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New York: Urban Farmer Transforms Community Into Thriving Local Food Haven

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Click on image for larger file. Photo by Craig Warga. At the Kelly Street Garden, a 2,500-square-foot space on the grounds of an affordable housing complex, she serves as garden manager.

Last year, the Kelly Street Garden produced 1,200 pounds of food, available to anyone in the community who volunteered at the garden (and even those who didn’t), free of cost.

By Melissa Denchak
Eco Watch
Apr 11, 2017

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Most people don’t move to New York City and become farmers. Sheryll Durrant certainly wasn’t planning to when she left Jamaica for Manhattan in 1989. She got her undergraduate degree in business from the City University of New York’s Baruch College and spent the next 20 years in marketing. Then, when the 2008 financial crisis hit, Durrant decided to leave her job and try something new: volunteering at a community garden in her Brooklyn neighborhood.

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April 21, 2017   No Comments

Vancouver, BC, community gardens – a gift from developers who get tax break

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Chris Reid is the executive director at Shifting Growth, which sets up community gardens in undeveloped properties throughout the Lower Mainland. Reid is pictured Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Alma community garden in Vancouver, B.C. Jason Payne / PNG

An unexpected offshoot of the initiative is the success of their pre-fab raised garden boxes, which are set on pallets for drainage

By Denise Ryan
Vancouver Sun
Apr 14, 2017

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“The site has been empty for many years and we thought this would be a great way to give back to the community and do something useful while we go through the development process,” said Kevin Cheung, Landa’s CEO in a statement.

Shifting Growth doesn’t solicit developers because there are enough developers willing to assume the risk and responsibility for the garden projects in exchange for a tax break from the B.C. Assessment Authority. If a vacant lot houses a temporary community garden it will be taxed at a lower rate than on a business site.

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April 15, 2017   Comments Off on Vancouver, BC, community gardens – a gift from developers who get tax break

New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

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“We’ve lost one and a half metres of embankment on both sides of the stream, a bridge, some planting, five big cabbage trees and a lot of chickens”, he said.

By Emma Jolliff
News Hub
06/04/2017

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“This stream is running a metre higher than it normally does. Last night in the flood it was one and a half metres above this.

“We were out here when they evacuated everyone. Police came down in force, council came down … they took everyone down to the school, there was lots of support.”

The community garden has around 300 gardeners, and also provides 35 emergency housing places.

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April 6, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

Plot 29 : A Memoir – Therapy from an Allotment Plot

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Allan used Plot 29 to make sense of his childhood. Credit: Andrew Crowley

When I am disturbed, even angry, gardening has been a therapy. When I don’t want to talk I turn to Plot 29, or to a wilder piece of land by a northern sea. There, among seeds and trees, my breathing slows; my heart rate too. My anxieties slip away.’

By Elizabeth Grice
The Telegraph
2 Apr 2017
(Must see. Mike)

Plot 29 : A Memoir
By Allan Jenkins
HarperCollins Publishers
Mar 23, 2017

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“When I am disturbed, even angry,” Jenkins says, “gardening is a therapy. Whatever mood I’m in, I can walk through the gates and here, among the seeds and the trees, my breathing and my heart rate slow. My voice becomes slower and oddly deeper. It’s a great antidote to newspaper politics and to anxiety, a place where you can just be.”

Jenkins had plenty to be disturbed about. He and his older brother Christopher spent their early years in and out of “feral” children’s homes, often cruelly separated despite their closeness. At the ages of five and six, they were fostered by a middle-aged couple, Dudley and Lilian Drabble, in the Devon countryside, but spat out again at puberty to go their separate ways.

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April 2, 2017   Comments Off on Plot 29 : A Memoir – Therapy from an Allotment Plot

How Donald Trump Could Weed Out Your New York Community Garden

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The William A. Harris community garden in Harlem is one of hundreds that could be affected by the loss of federal funds called for by the Trump administration.
(Clarisa Diaz, WNYC)

GreenThumb gets 43 percent of its funding from federal Community Development Block Grants, the very funds the Trump administration wants to zero out in its latest budget.

By Janet Babin
WNYC News
Mar 30, 2017

Excerpt:

The Trump administration could decide how green New York City’s future is.

More than 500 community gardens in the five boroughs rely on a program called GreenThumb. It was started in the 1970s after a financial crisis left many public gardens abandoned and bereft of funding.

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March 31, 2017   Comments Off on How Donald Trump Could Weed Out Your New York Community Garden

Sudbury, Ontario: Community gardens are about way more than growing food

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The number of gardens has exploded. In just three years, the number surpassed 20 active sites

By Hugh Kruzel
Sudbury.com
Mar 25, 2017

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Fortunate for the Sudbury Community Garden Network, a guiding hand plus knowledgeable players (farmers, biologists, veterans of other cities and gardens), community input and support by city staff and local industry exists, and they all willingly collaborate.

The Sudbury Public Library Main Branch now houses a seed collection, including saved heritage/heirloom and locally successful varieties. Seeds are available to all citizens.

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March 31, 2017   Comments Off on Sudbury, Ontario: Community gardens are about way more than growing food

Petition to Bring Back South Central Farm

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Click on image for larger file. 4051 Alameda Street, LA.

Once the largest urban farm in the United States, spanning 14 acres and feeding 350 families in the midst of an industrial and commercial landscape, the South Central Farm was an oasis flourishing from 1992 – 2006.

Petition Excerpt:

Our Mission:
Farmers and supporters have formed the South Central Farm Restoration Committee with the intention to #BuyBackTheFarm. Our goal is to secure the farm and protect one of the last and largest remaining undeveloped parcels of land in LA County. With a land trust in place the farm would be a permanent jewel for the city of LA’s sustainability and green endeavors.

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March 30, 2017   Comments Off on Petition to Bring Back South Central Farm

UK: Greater Manchester convicted criminals have totally transformed overgrown community garden

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Before and after – The lost garden in Weaste, Salford.

Beneath they found benches, raised flower beds and a smart cobbled alley.

By Neal Keeling
Manchester Evening Post
Mar 22, 2017

Excerpt:

Grafting for three days, a group of offenders on the Community Payback scheme have shifted four tonnes of rubbish to reveal a backstreet oasis.

The small garden with benches was created for elderly residents in the Weaste area to meet and chat.

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March 28, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Greater Manchester convicted criminals have totally transformed overgrown community garden

Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation gives grants to 100 organizations

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GRO1000 Miracle Gro Initiative in San Pedro, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation today announced more than 100 non-profit organizations nationwide will receive 2017 GRO1000 Grassroots Grants.

By GlobeNewswire
March 20, 2017

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From children’s learning gardens to pollinator habitats, urban farms to healing gardens, GRO1000 has supported over 830 community-based projects nationwide since 2011. Projects have resulted in more than 10.7 million square feet of greenspace revitalized, more than 266,000 pounds of produce donated annually and more than 65,000 youth positively impacted through hands-on experiences with nature, according to data collected from previous GRO1000 Grassroots Grants recipients.

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March 26, 2017   Comments Off on Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation gives grants to 100 organizations

Eighteen Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community gardens

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The grants awarded this year totalled $27,671

By Stacey Hofmann
Delaware Government
Mar 15, 2017

Dover — Eighteen Delaware urban agriculture and community garden projects are receiving support through a second round of funding designed to strengthen communities and improve nutrition.

The partnerships that have developed at the local and state around urban agriculture and community gardening have really helped to transform Delaware communities. The grants awarded this year totaled $27,671.74, with $17,671.74 from Delaware Department of Agriculture. New Castle Conservation District pledged the additional $10,000 match for New Castle County sites.

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March 23, 2017   Comments Off on Eighteen Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community gardens

California: Contra Costa County’s Subsidized-Housing Communities To Get A Large Community Garden And Urban Farm

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Ray Harts has plans to start with 10 raised garden beds, a 500 square foot shade structure and and an urban farm where crops would be sold to local restaurants. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

“This garden will produce unity — it will bring people together, even if it’s just for the vegetables,” Aqeel said.

By Sam Richards
East Bay Times
Mar 13, 2017

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Pittsburg, California — Heracio Harts grew up near the El Pueblo housing project, and now he’s come back to grow vegetables there.

Harts, known by most as “Ray,” stands on a 2-acre plot, thick with tall grass fed by recent rains. That rain has also added a layer of rust to an old baseball backstop he said he’ll tear out to make room for a community garden behind the El Pueblo main office.

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March 19, 2017   Comments Off on California: Contra Costa County’s Subsidized-Housing Communities To Get A Large Community Garden And Urban Farm

UK: Plymouth’s amazing urban farm is beginning to take root

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Volunteers did their bit today, planting 216 fruit trees as part of Derriford’s new community park.

By Sabel
The Herald
March 11, 2017

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Volunteers have helped plant Plymouth’s biggest orchard as part of a huge community park which will provide a green space in the growing city.

More than 200 fruit trees are set to provide free food for residents as new homes and roads are built.

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March 18, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Plymouth’s amazing urban farm is beginning to take root

Across Tasmania there has been an explosion of community and school gardens

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Youth futures supervisor Darren Cornick with participant Peter Devlin attending the potatoes at the Heritage Forest Community Garden. Picture: Piia Wirsu

“The produce is fresher and you get a better idea of where you come from and there’s potentially a social element to it as well where either you’re involved with it yourself or you know other people who are involved with it,” Mr Wills said.

By Pila Wirsu
The Examiner
Mar 4, 2017

Excerpt:

Migrant Resource Centre community development officer Alister Mackinnon said the garden, which is open to the community as well as migrants, has been a great tool for community integration.

“Because it’s open to the community in general you inevitably have that mixing of people from all walks of life and cultures and backgrounds,” he said.

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March 10, 2017   Comments Off on Across Tasmania there has been an explosion of community and school gardens

Ontario Community Wins $100,000 for Community Garden and Edible Urban Forest

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The concept plan for the expanded CMHA gardens in Ontario’s small Grey Bruce community.

“This is an opportunity for those who would otherwise have difficulty finding employment in the community. They can hone skills and learn how to be good employees and take responsibility for a piece of the garden and we’ve seen people really blossom,” says Anderson.

By April Robinson, Fundraising and Event Coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce.
Canada Helps
Feb 23, 2017

Excerpt:

Our successful community garden project has been a valuable part of the community for the last five years. The garden sits on previously unused surplus parkland, leased to us by the City of Owen Sound; what started as a few raised garden plots built on an abandoned tennis court, has now grown into a garden with 69 raised beds, a greenhouse, and a large compost area.

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March 5, 2017   Comments Off on Ontario Community Wins $100,000 for Community Garden and Edible Urban Forest

UK: Murder inquiry after woman, 80, found dead at London allotment

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Police at the scene in Colindale, north-west London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Body of allotment association secretary Lea Adri-Soejoko was discovered in lockup store at site in Colindale, Met police say

By Haroon Siddique
The Guardian
Mar 2, 2017

Excerpt:

“She was due to attend a meeting in the Barnet area around gardening and good practice and she did not turn up to that meeting,” said DCI Noel McHugh, of the Met’s homicide and major crime command. “So a friend became concerned and then alerted family members.”

Neighbour Danila Catruta, 39, said she had been left scared by the murder: “Since I heard about it I keep thinking about the situation. How can people do this? I feel very sorry about what happened because no one should be treated like this.”

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March 4, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Murder inquiry after woman, 80, found dead at London allotment