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What does an urban orchard mean for Louisville, Kentucky

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Markenzie, 7, shows off peaches she picked from a first-year tree. Photo by Jinn Bug.

Planted on a former vacant lot, the orchard came about through a partnership between the city and nonprofit Louisville Grows.

By Anna Rohleder
Leo Weekly
July 20, 2016

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The orchard may be a bellwether of change for the neighborhood.

Produce Park joins a number of other community gardens and orchards that are greening the area. The People’s Garden in Shawnee and the Community Food Forest in Portland are also maintained by Louisville Grows. Orchards are a particularly desirable form of urban agriculture for Louisville since they bring food and trees together.

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July 25, 2016   No Comments

Urban farming: how the hippy throwback is on the rise

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In 1976, the farm was more an industrial wasteland – but that didn’t put people off turning it into something more. Photo: ITV News

Windmill Hill City Farm in South Bristol, UK

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July 20, 2016

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It’s the oldest city farm outside London and after rising from the rubble left by WW2 and council bulldozers, it’s now celebrating its 40th anniversary.

It was back in 1976, when volunteers inherited a rat infested wasteland but brick by brick they cleared it and began creating ponds and allotments.

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July 25, 2016   No Comments

Veggie Bingo Raises Support for Chicago’s Community Gardens

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This unusual way of supporting an estimated 110 of Chicago’s nearly 800 community gardens grew out of a winter ritual held at the Hideout known as Soup & Bread.

By Lori Rotenberk
Civil Eats
July 19, 2016

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For 12 weeks each summer, the Hideout is home to Veggie Bingo and its cult following of community garden supporters. The fees, $4 a card or three for $10, benefit a different community garden each week and have helped gardens purchase tools and supplies including soil, seeds, sheds, compost, benches, and scholarships for young workers. On this July evening, the numbers are being sung for supporters of the Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden located in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.

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July 21, 2016   No Comments

Seattle’s International Rescue Committee is helping local refugees rebuild their lives

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The families who use the garden come from Bhutan, Burma, Nigeria, and Laos.

By John Sharify
King K5
July 14, 2016

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“It’s something they grew in Bhutan. It’s not just a green. It’s a piece of home,” says Tyler George-Minette, New Roots Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee for Seattle and Sea Tac.

The Namaste Community Garden he oversees serves the refugee community in the area. The families who use the garden come from Bhutan, Burma, Nigeria, and Laos.

“Each family gets one plot,” says Dal Diyali, who moved to the area from Bhutan.

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July 18, 2016   No Comments

Why Copenhagen Residents Want to Live on Urban Gardens

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High rents are driving some Danes to not-quite-legal cabins and cottages.

By Lynsey Grosfield
City Lab
Jul 12, 2016

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For several years now, David Skat Nielsen has been cultivating a 7,400-square-foot patch of land on the island of Amager, in the greater Copenhagen area. Here, he pays 900 DKK ($133 USD) per month to get away from the stresses of apartment living, plant some fruit trees, build a greenhouse, and generally bask in the stillness of a hedged-in green space. Due to zoning restrictions, he can only live on the property for six months of the year, but he’s part of a growing group of Danes that would like to make these minimalistic garden lots into full-time homes.

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July 17, 2016   No Comments

German Garden Houses

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There are now over one million allotment gardens in Germany. Berlin has the most with an estimated 67,000 gardens. It is a ridiculously green city. Hamburg is next with 35,000, then Leipzig with 32,000, Dresden with 23,000, Hanover 20,000, Bremen 16,000,

By Erin Porter
About Travel
July 13, 2016

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History: As people moved from the German countryside to city scapes in the 19th century, they weren’t quite ready to leave their green pastures.

Conditions in the cities were poor, with cramped dirty spaces, disease and serious malnutrition. Nutrient-rich foods like fresh fruits and vegetables were in scarce supply.

Kleingärten arose to address that problem. Garden plots allowed families to grow their own food, children to enjoy a larger outdoor space and connect with the world outside their four walls. A phenomenon among the lower-classes, these areas were called “gardens of the poor”.

By 1864, Leipzig had several collections under the direction of the Schreber movement. Daniel Gottlob Moritz Schreber was a German physician and university instructor who preached about topics concerning health, as well as the social consequences of the rapid urbanization during the Industrial Revolution. The name Schrebergärten is in his honor and comes from this initiative.

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July 17, 2016   No Comments

Desolate South Bronx Community Garden Gets a Much-Needed Makeover

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The 32,000-square-foot remastered space will serve as a much needed gathering hub for the community that has been pretty much underserved for many years.

By Ameena Walker
Curbed Ny
July 11, 2016

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Outdoor footwear and apparel brand Timberland has partnered up with the non-profit organization GrowNYC to bring about a much needed restoration to one of South Bronx’s communal green spaces. As part Timberland’s five-year plan to create and restore urban green spaces in five different cities, the United We Stand garden in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx has been transformed from a barren space ravaged by fire to a new garden for community members to enjoy.

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July 16, 2016   No Comments

Toronto waterfront high-rise to have community garden

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Also an adjoining ‘garden prep studio’ and ‘kitchen library’

By Stefan Novakovic
Urban Toronto
July 7, 2016

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For more passive enjoyment, the Lower Deck also opens up to a community garden, with the adjoining ‘garden prep studio’ and ‘kitchen library’ facilitating urban agriculture. Taken together, the indoor and outdoor spaces give residents access to 25,000 ft² of amenities.

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July 13, 2016   Comments Off on Toronto waterfront high-rise to have community garden

Britain’s future White House Community Garden

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has pledged £10,000 towards the project’s target of £30,207.

Excerpt from Spacehive:

We want to build a beautiful 80sqm garden at the back of The White House, a former farmer’s cottage on the Becontree Estate. We have already raised over £150k to restore the listed house and turn it into a community arts space, but we need more money to enhance the space by building a new Community Garden. The White House Community Garden will be open for all local residents to use, reflecting the historical tradition and importance of gardens on the estate.

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July 9, 2016   Comments Off on Britain’s future White House Community Garden

‘We need German Germans’: Berlin garden colony under fire for rejecting Turkish families

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According to the man, the colony already has too many ‘non-Germans,’ especially people of Turkish origin, with around 25 percent of members having an immigrant background.

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A public garden colony in Berlin may be sued for its refusal to provide allotment spaces to Turkish families, explained by already having too many ‘non-German’ members.

“We are open-minded, but somewhere there has to be a limit for social proportions. We want a neighborhood colony,” a high-ranked member of the Kolonie Frieden (Peace Colony), who opted to stay anonymous, told The Local.

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July 6, 2016   Comments Off on ‘We need German Germans’: Berlin garden colony under fire for rejecting Turkish families

Community Garden helps Young Mums grow in Victoria, Australia

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youmumL-R: Stacey Horsfall-Rodda, Leyvi, Jet, Regae Gordan and Ash Lanko hope to harvest herbs and vegetables by spring.

“Staff from the horticulture department came along to teach us about soil preparation, watering, fertiliser and the risks and hazards of working in a garden such as wearing hard shoes and keeping our kids buckled in their prams,” Ash says.

By Doseda Hetherington
Swinburne University of Technology
June 27, 2016

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Members of Swinburne’s award-winning Young Mums Program are ready to turn the first sod on their own community garden and plan to harvest beans, chives, parsley and thyme this spring.

Designed and built by the students as part of the program offering a Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) to mothers aged 15-20 years at Swinburne’s Croydon campus, the garden is an extension of a study program helping young women take control of their lives.

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July 1, 2016   Comments Off on Community Garden helps Young Mums grow in Victoria, Australia

Ottawa: Angelina Singson says her community garden plot is better than therapy after escaping domestic violence

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Ottawa’s Interval House helped more than 270 women and children escape abuse last year.

By Emma Jackson
Metro
Jun 26 2016

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Angelina Singson kneels in her community garden plot, planting summer squash in a crooked row beside an overgrown fence.

Like her vegetables, this is where Singson thrives: in the garden, making things grow.

“Why should I go to therapy, when I get free tomatoes from the garden?” she said. “You work it, you feel like you’ve accomplished something. There’s no better therapy than that.”

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June 30, 2016   Comments Off on Ottawa: Angelina Singson says her community garden plot is better than therapy after escaping domestic violence

United States Postal Service maintenance workers remove Berkeley community garden

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According to Zint, the garden was put in place for the people of Berkeley to claim ownership of land that belongs to the community.

By Simmone Shaw
DailyCal
June 23, 2016

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The community garden located outside the Berkeley Post Office was removed by United States Postal Service, or USPS, maintenance workers Wednesday, after two years of ongoing disputes between the post office and protesters.

The garden was put in place in late 2014 when homeless activists began occupying the grounds in protest of the sale of the post office to a privately owned property management company. The homeless encampment was disbanded in April, after city police and postal service workers informed the protesters that they were trespassing on government property.

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June 28, 2016   Comments Off on United States Postal Service maintenance workers remove Berkeley community garden

Eleven Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community garden projects

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This year’s pilot initiative awarded a total of $10,000 in ‘micro-grants’ from the Delaware Department of Agriculture to community groups, religious institutions, schools and other organizations.

By Dan Shortridge
Delaware Government
June 24, 2016

WILMINGTON — Eleven Delaware urban farm and community garden projects are receiving support to grow and thrive through a new initiative designed to strengthen communities and improve nutrition, Governor Jack Markell announced today.

“Urban agriculture and community gardens are an amazing way to strengthen neighborhoods and improve the quality of life,” Gov. Markell said. “Over the last several years we’ve seen a tremendous growth in the community garden movement across Delaware and I’m pleased that our support is helping these neighborhood treasures impact even more families with fresh, nutritious food, connect kids with nature, and enrich the lives of the next generation.”

This year’s pilot initiative awarded $10,000 in micro-grants from the Delaware Department of Agriculture to community groups, religious institutions, schools and other organizations. Governor Markell’s budget proposal would double that funding for the upcoming fiscal year.

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June 28, 2016   Comments Off on Eleven Delaware sites awarded grants for urban agriculture and community garden projects

‘Golden Baggers’ community garden in London, UK

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Located in the middle of the Golden Lane Estate, adjoining the Ralph Perring Centre, between Basterfield House and Hatfield House

By Olivia Howitt
BBC
June 14, 2016

Nestled amid residential high-rises of the Golden Lane Estate – a council housing project at the northern edge of the City of London – the Golden Baggers community food-growing initiative sprang up in 2010 on the unused site of a former nursery playground. The plot proved highly popular with estate residents keen to grow their own produce in the heart of London.

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