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In West Philadelphia, a community garden threatened by development

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John Lindsay (left) and James Seward hold fresh produce from the community garden on Wiota Street. They are concerned that developers are interested in bidding on the property. ( Margo Reed / Staff Photographer)

It’s not the only garden facing potential closure in the rapidly developing area, which has been identified as one in need of community-garden preservation by a nonprofit devoted to the cause.

By Tricia L. Nadolny
Philly.com
Sept 18, 2016

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Unlike a traditional community garden with neighbors claiming their own plots, Wiota Street is designed to grow as much produce as possible.

The sweet, green, and jalapeño peppers are in plot three; celery, rhubarbs, and beans are in plot four; flowers are in plot five; and turnips are in plot six. A peach tree anchors the property. Compost bins run along one wall, and a grape arbor stands near the Powelton Avenue fence. Herbs, marked with colorful signs painted by students from a local charter school, are in the far corner.

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September 25, 2016   No Comments

UK: Residents rise up against’ plans to build over London’s oldest allotments

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Northfields Allotments.

Northfields Allotments plotholders have been informed by Pathways in recent weeks of their intentions to build over at least 10% of the nearly 200-year-old site, with further plans to construct a mix of social and private housing.

By Luke Bartlett
They is Local London
Sept 16, 2016

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Francesca Bussey, Northfields resident and allotment owner, said: “We live in a social housing flat with no access to a garden of our own.

“In 18 months my daughter and I have transformed the plot from weeds and brambles to our own little patch of heaven.

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September 25, 2016   No Comments

Mushrooms from community garden sicken Los Angeles schoolchildren

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A toxic mushroom species, amanita pantherina, is believed to be the cause of multiple illnesses at a Silver Lake elementary school. (KABC)

According to a phone message sent to parents, the students were taking part in an afternoon “garden instruction” lesson at the garden, which sits on the edge of the campus.

By Veronica Rocha and Howard Blume
Los Angeles Times
Sept. 23, 2016

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A parent told KABC-TV that his 10-year-old son had to be hospitalized after someone working in the garden gave him and other fifth-graders mushrooms. After eating the mushrooms, students started throwing up.

Doctors have performed tests on the boy to determine what made him sick, the TV news station reported. District officials said they had no information about the types of vegetables in the garden.

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September 24, 2016   No Comments

UK: Hucknall Allotment Holders Searching for Historic Records – begun in 1840’s

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Aerial shot of gardens on either side of bypass. Click on image for larger file.

The gardens date back to the time of the Land Enclosures in the 1840’s when the land was given to poor cottage holders of Hucknall by the Duke of Portland.

By Pam Wilkinson
Dispatch
Sept. 14, 2016

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Secretary Pam Wilkinson said: “We would like to record and present the history of this site and are asking for any stories, photos artefacts from the families of Hucknall.

“Generations of Hucknall families have since rented the allotments to provide much needed food for themselves and their families.

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September 21, 2016   No Comments

Harry Connick Jr. talks community gardens with Chicago garden leader

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Harry Connick Jr. talks to South Side resident Natasha Nicholes about her community garden. Sept. 19, 2016.

By Tracy SwartzContact
Chicago Tribune
Sept 19, 2016

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Singer-turned-actor Harry Connick Jr. can add “community gardener” to his resume.

The daytime show host visited a community garden on Union Avenue in West Pullman and took over the duties for garden founder Natasha Nicholes for a day. The segment, which was filmed in May, is set to air Monday on Connick’s new show “Harry.”

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September 20, 2016   No Comments

Merced, California council approves a new zoning code that adds community gardens and restricts tobacco sellers.

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Community Gardens Do Tend to Increase Property Values and Be a Positive Thing in The Community.

By Thaddeus Miller
Merced Sun-Star
Sept. 8, 2016

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Under the actions taken by the council, the gardens would be treated like a new business, which means landowners within a 300-foot radius would be notified of a potential garden. But the council asked city staff to reduce or waive the $577 fee that would be charged to a comparable business.

“It can be done at no cost, because I don’t think that we’re going to have so many of them that it’s going to create a huge burden on planning staff for processing these,” Kim Espinosa, Merced’s planning manager, said Tuesday.

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September 16, 2016   No Comments

Thefts, locks and a growing mutiny at Tacoma’s community gardens

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Some Tacoma community gardeners say increasing thefts have moved them to place locks on their plots. The problem? That’s not allowed on public land. Now the Pierce Conservation District is working to quell the uprising.

By Matt Driscoll
The News tribune
Sept 7, 2016

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So, on the Fourth of July, the gardeners locked their community garden.

That’s where this story gets complicated. McIvor says there are 45 gardens in Tacoma, and 20 of them are on public land. In one capacity or another, her agency works with all of them. She says, “The one rule we have is that the gardens cannot be locked if it’s public property.”

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September 14, 2016   No Comments

Canada: Winnipeg newcomers reap benefits of North End community garden

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Sita Gurung, from Bhutan, gardens in Winnipeg.

Sita Gurung, who moved to Winnipeg from Bhutan with her husband and young daughter five years ago, says the garden has provided her family with fresh mustard leaves, onions, radishes, tomatoes and more.

By: Matt Kieltyka
Metro
Sep 02 2016

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Since opening in May, the “Garden of Nations” has been a source of fresh, healthy food and companionship for 15 families still adjusting to life in Canada.

“It’s a really tough journey for a lot of people,” said Amy Henderson, newcomer program co-ordinator at Food Matters Manitoba. “When they get here they think their troubles are over, but there’s still a lot of adjusting and they have to learn a new language. The support is there at first, but then it dries up after a while and it can be really stressful and hard to afford healthy food.”

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September 10, 2016   Comments Off on Canada: Winnipeg newcomers reap benefits of North End community garden

Toronto’s 12 allotment gardens are in full bloom, as city folk prove you can grow local.

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Leslie St. allotment garden. Richard Caron, water, and his wife Susan, moved from the Beach to a downtown apartment two years ago and Susan was eager to find a space to flex her green thumb. Photo by Andrew Wallace.

“The groundhogs are having a great time in our garden,” Caron said. “We’ll have to do something about that next year.”

By Katrina Clarke
The Star
Sept. 2, 2016

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Leasing a plot at one of the 12 outdoor gardens spread across the city gives the chance to exercise your green thumb, meet fellow urban gardeners and plant whatever your heart desires — so long as it’s legal.

And now is the best time to check out the gardens in full bloom.

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September 9, 2016   Comments Off on Toronto’s 12 allotment gardens are in full bloom, as city folk prove you can grow local.

Eden Gardens Allotment, Whitefield, UK welcomes the public

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Hannah, aged 12 and dad Gareth Evans with the onions they grew and are entering for a show.

The mayor and consort had the time of their lives and even wanted to sign up for our forthcoming Green Gym where, with the help of volunteers, we’ll plant hundreds of daffodils on the adjacent green.

By Sarah Yates
Bury Times
Sept 1, 2016

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The sale of seasonal vegetables, free-range eggs, garden plants and hanging baskets raised money to go towards the allotments, Pimhole Animal Sanctuary and a local charity which is yet to be decided.

Homemade cakes, tea, coffee, jams, pickles and chutneys were also popular at the allotment café.

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September 8, 2016   Comments Off on Eden Gardens Allotment, Whitefield, UK welcomes the public

Ottawa: Gardens to be demolished as part of Hydro One upgrade

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Geoff Radnor gestures to one of his neighbour’s gardens, planted in the mid-80s in the transmission line right-of-way. (Stu Mills/CBC)

‘I don’t understand why they don’t just put the tower up and let us work the rest,’ says one resident

Stu Mills
CBC News
Sept 7, 2016

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Residents in the Riverview neighbourhood say Hydro One is taking a “scorched earth” policy to their community vegetable gardens.

The electricity provider plans to upgrade the towers and twin the existing, single 115 kV transmission line between the Overbrook Transformer Station on Coventry Road and Balena Park in the Riverview neighbourhood next April.

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September 7, 2016   Comments Off on Ottawa: Gardens to be demolished as part of Hydro One upgrade

New £50,000 allotments opened in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh’s Victoria Park allotments, formerly a council-managed bowling green, has been turned into a leafy crop of flowers, vegetables and fruit. Grower Colin Finlayson and his runner beans.

There are 16 “mini” allotments on-site, along with a toilet and communal storage unit, plus a community plot for use by pupils of the neighbouring Trinity Academy

By Brian Donnelly
Herald Scotland
Sept 1, 2016

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Retired teacher Colin Finlayson managed to secure an allotment from the new batch after nine years on the waiting list.

He said there are benefits on top of having the healthy fresh produce he has grown such as potatoes, leaks, raspberries and strawberries.

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September 7, 2016   Comments Off on New £50,000 allotments opened in Edinburgh

Huntington Station garden in Long Island brings vets and veggies together

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Veteran Robert Bishop of Huntington tends to his vegetables at the Gateway Park Community Garden in Huntington Station on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. The community garden has set aside garden beds for former servicemen and -women to grow their own fresh produce. Photo Credit: Daniel Goodrich

Long Island has the second highest rate of returning veterans in the United States, according to the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island.

By Valerie Bauman
NewsDay
Aug 23, 2016

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Pillmeier, 56, is taking advantage of new veterans-only planting beds that opened in June at the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station. The project was established through a collaboration between The Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center and the Long Island Community Agriculture Network, both based in Huntington Station.

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September 2, 2016   Comments Off on Huntington Station garden in Long Island brings vets and veggies together

High speed chase ends in community garden in Waterloo, Iowa

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Truck crashes into community garden.

I didn’t realize it really wiped out nearly every boxes they came across. He must have gone airborne when they hit the dirt pile,” said Marshall.

By Taylor Bailey
KWWl
Aug 22, 2016

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The white pick up truck ended up at Grace Gardens, right across from the Boys and Girls Club in Waterloo. Grace Garden is designed to provide free produce to people in the Walnut neighborhood.

The owner of the garden Judy Marshall says she heard it all happen and she was in shock after most of her crops were destroyed.

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August 31, 2016   Comments Off on High speed chase ends in community garden in Waterloo, Iowa

‘Greenside Up’ and Community Gardening in Ireland

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Photo of Dee Sewell.

I’m also promoting the idea of workplace gardens to encourage business’ to use some of the land or roof space they have and encourage office bound staff to get outside and grow.

By Dee Sewell
Greenside Up
Teaching Growth. Teaching Green
Aug 2016
From Food For Cities Listserv

I am a horticulturalist teaching adults how to grow food in Ireland and volunteering as a founder member and chairperson of Community Gardens Ireland.

I started ‘Greenside Up’ back in June 2009 with the idea of visiting and teaching people in their own gardens who wanted to grow food without chemicals but weren’t sure how. The recession was beginning to take hold and it soon became apparent that group workshops for adults would be the most cost effective way for people to learn rather than private consultations. I created a basic programme that could be delivered in health food stores and village halls and then applied to become a tutor with my local adult Education Training Board delivering ‘hobby’ gardening courses.

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August 30, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Greenside Up’ and Community Gardening in Ireland