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Olympia Washington’s Library’s garden partnership has double yield of food, community

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Volunteers plant seeds at the new garden beds project hosted by the Olympia Timberland Regional Library. Steve Bloom Staff photographer.

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
The Olympian
Aug 24, 2015

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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.

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September 2, 2015   No Comments

A Patch of the Bronx Where the Corn Is as High as a Cabdriver’s Eye

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Manuel Gomez, a driver, eats corn that he helped grow. Credit Christian Hansen for The New York Times

“I bring the lunch for everybody from that tomato,” he said.

By Kate Pastor
New York Times
AUG. 27, 2015

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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.

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August 28, 2015   No Comments

Farming goes urban in Hyde Park, Chicago


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

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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.

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August 27, 2015   No Comments

Canada – The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre community garden covers 0.6 hectares of a urban lot

saskfRow upon row of vegetables, herbs and fruit at the Garden Patch. (CBC)

MacDonald said over 4,000 kilograms of food has already been harvested this summer.

CBC News
Aug 27, 2015

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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.

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August 27, 2015   No Comments

From family’s farm land, Jim Embry brought knowledge, passion to Lexington’s community gardens in Kentucky

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“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
Kentucky.com
August 7, 2015

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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.

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August 25, 2015   No Comments

Urban Agriculture In Minneapolis : Growing, Diversifying, Sustainable

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“Organic certification is challenging for urban growers because they tend to be so dispersed.”

By Brian Martucci
The Line
August 18, 2015

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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.

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August 24, 2015   No Comments

A Temporary Urban Farm Grows in Brooklyn

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“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
Munchies.vaic.com
August 12, 2015

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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.

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Community gardens flourishing in Kentville, Nova Scotia

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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

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“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.

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August 10, 2015   Comments Off on Community gardens flourishing in Kentville, Nova Scotia

Sanyuanli Community Gardens in Beijing

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Organizers will speak about their accomplishments at August 15th event

By The Sanyuanli Community Garden Team
August 2015

The project aims to start an urban farming movement in Beijing and China by setting up a pilot garden and training a gardening community.

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Montreal: The growing pains of urban agriculture

montanimGarden 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.

Donna Nebenzahl,
Montreal Gazette
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August 1, 2015

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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.

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August 7, 2015   Comments Off on Montreal: The growing pains of urban agriculture

Vancouver Food Gardens: Seeds of a better community

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Gardeners collect the bounty at High Top Hub, the shared community garden at Bosa False Creek.
Photograph by: Dan Lum

Food gardens have the power to create instant community in urban environments

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
August 6, 2015

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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.

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USDA undersecretary tours University of Georgia’s community garden

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Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, visited the farm and demonstration garden.

By Staff Reports
Sowegalive
July 26, 2015

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UGArden was founded in 2010 by UGA students who wanted to start a community garden on Athens Campus. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences gave them space for the garden on a parcel of land formerly used for livestock research. Today, it’s grown into a 4-acre, sustainably managed farm that provides agricultural experience to students and fresh produce to food-insecure seniors through UGA’s Campus Kitchen program and to local food banks.

Concannon was pleased with the way UGArden serves as a venue for public service and for research into sustainable agriculture practices — including small-scale cover crop plots, a solar-powered farm building and organic production practices.

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August 2, 2015   Comments Off on USDA undersecretary tours University of Georgia’s community garden

Alice’s Garden presents a stage for urban agriculture in Milwaukee

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Guy Irving (from left), 20, and Rayonna Wilson, 15, from New Life Community Center, arrive at Alice’s Garden with kale to plant on Tuesday. ‘I like how everyone comes together as a community (at Alice’s Garden). There is a lot of hard work and dedication (here),’ said Irving. – Image credit: Angela Peterson

“[Farming] is not rural. That’s the stereotype,” she said. “People have been growing food in cities forever.”

By Marion Renault
Journal Sentinel
July 22, 2015

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Weyonia Shurn, 16, used to eat chips for breakfast and buy junk food from other students at her high school.

But after spending the last month mulching and weeding alongside almost 30 teenage workers at a 2-acre urban garden located in Lindsay Heights, Shurn said that, for the first time, she’s interested in being healthy.

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In St. Louis, foreign refugees are farming on city-owned land to earn a few extra greenbacks.

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Mang Zam, late of Myanmar, tending his vegetables in St. Louis.(Wayne Crosslin/International Institute of St. Louis)

Raising Crops That Remind Them of Home

By Ted Hesson
National Journal
July 7, 2015

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July 7, 2015 In a city best known for deep-fried ravioli and butter cake, you might not expect bitter eggplant—dubbed “pumpkin on a stick,” for how it looks on the stem—to be a runaway hit.

Yet bitter eggplant, common to cuisine in parts of Africa, Asia, and Brazil, has become one of the most popular crops at two urban farms in St. Louis, bringing in $6 to $7 per pound. Used in a soup or a sauce, it is a favorite among the locale’s most recent arrivals, refugees from such strife-torn lands as Burundi, Myanmar, and Nepal. For the past few years, refugee farmers have raised the exotic crop, and many others, through a program run by the International Institute of St. Louis, a nonprofit organization that helps immigrants adapt to life in a city whose heyday has long passed.

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July 18, 2015   Comments Off on In St. Louis, foreign refugees are farming on city-owned land to earn a few extra greenbacks.

Scotts Miracle-Gro awards $40,000 grant to Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

sct40The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is one four communities competing for a Miracle Gro People’s Choice Community Garden Grant. (Source: Miracle Gro).

“When people come together in a garden, or gather on a green space, something good happens.”

By Princess Hayes
Michigan Chronicle
June 25, 2015

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Scotts Miracle-Gro teamed up with local community members at the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative’s in Detroit to build the new Children’s Sensory Garden, the 644th garden built since the GRO1000 program launched.

The new garden provides Detroit youth an opportunity to experience nature first hand, serving as an outdoor classroom. It is yet another example of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative using agriculture as a platform to promote education and values.

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July 12, 2015   Comments Off on Scotts Miracle-Gro awards $40,000 grant to Michigan Urban Farming Initiative