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Portugal: Lisbon develops urban farming as part of its anti-crisis strategy

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The city plans on expanding the green space available for farming by converting a six hectares swamp into a large urban farm dedicated to the formation of unemployed inhabitants.

By Luc Berman
New Europe
June 8, 2015

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About five hundred families are currently managing and eating from the vegetables and fruits they harvested from their green plot. By 2017, the city aims at doubling the number of families benefitting from this program by transforming a few of the 25 hectares of green spaces still available in the city.

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May 21, 2017   No Comments

UK: Londoners Are Growing Food All Over The City

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Mural at the Bonnington Square Garden Association. Click on image for larger file.

Bonnington Square, Vauxhall; Skip Garden, King’s Cross; Calthorpe Project, King’s Cross; Myatt’s Fields Park Greenhouses and Beehives, Camberwell; St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney; The Culpeper Community Garden, Islington; Allens Gardens, Stoke Newington; Curve Garden, Dalston; Grow Mayow, Sydenham

By Kate Hodges
Londonist
May 12, 2017

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Curve Garden, Dalston: Built on an old railway line, Dalston’s Curve Garden is a well-used community hub. There are beds that Dalston residents use for growing lettuce, tomatoes, herbs and peppers, a cafe that sells delicious, home-baked cakes and food made from local supplies, a pavilion for rainy-day picnics, and a greenhouse, complete with cosy woodburning stove and even cosier cat.

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May 20, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

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Shirley Ross won the University of Alberta’s Community Advocate Award Monday for her work at the university’s two-acre Green and Gold Community Garden.

A team of 100 volunteers grow more than 60 varieties of vegetables and sell them, with all proceeds going to the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda to help women who have been traumatized by genocide and domestic abuse.

By Kevin Maimann
Metro
May 15 2017

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The garden is the association’s core source of funding and helps finance trauma counselling, health education, sewing and embroidery training and small business loans for the women.

“With the counselling programs that are provided, sometimes they’re speaking for the first time about their experience. They can be part of groups where they know that they’re not alone,” Ross said. “It helps them both socially but also economically.”

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May 16, 2017   No Comments

Resident starts community garden in front yard in Coventry, Rhode Island

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“People have asked me why my own front yard and I think why wouldn’t I? I have the real estate. I have the space and I have the time.”

By Kendra Lolio
Coventry Courier
May 8, 2017

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“I like to be busy and this is a good way to give back to the community,” said Whittinghill, a semi-retired kitchen and bath designer. The idea for the garden came in February, when she had been mulling over options for landscaping on the property, trying to figure out what to do with the front lawn. Her home, which she bought 10 years ago, is set back quite a ways from the street, leaving her with a quite expansive amount of space and no idea what to do with it.

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May 16, 2017   No Comments

How a city girl came to oversee a community garden

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Dawn Blackman Sr. saw a need for fresh food in her urban community. The Randolph Street Community Garden in Champaign, Ill., now has 72 beds, and more than 3,000 people received fresh produce last year.

Dawn Blackman Sr.
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2017

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We have 72 beds now, including six “gleaners’ beds,” where people can take what they need. And we added another quarter acre this year, for 12 new beds. When people come to the church for food assistance, their eyes light up at the sight of fresh tomatoes, beans, and potatoes.

Now we have families growing their own vegetables and community members purchasing affordable food at our marketplace. We sell our cash crops, which include peas, green beans, spinach, and kale. We make soap with our lavender, and we grow loofah sponges.

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May 11, 2017   No Comments

Indiana: Community garden will offer ‘a more dignified free food experience’ for 13,000 residents of east-side food desert

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Monarch Beverages, Lawrence Community Gardens, and the City of Lawrence combat the food desert problem building gardens on 6 acres on donated Monarch land. Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar (Must see. Mike)

The community garden will be within walking distance for 20,000 residents. Moore also hopes to start a service that will drive produce to nearby neighborhoods.

By Adrianna Pitrelli
IndyStar
May 1, 2017

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Fruits and vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, pumpkin and watermelon will be planted on the land being donated by Monarch, as well as more exotic plants like rainbow carrots and peanuts. They hope to grow about 800 pounds of food per week, enough to provide 13,000 people with the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables.

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May 7, 2017   Comments Off on Indiana: Community garden will offer ‘a more dignified free food experience’ for 13,000 residents of east-side food desert

Chicago: A helping hand for vegetable garden that feeds HIV/AIDS patients

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Jessica Surma, urban agriculture coordinator for Heartland Alliance, prepares the Chicago FarmWorks field for planting Sunday. | Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times

“Thank you guys for coming,” Cole, 33, of Chatham, told the volunteers before they got to work. “Our motto is simple . . . do what you can and do the best you can.”

By Mitch Dudek
Chicago Sunday Time
Apr 23, 2017

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Jahmal Cole doesn’t usually pull weeds.

His nonprofit — My Block, My Hood, My City — focuses on expanding the worldview of Chicago teenagers, who rarely step outside their neighborhoods, by taking them on field trips.

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April 30, 2017   Comments Off on Chicago: A helping hand for vegetable garden that feeds HIV/AIDS patients

New York: Urban Farmer Transforms Community Into Thriving Local Food Haven

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Click on image for larger file. Photo by Craig Warga. At the Kelly Street Garden, a 2,500-square-foot space on the grounds of an affordable housing complex, she serves as garden manager.

Last year, the Kelly Street Garden produced 1,200 pounds of food, available to anyone in the community who volunteered at the garden (and even those who didn’t), free of cost.

By Melissa Denchak
Eco Watch
Apr 11, 2017

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Most people don’t move to New York City and become farmers. Sheryll Durrant certainly wasn’t planning to when she left Jamaica for Manhattan in 1989. She got her undergraduate degree in business from the City University of New York’s Baruch College and spent the next 20 years in marketing. Then, when the 2008 financial crisis hit, Durrant decided to leave her job and try something new: volunteering at a community garden in her Brooklyn neighborhood.

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April 21, 2017   Comments Off on New York: Urban Farmer Transforms Community Into Thriving Local Food Haven

Vancouver, BC, community gardens – a gift from developers who get tax break

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Chris Reid is the executive director at Shifting Growth, which sets up community gardens in undeveloped properties throughout the Lower Mainland. Reid is pictured Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Alma community garden in Vancouver, B.C. Jason Payne / PNG

An unexpected offshoot of the initiative is the success of their pre-fab raised garden boxes, which are set on pallets for drainage

By Denise Ryan
Vancouver Sun
Apr 14, 2017

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“The site has been empty for many years and we thought this would be a great way to give back to the community and do something useful while we go through the development process,” said Kevin Cheung, Landa’s CEO in a statement.

Shifting Growth doesn’t solicit developers because there are enough developers willing to assume the risk and responsibility for the garden projects in exchange for a tax break from the B.C. Assessment Authority. If a vacant lot houses a temporary community garden it will be taxed at a lower rate than on a business site.

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April 15, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver, BC, community gardens – a gift from developers who get tax break

New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

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“We’ve lost one and a half metres of embankment on both sides of the stream, a bridge, some planting, five big cabbage trees and a lot of chickens”, he said.

By Emma Jolliff
News Hub
06/04/2017

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“This stream is running a metre higher than it normally does. Last night in the flood it was one and a half metres above this.

“We were out here when they evacuated everyone. Police came down in force, council came down … they took everyone down to the school, there was lots of support.”

The community garden has around 300 gardeners, and also provides 35 emergency housing places.

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April 6, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

Plot 29 : A Memoir – Therapy from an Allotment Plot

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Allan used Plot 29 to make sense of his childhood. Credit: Andrew Crowley

When I am disturbed, even angry, gardening has been a therapy. When I don’t want to talk I turn to Plot 29, or to a wilder piece of land by a northern sea. There, among seeds and trees, my breathing slows; my heart rate too. My anxieties slip away.’

By Elizabeth Grice
The Telegraph
2 Apr 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Plot 29 : A Memoir
By Allan Jenkins
HarperCollins Publishers
Mar 23, 2017

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“When I am disturbed, even angry,” Jenkins says, “gardening is a therapy. Whatever mood I’m in, I can walk through the gates and here, among the seeds and the trees, my breathing and my heart rate slow. My voice becomes slower and oddly deeper. It’s a great antidote to newspaper politics and to anxiety, a place where you can just be.”

Jenkins had plenty to be disturbed about. He and his older brother Christopher spent their early years in and out of “feral” children’s homes, often cruelly separated despite their closeness. At the ages of five and six, they were fostered by a middle-aged couple, Dudley and Lilian Drabble, in the Devon countryside, but spat out again at puberty to go their separate ways.

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How Donald Trump Could Weed Out Your New York Community Garden

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The William A. Harris community garden in Harlem is one of hundreds that could be affected by the loss of federal funds called for by the Trump administration.
(Clarisa Diaz, WNYC)

GreenThumb gets 43 percent of its funding from federal Community Development Block Grants, the very funds the Trump administration wants to zero out in its latest budget.

By Janet Babin
WNYC News
Mar 30, 2017

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The Trump administration could decide how green New York City’s future is.

More than 500 community gardens in the five boroughs rely on a program called GreenThumb. It was started in the 1970s after a financial crisis left many public gardens abandoned and bereft of funding.

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March 31, 2017   Comments Off on How Donald Trump Could Weed Out Your New York Community Garden

Sudbury, Ontario: Community gardens are about way more than growing food

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The number of gardens has exploded. In just three years, the number surpassed 20 active sites

By Hugh Kruzel
Sudbury.com
Mar 25, 2017

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Fortunate for the Sudbury Community Garden Network, a guiding hand plus knowledgeable players (farmers, biologists, veterans of other cities and gardens), community input and support by city staff and local industry exists, and they all willingly collaborate.

The Sudbury Public Library Main Branch now houses a seed collection, including saved heritage/heirloom and locally successful varieties. Seeds are available to all citizens.

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March 31, 2017   Comments Off on Sudbury, Ontario: Community gardens are about way more than growing food

Petition to Bring Back South Central Farm

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Click on image for larger file. 4051 Alameda Street, LA.

Once the largest urban farm in the United States, spanning 14 acres and feeding 350 families in the midst of an industrial and commercial landscape, the South Central Farm was an oasis flourishing from 1992 – 2006.

Petition Excerpt:

Our Mission:
Farmers and supporters have formed the South Central Farm Restoration Committee with the intention to #BuyBackTheFarm. Our goal is to secure the farm and protect one of the last and largest remaining undeveloped parcels of land in LA County. With a land trust in place the farm would be a permanent jewel for the city of LA’s sustainability and green endeavors.

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March 30, 2017   Comments Off on Petition to Bring Back South Central Farm

UK: Greater Manchester convicted criminals have totally transformed overgrown community garden

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Before and after – The lost garden in Weaste, Salford.

Beneath they found benches, raised flower beds and a smart cobbled alley.

By Neal Keeling
Manchester Evening Post
Mar 22, 2017

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Grafting for three days, a group of offenders on the Community Payback scheme have shifted four tonnes of rubbish to reveal a backstreet oasis.

The small garden with benches was created for elderly residents in the Weaste area to meet and chat.

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March 28, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Greater Manchester convicted criminals have totally transformed overgrown community garden