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Anchorage, Alaska’s refugee gardeners

Gardeners are Nepali-speaking Bhutanese, who fled their home country of Bhutan after years of poverty, repression and civil war.

By Tara Young, Megan Edge
Alaska Dispatch News
August 4, 2014

Excerpt:

According to Riley, the program provides opportunity for “Anchorage’s newest residents” to make change, practice their English and become part of the local community.

On one July day this summer, Anita Gurung and her family were among the gardeners. With smiles on their faces, they pulled root vegetables out of the ground to sell at a local farmers market

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August 15, 2014   No Comments

How Urban Agriculture Builds Food Security in Rainier Valley, Seattle

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One 4×8 foot raised bed allows a family to grow up to $200 worth of food each growing season.

By Curbed Staff
Seattle Curbed
July 29, 2014

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Started in 2010, the Just Garden Project, a program run by Seattle Tilth, has built more than 100 gardens for low-income households throughout King County – providing nutritious food for more than 2,000 people. The Just Garden Project subsidizes the construction of gardens for low-income residents at the cost of $25 for one raised garden bed, which includes construction, seeds, a growing guide, and free gardening classes – a small price to pay for a tool that will allow families to sustainably feed themselves over a long period of time.

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August 12, 2014   No Comments

West Oakland Community Garden Trashed By Vandals, Possibly Over Gentrification

“There was really no rationale to target it,” said neighbor Ben Delgado. “It’s something that brought a lot of positive things to the community.”

By Christin Ayers
CBS SF Bay Area
August 5, 2014

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There’s a mess at one West Oakland community garden after vandals were reportedly targeting more than just vegetables.

Pictures show a West Oakland community garden trashed. Fences are kicked in, tools are flung far and wide.

“A lot of just shock,” said City Slicker Farms Executive Director Ariel Dekovic. “The end of this bed, a lot of these plants were uprooted so they’re not doing very well now.”

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August 6, 2014   Comments Off

A Taste of Sugar Beet Edible Garden Tour 2014 – Chicago area

Edible gardens of our neighbors in Oak Park, Forest Park, River Forest and Austin

By Deb Quantock McCarey
Oak Park
July 28th, 2014

Deb’s Big Backyard takes a tour of 5 gardens on the Sugar Beet Co-op Edible Garden Tour 2014. The tour went through Oak Park, Forest Park & River Forest. Check out the beehives of Katy Murphy, the cucumber teepee and chickens at the Cataldo’s, the hops that Neil & Kathy Driscoll are growing at The Forest Park Community Garden and the raised bed(s) garden that Jill Niewoehner and The Longfellow School Families have been tending to.

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August 4, 2014   Comments Off

How does your garden grow? The allotment holder, Manchester, England

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‘I spend up to 24 hours a week weeding, watering, harvesting.’ Photograph by Rebecca Lupton for the Guardian.

‘I don’t grow food to save money, I just couldn’t imagine my life without it,’ says Dr Farida Vis of her Manchester allotment

By Jane Perrone
The Guardian
12 July 2014

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When people get a plot, I tell them to try and see it as taking on a pet – it needs as much attention as a puppy. I spend up to 24 hours a week weeding, watering, harvesting. You think, do I really need to be making elderflower champagne until 4am? But there’s the joy of giving away jam from fruit you’ve grown – there’s nothing like it. I don’t grow food to save money, I just couldn’t imagine my life without it.

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August 3, 2014   Comments Off

Can Urban Gardening Alleviate Waco, Texas ‘Food Deserts?’

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City of Waco Senior Planner Felix Landry says the city’s food deserts have been a major concern for many who work for the City.

By Jill Ament
KWBU
July 28, 2014

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It’s hard to find healthy food in some Waco neighborhoods. These so-called “food deserts” often occur when grocery stores are too far away and residents are left to get nourishment from convenience stores or fast food. Urban gardening is just one way the city is combating these food deserts.

Kids attending Farm Camp at the World Hunger Relief headquarters outside of Waco are learning how to live sustainably. The kids are recruited from Waco ISD and they’re playing a game based on recycling, composting and other ways to get rid of trash. Campers run across a field, sorting trash between recycling, garbage and compost.

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August 2, 2014   Comments Off

‘In Da Garden’ – Rap video protest against CP Railway threatening Vancouver gardens

Lyrics by Gabriel

Go go go go go
Go CP, It’s your railway,
We going to garden like its our railway
We going to eat brocolli like its our railway
and you know we don’t give a **** it’s not your railway!

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July 29, 2014   Comments Off

Milross Community Garden celebrates honey bees in Vancouver

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Amacon’s Lilliana de Cotiis presents $10,000 cheque to Sarah Common from Hives for Humanity. Photo by Michael Levenston.

“Just having the community garden here is great, but having the hives here and the awareness that it raises about pollinators and the challenges facing honeybees is something else again,” said Melissa Howey.

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
July 14, 2014

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“We think these workshops are a great way to engage with the gardeners and with the public about honeybees and native pollinators as well,” said Shannon Common, community liaison with Hives for Humanity. “The gardens, the hives and the living walls we have been making here are a great demonstration of innovative use of urban space.”

Hives for Humanity maintains 40 of the garden boxes to act as a pollinator meadow, and a herb garden that is open to about 90 registered gardeners.

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July 15, 2014   Comments Off

Vancouver could lose more than 10% of community garden plots due to Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) decision

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CPR train passing the Maple Street Community Gardens in 2001. Photo by Sharon Slack taken at the corner of 6th Avenue and Maple Street. Click on image for larger file.

Approximately 425 of the 4000 community gardens plots in Vancouver will be affected

Vancouver Arbutus Corridor could lose 60-70% of gardening land space.

Below is a letter to the President of CPR from a longtime community gardener in the Maple Community Garden.

By Deirdre Phillips
Maple Street Community Gardener
July 9th, 2014
(Must read. Mike)

To:
E. Hunter Harrison, CEO CP Rail (care of Ed Greenberg)
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Canadian Pacific
Wellington, Florida

“We have historic ties with communities along our tracks and our programs make contributions to the quality of life in these towns and cities.” CP Rail

Dear E. Hunter Harrison,

The above quote from your “Community Investment” section on your website is in complete contradiction to the power play that you and your executives are posing with the City of Vancouver – whom you refer to as ‘other parties’. You are threatening to destroy all the community gardens by July 31st, 2014 along the Arbutus Corridor simply because you can’t get what you are looking for in your negotiations with the City of Vancouver for the 66 foot wide ribbon of land along the Arbutus Corridor.

Your threat to remove what you call ‘excess vegetation’ along the tracks in the Arbutus Corridor by July 31st, 2014 is pure manipulation and quite a transparent attempt to get all of the community gardeners along the corridor to do your dirty work for you by putting pressure on the City of Vancouver. Yes, all of us gardeners love organic dirt but not dirty politics and your goal to maximize profits for your shareholders.

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July 10, 2014   Comments Off

The Big Allotment Challenge: The Patch – Grow Make Eat

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By Tessa Evelegh
Hodder & Stoughton
10 April 2014

Growing your own fruit and vegetables is surprisingly easy whatever the size of your garden or allotment. You don’t need to be entirely self-sufficient but there’s nothing more satisfying than being able to harvest your own tomatoes, snip a few leaves from a salad bed or make strawberry jam from home-grown strawberries. And by planting some easy-to-grow flowering plants it’s perfectly possible to have freshly picked cut flowers to decorate your table.

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July 9, 2014   Comments Off

Fire ant infestation complicates Vancouver community garden removal

fireantIn the four years since European fire ants were first discovered in B.C., their presence has been confirmed in at least 25 locations throughout Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Canadian Pacific rail has ordered encroaching gardens removed but city worries ants will spread

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
July 7, 2014

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Canadian Pacific orders to dismantle and remove community gardens along the Arbutus Corridor could be delayed by an infestation of European fire ants in the garden plots near East Boulevard and 68th Avenue.

These tenacious pests are nearly impossible to eradicate and are being spread throughout southwestern B.C. by the movement of infested plants and soil, said Rob Higgins, a biologist at Thompson Rivers University.

About 30 colonies have been identified near the CP rail right-of-way in Kerrisdale, but the rest of the corridor should be surveyed before any plants or soil are removed, he said.

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July 8, 2014   Comments Off

Edmonton’s Northlands all abuzz over urban farm additions

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Kevin Kossowan de-weeds the garden at the Northlands Urban Farm on 79 Street and 113 Avenue on Wednesday. Photo by Trevor Robb/Edmonton Sun.

31,200 square-foot Northlands Urban Farm – 80,000 honey bees

By Trevor Robb
Edmonton Sun
June 25, 2014

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Joining the 31,200 square-foot Northlands Urban Farm — initiated in May in partnership with local companies Shovel & Fork and Lactuca Corp. — and its six linear miles of salad greens are four beehives, containing over 80,000 honey bees.

The urban beekeeping operation, which consists of four boxes with 10 frames inside, will be overseen by local beekeeper Patty Milligan. She is hoping to cultivate 60 to 120 pounds of dandelion honey this year and almost four times that in following years.

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July 6, 2014   Comments Off

CP Rail orders Vancouver rail corridor community gardens to be removed by end of July

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Members of Vancouver non profit ‘the world in a garden’ surprised to hear CPR map puts half this shed on its property. They say city told them its on city land. That’s a kids beekeeping school in background.

CP Rail is carrying out land survey of disused Arbutus rail line, and is giving residents a July 31 deadline

By Steve Lus
CBC News
Jul 03, 2014

Excerpt:

In a letter to residents, the company said it has placed surveying stakes along the borders of its land, and will remove any property left after July 31, such as sheds, storage containers, vehicles and community gardens.

The company admits a dispute with the city over the railway’s right to develop the land is behind the efforts to reactivate the line, which has not been used in about 15 years.

In recent years the inactive right of way has become a popular dog walking spot, and sprouted community fruit and vegetable gardens, but the railway has been trying to get plans for a property development approved.

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July 3, 2014   Comments Off

Urban farming, school gardening focus of Charlottesville, VA tour

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Spring crops at 6th Street.

An article about gardens at California schools initially sparked the idea for a similar project in Charlottesville.

The Daily Progress
June 21, 2014

Excerpt:

On Saturday, the middle school garden was among the stops of the Cultivate C’ville tour of urban farms now growing food at homes, community gardens and schools throughout the city.

The other stops on the tour were the mini-orchard of fruit and nut trees at Casa Alma, a Catholic worker community on Nassau Street; the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville at Monticello Avenue and Sixth Street Southeast; a community garden on Fifth Street Southwest; and the New Roots Garden, which the International Rescue Committee sponsors for refugee families, on Fourth Street Southwest.

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July 1, 2014   Comments Off

Sweat Equity: Bronx Affordable Housing Group Applies Philosophy to Community Garden

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“We operate with a sweat equity concept… The more time you put into the garden, the more good you will get out of it.” (Marie Solis)

They also took on the bedraggled back lot, transforming it into a community garden filled with 13,000 square feet of fruits, vegetables and herbs.

By Marie Solis
New York Observer
06/20/14

Excerpt:

“Some neighbors who live in the same building don’t even know each other. With the garden, they can get together, work on the garden and talk. Neighbors who know each other protect each other,” he said, adding that, “It takes people out of their houses and brings them outside. Even better, their children will see them doing something positive and it will get passed down to the next generation.”

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June 30, 2014   Comments Off