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Urban farm gives fresh start to youth and homeless in Christchurch, New Zealand

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chrzCultivate Christchurch hopes to scale up in the coming months after gaining access to two larger sites.

“As a young person, it’s really hard to get into employment if you don’t have either the networks or qualifications or haven’t had to practice those skills,” Stewart said.

By Alice Cannet
The Press
April 25 2016

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One of Cultivate’s volunteers had been out of work and education for seven years before joining the group.

She had since put spent nearly 100 hours in the garden in the last three months and was studying horticulture at the National Trades Academy.

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April 28, 2016   No Comments

Toronto: Bell Manor Community Garden users talk about the benefits of growing in a ‘magical place’

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Stonegate Community Health Centre releases video in support of their food efforts

Etobicoke Guardian
Apr 23, 2016

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“Many of our residents live on fixed or low incomes. Providing the opportunity to grow their own fresh, healthy food is often a necessity, not a luxury,” Julia Graham, Stonegate CHC’s community food program co-ordinator, said in a statement.

In recent years, the garden has come to serve an even greater need, as the nearby Valu-Mart, which provided the only walkable access to fresh food in the community, was closed two years ago to make way for condominiums.

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April 27, 2016   No Comments

A Community Garden Takes Root in Las Vegas

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Rosalind Brooks plants a garden in the desert and fosters a new generation of urban farmers

By David G. Schwartz
Seven
Apr 21, 2016

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In 2010, Brooks founded the Tonopah Community Garden on an otherwise derelict 5 acres at 715 N. Tonopah Drive. The land came from Frank Hawkins Jr., a former Las Vegas councilman and developer.

Brooks, a Las Vegas native, embraced the chance to grow despite a lack of gardening experience because there wasn’t a public community garden in Las Vegas. Her city was missing something vital, even if no one knew it yet. A classical dancer and a schoolteacher, she was content in the classroom until she felt called to do “something greater than what I was doing.” With the support of her husband and her two college-graduate daughters, she followed her calling, although she had no idea where it would lead. “Had I known I’d be coming out of the classroom to be a farmer,” she jokes, “I would have stayed.”

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April 26, 2016   No Comments

Sewing the seeds for a new community garden at King Edward Park in Peterborough, Ontario

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Co-ordinators Chantilly, left, and Natalie Stephenson toss earth at the future site of the King Edward Community Garden next to George St. on Tuesday April 19, 2016 at King Edward Park in Peterborough, Ont. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network

By Joelle Kovach
Peterborough Examiner
April 20, 2016

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The new garden was approved Tuesday night by the city’s board of parks and recreation.

The garden will be north of the splash pad (near the park’s border with the neighbouring property, Duffus Funeral Home).

The idea is to create a large vegetable garden with 21 plots. Each plot will be large enough to grow produce to feed a family of four.

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April 24, 2016   No Comments

This man transformed a derelict plot of land into a garden in one of Wales’ most-deprived areas

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lawalTeaching assistant Andrew James from Caerau, Maesteg, transformed a derelict plot of land into a garden with the help of the community.

Having worked at his first allotment with his dad at the age of 10, he was now ready for the challenge of transforming the neglected wasteland into a working community garden.

By Abby Bolter
Wales Online
18 APR 2016

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Whilst most people headed home at the end of the working day, Andrew picked up a shovel and headed to the garden.

His efforts galvanised an entire army of volunteers – 45 at the last count – and attracted the attention of Bridgend Communities First, the Welsh Government funded organisation charged with lifting people out of poverty and tackling social exclusion.

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April 22, 2016   No Comments

Maui, Hawaii, community garden in the running for grant

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Long range goals are to teach sustainable farming and to share our wide cultural knowledge to members and the wider public.

By Maui Now
April 18, 2016

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N?pili Community Garden is an organic, non profit garden serving West Maui since 2011. Currently the garden is doubling its 3.5 acres comprised of 120 10’x20’ and 20’x20’ family plots and common areas. The newly added 3.5 acres will be turned into both individual garden plots and a diverse tropical orchard to be shared in common.

If a grant is awarded, the NCG plans to use the funds to purchase trees and buy a small tractor with bucket, backhoe and tiller to prepare this new land. The tractor would be used going forward to make organic compost, maintain the parking lot and garden. NCG is also in need irrigation materials.

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April 22, 2016   No Comments

Brooklyn community garden fights for its life in the courts

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The gardeners are petitioning both the city and state to take the plot by eminent domain and formally turn it into parkland, with the garden protected in perpetuity.

By Bill Weinberg
The Villager
Apr 14, 2016

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But in November, a notice of eviction from the Makhanis was placed inside one of the garden beds. This was the beginning of a complicated legal battle that is still not resolved, and on which the fate of the garden hangs.

The entity demanding eviction of the garden is Housing Urban Development LLC of the Makhani brothers, who have a history of dubious doings — beginning with the company’s name, obviously intended to sow confusion with the federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). They are claiming the property on very murky grounds.

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April 18, 2016   No Comments

200 plot community garden in infield of the Illinois State Grandstand Race Track, Springfield, Ill.

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The program has been growing in popularity since it began six years ago under the guidance of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

By Fox Illinois News
Apr 4 2016
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Nearly one million folks visit Sangamon County annually to attend the Illinois State Fair, but rarely notice a piece of land that represents agriculture in its simplest form.

Surrounded by the pounding hooves of racehorses, the smells of fried fare, the shouts of enthusiastic carnival patrons, a band’s guitar licks and distinct sounds of livestock are vegetable gardens.

It holds up to 200 plots, 100 of which are designated for organic gardening, another 100 for non-organic.

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April 10, 2016   Comments Off on 200 plot community garden in infield of the Illinois State Grandstand Race Track, Springfield, Ill.

Zimbabwe: Bulawayo’s Largest Community Garden

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Bongo captured helping one of the widows putting final touches on a tomatoes bed. Pic By Chrispen Tabvura.

Young at Heart Foundation last weekend carried out a surprise visit to the largest nutritional garden in Bulawayo which is based on a new local ownership scheme to enhance its value to the beneficiaries.

By Chrispen Tabvura
ZDDT Field Correspondent
Mar 8, 2016

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It is mostly run by widows and the disadvantaged in the community of Tshabalala and Sizinda townships.

The two visitors from Young at Heart Foundation, received a warm welcome as they were handed some fruit trees as a gesture of their welcome.

“We are pleased to be visited by you, and this year has been signalling our success. We have been receiving visitors from all over the world and, just today, you have opened our 2016 guest list with a refreshing word of entertainment. Thank you. Please come this weekend for that show.”

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April 10, 2016   Comments Off on Zimbabwe: Bulawayo’s Largest Community Garden

100 square foot urban farming plots coming to Knoxville, Tennessee

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Left to right, Daniel Aisenbrey, farm manager and Brenna Wright, founder of Abbey Fields Farm with PetSafe Chairman Randy Boyd and wife Jenny Boyd, and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, gather to make an announcement about the Old City Gardens. For a yearly subscription fee of $100, residents will be able to rent one of 30 4-by-25-foot raised beds for growing vegetables or flowers. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS /NEWS SENTINEL)

He said he was inspired by the Fenway Victory Gardens, a city park in Boston with about 500 plots for lease to local gardeners.

By Megan Boehnke
Knoxville News Sentinel
April 1, 2016

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State economic director and local businessman Randy Boyd has joined with urban farmer Brenna Wright to turn a vacant lot into the Old City Gardens.

Thirty raised beds will be available for lease at $100 apiece annually. The other half of the lot at 300 E. Depot Avenue will be a for-profit plot run by Abbey Fields Farm, which will sell produce to downtown restaurants.

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April 8, 2016   Comments Off on 100 square foot urban farming plots coming to Knoxville, Tennessee

Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee, Inc. Gives $164,000 to Fund Community Gardens

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One Step Community Garden Grants may be awarded to organizations whose core focus teaches those in need about health and nutrition through the process of planting, tending and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables.

WandTV
Mar 28, 2016

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With this year’s recipients included, Hy-Vee has awarded more than 580 grants since 2013 with more than $894,000 being donated overall since 2011.

Hy-Vee’s One Step program uses a portion of the proceeds from the sale of earth-friendly, everyday products to benefit local and worldwide charitable causes. Some of these products include a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes, shredded wheat cereal, paper towels and bottled water.

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April 4, 2016   Comments Off on Supermarket Chain Hy-Vee, Inc. Gives $164,000 to Fund Community Gardens

Vancouver, BC community garden to make way for condo development

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This may be the last spring for a Vancouver community garden in Southeast False Creek.

By Carlito Pablo
Georgia Straight
March 30th, 2016

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According to Brock, temporary gardens play an important role.

“There’s a shortage of urban growing space in the city,” he said, “and so we serve that function of giving people who might not have growing space an opportunity to plant.”

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April 1, 2016   Comments Off on Vancouver, BC community garden to make way for condo development

Rodale’s 6 Steps To Starting A Community Garden

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You don’t need to live in the country to get a little greenery and grow good food.

By Rol Staff
Rodale’s Organic Life
March 16, 2016

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2. Secure Land
In some cities, online maps like Living Lots NYC identify open spaces. Property-records departments help decipher lot ownership; private owners may lease land. Many locales have agencies that rent out public land for gardens. Terms can vary, so learn local laws and explore options for longevity, including establishing a trust.

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March 24, 2016   Comments Off on Rodale’s 6 Steps To Starting A Community Garden

Community Garden Safe From Development for Another Year in Washington, DC

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hstrWylie Street Garden.

Byrne, who has tended plants in the 16-plot garden since 2006, met with Brewer after securing more than 230 supporters in a petition to “preserve the last green block on H St. corridor.”

By Tim Regan
HillNow
March 15, 2016

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A campaign to preserve the garden started in September of 2014 when the property was enhanced with a large for sale sign. Research from the campaign discovered the garden could mitigate one inch of storm water to support the efforts by DDOE in cleaning Anacostia. Research also determined the long term values Wylie garden could do for the community:

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March 23, 2016   Comments Off on Community Garden Safe From Development for Another Year in Washington, DC

Relocating a community garden after supermarket closes in Atlanta, Georgia

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Volunteers pose after working to move supplies from the community garden’s old location in the parking lot of the now-closed Super Giant Foods. The garden is being rebuilt at 1225 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.

Emory Urban Health Initiative volunteers rally to relocate community garden

By Kimber Williams
Emory Report
March 15, 2016

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When the Emory Urban Health Initiative (UHI) first helped an organic community teaching garden take root in the parking lot of the Super Giant Foods grocery store in Northwest Atlanta’s Bankhead neighborhood, the goal was to tackle issues of food access and poverty where they lived.

By all measures, the project has succeeded — drawing local residents and community partners to help teach gardening, cooking and nutrition classes while growing fresh produce that has been provided at no cost to residents of an area that, if not strictly a food desert, suffered from limited grocery options.

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March 22, 2016   Comments Off on Relocating a community garden after supermarket closes in Atlanta, Georgia