Category — Community Gardens
“In the town of Sheffield in Yorkshire where a great iron manufacture is carried on, there is hardly a journeyman cutler who does not possess a piece of ground which he cultivates as a garden. These people take exercise without doors, but also eat many greens, roots etc. of their own growth, which they would never think of purchasing.” Dr. Buchan who lived in the town 1760-1769.
By N. Flavell
The Agricultural History Review
Many acres of the horticultural land surrounding Sheffield in the late eighteenth century were utilized as allotment gardens. Provincial town histories, apart from those of Birmingham (where small gardens were often different in character) make little or no mention of anything similar for this period.
October 21, 2016 No Comments
Link to video. A short documentary on urban agriculture in the city of New York.
Three urban agriculture initiatives, the Earth School in Manhattan, a community garden in Bedford St. and the Science Barge in Yonkers.
By Gaël Link
In English and French
(Must see. Mike)
C’est l’histoire de gens qui s’investissent à l’échelle de leur quartier pour promouvoir l’agriculture urbaine.
Les élèves de la Earth School profitent du jardin potager qui a vu le jour sur le toit de leur école, à manhattan.
Les habitants du quartier de Bedstuy, à Brooklyn, organisent une block party pour célébrer les douze ans du jardin partagé Greene Acres.
October 20, 2016 No Comments
Sydney’s Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, argues that as population grows there is a greater need for green, open space
“Community gardens turn pockets of urban space into productive organic gardens where residents can grow their own food,” Clover Moore said
By Nicole Frost
Oct 11, 2016
A few suburbs across in Newtown, Marrickville Council’s Turtle Lane Community Garden has proved a hit with local residents.
There are 25 plots in the garden and a waiting list for eager residents to take part.
Martin moved around the corner eight years ago and started in the garden shortly afterwards.
October 19, 2016 No Comments
Nadia uses similar gardening techniques to those that she learned growing up in Siberia
By Laura Giles
Oct 8, 2016
There is a sharp contrast between working in the tranquility of the neighborhood community garden in Orem and jumping off of cliffs or out of airplanes, but Brandon and Nadia Booker do both.
This is the second year that they have used the garden space and this year, they used two plots instead of one to grow double what they did previously.
October 15, 2016 No Comments
They wanted to do something for the people in the town and the community gardens project in Bratislava inspired them.
The Slovak Spectator
Oct 8, 2016
“We were curious if the garden could survive at least one weekend. It worked and people started to use our garden quite often. We are really happy about it. If we have a chance, in a few months we will continue enlarging our garden,“ adds Barbora.
Along with traditional herbs such as mint, chives, parsley, basil, thyme, and rosemary, there are also special herbs like sage and echinacea.
October 15, 2016 No Comments
Council Member Margaret Chin, alone among the local representatives, opposes the community garden under a misguided sense of what “livability” entails.
By Aziz Dehkan
Oct 7, 2016
The coalition of advocates for Elizabeth Street Garden demand the land be dedicated as parkland. Today Elizabeth Street Garden enlivens Soho with year-round programs and sculpture. The City, in a weak effort to assuage the community, asks developers to reserve barely a quarter of the existing garden site for future open space. Operation of the diminished space will be a challenge to integrate into the community and serve the actual needs of visitors.
October 14, 2016 No Comments
This is the third in a four-part series of articles about a local community garden and how people from around the globe met and learned each other’s stories while working the soil.
By Laura Giles
Oct 7, 2016
At the garden this summer, Katya enjoyed having the opportunity to visit with Russian and Ukrainian friends while they all worked in their plots. They also helped each other if one was away on vacation or could not make it to the garden that day.
“Growing plants is the same as growing kids – lots of hard work,” Katya said. “It was interesting to see the people from different countries and what they grew,” she said about the community garden. “The whole season here is very dry. We have to water almost every day. In Russia, we only have to water maybe twice a week at most,” she said.
October 13, 2016 No Comments
“It’s empowering. There’s lots of lads can’t get work, stuck in the gaff,” said Talpin. “Just by doing an activity together, it really clears your mind.”
By Lois Kapila
Oct 4, 2016
“We started to do guerrilla gardening, the idea that the garden will spill out into the community,” said Talpin, last Friday morning, gesturing towards the garden’s open gate.
They put plants in the nearby Oliver Bond flats, and he saw some teenagers watering them, the other day. “We’ve started painting the railings, to take the prison look off the place,” he says.
October 11, 2016 No Comments
Its size, infrastructure and the organizers’ approach to planting crops for the entire farm, rather than letting individual gardeners plant their own plots, make it more like a small farm than a community garden.
By Suzanne King
Oct 4, 2016
The Mitzvah Garden, a volunteer-run community garden housed on land owned by the temple, has transformed a suburban lot into fertile ground that annually yields some 10,000 pounds of vegetables for area food pantries.
The bounty of the garden, which measures three-quarters of an acre, includes tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, squash, potatoes and more. Bees buzz around rows of sunflowers. And purple martins feast on insects while making their home in four whitewashed gourds that dangle overhead.
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Josh Singer of D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation says his team has partnered with a volunteer cooperative, DC Urban Gardeners Network, to launch a database of gardens and farms.
By Megan Downey
Sept. 23, 2016
That desire led him and fellow students in 2008 to found the Food Justice Alliance, which worked on sowing support and fundraising to build the GroW Community Garden that opened at GW in the spring of 2009.
“We worked closely with the Mount Vernon estate to learn about the types of plants and vegetables that George Washington grew and tried to select crops that were native to the region,” Spangler says. “The bell peppers turned out nicely and I think that the original apple trees and fig tree are still in the garden.”
October 1, 2016 Comments Off on There are 71 community gardens in Washington D.C.
“There are not many activities in our culture where young people, old people, people of different races will all agree and find it easy to work together.”
By Nicole Jewell
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Bette Midler might not seem like they have much in common, but the two performers have quite the “budding” friendship. Hoping to give back to the Jamaica, Queens neighborhood where he grew up, the famous rapper has joined forces with Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP) to breathe new life into what’s now known as the 50 Cent Garden.
October 1, 2016 Comments Off on Rapper 50 Cent’s community garden offers a green alternative to juvenile detention
John Lindsay (left) and James Seward hold fresh produce from the community garden on Wiota Street. They are concerned that developers are interested in bidding on the property. ( Margo Reed / Staff Photographer)
It’s not the only garden facing potential closure in the rapidly developing area, which has been identified as one in need of community-garden preservation by a nonprofit devoted to the cause.
By Tricia L. Nadolny
Sept 18, 2016
Unlike a traditional community garden with neighbors claiming their own plots, Wiota Street is designed to grow as much produce as possible.
The sweet, green, and jalapeño peppers are in plot three; celery, rhubarbs, and beans are in plot four; flowers are in plot five; and turnips are in plot six. A peach tree anchors the property. Compost bins run along one wall, and a grape arbor stands near the Powelton Avenue fence. Herbs, marked with colorful signs painted by students from a local charter school, are in the far corner.
September 25, 2016 Comments Off on In West Philadelphia, a community garden threatened by development
Northfields Allotments plotholders have been informed by Pathways in recent weeks of their intentions to build over at least 10% of the nearly 200-year-old site, with further plans to construct a mix of social and private housing.
By Luke Bartlett
They is Local London
Sept 16, 2016
Francesca Bussey, Northfields resident and allotment owner, said: “We live in a social housing flat with no access to a garden of our own.
“In 18 months my daughter and I have transformed the plot from weeds and brambles to our own little patch of heaven.
September 25, 2016 Comments Off on UK: Residents rise up against’ plans to build over London’s oldest allotments
A toxic mushroom species, amanita pantherina, is believed to be the cause of multiple illnesses at a Silver Lake elementary school. (KABC)
According to a phone message sent to parents, the students were taking part in an afternoon “garden instruction” lesson at the garden, which sits on the edge of the campus.
By Veronica Rocha and Howard Blume
Los Angeles Times
Sept. 23, 2016
A parent told KABC-TV that his 10-year-old son had to be hospitalized after someone working in the garden gave him and other fifth-graders mushrooms. After eating the mushrooms, students started throwing up.
Doctors have performed tests on the boy to determine what made him sick, the TV news station reported. District officials said they had no information about the types of vegetables in the garden.
September 24, 2016 Comments Off on Mushrooms from community garden sicken Los Angeles schoolchildren
The gardens date back to the time of the Land Enclosures in the 1840’s when the land was given to poor cottage holders of Hucknall by the Duke of Portland.
By Pam Wilkinson
Sept. 14, 2016
Secretary Pam Wilkinson said: “We would like to record and present the history of this site and are asking for any stories, photos artefacts from the families of Hucknall.
“Generations of Hucknall families have since rented the allotments to provide much needed food for themselves and their families.
September 21, 2016 Comments Off on UK: Hucknall Allotment Holders Searching for Historic Records – begun in 1840’s