Category — Community Gardens
Urban allotments, gardens in the peripheries, reconcile man with the nature.
HORTIS project wanted to contribute to fight social exclusion, and to promote lifelong learning among adults through community and urban gardening.
The project main objectives have been:
1) To train a new generation of trainers on community gardening able to set up and run community gardens, attracting and engaging the local community.
September 30, 2015 No Comments
With the UN climate conference putting Paris in the eco-spotlight this year, the impending closure of R-Urban, a project at the forefront of urban sustainability, seems curious – not least in its timing
By Justinien Tribillon
Sept 11, 2015
With the climate conference putting Paris in the global spotlight from 30 November, the decision by the City of Colombes to abandon one of Europe’s most ambitious urban sustainability schemes seems almost comical in its timing.
The city council argues that the replacement car park is essential to serve the regeneration of the area – but Benoît, a long-term resident of Colombes who joined R-Urban in the project’s early days, points at all the spaces around the Agrocité that sit idle, ready to host the car park.
September 11, 2015 Comments Off on Why is a Paris suburb scrapping an urban farm to build a car park?
Do you think your neighbourhood needs more food growing spaces? Are you interested in starting a new urban agriculture project?
Urban agriculture plays an important role in creating vibrant gathering spaces, greening the environment, supporting local food resiliency and promoting social inclusion. The City of Vancouver has had a long history and support for food growing in the city.
There are two ways the City of Vancouver is helping to create new gardens… Send in your ideas, and potentially get your garden project built!
1. Gardens on City parks or other City-owned land.
If you’re interested in starting your own garden project in a City park or on City-owned property, tell us your ideas! Fill out an Expression of Interest application to help us prioritize support for garden locations and projects. Deadline October 5, 2014.
September 11, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver, BC offers help to start new community gardens
In this city of approximately 110,000, 75 percent of schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced-price lunch; nearly 20 percent of families live at the poverty level; and many are immigrants.
By Hattie Bernstein
Aug 31, 2015
Almost everything on the table, shaded from the sun by an awning, was grown a block or two away and picked the day before: carrots, lettuce, and kale pulled from raised beds on the eighth-of-an-acre plot at the corner of Middlesex and Pearl streets; Cambodian eggplant, hot peppers, and cilantro from a field behind the industrial park on Pawtucket Boulevard, 3½ acres surrounded by a deer fence.
September 7, 2015 Comments Off on Massachusetts: Bringing the farm to Lowell’s inner city
In addition to the library garden beds, Rains said GRuB has gardens at several schools and at a couple other local businesses, including Olympia Pediatrics — where kids can sample the produce in the gardening while waiting for appointments.
By Natalie Deford
Aug 24, 2015
The harvest has been bountiful at the Olympia Timberland Library this summer, with new garden beds yielding learning opportunities as well as produce donations.
This spring, the library joined the urban farming movement. Teaming up with Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) — a local nonprofit with a motto of “growing healthy food, people and communities” — volunteers constructed three raised garden beds and began planting.
September 2, 2015 Comments Off on Olympia Washington’s Library’s garden partnership has double yield of food, community
“I bring the lunch for everybody from that tomato,” he said.
By Kate Pastor
New York Times
AUG. 27, 2015
Summer is the slowest season for cabdrivers, when they must find ways to pass the time between passengers. Some recline in the seats of their cars; others relax outside.
But Mr. Santana, 66, and other Seaman drivers spend their downtime tending a small farm off Johnson Avenue in the Spuyten Duyvil section of the Bronx, near Riverdale.
August 28, 2015 Comments Off on A Patch of the Bronx Where the Corn Is as High as a Cabdriver’s Eye
St. Paul & the Redeemer Food Garden have grown 1200 pounds of fresh organic produce each year for hungry neighbors on the South Side of Chicago.
“Urban gardening is a transformative power in changing people’s perspectives about their food,” he said.
By Allison Matyus
Hyde Park Herald
Aug 19, 2015
The St. Paul and the Redeemer Church (SPR), 4945 S. Dorchester Ave., is also growing fresh food to help their fellow neighbors obtain quality produce.
A 850-square-foot cultivated space at SPR provides more than 1,200 pounds of nutritious food a year, according to Jim Schaal, the food garden coordinator at the church.
August 27, 2015 Comments Off on Farming goes urban in Hyde Park, Chicago
Canada – The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre community garden covers 0.6 hectares of a urban lot
MacDonald said over 4,000 kilograms of food has already been harvested this summer.
Aug 27, 2015
he growing season is far from over and the community garden run by the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Center is already full and leafy and bursting with food.
The space, known as the Garden Patch, is on Third Avenue between Duchess and Duke streets.
The garden grows produce that is distributed at the food bank. It is also a place where community and urban agriculture projects are underway.
August 27, 2015 Comments Off on Canada – The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre community garden covers 0.6 hectares of a urban lot
From family’s farm land, Jim Embry brought knowledge, passion to Lexington’s community gardens in Kentucky
“Our garden literally began as a parking lot space for semi trucks in an industrial setting in downtown Lexington as a very simple hoop house garden,” Kelley said. “Today, it is the largest community garden I know of in downtown Lexington.”
By Beverly Fortune
August 7, 2015
Embry helped organized the first Food Summit in Lexington in 2007, met with then-Fayette County Schools superintendent Stu Silberman to share his Detroit experience and encourage school gardens, and approached the city about community gardens in city parks.
“Jim was at the forefront of the community gardening movement in Lexington. We lagged behind other cities, like Chicago and New York, with long traditions of community gardens. He was important in getting community gardens started here,” said Dehlia Scott, horticulture agent with the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service.
August 25, 2015 Comments Off on From family’s farm land, Jim Embry brought knowledge, passion to Lexington’s community gardens in Kentucky
“Organic certification is challenging for urban growers because they tend to be so dispersed.”
By Brian Martucci
August 18, 2015
The most visible examples of MSP’s small-scale urban ag movement are community gardens, where single people, families or small groups grow produce for themselves and, sometimes, a small farmers’ market stall. The region’s community gardening scene has exploded in recent years, with far too many individual gardens to name. Gardening Matters, an urban gardening and agriculture organization, maintains a comprehensive map of community gardens in Minneapolis and St. Paul using data supplied by the gardens themselves.
According to Gardening Matters’ annual Community Gardening in Minnesota: A Snapshot report, nearly 350 community gardens existed across MSP in 2014. Of those, more than 250 produced food. Most are owned and operated by city governments, nonprofit institutions, faith institutions or private individuals.
August 24, 2015 Comments Off on Urban Agriculture In Minneapolis : Growing, Diversifying, Sustainable
“Initially, when our proposal was approved, people in the urban-farming community were like, ‘Why would you want to farm for a year?’ They thought we were crazy,”
By Talia Ralph
August 12, 2015
There’s still two or three years until that park and the adjacent apartments and offices materialize, but change is afoot on this stretch of land on the Brooklyn waterfront, which Two Trees has leant to a for-profit enterprise called North Brooklyn Farms. Spearheaded by two young urban farmers, Henry Sweets and Ryan Watson, the farm’s team of volunteers and their stable of shovels, repurposed building materials, and plants have been doing a delicate dance with one of Brooklyn’s most ambitious developers for the past three years. They’re growing okra, arugula, eggplant, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, cut flowers, and vines—all without knowing how long they’ll be able to hold on to their patch of soil.
August 13, 2015 Comments Off on A Temporary Urban Farm Grows in Brooklyn
Stems Cafe sous chef Tammy Vaughan, Kentville Community Garden president Sarah Hiltz and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Candy O’Brien enjoy a SOUP (Share Our Urban Produce) tasting at the Wolfville-based cafe Aug. 1. Photo by Ashley Thompson.
A community garden project is filling the hearts, and bellies, of several Kings County residents concerned about food security.
By Ashley Thompson
Kings County News
August 02, 2015
“Every single one of my clients, food security is a huge issue. Anyone who is on income assistance right now is taking from their grocery bill to pay their rent,” said O’Brien, who assists people with mental health issues who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
With the community gardens, fresh vegetables are now more accessible for cash-strapped families.
August 10, 2015 Comments Off on Community gardens flourishing in Kentville, Nova Scotia
Organizers will speak about their accomplishments at August 15th event
By The Sanyuanli Community Garden Team
The project aims to start an urban farming movement in Beijing and China by setting up a pilot garden and training a gardening community.
August 9, 2015 Comments Off on Sanyuanli Community Gardens in Beijing
Garden animator Vera Martynkiw helps Aisha Alvarez measure some of the edible flowers she picked at the St-Thomas collective garden in N.D.G., which organizes kid-friendly activities. Peter Mccabe / Montreal Gazette
There are 128 hectares of Montreal land being used for urban agriculture initiatives, with the participation of 42 per cent of Montrealers.
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August 1, 2015
But as it expands, urban agriculture must walk a fine line. In densely populated neighbourhoods, there are many factors to consider.
In N.D.G., for example, a sidewalk gardening project was scuttled after a condo owner claimed that the vegetable beds deterred renters from the ground floor space he owns. A proposal to house chickens in community gardens in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve has started this month, but the SPCA is worried that these animals will be neglected or abandoned in their urban setting.
August 7, 2015 Comments Off on Montreal: The growing pains of urban agriculture
Food gardens have the power to create instant community in urban environments
By Randy Shore
August 6, 2015
A white paper released earlier this year by the Happiness Research Institute put it bluntly: “Loneliness kills.”
The institute cites studies suggesting that loneliness among the elderly can be a significant health risk and lead to dementia and depression. A 2010 meta-analysis of 148 studies on social relationships and mortality involving 308,000 participants found that people with strong social connections are 50 per cent more likely to survive the period of the study regardless of age, sex and pre-existing health conditions.
August 7, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver Food Gardens: Seeds of a better community