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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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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   No Comments

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

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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

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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

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“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

Looking for New Gardeners – East Brunswick Community Garden in New Jersey

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Your community garden in season. Credits: East Brunswick Environmental Commission

Established in 2009, the garden offers 160 plots for new and returning gardeners who live or work in East Brunswick.

By Maureen Berzok
Tap into East Brunswick
February 22, 2017

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The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission is looking for new gardeners for the East Brunswick Community Garden this spring. There are 30 plots available for rent, which usually are rented prior to the start of the growing season.

Thirty garden plots are still available at the East Brunswick Community Garden for the 2017 growing season for township residents and local employees who lack the space, proper sunlight or soil to grow produce and flowers at home.

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February 28, 2017   Comments Off on Looking for New Gardeners – East Brunswick Community Garden in New Jersey

Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village

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Canada: University of Victoria historian Elizabeth Vibert teamed up with award-winning director Christine Welsh to produce ‘The Thinking Garden’.

The garden, which has now been in operation for 25 years, provides fresh vegetables and opportunities for the local villagers while helping confront the ravages of poverty, climate change and AIDS.

By Dan Ebenal
Saanich News
Feb 25, 2017

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“The garden has been vitally important to the community, especially as the effects of climate change get worse. It provides local, affordable produce that otherwise people have to travel on public transit to buy fresh vegetables,” said Vibert.

More familiar with writing about history, Vibert said her first venture into filmmaking was extremely challenging.

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February 26, 2017   Comments Off on Documentary Film: Three Generations Of Women Create A Community Garden In Their South African Village

Ireland: Galway Michelin chef backs project to fight poverty in Central Africa

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Concern ambassador, chef JP McMahon with daughters, eight year old Heather (left) and Martha, 4, at the Westside Community Garde

Speaking from the Westside community gardens, accompanied by his daughters, he said: “Europe has taken so much out of Africa; it is our duty as Europeans and Irish people to give back.

By Our Reporter
Connacht Tribune
February 19, 2017

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“I think Kitchen Gardens is a genuine and excellent idea because it taps into that connection to growing food that a lot of us never have to think about at all.

“It supports people in great need in growing their own farms for the future, making them more self-sufficient and strengthening their community.

“This project gives us a sense of fulfilment that we are actually helping people to produce their own food because aid can only do so much.

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February 26, 2017   Comments Off on Ireland: Galway Michelin chef backs project to fight poverty in Central Africa

UK: Brighton & Hove Allotment Strategy 2014-2024

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Brighton & Hove?s allotment community is comprised of 6000 food growers with 3100 plots on 37 sites.

Brighton & Hove City Council
Brighton & HoveAllotment Federation
2014

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The strategy emphasises increasing the number of people growing high quality local food by ensuring the availability of good quality land. It promotes a self- sustaining and efficient service, encourages site participation, while fostering biodiversity, organic practices, good food and healthy living. It encourages a cooperative approach.

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February 23, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Brighton & Hove Allotment Strategy 2014-2024

The University of Arizona Community Garden holds ‘Stories in the Garden’ event

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Photo by Monique Irish.

Stories in the Garden incorporates food and inspired dialogue in the UA Community Garden. Dialogue can consist of poems, songs and stories from audience members related to a specific theme.

By Marissa Heffernan
The Daily Wildcat
Feb 14, 2017

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The crowd sat on an eclectic mashup of chairs and blanket-draped hay bales, sharing snacks they had brought along with cauliflower and carrots harvested from the garden earlier in the evening.

Jackie Mendelson, UA Community Garden manager and plant sciences senior, said the event series started in fall 2015 when one of the community garden students suggested a potluck-style event.

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February 20, 2017   Comments Off on The University of Arizona Community Garden holds ‘Stories in the Garden’ event

Veggies from the ‘Giving Garden’ in Highland, California

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Ms. Wendt’s kindergarten class of Highland Congregational Church, U.C.C. are planning for their own Giving Garden plot.

From the time my mother and dad created a “Victory Garden” in our backyard in St. Louis, Mo. during the second World War, until this day in Highland, I have been an enthusiastic gardener.

By ElmaMae Henderson
Highland News
Feb 13, 2017

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When I visited the Highland Congregational Church, I discovered the Giving Garden up beyond the parking lot. One does not need to be a member of the church to have a garden plot. Powell and helpers have created the boxed in plots and at this there are still a very few unclaimed. I planted mine last October, and have been harvesting and enjoying beautiful kale and collard greens.

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February 19, 2017   Comments Off on Veggies from the ‘Giving Garden’ in Highland, California

Community Garden Plaque Celebrates the first African American woman elected to Wilmington City Council (Delaware)

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The mural at the Burton-Phelan Community Garden celebrates influential African Americans in the Eastside community.

By Lauren Huet
WDE1
Feb 13, 2017

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State Representative Stephanie T. Bolden praised Phelan.

“I think it’s very important to keep the history alive of those that came before us that made it possible for us to be where we are today,” said Bolden. “We should never forget from which we’ve come and always acknowledge what was there in the past in order for us to be successful in the future.”

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February 18, 2017   Comments Off on Community Garden Plaque Celebrates the first African American woman elected to Wilmington City Council (Delaware)

Sprawling urban garden coming to San Antonio’s east side

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They call the development exciting because the 190 families who live next door at the Springview Apartments will have fresh food right at their door steps.

By Sue Calberg,
KENS 5
February 09, 2017

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“The best way to trick kids to eat veggies is to get them to grow it. They see the entire process from seed to plate,” said Lucke, who added that a number of community partners have been working for at least two years to make this day a reality. “We knew that the east side was a food desert. We knew that the east side didn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. And so having an urban micro-farm, we felt, would be a good step in the right direction.”

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February 14, 2017   Comments Off on Sprawling urban garden coming to San Antonio’s east side