Category — Community Gardens
Through hands-on fieldwork at East New York Farms!, Kate Weiner ’15 examined urban agriculture as a political project for her thesis, “Reciprocity: Cultivating Community in Urban Agriculture.” (Photo by Laurie Kenney)
My experience at East New York Farms! affirmed for me just how fluid community is.
By Laurie Kenney
May 15, 2015
In this issue of the Wesleyan Connection, we speak with Kate Weiner ’15, an anthropology and environmental studies major.
Q: Can you describe your thesis, “Reciprocity: Cultivating Community in Urban Agriculture”?
A: My thesis is an exploration of how community, identity and belonging interact in urban agricultural spaces, with my hands-on fieldwork with East New York Farms! serving as a case study for examining urban agriculture as a political project. Through melding creative non-fiction, feminist theory, community politics and environmental studies, the intention of my thesis is to provide a framework for understanding the various social, natural, socioeconomic and political factors that shape community-making within urban agriculture.
May 22, 2015 No Comments
Communal garden in the centre of the city inside a park
My name is Giulio Muratori, I’m a Toronto based photographer, and have lived in Toronto for 39 years.
This year, 2015, I joined a communal garden with three other people. The garden is situated in an old water pump house built in 1875, in the heart of Toronto. We have one big garden and two small ones.
There are several reasons why I want to work in this garden:
#1 to produce fresh home grown veggies and herbs.
#2 gardening is tranquil, relaxing and rewarding to me.
#3 socializing with the other gardeners.
May 21, 2015 No Comments
Closing 02 May 2015
Community Garden Society of Inuvik
(Inuvik Community Greenhouse)
A Community Partnership with AURORA COLLEGE
79 Gwich’in Rd, Box 1544, Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Tel: 867-777-3267 (seasonal April-Oct)
We are looking for an Executive Director at our community greenhouse in the Northwest Territories. This position is ideal for someone with strong non-profit management and horticulture skills. It starts as soon as possible (closing 02 May 2015) and runs through March 2016 with possible extension dependant upon funding.
The full posting can be found on our website: www.inuvikgreenhouse.com/jobs. We cover travel expenses upon negotiation with the successful candidate and this position has the added benefit of paying a Northern Living Allowance and 6 weeks annual leave.
April 24, 2015 Comments Off on Community Garden job opening north of the Arctic Circle
For the nominal fee of $40, people can buy a “plot” consisting of four plastic planting containers.
By Neale McDevitt
Apr 2, 2015
Since its inception, the Edible Campus garden has supplied thousands of kilograms of fresh produce to several Santropol projects, including its meals-on-wheels initiative that provides fresh, healthy food to Montrealers with limited mobility. But having expanded growing operations to a large farm in Senneville, it was decided that the McGill garden could be opened to the University clientele.
April 11, 2015 Comments Off on McGill University’s Montreal campus opens community garden
A small plot next to the Kirkman House at 410 N. Tenth St. is prepared Tuesday for the inaugural spring season of planting by Columbia College’s International Club members. Jefferson Middle School English Language Learners students helped college students tend the plot to create connections and a community for Columbia international students. Photo by Natalie Helms.
Buretta said working in the garden is a great way for the students to meet other people and feel more at home in a foreign place.
By Natalie Helms
March 31, 2015
A 14-year-old from Somalia and a college student from Nigeria were among those in the dirt planting potatoes and spinach Tuesday afternoon on the grounds of Columbia College.
Ferihiya Osman, the 14-year-old Somali, and Rotshak Dakup, a Columbia College sophomore who came to the U.S. in 2013, started as strangers but ended up as team members tending to the college’s community garden. The plot, known as the “Cougarden” after the school’s cougar mascot, will be the centerpiece of an effort to bridge the age gap between Columbia’s international students.
April 9, 2015 Comments Off on Columbia, Missouri community garden connects international students
20 of the potential building sites contain gardens, places with names like Electric Ladybug Garden, Tranquility Farm and Isabahlia.
By Michael Tortorello
New York Times
Feb 11, 2015
Ena K. McPherson, a community-garden leader in Bed-Stuy, voiced the hopes of the other tillers. “We want our garden to be taken off the list and negotiate an agreement with the city,” she said. “We want to be conveyed to Parks Department.” GreenThumb gardens that are part of the parks inventory (some 300 gardens) are shielded from development.
What about the license she and the other gardeners sign each year, agreeing to leave H.P.D.’s land without grievance? “Nobody reads the contract,” Ms. McPherson said. “It’s just paperwork.” If you did, she added, you would “realize you just signed your life away.”
February 26, 2015 Comments Off on New York Community Gardens Threatened – Again
“My grandfather was one of those people. Albert Allen Moore graduated from Tennessee State University in 1934 with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. Like many blacks escaping the Jim Crow South he moved northward for a better life. He came to Indianapolis where he eventually found work as the Agricultural Director for Flanner House. He taught other blacks from the Great Migration how to farm vacant lots within the city. His work, essentially what we today might call urban agriculture.”
Urban farming also is a good way to get people interested in the environment
By Amie Sites, Field Editor
Agri News Indianapolis
February 02, 2015
Urban farming is not a new topic to growers in Indianapolis, but it certainly is a growing trend. There are more than 100 urban farms and gardens in Indianapolis.
Several groups have formed to support of urban farming, including Fall Creek Gardens, an urban gardening resource center in Indianapolis.
February 12, 2015 Comments Off on More than 100 urban farms and gardens in Indianapolis
A documentary about e.u. Hortis project. Community gardens in Berlin, dancing gardens in Bologna, a wide range of different green experiences in Spain and Hungary (Budapest).
Horticulture in towns for inclusion and socialization
Urban allotments, gardens in the peripheries, reconcile man with the nature.
The small urban gardens for horticultural purposes are widespread in Europe and have similar origins everywhere, linked to food production. Urban gardening activities can encourage lifelong learning among adults by fostering the acquisition of key competences that are fundamental for each individual in a knowledge-based society.
HORTIS will organize gardening courses and “green” events in each partner city.
February 2, 2015 Comments Off on Hortis – Europe: Berlin, Budapest, Bologna, Cartagena
“I’ve always been interested in how to get low-income people involved,” Robinson notes. “The answer is jobs.”
By Adrien Schless-Meier
She also admits that not everyone likes gardening and that’s okay. Urban food projects should be diverse enough to accommodate everyone, even those who shriek at the sight of an earthworm. “We still want them to eat the food,” says Robinson.
In addition to its 13 farm and garden sites, Urban Tilth is preparing to launch a CSA and has 150 families on the waiting list. Urban Tilth also working with The Richmond Food Policy Council on a campaign to add fresh, locally-sourced salad bars to Richmond schools.
February 1, 2015 Comments Off on This Urban Farmer is Growing Jobs in Her Richmond, California Community
Duo plan juice bar, community garden sites in downtown Kokomo
By Martin Slagter
Jan 16, 2015
Martin and Renshaw will implement the next chapter of The Living Garden with Living Garden Creations, which will include a start-up Living Garden Juice Bar and a Kokomo Urban Agriculture Initiative, with business and residential locations already donating land for 10 different project sites.
The result, Martin said, will be a balance between a business and nonprofit model to help Kokomo make good use of its urban green spaces.
January 26, 2015 Comments Off on Living Garden Creations hopes to spur urban gardening in Kokomo, Indiana
Bhutanese women (from left) Sushila Adhikari, Sunuwar Bishnu, Basi Adhikari and Dhan Silwal stand amongst plots of vegetables and flowers in the Seeds of Hope community garden in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Photo by Jim Tuttle.
The women, both in their 60s, grew food for their families and sold the surplus during the 20 years they lived in refugee camps in Nepal
By Elizabeth Findell
25 December 2014
Organizations that work with refugees have succeeded in opening a couple of community gardens, including one for Bhutanese refugees in Vickery Meadow. (It’s close to where Rai and Sunuwar live, but not close enough to be easy for them to get to.)
But overall, efforts to expand community gardens and raise more urban produce have struggled to take root in Dallas. In part, that’s because of restrictions that prevent gardens from selling what they grow and limits on the construction of structures for growing crops.
That could change.
January 9, 2015 Comments Off on Dallas restrictions stunt growth of community gardens
How would you feel if a piece of disused land or a neglected urban space, such as a grass verge or roundabout, was suddenly made into a productive veg patch or pretty flower field?
Dec 24, 2014
Professor Larkham, associate head of Birmingham City University’s School of the Built Environment, says: “Guerrilla gardening is an international phenomenon. Those involved take part for a number of reasons, from brightening up their neighbourhoods to using gardening as a form of political protest.
“The land they are targeting is quite varied. It seem to range from traffic roundabouts and roadside grass verges to bits of land that one planner once called SLOP – Space Left Over after Planning – to derelict sites, unused patches of land which are clearly in somebody’s ownership but aren’t in any sort of productive use.
January 7, 2015 Comments Off on Guerrilla Gardening Research
Gerlach, Nevada is a small village situated next to the Black Rock desert (well known because of the Burning Man festival).
Gerlach, Nevada is a small village. At the turn of the century the town still inhabited up to 900 people, but when the nearby gypsum plant closed down in 2011 and economy went down in the region and people started to move away and presently the town inhabits 100 people. Eight years ago schoolteacher Elizabeth Jackson and her colleagues started an educational community school garden and greenhouse project in this barren environment.
January 6, 2015 Comments Off on Desert School’s Community Garden in Nevada project Needs Water
Establish an organic garden in two of the centres: San Bernardo and Calera de Tango
By Penelope Glass
Because theatre is not all we do. Colectivo Sustento’s work outside the prison is a constant development towards self-sustainability through organic gardening, community garden initiatives and networking. Through this work Gabriel, ex Fénix & Ilusiones, has been trained in organic agriculture for 2 years (thanks to the CSA* Farm Huellas Verdes). He is our garden expert, who coordinates the Sustento garden, and runs workshops at our market days and in community settings. He is the logical choice to run community garden workshops in the juvenile centres.
December 18, 2014 Comments Off on Theatre and organic gardening come together in Santiago, Chile
The Bexley Garden is expected to cost $25,000-30,000
By Sara Dorn,
Northeast Ohio Media Group
December 09, 2014
The new 67-by-54-foot space, near Maplegrove Road at the northwest corner of the park, is expected to be ready by summer.
It will have 20 raised beds and approximately three common gardens for raising larger crops, Housing Manager Sally Martin said. Berry bushes and other vegetation will be planted for communal use, a paved walkway and an 8-by-54-foot landscaped space will be built at the entrance, and a pergola will sit in the center of the space.
December 18, 2014 Comments Off on South Euclid, Ohio to grow new Bexley Community Garden