people and their families, as well as children who benefit from therapy animals, but visitors say it is for the benefit of everyone.

It also helps people in the community develop skills and increase their confidence.

Good Companions, which is run by volunteers and funded entirely through donations, has been targeted by thieves on a number of occasions recently.

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February 3, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Greater Manchester community garden installs round the clock CCTV cameras for protection

Australia: Community garden at Queanbeyan Railway Station

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Katrina Willis tends the strawberry beds at the railway park organic community garden. Photo: Karleen Minney.

A dozen members attend monthly working bees to manage the composting system and worm farm, water and weed common beds, followed by morning tea

By Susan Parsons
The Age
January 24 2017

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Down near Queanbeyan Railway Station there is a community garden filled with vegetables, berries, fruit trees, herbs and flowers.

In 2002 the Railway Park Organic Community Garden opened as part of the design for a new park on the old railway goods yard in Queanbeyan. The idea came to life through the energy of a few neighbourhood residents and, for some years, it was supported by and part of the Canberra Organic Growers Society.

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February 1, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Community garden at Queanbeyan Railway Station

Kansas City: Future of Westside Community Farm uncertain as city council mulls budget cut

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Sharda says his agency has assisted 260 community groups establish gardens, where crops are often donated to less-fortunate families.

By Sean Mcdowell
Fox 4
Jan 17, 2017

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On Tuesday morning, over 100 people packed into the city council’s Housing Committee Meeting at City Hall. Many attendees came to show support for Kansas City Community Gardens, demonstrating how their groups have benefitted from the council’s funding.

Kansas City’s Council currently provides Kansas City Community Gardens with $78,000 annually. If the proposed cuts take effect, that total would shrink to only $45,000.

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January 26, 2017   Comments Off on Kansas City: Future of Westside Community Farm uncertain as city council mulls budget cut