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Community Garden helps Young Mums grow in Victoria, Australia

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youmumL-R: Stacey Horsfall-Rodda, Leyvi, Jet, Regae Gordan and Ash Lanko hope to harvest herbs and vegetables by spring.

“Staff from the horticulture department came along to teach us about soil preparation, watering, fertiliser and the risks and hazards of working in a garden such as wearing hard shoes and keeping our kids buckled in their prams,” Ash says.

By Doseda Hetherington
Swinburne University of Technology
June 27, 2016

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Members of Swinburne’s award-winning Young Mums Program are ready to turn the first sod on their own community garden and plan to harvest beans, chives, parsley and thyme this spring.

Designed and built by the students as part of the program offering a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) to mothers aged 15-20 years at Swinburne’s Croydon campus, the garden is an extension of a study program helping young women take control of their lives.

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July 1, 2016   No Comments

Ottawa: Angelina Singson says her community garden plot is better than therapy after escaping domestic violence

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Ottawa’s Interval House helped more than 270 women and children escape abuse last year.

By Emma Jackson
Metro
Jun 26 2016

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Angelina Singson kneels in her community garden plot, planting summer squash in a crooked row beside an overgrown fence.

Like her vegetables, this is where Singson thrives: in the garden, making things grow.

“Why should I go to therapy, when I get free tomatoes from the garden?” she said. “You work it, you feel like you’ve accomplished something. There’s no better therapy than that.”

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June 30, 2016   No Comments

United States Postal Service maintenance workers remove Berkeley community garden

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According to Zint, the garden was put in place for the people of Berkeley to claim ownership of land that belongs to the community.

By Simmone Shaw
DailyCal
June 23, 2016

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The community garden located outside the Berkeley Post Office was removed by United States Postal Service, or USPS, maintenance workers Wednesday, after two years of ongoing disputes between the post office and protesters.

The garden was put in place in late 2014 when homeless activists began occupying the grounds in protest of the sale of the post office to a privately owned property management company. The homeless encampment was disbanded in April, after city police and postal service workers informed the protesters that they were trespassing on government property.

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June 28, 2016   No Comments

Eleven Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community garden projects

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This year’s pilot initiative awarded a total of $10,000 in ‘micro-grants’ from the Delaware Department of Agriculture to community groups, religious institutions, schools and other organizations.

By Dan Shortridge
Delaware Government
June 24, 2016

WILMINGTON — Eleven Delaware urban farm and community garden projects are receiving support to grow and thrive through a new initiative designed to strengthen communities and improve nutrition, Governor Jack Markell announced today.

“Urban agriculture and community gardens are an amazing way to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the quality of life,” Gov. Markell said. “Over the last several years we’ve seen a tremendous growth in the community garden movement across Delaware and I’m pleased that our support is helping these neighborhood treasures impact even more families with fresh, nutritious food, connect kids with nature, and enrich the lives of the next generation.”

This year’s pilot initiative awarded $10,000 in micro-grants from the Delaware Department of Agriculture to community groups, religious institutions, schools and other organizations. Governor Markell’s budget proposal would double that funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

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June 28, 2016   No Comments

‘Golden Baggers’ community garden in London, UK

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Located in the middle of the Golden Lane Estate, adjoining the Ralph Perring Centre, between Basterfield House and Hatfield House

By Olivia Howitt
BBC
June 14, 2016

Nestled amid residential high-rises of the Golden Lane Estate – a council housing project at the northern edge of the City of London – the Golden Baggers community food-growing initiative sprang up in 2010 on the unused site of a former nursery playground. The plot proved highly popular with estate residents keen to grow their own produce in the heart of London.

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June 23, 2016   No Comments

City of Atlanta Expands Urban Agriculture with Support from GRO1000 Garden and Greenspace Program

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GRO1000 is ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and greenspaces in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe by 2018, in conjunction with its 150th anniversary.

News Release
Mayor’s Office
June 17, 2016

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta today announced that it received a $40,000 grant from The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company and The U.S. Conference of Mayors through the GRO1000 Gardens and Greenspaces Grant Awards Program. The funding will facilitate the expansion of three successful urban agriculture programs across Atlanta, including Covenant House Georgia’s urban garden, the Atlanta Fire Station Gardens Project and the Vine City EcoDistrict community gardens. The announcement was made today at the GRO1000 Atlanta kickoff event at Covenant House Georgia.

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June 21, 2016   No Comments

Brooklyn Community Garden Shut Down for Allegedly Growing Weed

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brokkThe Green Gems community garden in East New York.

“GreenThumb takes these violations of the license seriously, as well as the potential harm to communities that they can cause.”

By Simone Wilson
Patch Staff
June 16, 2016

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A large, well-loved community garden called Green Gems sprucing up the corner of Fountain and Glenmore avenues in East New York has been shut down by city officials after they allegedly found marijuana plants growing on site.

Weed plants were discovered at the garden on two different occasions by staffers for GreenThumb, the sub-agency within the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation in charge of the city’s hundreds of community-run gardens, according to a spokesman for the department.

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June 21, 2016   No Comments

Steady growth in Singapore’s community gardening movement

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cosingTampines Greenvale Residents’ Committee Community Garden, a Platinum-banded garden that was also conferred a Diamond Award for achieving its third Platinum band. (Photo: NParks) Click on image for larger file.

This year’s Community in Bloom (CIB) Awards saw 436 community gardens take part, the highest number of participating gardens in its 12-year history.

Channel News Asia
June 16, 2016

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Out of the 436 participating gardens – which comprises almost half of all community gardens in Singapore – 213 were from the public housing category, 37 from private housing, 113 from educational institutions and 73 from organisations.

“I am heartened to see that the gardeners’ love for gardening has brought them closer to one another. As the Community in Bloom network expands even further, we now regularly see gardeners from one neighbourhood helping out at gardens in other neighbourhoods, forging even more ties,” said Chief Judge of the CIB Awards 2016 and President of the Singapore Gardening Society Tan Jiew Hoe.

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June 20, 2016   No Comments

El Catano Community Garden in New York: Where Gamers Come to Play

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dominsDomino players work their strategies and keep up the conversation at El Catano Community Garden in East Harlem. The garden is maintained by a nonprofit founded by Bette Midler. Photo: Ralph Gardner Jr./The Wall Street Journal

The East Harlem space is one of 52 gardens New York Restoration Project acquired in 1999

By Ralph Gardner Jr.
The Wall Street Journal
June 12, 2016

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I came here in 1946,” said Mr. Mantilla who is 80 but seems to be a walking, or rather seated, advertisement for the benefits of dominoes. He doesn’t have any wrinkles and doesn’t look a day over 60. He said he worked for Mr. Sinai Hospital for 30 years.

El Catano Community Garden is maintained by New York Restoration Project, founded by Bette Midler in 1995. The inspiration, at least part of it, behind the nonprofit seems to be the understanding that nature and civilization can coalesce as easily in a space not much larger than a spacious apartment—the garden is 2,523 square feet—as well as it can in any of our more majestic parks.

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June 18, 2016   No Comments

New York Community Garden ‘Born of Chaos’ Marks 40 Years

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It was used as a soup kitchen, community and activist space; it hosted concerts, theater and art, but also many homeless people and drug addicts

By Monika Reme
Bedford Bowery
June 16, 2016

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Latino gang members turned activists founded the garden in 1976. “Instead of channeling their energy and anger into violence and crime, they wanted to take back and rebuild the neighborhood,” explains Martin, a soft-spoken landscape architect.

Since then, activists and volunteers defended the squatted city lot against many attempts to develop the site – even against other community activities or plans to create affordable housing.

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June 17, 2016   No Comments

Waterloo, Ontario community garden gets $100,000 grant from Toyota

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“Giving back to the community is an important part of what we do,” Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada president Fred Volf

CBC News
June 10, 2016

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Rare charitable research reserve announced the $100,000 partnership with the Japanese automotive company in a news release Thursday. The money will mean that Springbank Community Gardens will be able to grow its 15,000 square foot plot dedicated to food banks by another 6,800 square feet, the release said, an expansion expected to double the garden’s organic produce output from what it was in 2015.

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June 17, 2016   Comments Off on Waterloo, Ontario community garden gets $100,000 grant from Toyota

What about a Father’s Day gift that will put food on the table? An Allotment!

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I did used to have a whisky optic in my allotment shed, useful when it was cold and handy for sterilising my secateurs, but probably not the healthiest idea, although it does explain why I was always happy up there!

By Ali Marshall
Torquay Herald Express
June 15, 2016

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The allotment feels like a quintessentially British idea, although I’m sure other countries have their own versions, with its measurements in rods (10 rods, the average size of an allotment, is about 250m2) and its linkage to our social history.

The idea can be traced right back to Anglo-Saxon times, when the trees that covered our landscape were cleared away and the land first shared out, or ‘allotted’.

From the Tudor period onwards allotments became a political and social issue, a symbol of the rebellion of peasants against wealthy landowners enclosing land.

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June 16, 2016   Comments Off on What about a Father’s Day gift that will put food on the table? An Allotment!

Artist Joe Tyler creates garden gate for Arizona community garden

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Surprise Community Garden celebrates spring with new public artwork

By Surprise Independent
June 4, 2016

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Local artist Joe Tyler has built and installed two new public art pieces for the Benevilla/City of Surprise Community Garden.

Mr. Tyler graduated from Arizona State University with a master of science degree in environmental horticulture. He then owned and operated a nursery for fifteen years.

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June 14, 2016   Comments Off on Artist Joe Tyler creates garden gate for Arizona community garden

100 planter box community garden in Melbourne, Australia threatened with closure

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malpopMat Pember, director of Pop Up Patch, a community garden behind Federation Square faced with closure. Photo: Vince CaligiuriClick on image for larger file.

Mat Pember, whose the Little Veggie? Patch Co runs the garden at a small profit – charging $25 a week per box – fears the four-year-old garden will be “cut down in its prime”, in favour of a more lucrative helipad or car park

By Carolyn Webb
The Age
June 6, 2016

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Mr Pember said the Press Club, Eau-De-Vie and Izakaya Den were among restaurants leasing boxes. Among 50 residents who rented were two couples from high-rise apartments who met here “and are now great friends and have dinner and go away together”.

Young people ranging from two-year-olds to university students visit to learn how to sow seeds, tend plants and harvest them.

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June 14, 2016   Comments Off on 100 planter box community garden in Melbourne, Australia threatened with closure

Immigrant students dig into learning English at Halifax urban farm

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redhalifNew Canadian students at Citadel High School are learning English while working on an urban farm. Many of the students arrived from Syria this winter and are connecting with their new community by volunteering at Common Roots Urban Farm. See video on the site.

“They love Canada, they understand that they are here to have another chance and they are really thankful,” said Majaess.

By Alexa MacLean
CBC
June 7, 2016

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“The kids are coming once a week to help out and be involved. It’s great because so many of them have a farming background,” Melrose said.

The urban farm opened up in 2012 on the former site of Queen Elizabeth High School.

Part of the produce grown by the students is donated to the food bank.

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June 13, 2016   Comments Off on Immigrant students dig into learning English at Halifax urban farm