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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Spent Martin Luther King Day Building a Community Garden in Oak Cliff, Texas

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Mark Zuckerberg: “Today I helped plant a garden with members of the Oak Cliff community in Dallas as part of their Day of Service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Oak Cliff is a food desert, so the garden we worked on is going to be a source of fresh fruits and vegetables for the community.”

By Beth Rankin
Dallas Observer
Jan 16, 2017

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Zuckerberg spent the afternoon with the Commit Partnership, an organization that “helps drive student achievement throughout Dallas County from cradle to career by leveraging data and collaboration to measure what matters, identify effective practices and align community resources to spread what works.” Together with For Oak Cliff, an organization that seeks to provide education and opportunities for kids, Zuckerberg and Commit cleared the vacant lot to make room for a community garden.

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January 18, 2017   No Comments

Mesa, Arizona community garden keeps Martin Luther King’s legacy growing

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Members of the Canaan Missionary Baptist Church Tay and daughter Kyra Purnell dig in raised beds.

“This isn’t just food production,” said Candice Fort, overseer of the garden that began less than two years ago. “It will be a place where people can learn about nutrition. There are so many diet-related illnesses in our community.”

By Ralph Zubiate
East Valley Tribune
Jan 15, 2017

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“We have maybe 12 beds that are full, with a couple completed just a week or two ago,” Candice said. “I’m really excited about getting all the beds filled.”

Students at the school next door, Lindbergh Elementary, also participate in the garden.

“They come over and do experiments, like photosynthesis,” explained her brother, Rev. Sherman Fort, pastor of CMBC The Word Church at 931 S. Stapley Drive. His church loans out the space for the garden.

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January 17, 2017   No Comments

San Diego: Group grows free food in public spaces

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Photo by John R. McCutchen / San Diego Union-Tribune

Devon Lantry, founding member of Eat San Diego, a volunteer group managing community gardens that provide free fruits and vegetables.

By Lisa Deaderick
San Diego Union Tribune
Jan 7, 2017

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Q: Why free food?

A: Our mission is to cover San Diego head-to-toe in free food because it makes life better for everyone. Locally and globally, we have a lot of complicated problems to deal with in our food systems and agricultural economies, and the solutions to these problems are surrounded by controversy and arguments. But one thing is universal: fresh, free food makes life better for all. Who doesn’t like the smell of a blooming orange tree on their walk to the post office or grabbing a handful of free grapes on their way to work?

Q: If the food is free, how do you fund the building and maintenance of the gardens?

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January 15, 2017   No Comments

A Look At 11 Community Gardens Around Oakland, California

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Map of the Gardens at Lake Merritt.

Established in 1984, the Temescal Community Garden is the first community garden in Oakland.

By Susan XU
Hodline.com
Jan 5, 2017

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There are an infinite number of ways to metaphorically put down roots in Oakland, but urban farmers have limited options. Oakland Parks & Recreation’s Community Gardening Program maintains just 16 community gardens around the city.

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January 13, 2017   No Comments

Sandra Robertson is one of eight Dorothy Richardson award winners

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She joined her parents in the garden at the age of 3; they had fresh produce for meals and “handed some over the fence to the neighbors. There is nothing like a fresh tomato that doesn’t taste like cardboard,”

NeighborWorks America
10/13/2016

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Robertson joined Summer Sprouts, an Ohio State University extension program to support the county’s 250 community gardens and help residents start new ones. In return, she received free seeds and starter plants; other supplies, such as wood for raised beds, was donated from construction sites. “I like to experiment,” says Robertsen. “Some people tell me I can’t do certain things, but I go my own way and it usually works out.”

It certainly has with Ashbury Sprouts. What started out as a venture of Robertson’s, members of the local block club and a few friends now has about 11 regular adult volunteers and 13 youth who grow vegetables such as beans, kale, collard greens and tomatoes.

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January 8, 2017   Comments Off on Sandra Robertson is one of eight Dorothy Richardson award winners

Community garden to pay tribute to Tricia McCauley in Bowie, Maryland

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Friends Honor Murder Victim with Herb Garden

By Evan Koslof
WUSA
Dec 29, 2016

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McCauley was well-known in the area for her three main passions: Acting, yoga, and herbalism. Litecky said that the two of them had talked many times about this planned garden, and said that McCauley was supposed to help her create it this summer. With her now gone, Litecky said it will be a fitting tribute.

“I think she’d have loved it,” she said. “I think she’d love that people were coming together to gather around plants. And in her honor. And that’s something was being done. Tricia was a woman of action. She was never standing still.”

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January 7, 2017   Comments Off on Community garden to pay tribute to Tricia McCauley in Bowie, Maryland

Ventura County Editorial: Improving our community one lot at a time

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George Laubender (left) and Don Helm inspect stalks of corn at the Dr. Manuel M. Lopez Community Garden in Oxnard.
(Photo: Jeremy Foster/Special To The Star)

New York University researchers studied 636 community gardens in New York City and found they boosted sale prices of homes within a 1,000-foot radius

Ventura County Star
Dec 28, 2016

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The Oxnard lot had been vacant for more than 30 years before former mayor Manuel Lopez donated the site. Lopez had bought the lot to build an office for his optometry practice, but that never came about. “I want to give people pride in the neighborhood, pride in the city,” he said at the garden’s January 2012 groundbreaking. But as often happens with volunteer efforts, people move away, get busy with other things or just lose interest, and a project moves slowly or stalls.

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January 6, 2017   Comments Off on Ventura County Editorial: Improving our community one lot at a time

Why doesn’t Nebraska have more community gardens?

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The report by a legislative task force identified 184 community gardens, nearly half of which are in Omaha.

By Grant Schulte
Associated Press
Dec 26, 2016

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Despite the growth, the task force says people likely would have planted even more gardens if policymakers had adopted programs similar to those enacted in California, Kansas, Maryland, Texas and several major U.S. cities.

“I think we’re definitely catching up, but there’s been a lot more happening in other states,” said Ingrid Kirst of Lincoln, the task force chairwoman.

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January 3, 2017   Comments Off on Why doesn’t Nebraska have more community gardens?

80 plots in HortPark all taken up by urban farmers in Singapore

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Ms Faith Foo, who has planted corn, eggplants and melons in her HortPark plot since August, says the NParks’ scheme has taken root because the plot renter can control what he wants to grow. In community gardening schemes, everyone chips in but the head gardener retains the final say.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

The picture is similar for those who rent out much larger plots of land, such as those in Lim Chu Kang’s D’Kranji which range from 5,000 to 100,000 sq ft.

By Jose Hong
Straits Times
Dec 27, 2016

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The plots – each about 2.5 sq m – have all been snapped up and there is now a waiting list.

One of the proud farmers, Ms Faith Foo, 40, has harvested farm edibles such as corn, eggplants and melons since starting out in August.

Ms Foo, founder of The Living Centre which trains and equips urban farmers and promotes holistic living, said she has seen an increased interest in urban farming in recent years, especially among those in their 20s and 30s.

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January 2, 2017   Comments Off on 80 plots in HortPark all taken up by urban farmers in Singapore

Couple grow vegetables on five acres next to their house, a plot that has become a community garden.

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Roy and Monnie Swepson in their high-tunnel greenhouse.

Wilmington, North Carolina: “They would just show up with squash, onions, or greens that Monnie had just picked from the garden,” Matthews said. “I think they use a vegetable garden to show love.”

By Beverly Smalls
StarNews
Jan 1, 2017

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For decades, Roy and Monnie Swepson’s Kerr Avenue residence has housed a more-than 48-year marriage and was home base to four children.

Five acres of adjoining land is the locale for any vegetables that can be grown. Giving greens is a significant part of the family’s reputation.

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January 2, 2017   Comments Off on Couple grow vegetables on five acres next to their house, a plot that has become a community garden.

CommonWealth Urban Farms unites community in Oklahoma City with food, good will

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A garden grows in the front yard of a home on N Olie Avenue north of NW 30, part of CommonWealth Urban Farms. [Photo By Paul Hellsterm The Oklahoman]

Neighbors still tend their front-yard gardens, but regular volunteers arrive on Wednesdays to harvest the produce during the 32-week growing season.

By Melissa Howell
The Oklahoman
December 16, 2016

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“That was in the backyard. And then we had these two little girls across the street from Vietnamese-American families. They would come over and whatever we were doing they wanted to do, too. So we started a garden in the front yard for them,” Woods said.

By the late 1980s, their front-yard garden had spilled over into the next-door neighbor’s front yard and then migrated to two more lots on the street. And the trend continued to grow. Once the idea caught on, front-yard gardens lined the block.

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December 26, 2016   Comments Off on CommonWealth Urban Farms unites community in Oklahoma City with food, good will

A Garden Helps Heal a Family in New York

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Sheila Young in the Padre Plaza/Success Garden on St. Ann’s Avenue in the Bronx. Credit Joshua Bright for The New York Times.

“It’s not just about teaching people about fresh fruits and vegetables, but about working together to get things done,” Mr. Young said. “It might sound crazy, but this place minimizes negative, outside forces and builds our community.”

By Emily Palmer
New York Times
Dec. 23, 2016

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The family has seen the healing power of the garden. Weak after his heart surgery, Mr. Young, now 55, rebuilt his strength tilling vegetables and finding a way to use his carpentry skills outside of a full-time job. When his health permits, he still volunteers daily in the garden. Jada took pride in every plant, memorizing all the varieties and building her confidence and self-worth, which has manifested itself in better grades this school year.

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December 23, 2016   Comments Off on A Garden Helps Heal a Family in New York

UK: North Yorkshire village rallies after devastating allotments blow

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David Croll, a trustee at the Langcliffe Community Garden Charitable Trust who lost his allotment, and Pat Smelt, another former allotment holder, looking at the future plans for the garden.

Growing your own is all part of the ‘escape to the country’ dream so when the village of Langcliffe lost its allotment, after more than a century of harvesting homegrown fruit and vegetables at the site, it was a devastating blow for the local community

By Ben Barnett
Yorkshire Post
Dec 12, 2016

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Speaking to Country Week in March last year, two months after the eight plots were removed by landowner Langcliffe Hall Estate, one local of the North Yorkshire village, Pat Smelt, described the loss of the space as “the most devastating incident to occur in the village in the past ten years”, other than the closure of the village school in 2007.

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December 21, 2016   Comments Off on UK: North Yorkshire village rallies after devastating allotments blow

Gardeners plant themselves at Brownsville lot to protest construction plans that would dig their urban farm out

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The protesters gathered in a greenhouse — part of a farm spread that includes bee hives, fruit trees and an education center. (ALEX RUD)

Local residents, politicians and health food activists joined the protest at the Green Valley Community Farm — a Brooklyn staple for more than two decades, now facing a major January eviction.

By Dale W. Eisinger
Larry Mcshane
New York Daily News
December 17, 2016

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“This is our Whole Foods,” said Paul Muhammed, co-chair of the Community Board 5 economics committee. “We took the land and built a farm. Affordable is a misnomer. It’s do-for-self. We did it.”

According to the two dozen protesters, the land was sold for $4 to a developer who plans to build up to 20 units of affordable housing.

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December 18, 2016   Comments Off on Gardeners plant themselves at Brownsville lot to protest construction plans that would dig their urban farm out

UK: Community fruit garden planted in the town of Didcot

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Picture by Joszef Miholka / J.M. Photos

Amongst the supporters were town councillor Charlie Robertson, who said: “This is the kind of thing that should be happening more and more often. Not only does it improve the aesthetics of the town, but it also gets the whole community involved.”

Oxfordshire Guardian
Dec 8, 2016

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Dwarf fruit trees (apple, pear, cherry and plum), currants, raspberries and strawberries in raised beds have been planted outside Cornerstone Arts Centre as part of the community group’s ‘Incredible Edible Didcot’ project.

The event took place on plant beds next to Cornerstone Arts Centre in the midst of Didcot’s first food festival.

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December 16, 2016   Comments Off on UK: Community fruit garden planted in the town of Didcot