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UK: The Manchester allotment where refugees and asylum seekers are growing vegetables together

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“I think the main things people get from Growing Together Levenshulme are a supportive community and a space to take time away from their difficult and often chaotic lives as asylum seekers.

By Lucy Lovell
Manchester Evening News
Aug 13, 2017

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” In future we’d love to be able to grow the project by opening the garden to participants on more days of the week, which is something they’re really keen for us to do, but in order to do that we’d need more funding and more volunteers.

“At the moment we’re just looking for funding to secure the long term future of the garden so it can continue to benefit asylum seekers and refugees for years to come.”

And what about the future for Emilie?

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August 19, 2017   No Comments

Community Garden at the University of Illinois Springfield

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More than 200 volunteers have worked in the garden since its opening, and it has already produced over 300 pounds of fresh produce.

By Susan Koch, chancellor at the University of Illinois Springfield.
State Journal-Register
Aug 12, 2017

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Students in Styles’ “Introduction to Sustainability” class designed the garden as a class project, studying various sustainable garden designs, creating a comprehensive plan and budget and determining the organizational approach that would best support a community garden project over time.

The garden features raised beds which help control weeds and handle drainage. Wooden compost containers and an in-ground vermiculture compost bin provide a steady supply of organic material that promotes soil microbes and plant growth.

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August 18, 2017   No Comments

Northern Ireland: People can work together on a peaceful, positive and productive activity

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Susan Lynn is the Northern Ireland development manager for the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and is based in east Belfast.

‘Allotments are fantastic, you can grow so much on a small space’

By Darryl Armitage
Newsletter
Aug 11, 2017

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Remembering her childhood growing up in Ballycastle she says that she had a connection with homegrown food from an early age.

She says: “Back home we had a great garden and I spent a lot of time among our apple trees. We called it the orchard, although that would probably be stretching it. I remember climbing the trees and then mum making apple pie – I think this is the first connection of homegrown food and for a kid apple tart is much more appealing than a plate of broad beans.”

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August 17, 2017   No Comments

New Zealand: Sikh Temple opens up acres of land for community garden project

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From left: Raju Ramakrishna from Healthy Families Manukau with Gurnoor Kaur and Rajinder Singh Sekhon at the Takanini Sikh Temple community garden.

Takanini Sikh Temple has opened up 11 acres of land to grow fresh fruit and vegetables in Auckland.

By Nigel Moffiet
Stuff
August 7 2017

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The plan is to have up to 400 fruit trees such as lemons, limes, oranges, guava, and a variety of nuts and vegetables grown and maintained by temple members.

The Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura team and the Old School Reserve Teaching Gardens are working with the temple to teach food production skills as part of the project.

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August 14, 2017   No Comments

UK: Police help transform overgrown allotment into peaceful community garden

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Durahm Police help transform overgrown allotment into peaceful community garden in Deneside, Seaham.

“Anti-social behaviour has gone right down. There is a real community spirit now. That was always our aim.”

The Northern Echo
Aug 4, 2017

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PCSO Aimee Guest, who works closely with DAG, said: “They have completely transformed the overridden area into a peaceful oasis for the community.

“They continue to inspire me by their initiative and drive to create change for the good of the local people. I am extremely proud. It can now become the heart of the estate. It is open to all.”

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August 13, 2017   No Comments

Returning to the land: Urban gardeners in Pittsburgh hope to put vacant lots to good use

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The group, called the Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Cooperative — or BUGS, for short — is preparing to cultivate the neglected land with all kinds of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, including peppers, squashes, cabbage, collard greens.

By Jake Flannick
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Aug 5, 2017

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A grass-roots group of gardeners and community activists is turning two overgrown lots in Homewood into an urban farm, seeking to expand access to healthy food and improve the collective well-being of this once-fertile neighborhood.

“We’ll always be growing food,” said Dana Harris-Yates, a shaman medicine woman who uses “AL” after her name, a Moorish title indicating “one who mastered psychology and healing.” She is a program manager for the BUGS group and is overseeing the Homewood project.

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August 12, 2017   No Comments

Switzerland: Allotments. My Plot Of Land

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Murat and Birsen Lavanur, from Turkey. “We have had the allotment for two years and we still have to learn a lot. Our kids can spend some time in nature and can run around freely.”

In Switzerland, amateur gardeners joined up to form associations, which led to the creation of a Swiss umbrella association in 1925. Now, 24,500 members and the equivalent of around 900 football fields belong to the Swiss Association of Allotment Gardeners.

Photographs and text, Ester Unterfinger, swissinfo.ch
Production, Felipe Schärer Diem, Sylvie Stark
Swiss Broadcasting Organization
Aug 8, 2017
(Must see. Mike)

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For years, allotment gardens were considered a symbol of the Swiss bourgeoisie, but times have changed. Now, people of all nations appreciate them as place to withdraw and relax. Vito from Italy, Birsen from Turkey, Vaz from Portugal and other allotment enthusiasts talk about their individual plots of land.

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August 11, 2017   No Comments

UK: Reclaiming the Lost Gardens of Totnes

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Looking after the Lost Gardens of Totne.

The 150-year-old kitchen garden in the grounds of Totnes’s Kennicott Sixth Form College was once part of a working Victorian estate boasting hothouses growing grapes and nectarines.

By Steve Peacock
Totnes Today
3 August 2017

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But for the past 20 years it has fallen into disrepair, with its use restricted to partial employment as an allotment.

Earlier this year a ­garden design day was organised as the first step in regenerating the kitchen garden as an education resource for the community and the school.

Staff from the school backed the latest effort, as they got stuck in alongside the students.

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August 9, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Gardens at City Hall community garden opens on the front lawn of New Westminster city hall

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Royal City gardening enthusiasts gathered Thursday to celebrate the official opening of the Gardens at City Hall community garden on the front lawn of New Westminster city hall. Photograph By Cornelia Naylor.

“It’s awesome to have the space in front of city hall,” he said. “It’s awesome to have it be a used space instead of just grass.”

By Cornelia Naylor
New West Record
July 28, 2017

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“I grew up on a farm in the Philippines, and we have land of course for garden and rice and you name it and I miss that, especially if you live in a highrise,” Pilon said. “When we finally found this community garden in here and (my husband) told me, I got so excited.”

At a plot near Pilon’s, Rubana Ahmed is growing sweet pea, basil, sage, oregano, squash, tomatoes, chillies, parsley, zucchini, eggplant and Habanero peppers.

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August 5, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Gardens at City Hall community garden opens on the front lawn of New Westminster city hall

Homegrown in New York, Food From Around the World

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Jose Ramos, 89, is a retired maintenance worker from Puerto Rico who works in a community garden every day in the summer. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times.

This summer, the Parks Department’s GreenThumb program — the nation’s largest community garden program — has grown to 553 gardens, up from 501 in 2009.

By Winnie Hu
New York Times
July 30, 2017

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Bill LoSasso, the director of GreenThumb, said the program had increased its efforts to create more community gardens across the city, especially in largely immigrant communities where many newcomers have roots in agricultural areas. Its budget has increased to $2.9 million annually from $720,000 three years ago, and its staff has nearly doubled to 35 people, who provide training and support and free materials like plants, shovels and wheelbarrows.

“Sometimes when you arrive in a new place, you don’t have a network you can tap into for support,” Mr. LoSasso said. “By joining a community garden, you’re joining a network of neighbors who are coming from diverse backgrounds who can help new members of their community to get settled.”

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August 5, 2017   Comments Off on Homegrown in New York, Food From Around the World

Canada: Gander, Newfoundland’s Green Thumbs

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Elder Smith spent the evening caring for his garden bed by watering, weeding and adding soil.

The garden has 31 individual garden boxes and beds, which are maintained by individuals and couples

By Adam Randell
Gander Beacon
July 27, 2017

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Even though the winter conditions persisted longer than usual, grower Jeff Keefe said, this has been the best growing season at the garden since it was first started three years ago.

“Weather wise, it’s been fantastic, almost too dry” said Keefe. “For the last three weeks our challenge has been keeping everything watered.”

With each passing year the garden’s popularity continues to grow, to a point that there’s now a waiting list.

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August 3, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Gander, Newfoundland’s Green Thumbs

How do you create a community garden in Austin, Texas? One neighborhood shows us

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Jennifer Noinaj and Amelia Cobb, president of North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association, build raised beds. Carolyn Lindell/For American-Statesmanv.

The group plans for the garden to have 22 raised beds, each 4-foot-by-8-foot. Nineteen of the beds will be leased for $25 per year. The fenced-in garden will be about 60-foot-by-40-foot.

By Carolyn Lindell
American-Statesman
July 25, 2017

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A lot of time has been spent ironing out details with various entities, such the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin school district.

The project has received help in the form of a $10,000 community grant from the Austin Parks Foundation, as well as sponsorship from the Sustainable Food Center of Austin.

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August 1, 2017   Comments Off on How do you create a community garden in Austin, Texas? One neighborhood shows us

Columbus, Ohio: How about books and berries for breakfast?

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4th Street Farms gathers for story time and sharing of food grown in the Weinland Park community garden.

By Anne Evans
Columbus Underground
June 9, 2016
( From: Little Free Library to be Dedicated in Weinland Park)

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“Part of our mission at 4th Street Farms is education and empowerment,” says Evelyn Van Til, a neighborhood civic leader and community organizer. “Books are a big piece of opening up worlds of possibility. This project builds on our work in empowering people to grow their own food and choose their own paths.”

Van Til has been involved with programming offered to residents of Weinland Park, including a series of early literacy programs held at 4th Street Farms, in partnership with A Good Start.

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July 31, 2017   Comments Off on Columbus, Ohio: How about books and berries for breakfast?

The Bowery Project turning vacant Toronto properties into mobile urban farms

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“Every year from a site this big (at Sherbourne Street and Gerrard Street East), we grow at least 400 pounds of produce and that gets given away to people who are hungry in the city,” said Kimel.

By Susan Hay
Global News
July 24, 2017

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“The developer here, Oben Flats, wanted to do something that gave back to the community and that transformed his site,” said co-founder Rachel Kimel.

“People come and they learn new things and they walk away with something fresh, organically grown and sustainable.”

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July 31, 2017   Comments Off on The Bowery Project turning vacant Toronto properties into mobile urban farms

Canada: Community gardens to bloom under Richmond Hill’s new garden policy

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Kevin Krille, wife Jana and their son Justin, 2, enjoy the beets of their labour at the community allotment garden in Phyllis Rawlinson Park. – Susie Kockerscheidt/Metroland

Currently there are 61 gardeners in this public garden and 60 more residents on the waiting list to rent plots.

By Teresa Latchford
York Region
July 22, 2017

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With Richmond Hill anticipating the development of a new allotment garden and four collective gardens within the next five years, town council unanimously approved a new community garden policy in order to provide consistent support that is fair and equitable.

“The town will provide support for the initial set up of the allotment gardens,” natural environment manager Ann Marie Farrugia said in a presentation to council.

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July 29, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Community gardens to bloom under Richmond Hill’s new garden policy