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Spain: Network of Community Urban Gardens in Madrid organizing short film festival “Humus Film Festival”

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See some of the short films received in last year´s competition.

Wanting to receive short films from gardens in cities around the world, to enrich this festival

By Alberto Peralta
Organizer Humus Film Festival
Next event: Mar 24-26, 2017

This festival welcomes all perspectives and approaches to urban agriculture, whether amateur or professional, from surrealist or poetic visions to humorous or realistic scenarios.

Looking people who might be interested in telling a funny, personal or surreal story about the garden and the city.

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December 8, 2016   No Comments

AUPA PROJECT: ‘Urban Agriculture and Food Vulnerability’.

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By Thomas Ducrocq
INRA/AgroParisTech, UMR SAD-APT
Equipe Agricultures Urbaines, Paris

My work done on the impact of gardenning in the diet of gardeners comes from 5 comunity gardens (jardins associatifs) located in deprived neighbourhoods in Paris, France, and its close suburbs.

This work is the conclusion of the 1st year of the French part of the “AUPA: Agriculture Urbaine et alimentation des Populations Vulnérables (urban agriculture and food vulnerability)” project. AUPA is led simulteanously in Sevilla (Spain) and Paris by researchers from Fance (Christine Aubry, Jeanne Pourias, Thomas Ducrocq: AgroParisTech/INRA) and Spain (Raul Puente Asuero and Ana Zarandieta-Jaen, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla).

This works explores two main topics:

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December 4, 2016   No Comments

Washington D.C. Urban Gardens Bring Low-Cost, Fresh Produce To City’s Food Deserts

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Jacquana McIntyre started as a volunteer and now manages one of DC UrbanGreen’s farms at Fort Stanton in Southeast Washington, D.C. Photo by Larisa Epatko/PBS NewsHour

“I always wanted to work outside,” she said. The former children’s day care worker noted that kids enjoy digging in the earth and learning how plants grow. But if they’re scolded for getting dirty, they tend to lose that curiosity.

By Larisa Epatko
PBS and NPR
November 24, 2016

Excerpt:

Lelia Parker grew up on a farm in rural Virginia and moved to the U.S. capital 30 years ago, seeking a more urban environment. But she still gets the gardening itch.

Down the street from her Southeast D.C. home is a community garden, where tidy beds of succulent zucchini, peppers and squash grow.

The garden is operated by the nonprofit group DC UrbanGreens. Not long ago, Parker discovered the site and began telling her neighbors about it and about how to cook with fresh vegetables instead of canned. Now she’s a board member and the group’s outreach coordinator.

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December 3, 2016   No Comments

Unsung hero uses gardening knowledge to serve Springfield, Ohio

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Terry Frederick looks over a row of kale at the end of its life cycle in the Jefferson Street Garden Monday. Bill Lackey/Staff

The 1.25-acre garden served about 30 families last year, Frederick said.

By Michael Cooper
Springfield New Sun
Nov 24, 2016

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For his efforts at two local community gardens, Frederick has been named an Unsung Hero in the Springfield community.

Frederick, who owns Habitat Creations, a local landscaping business, began a production-oriented community garden at Grace Lutheran Church in 2006. With the help of volunteers from the church, the garden produced more than 8,000 pounds of produce — a majority of which was donated to charity.

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December 3, 2016   No Comments

Australia: Harmony Garden in Newcastle brings people of different cultures together for support and stories

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Hari Singh moved to Australia from India. (1233 ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue)

Each week a group of people from countries such as India, Poland, Spain, Germany and England gather at a suburban block in the New South Wales city to tend the garden beds.

By Robert Virtue
ABC Newcastle
Nov 24, 2016

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Stefinia Stisiikowski came to Australia from Poland 54 years ago, and now volunteers around the garden.

“When I came here I couldn’t speak English, but then after a few days I could read English,” Ms Stisiikowski said.

“God created me with many talents. I don’t have high education, but believe me, I can do whatever [you] ask me.

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December 2, 2016   No Comments

Sicily: A community garden in Librino, Catania

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Close up of gardens in 2013. Click on image for larger file.

There are about 40 gardens presently

By Roberto
Volunteer with the project
Nov 30, 2016

We started our work about 20 years ago as a non profit association working with the children in a suburban district of Catania (Sicily), Librino, where there was a high crime rate.

As volunteers we focused on after-school activities. After ten years, someone had the idea to start a rugby team to help children. We chose rugby, because it is a contact sport and can help children to unload their daily stress because they see so much brutality in their district. It also teaches them many positive attitudes such as respect for rules, and respect for rivals, etc.

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November 30, 2016   No Comments

Largest community garden in USA at Doris Duke’s former New Jersey estate donates tons of organic produce

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Duke Farms, the 2,700-acre former estate of globe-trotting philanthropist Doris Duke, is one of the largest preserved properties in the state of New Jersey. Photo credit: Jeff Weiser Click on image for larger file.

The Community Garden is segmented into seven “neighborhoods” with names like Rutabaga Ridge and Brocoli Boro. Each neighborhood has one plot designated as a Giving Garden, where gardeners pitch in.

By Patrick Lavery
New Jersey 101.5
Nov 21, 2016

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Last year, gardeners donated 1,600 pounds of produce. That included some 30 different vegetables, chief among them lettuce, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and herbs.

Duke Farms set a goal of 2,000 pounds for 2016, but has well surpassed that with 3,190 pounds donated.

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November 30, 2016   No Comments

Community Garden Makes A Difference In The Bronx

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A once blighted plot on Prospect Avenue now sees fertile soil that feeds a community.

By Sean Adams
WCBS New York
Nov 14, 2016

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“The population now is mostly Mexican population, so you’ll see papalo, pipicha, epazote, cilantro. There are some African-Americans as well in the garden, so you’ll see collards, and kale, and swiss chard,” Washington said.

It’s healthy, nutritious food that otherwise would be too expensive or not available.

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November 21, 2016   Comments Off on Community Garden Makes A Difference In The Bronx

Singapore: Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry Opens New Community Garden

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Community members tending their plots at the Eng Kong and Cheng Soon Community Garden yesterday. PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Applicants ballot for the 90 plots available, for $50 a year. All have been taken up.

By Lin Yangchen
Straits Times
Nov 13, 2016

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The 50m by 44m garden near Toh Tuck Road was started by the Eng Kong and Cheng Soon Neighbourhood Committee at a cost of $22,500 and paid for by contributions from residents.

The garden was officially opened yesterday by Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry. It is the latest addition to nearly 1,000 community gardens in Singapore.

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November 21, 2016   Comments Off on Singapore: Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, and Trade and Industry Opens New Community Garden

University of Memphis plans to replace community garden with 120 new parking spaces

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The Tiger Initiative for Gardens in Urban Settings.

“The university needs the green spaces that are left. If you pave over the garden there now, you don’t get that back.”

By Joshua Cannon
Memphis Flyer
Nov 10, 2016

Excerpt:

Somewhere Joni Mitchell is shaking her head.

University of Memphis (U of M) leaders are considering a move that would pave a community garden and, yes, put up a parking lot.

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November 19, 2016   Comments Off on University of Memphis plans to replace community garden with 120 new parking spaces

Gardens Grow, People Thrive: The Importance of Urban Farming

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As the Urban Agriculture Coordinator at University of Maryland Extension, Prince George’s County, I learned the importance of food every day.

By Michelle Nelson
Maryland Humanities
Nov 9, 2016

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Every day, I watched as Bhutanese and Cameroonian refugees report to the garden at 8 AM or sometimes earlier to tend to their gardens, anticipating a yield to feed their families and beyond. My favorite stories of the garden are about a Bhutanese elder in his seventies named Jamuna. When I met Jamuna, she could not speak English very well. She would affectionately speak to me in Nepali like an aunt speaks to her niece, but I often struggled to understand or respond.

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November 18, 2016   Comments Off on Gardens Grow, People Thrive: The Importance of Urban Farming

Allotment Gardens Combat Food Costs in Sannich, BC

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Joanne Thomson holds up leaves of chard harvested from her plot at Capital City Allotment Garden off Kent Road. — Image Credit: Wolf Depner/News Staff

Almost a third of respondents spend anywhere between a quarter and a half of their household income on food, according to a survey by the District of Saanich.

By Wolf Depner
Saanich News
Nov 9, 2016

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Mary Wolfe, who gardens at Capital City Allotment, says food security is a big issue for her, noting that she grows anywhere between 70 and 80 per cent of the vegetables that she consumes annually.

This figure, she says, makes up a “significant” share of her total annual food consumption. “If I don’t grow it, mostly, I don’t eat it.”

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November 15, 2016   Comments Off on Allotment Gardens Combat Food Costs in Sannich, BC

Du Jardinage Au Paysage

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Comment les jardiniers des jardins associatifs contribuent-ils à la construction de paysages alimentaires ?

Par Anne-Cécile DANIEL
AGROCAMPUS OUESTCentre d’Angers – Institut National d’Horticulture et de Paysage
2011-2012

Excerpt:

« Ilots de verdure » situés généralement en milieu urbain ou périurbain, les jardins associatifs sont des espaces sur lesquels des individus membres d’un groupe associatif pratiquent le jardinage. On y cultive principalement des légumes, fruits, condiments et fleurs, mais aussi des éléments qui vont bien au-delà des plantes cultivées, comme les liens sociaux, les loisirs, l’éducation à l’environnement, la citoyenneté etc. Gérés par des associations, ces espaces peuvent être sous forme de parcelles collectives ou bien délimités en plusieurs lopins de terre individualisés, et ce, pour la grande joie des personnes qui y ont accès.

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November 12, 2016   Comments Off on Du Jardinage Au Paysage

At 88 Mrs. Brown still tending to her East Side community garden in Wilmington, Delaware

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Wilmington resident Hazel Brown stands in the Hattie Phelan garden next to her East Side home.
Megan Pauly / Delaware Public Media

“She’s one of those people who stands out as such an example of a catalyst within her community and such an example of what one person can do: the impact one person over time can have in her community.”

By Megan Pauly
Delaware Public Media
Nov 4, 2016
(Must see. Mike)

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Theb 88-year-old Brown is a petite African American woman. But her spirit is larger than life.

And at the corner of her East Side neighborhood right next to her home is an urban oasis that matches that spunk. It’s called the Hattie Phelan Community Dream Garden.

Mrs. Brown pointed out historic East Side African American figures on a mural in the garden painted by Wilmington artist Roldan West.

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November 11, 2016   Comments Off on At 88 Mrs. Brown still tending to her East Side community garden in Wilmington, Delaware

Sweden’s Railway Gardeners – Tragard pa Sparet (Garden on the track)

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A general view of Tragard pa Sparet (Garden on the track) in Stockholm, Sweden. See slideshow of city farming in Sweden.

An increasing number of Swedish city-dwellers are growing their own in window boxes and allotments or are visiting public gardens built in or on industrial or office spaces.

Photography by Maxim Shemetov. Reporting by Helena Soderpalm.
Reuters
Nov 9, 2016

Excerpt:

Inspired by New York’s Highline, a garden built on an elevated railroad, and Berlin’s Prinzessinnengarten, a reclaimed wasteland, a Stockholm neighbourhood has turned a disused railway into a communal space for hundreds of amateur gardeners.

Five years ago, local man Philipp Olsmeyer wanted to make his Sodermalm area greener and contacted local authorities with his idea for the Tradgard pa Sparet – Swedish for “Garden on track”.

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November 10, 2016   Comments Off on Sweden’s Railway Gardeners – Tragard pa Sparet (Garden on the track)