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In Germany’s major cities, young families, nature lovers and amateur gardeners are increasingly taking up urban gardening

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In cities like Berlin, Bonn, Freiburg and Cologne, these gardens have become lively social habitats.

DW
Aug 2016

‘Is this a slum?’ (referring to photo above.)

Allotment gardens are typical of Germany. City dwellers without their own outdoor space are fond of these plots, where they plant their own organic veggies or just enjoy the nice weather. Looking at the wooden huts in these gardens, some foreigners wonder whether they’ve ended up in a slum. According to law, people are not allowed to actually live in these huts – but that doesn’t stop some people.

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August 23, 2016   No Comments

New edible park opens in West Seattle

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There are convenience stores nearby, heavily trafficked, but fresh produce options are not abundant. The new edible park hopes to help combat this problem.

By Maggie Wilson
Kiro 7
Aug 14, 2016

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West Seattle’s new Puget Ridge Edible Park (PREP), which Stu helped to create, is home to pear, cherry, apple and plum trees. “Very old trees,” said Stu, sweeping his arm through dusty air. “Probably 70 years old.”

The edible park is completely free to help garden in and harvest from. It’s 2/3 of an acre and sits at 5265 18th Avenue SW.

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August 22, 2016   No Comments

Alleycat Acres Puts New Twist on Community Gardens in Seattle

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Breaking ground on an Alleycat Acres parking strip farm. Photo: Alleycat Acres

Each Alleycat Acres farm relies on a team of neighborhood volunteers to keep it running. Before creating a farm at a given location, the organization gauges the interest of the surrounding community.

By Cat Johnson
Shareable
Aug 2016

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Unlike traditional community gardens, such as the city of Seattle’s P-Patches, this farm is not on a lot—it’s on a parking strip between the sidewalk and the street. And rather than people working on their own plot within a larger garden, everyone here tends to the entire garden, which spans the length of two houses, collectively—primarily on a volunteer basis. Once a week, food from the farm is taken to a nearby food bank.

The farm is one of three currently run by Alleycat Acres, an organization working to “(re)connect people, place and produce” by transforming underutilized urban spaces into neighborhood-run farms. There are two Alleycat Acres farms on parking strips and a new one in-the-works on a city-owned lot.

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August 18, 2016   No Comments

Community gardens are flourishing in Australia

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Photo by Fitzroy.

In 1996 the inventory of community gardens numbered just 60 but the online directory now lists 600 locations and there are more that have not yet listed.

By Helen Young
The Australian
Aug 2016

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Russ Grayson of Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network says they are now part of standard urban design, with support from many councils. The volunteerrun network connects people across Australia who are interested in city farms and community gardening. In 1996 the inventory of community gardens numbered just 60 but the online directory now lists 600 locations and there are more that have not yet listed. The network offers free guides to setting up a community garden and basic techniques for productive gardening.

“The social design of a community facility is as critical as the landscape design,” says Grayson. “Learning how to work with other people, make decisions together and resolve disagreements is very important.” On 4.5ha in East Brunswick, Melbourne, CERES Community Environment Park runs an organic working farm, community garden, nursery, cafe, market and kitchen on what was once a desolate quarry turned landfill site. “We have 400,000 visitors a year, including 70,000 students,” says Melissa Lawson, group manager at CERES.

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August 18, 2016   No Comments

In New Jersey Gardening Builds Community

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22 minute video special on local community gardens.

By Stephanie Farrell
SNJ Today
Aug 9, 2016

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“It’s all about community,” says Harry Behrens, who founded Impact Harvest in 2011. “We base it on Mark 12:3: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” That verse is their mission statement to use fresh-grown produce from their farms to show love to the community. “One hundred percent of our produce is given away,” Behrens says. “We are sharing best practices with community gardens.”

Last year 160 families were directly served, receiving a bag of produce each month. Impact Harvest also supplies produce to many area food banks. Their growth quadrupled in four years. “God has been crazy good in a lot of ways—it’s been that process over and over again,” he says.

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August 16, 2016   No Comments

Spain – Garden Inside: Communication, Representation and Transformation in Seville’s Urban Gardens

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Jardin Interior : Garden Inside from Christopher Yap on Vimeo.

A short participatory film made with producers across two urban community gardens in Seville, Spain

Christopher Yap
PhD Candidate and Participatory Video-Maker
Coventry University Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Excerpt:

In May and June 2016, urban producers in Huerto del Rey Moro (HRM) and Parque de Miraflores (Miraflores) engaged in a participatory action research process, using participatory video to explore the themes of communication and transformation within and between the two gardens. HRM is a squatted permaculture garden (huerto okupado) in Macarena, in the old centre of Seville. A committed collective of younger and older food growers maintains the open and democratic space, used by women, men, girls, and boys from across the city—building new forms of self-organization and reconnecting with the land for sustainable food production. Miraflores, in Las Almenas in the north of Seville, was formerly a dump site for construction debris during the city’s rapid expansion in the 1960s and 1970s. Reclaimed by a mobilized community in the 1980s, the garden is now a tranquil and productive space. Retired gardeners work alongside school groups to grow organic vegetables, and preserve and share knowledge. The two gardens are approximately three kilometers apart, but prior to this video-making project, there was only minimal communication between the sites.

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August 16, 2016   No Comments

The Guardian: Growing together – an allotment picture essay

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National Allotments Week 2016 aims to highlight the inclusive nature of allotment gardening, appealing to all sections of society and all levels of ability. Photographer Sam Frost went to meet allotment holders in Bristol

By Sam Frost
The Guardian
Aug 15, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

Excerpt:

There has been a renewed interest in allotments, with many holders taking them up for the social aspect in addition to access to outside space and being able to grow fresh produce. Alderman Moore Allotments in Bristol are run by the Hotwells & District Allotments Association, which was founded in 1917 and is approaching its 100th year.

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August 15, 2016   No Comments

New York Building With Communal Gardens

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The harvest at Hunters Point South is shared by members, and some of the produce is sold to other residents. Credit Steve Freihon

At Hunters Point South, an affordable housing complex in Long Island City, Queens, a garden club with about 100 members helps tend a 2,300-square-foot communal garden on the 14th floor of one of two buildings.

By Kaya Latermanaug
New York Times
Aug 5, 2016

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So far this summer, there has been a bountiful harvest of strawberries, string beans, Swiss chard and arugula, according to Gerard Lordahl, a director of GrowNYC who has helped shape the garden club. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we get over 1,000 pounds of produce by the end of the season,” he said.

GrowNYC will run the garden through the 2017 gardening season and then hand off the operation to garden club members who will elect a board and adopt bylaws. With so many residents on the waiting list, the club is exploring expanding its offerings to incorporate activities for nonmembers, like educational programs for children with an emphasis on where their food comes from, Mr. Lordahl said.

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August 10, 2016   Comments Off on New York Building With Communal Gardens

Further 90,000 allotments are needed in the UK to keep up with demand, according to the National Allotment Society

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Watercolour of allotments at Hackney Wick with the playing fields of the Eton Mission, Leyton in the distance. Signed and dated ‘Rose. Sept 1937’.
Artist/Maker:Rose, George Herbert, born 1882.
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This week is National Allotments Week, which celebrates the 330,000 plots that already exist in the UK and seeks to increase the number available.

By Elizabeth Henry,
Horticulture Week
Aug 8, 2016

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The NAS is calling on people who care about allotments to “do their part” to protect them:

Allotment associations – protect your site by registering as a community asset. Allotment Federations – keep allotments in the public eye, make sure they are mentioned in the Local Plan and lobby councillors and MPs.

Councils – preserve and value your allotment service – it has the potential to deliver some of your public health targets.

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August 10, 2016   Comments Off on Further 90,000 allotments are needed in the UK to keep up with demand, according to the National Allotment Society

Allotments can offer so much more than just homegrown veg

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Allotments provide a sense of community. Photo/Handout/National Allotment Society.

Monday sees the start of National Allotments Week and associations are being encouraged to hold events across the UK to welcome people onto their sites.

Editor
Farming Life
Aug 7, 2016

Excerpt:

When I ran a restaurant in Manchester in the nineties, a taxi driver supplied me with vegetables, all year round, from his allotment.

In the summer he would arrive with boxes of beans, peas, tomatoes, chilis, potatoes and greens. Winter would see root vegetables, pumpkins, leeks and onions. Vegetables just picked and covered in natural dirt will always taste better than washed and packed ones.

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August 8, 2016   Comments Off on Allotments can offer so much more than just homegrown veg

Chicago Community embraces its garden theater

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Devene Parker and Aida Zeleke of Green Scene Chicago’s Summer Stock Ensemble take a seat under the still-growing scenery for their upcoming play.

All the action takes place in the Winthrop Harmony Arts Garden, which flourishes where a long-vacant three-flat in Uptown, then a trash-covered lot, once stood.

By Sue Ontiveros
Chicago Sun Times
Aug 1, 2016

Excerpt:

We’re accustomed to theatrical ventures where the crew builds and paints the necessary scenery. This is the first one I can remember where the theater troupe planted and watered it.

But that’s just what’s happening as Green Scene Chicago’s Summer Stock Teen Ensemble gets ready for its free performances Aug. 11 and 12 of “Jacklyn and the Beanstalk,” a fresh approach to the childhood classic. The play talks about conquering fears while putting in a good word for beans. (In this case, purple pole beans.)

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UK: Falmouth and District Allotments and Gardens Society’s annual Produce and Flower Show

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David Angove, winner of the biggest cabbage.

Jenny Hudson; President’s Cup for the best kept plot on B site

Falmouth Packet
Aug 1, 2016

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Results.
The Julian’s Cup for the most improved plot in the first year of membership, George Davis; Plot Holder of the Year for the most improved allotment plot for members not in their first year, Chris Jenkins; President’s Cup for the best kept plot on A site, Jenny Hudson; President’s Cup for the best kept plot on B site, Mandy McFarland; President’s Cup for the best kept plot on C site, Dave Angove; The Blue Flame Shield for the best Top Tray, Dave Angove; Vegetable Shield for the most points in the vegetable section, Dave Angove; The Shed Cup for the best exhibit in the vegetable section, Dave Angove;

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August 6, 2016   Comments Off on UK: Falmouth and District Allotments and Gardens Society’s annual Produce and Flower Show

Arrest of drunken cyclist leads to discovery of likely stolen beets in Nova Scotia

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When Olga McCabe-Cain arrived at her King Street community garden plot in Truro on Wednesday night, around twenty of her beet plants were missing. (Andrew Williams)

Senior won’t let beet incident beat her, plans to continue community gardening

By Nina Corfu,
CBC News
Jul 27, 2016

Excerpt:

Hearing the news coverage about the apparent theft, Truro police Const. Kelly Quinn recalled she had spotted a highly intoxicated cyclist weaving in and out of traffic on Monday.

When she went to arrest him, the man tossed a bag over the Salmon River bridge. That bag was full of beets.

Truro police Chief Dave MacNeil said there’s no way to prove that the recovered beets were stolen.

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Vancouver Community Gardeners Furious as City Paves Greenway

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Gardeners say that they were never consulted despite promises

By Nadia Stewart
Global News
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

The long term plans for the Arbutus Corridor in Vancouver have yet to be finalized. But we now know what the city’s short-term plan is … and some residents are pretty upset about it.

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Halifax: ’A global garden:’ Hope Blooms and Syrian refugees getting their hands dirty, together

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Hope Blooms’ Jessie Jollymore and Tamar Mintis hold a Sidney Crosby autographed game jersey in their north-end Halifax garden on Sunday. They are auctioning off the jersey to help support the community garden for Syrian refugees. JEFF HARPER / METRO

Hockey Player, Sidney Crosby, has even donated a game-worn jersey to help raise money to expand the blossoming north-end location.

By: Rebecca Dingwell
Metro
Jul 24 2016

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“We were already full in the garden, and so a lot of community members gave up their plot so the Syrian families could grow food,” explained Jollymore.

Now, Hope Blooms is looking to get the new Haligonians involved further – but Jollymore said they need more human resources, especially an interpreter. They also want to take down one of the fences to make more room for garden plots.

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July 30, 2016   Comments Off on Halifax: ’A global garden:’ Hope Blooms and Syrian refugees getting their hands dirty, together