New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Category — Community Gardens

McGill University’s Montreal campus opens community garden

mcg

For the nominal fee of $40, people can buy a “plot” consisting of four plastic planting containers.

By Neale McDevitt
McGill Reporter
Apr 2, 2015

Excerpt:

Since its inception, the Edible Campus garden has supplied thousands of kilograms of fresh produce to several Santropol projects, including its meals-on-wheels initiative that provides fresh, healthy food to Montrealers with limited mobility. But having expanded growing operations to a large farm in Senneville, it was decided that the McGill garden could be opened to the University clientele.

[Read more →]

April 11, 2015   No Comments

Columbia, Missouri community garden connects international students

columb
A small plot next to the Kirkman House at 410 N. Tenth St. is prepared Tuesday for the inaugural spring season of planting by Columbia College’s International Club members. Jefferson Middle School English Language Learners students helped college students tend the plot to create connections and a community for Columbia international students. Photo by Natalie Helms.

Buretta said working in the garden is a great way for the students to meet other people and feel more at home in a foreign place.

By Natalie Helms
Missourian
March 31, 2015

Excerpt:

A 14-year-old from Somalia and a college student from Nigeria were among those in the dirt planting potatoes and spinach Tuesday afternoon on the grounds of Columbia College.

Ferihiya Osman, the 14-year-old Somali, and Rotshak Dakup, a Columbia College sophomore who came to the U.S. in 2013, started as strangers but ended up as team members tending to the college’s community garden. The plot, known as the “Cougarden” after the school’s cougar mascot, will be the centerpiece of an effort to bridge the age gap between Columbia’s international students.

[Read more →]

April 9, 2015   No Comments

New York Community Gardens Threatened – Again

nygard
Community garden advocates at a rally on Tuesday on the plaza of City Hall. Credit William Alatriste

20 of the potential building sites contain gardens, places with names like Electric Ladybug Garden, Tranquility Farm and Isabahlia.

By Michael Tortorello
New York Times
Feb 11, 2015

Excerpt:

Ena K. McPherson, a community-garden leader in Bed-Stuy, voiced the hopes of the other tillers. “We want our garden to be taken off the list and negotiate an agreement with the city,” she said. “We want to be conveyed to Parks Department.” GreenThumb gardens that are part of the parks inventory (some 300 gardens) are shielded from development.

What about the license she and the other gardeners sign each year, agreeing to leave H.P.D.’s land without grievance? “Nobody reads the contract,” Ms. McPherson said. “It’s just paperwork.” If you did, she added, you would “realize you just signed your life away.”

[Read more →]

February 26, 2015   Comments Off

More than 100 urban farms and gardens in Indianapolis

30s
“My grandfather was one of those people. Albert Allen Moore graduated from Tennessee State University in 1934 with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. Like many blacks escaping the Jim Crow South he moved northward for a better life. He came to Indianapolis where he eventually found work as the Agricultural Director for Flanner House. He taught other blacks from the Great Migration how to farm vacant lots within the city. His work, essentially what we today might call urban agriculture.”

Urban farming also is a good way to get people interested in the environment

By Amie Sites, Field Editor
Agri News Indianapolis
February 02, 2015

Excerpt:

Urban farming is not a new topic to growers in Indianapolis, but it certainly is a growing trend. There are more than 100 urban farms and gardens in Indianapolis.

Several groups have formed to support of urban farming, including Fall Creek Gardens, an urban gardening resource center in Indianapolis.

[Read more →]

February 12, 2015   Comments Off

Hortis – Europe: Berlin, Budapest, Bologna, Cartagena


A documentary about e.u. Hortis project. Community gardens in Berlin, dancing gardens in Bologna, a wide range of different green experiences in Spain and Hungary (Budapest).

Horticulture in towns for inclusion and socialization

Urban allotments, gardens in the peripheries, reconcile man with the nature.

The small urban gardens for horticultural purposes are widespread in Europe and have similar origins everywhere, linked to food production. Urban gardening activities can encourage lifelong learning among adults by fostering the acquisition of key competences that are fundamental for each individual in a knowledge-based society.
HORTIS will organize gardening courses and “green” events in each partner city.

[Read more →]

February 2, 2015   Comments Off

This Urban Farmer is Growing Jobs in Her Richmond, California Community

robin
Doria Robinson is transforming an empty lot in North Richmond, California. Photo: Twilight Greenaway.

“I’ve always been interested in how to get low-income people involved,” Robinson notes. “The answer is jobs.”

By Adrien Schless-Meier
Civil Eats
(1/19/15)

Excerpt:

She also admits that not everyone likes gardening and that’s okay. Urban food projects should be diverse enough to accommodate everyone, even those who shriek at the sight of an earthworm. “We still want them to eat the food,” says Robinson.

In addition to its 13 farm and garden sites, Urban Tilth is preparing to launch a CSA and has 150 families on the waiting list. Urban Tilth also working with The Richmond Food Policy Council on a campaign to add fresh, locally-sourced salad bars to Richmond schools.

[Read more →]

February 1, 2015   Comments Off

Living Garden Creations hopes to spur urban gardening in Kokomo, Indiana

depot
Adam Renshaw and Haley Martin stand in front of what will become The Living Garden Juice Bar on N. Phillips Street on January 14, 2015. Photo by Kelly Lafferty Gerber.

Duo plan juice bar, community garden sites in downtown Kokomo

By Martin Slagter
Kokomo Tribune
Jan 16, 2015

Excerpt:

Martin and Renshaw will implement the next chapter of The Living Garden with Living Garden Creations, which will include a start-up Living Garden Juice Bar and a Kokomo Urban Agriculture Initiative, with business and residential locations already donating land for 10 different project sites.

The result, Martin said, will be a balance between a business and nonprofit model to help Kokomo make good use of its urban green spaces.

[Read more →]

January 26, 2015   Comments Off

Dallas restrictions stunt growth of community gardens

bhut
Bhutanese women (from left) Sushila Adhikari, Sunuwar Bishnu, Basi Adhikari and Dhan Silwal stand amongst plots of vegetables and flowers in the Seeds of Hope community garden in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Photo by Jim Tuttle.

The women, both in their 60s, grew food for their families and sold the surplus during the 20 years they lived in refugee camps in Nepal

By Elizabeth Findell
Dallas News
25 December 2014

Excerpt:

Organizations that work with refugees have succeeded in opening a couple of community gardens, including one for Bhutanese refugees in Vickery Meadow. (It’s close to where Rai and Sunuwar live, but not close enough to be easy for them to get to.)

But overall, efforts to expand community gardens and raise more urban produce have struggled to take root in Dallas. In part, that’s because of restrictions that prevent gardens from selling what they grow and limits on the construction of structures for growing crops.

That could change.

[Read more →]

January 9, 2015   Comments Off

Guerrilla Gardening Research

guershr

How would you feel if a piece of disused land or a neglected urban space, such as a grass verge or roundabout, was suddenly made into a productive veg patch or pretty flower field?

Shropshire Star
Dec 24, 2014

Excerpt:

Professor Larkham, associate head of Birmingham City University’s School of the Built Environment, says: “Guerrilla gardening is an international phenomenon. Those involved take part for a number of reasons, from brightening up their neighbourhoods to using gardening as a form of political protest.

“The land they are targeting is quite varied. It seem to range from traffic roundabouts and roadside grass verges to bits of land that one planner once called SLOP – Space Left Over after Planning – to derelict sites, unused patches of land which are clearly in somebody’s ownership but aren’t in any sort of productive use.

[Read more →]

January 7, 2015   Comments Off

Desert School’s Community Garden in Nevada project Needs Water

Gerlach, Nevada is a small village situated next to the Black Rock desert (well known because of the Burning Man festival).

Jan. 2014
Kickstarter campaign

Excerpt:

Gerlach, Nevada is a small village. At the turn of the century the town still inhabited up to 900 people, but when the nearby gypsum plant closed down in 2011 and economy went down in the region and people started to move away and presently the town inhabits 100 people. Eight years ago schoolteacher Elizabeth Jackson and her colleagues started an educational community school garden and greenhouse project in this barren environment.

[Read more →]

January 6, 2015   Comments Off

Theatre and organic gardening come together in Santiago, Chile

santi
Gabriel teaches how to sow seeds. Colectivo Sustento market day 2013.

Establish an organic garden in two of the centres: San Bernardo and Calera de Tango

By Penelope Glass
ColectivoSustento
2014

Excerpt:

Because theatre is not all we do. Colectivo Sustento’s work outside the prison is a constant development towards self-sustainability through organic gardening, community garden initiatives and networking. Through this work Gabriel, ex Fénix & Ilusiones, has been trained in organic agriculture for 2 years (thanks to the CSA* Farm Huellas Verdes). He is our garden expert, who coordinates the Sustento garden, and runs workshops at our market days and in community settings. He is the logical choice to run community garden workshops in the juvenile centres.

[Read more →]

December 18, 2014   Comments Off

South Euclid, Ohio to grow new Bexley Community Garden

euclid
The Hinsdale Garden is one of seven community gardens in South Euclid. The city plans to build the eighth one at Bexley Park by next summer. Photo by Sara Dorn.

The Bexley Garden is expected to cost $25,000-30,000

By Sara Dorn,
Northeast Ohio Media Group
December 09, 2014

Excerpt:

The new 67-by-54-foot space, near Maplegrove Road at the northwest corner of the park, is expected to be ready by summer.

It will have 20 raised beds and approximately three common gardens for raising larger crops, Housing Manager Sally Martin said. Berry bushes and other vegetation will be planted for communal use, a paved walkway and an 8-by-54-foot landscaped space will be built at the entrance, and a pergola will sit in the center of the space.

[Read more →]

December 18, 2014   Comments Off

New policy for urban agriculture proposed by the Vancouver Park Board

kitscommngarden
Kitsilano Community Garden. Photo by MicaDogg.

What’s new in the proposed policy

The proposed Urban Agriculture Policy includes:

1. An expanded definition of the policy for agriculture project that covers:

Collaborative and shared gardening

Educational-, arts-, and culturally-focused gardening

Fruit and nut trees

Hobby beekeeping

Pollinator gardens

[Read more →]

December 16, 2014   Comments Off

Halifax shelter builds first-ever community garden

hali
Colleen Ritchie, spokesperson for Shelter Nova Scotia, poses for a photo in a newly built community garden near Metro Turning Point.Photo by Jeff Harper.

Planting seeds of ‘positive change’

By Haley Ryan
Metro
Dec 4, 2014

Excerpt:

An empty lot beside a men’s shelter in downtown Halifax is now the site of a community garden, bringing a sense of purpose for those who stay there and “positive change for themselves.”

Shelter Nova Scotia spokeswoman Colleen Ritchie said the 4,500-square-foot garden went in beside the Metro Turning Point on Barrington Street earlier this week after receiving funds from area councillor, Waye Mason.

[Read more →]

December 15, 2014   Comments Off

Nowata Community Garden – Oklahoma

The Nowata Community Garden is a new 11,250 square foot fenced in garden located on the Nowata County Fairgrounds property. The garden has 10 2x4x10 raised beds for rental, 3 “keyhole” educational gardens used as strawberry beds, 6 raised beds in a hoop house for season extension, a butterfly garden, apple trees, a chicken coop, and a “community harvest” area outside the fence as well as an outdoor classroom area and shed.

[Read more →]

December 13, 2014   Comments Off