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New York: Queens Politician Accused of Demanding $250K Kickback from Community Gardeners

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James Sanders (New York State Senate).

Sanders denied the claims “in the highest fashion,” saying, “The thing is ludicrous. It’s absolutely preposterous and I’m speaking to lawyers about countersuits for anybody who is going to defame us in such a fashion.”

By Nathan Tempey
Gothamist
Feb 8, 2016

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A couple who run an educational community garden in Far Rockaway say that prominent Queens politician James Sanders tried to offer them $1.7 million in taxpayer money in return for a quarter-million-dollar kickback. Marion Moses and Malisa Rivera made the bombshell claim to New York Post reporters, saying that Sanders, now a state senator running for Congress, proposed the scheme at a meeting in 2012 back when he was councilman, and that they’ve been passed over for government funding ever since they refused to participate.

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February 13, 2016   No Comments

UK: Eyesore Derbyshire fountain to become community veg garden

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The fountain in Romorantin Place, Long Eaton.

The council were tired of having to empty and clean it after every weekend with the drunks using it as a toilet.

By Derby Telegraph
February 07, 2016

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The popular water feature was used as a paddling pool by local families for many years, but after the water was switched off the structure started to deteriorate.

But now plans are being drawn up to fill the 14-metre-wide fountain with 70 tonnes of earth – and paved walkways will be laid for green-fingered locals to make their way around the new fountain garden.

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February 12, 2016   No Comments

New community garden sprouting in midtown Sacramento

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City work crews put in the framework for Sacramento’s newest community garden, at 19th and Q streets in midtown. Photo Bill Maynard.

Maynard is accepting requests from Sacramento residents who would like to have a plot in the Truitt garden. Those names will be placed in a lottery for 25 plots, each 10 by 10 feet.

By Debbie Arrington
Sacbee
Feb 5, 2016

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Demand for a new community garden in midtown has been building for several years. Fremont Garden, at 14th and Q streets, has a four-year waiting list for new members.

City crews have been rushing to construct concrete borders and build raised beds for the Truitt community garden, the 14th in Sacramento’s program. To comply with a grant deadline, the work must be completed by March 31, according to Bill Maynard, the city’s community garden coordinator.

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February 11, 2016   No Comments

“Can You Dig This” – John Legend’s documentary about four “gangster gardeners”

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CAN YOU DIG THIS – Trailer from Delirio Films on Vimeo.

“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”
— Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”

Delila Vallot – Director
Rafael Marmor – Producer
Christopher Leggett – Producer
John Legend – Executive Producer
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(Must see. Mike)

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

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February 10, 2016   No Comments

Pittsburgh’s St. Clair neighborhood to get an urban farm and new housing

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The Hilltop Alliance Hilltop Farm Master Plan.

“This is really going to be a public community garden for the broader community.”

By Ashley Murray
Pittsburgh City Paper
Feb 3, 206

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The farming portion will include 16 quarter-acre plots for farmer incubation.

“It’s a big issue that people who want to start farming, the cost of doing so is so high and very prohibitive,” said Baxendell.

There will be 60 community gardening plots, as well as bigger lots for larger crops, such as corn. All spaces will require applications from community members. An orchard of 176 fruit trees is planned for the site. Gardeners can sell their produce at a year-round farmer’s market; an on-site community-supported-agriculture (CSA) farm would also sell goods.

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February 9, 2016   No Comments

Future uncertain for Berkeley community garden

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Ashby Community Garden from Woven Multimedia on Vimeo.

The owner of the parcels has not paid his property taxes for five years.

By Frances Dinkelspie
Berkeleyside
February 4, 2016

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Making matters more complicated is the fact that the owner seems to have disappeared. Tax notices sent to his Las Vegas property have been returned to the tax collector’s office, according to members of the garden. Members have not communicated directly with him in some time, although they have a good lead on where to find him.

“He’s really difficult to locate but he knows we are there and he’s fine for us to be there,” said Jenny Shore, a garden member.

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February 8, 2016   No Comments

Ottawa’s second-largest community garden threatened by proposed Carlington health centre rezoning

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The community garden contains 150 plots and has been around for more than 20 years.

By Matthew Pearson
Ottawa Citizen
February 3, 2016

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The planning committee will vote next week on zoning changes to allow a community health centre in Carlington to build new housing units for seniors, but the proposed addition could come at the cost of a large community garden.

The Carlington Community Health Centre at 900 Merivale Rd. wants to build a four-storey addition with 42 one-bedroom units, as well as expand the health centre. Current zoning for the site doesn’t permit residential units and restricts the community health and resource centre to a smaller share of the building’s footprint.

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February 5, 2016   No Comments

Community Gardens Imperilled by New York’s Affordable Housing Plans

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Alex Bettig, 28, walks his dogs Zuko and Katara near the Roger That community garden in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Credit Nicole Craine for The New York Times.

The city lists more than 600 community gardens that are part of the GreenThumb program, which is administered by the Department of Parks and Recreation. About 1,200 lots in the city are used as community gardens, according to information compiled by 596 Acres, an advocacy group for community land access.

By Sarah Maslin Nirjan
New York Times
22, 2016

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Mandela and Roger That are part of a growing list of community gardens whose futures have been imperiled by New York City’s booming real estate market, where every square foot of land could potentially be developed.

As the amount of available land decreases and real estate prices continue to climb, some gardens have been targeted by the city, while others are being eyed by developers. Urban enclaves filled with plants like leafy callaloo, calabash and maize, community gardens are often deceptively bucolic: The green patches, frequently the sites of barbecues, chicken coops and compost piles, have become a new front in the real estate wars.

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January 27, 2016   Comments Off on Community Gardens Imperilled by New York’s Affordable Housing Plans

Urban farming has taken root in Singapore

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The collective’s core team comprises (from left) Suzanna Kusuma, Tan Hang Chong, Ng Huiying and Pui Cuifen. It has more than 700 likes on Facebook.ST PHOTOS: NEO XIAOBIN.

The group has also started an online map of community gardens which members can update to show where their gardens are and what events they are planning.

By Lester Hio
Straits Times
Jan 21, 2016

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Their vision is to take community gardening a step further by building connections with the various such gardens and to start a “cross-fertilisation” of ideas, experiences and crops from one garden to another.

Mr Tan said: “We want to build a larger community out of all these gardens across Singapore.”

The group organises visits to the various community gardens across the island, sets up booths at farmers’ markets and holds pot-luck dinners at which crops harvested from home gardens are cooked and shared.

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January 25, 2016   Comments Off on Urban farming has taken root in Singapore

Otago, New Zealand community garden harvest feeds families

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otegBrian Seymour manages the 1.2 hectare garden which is run by the Salvation Army on behalf of Combined Churches.

600 families benefited from food grown at the garden

By Jo Mckenzie-Mclean
Southland’s Times
Last updated 14:39, January 20 2016

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Seymour said fresh vegetables were boxed with a selection of at least 10 vegetables and distributed to families who had been given a coupon from doctors, Work and Income, churches, and mental health and budget advisory services.

“That grows. I think last year we ended up with 20 different varieties. There are spuds, lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, zucchini, carrots, onions, shallots, tomatoes…”

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January 24, 2016   Comments Off on Otago, New Zealand community garden harvest feeds families

UK: Council grants permission to Oxford City Farm to move into unused urban field

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oxfChairwoman Lucie Mayer enlists the help of some young volunteers at the Oxford City Farm

“If it’s going to teach people more about farming and get them involved I can only say that it’s a win win situation.

By Sophie Mogridge
Oxford Mail
Jan 18, 2016

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The site has been derelict for more than seven years and the land has since been given the all-clear for contaminants by Oxford City Council.

Ms Mayer added: “We’ve been working very long and hard to get this project together and we’re so thrilled that it’s finally coming together, although we don’t have any dates finalised as of yet.

“We can now start growing and working towards getting livestock on the farm but our next big focus is completing the lease and fundraising £40,000 more, but we’re happy to take our time in raising it.”

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January 23, 2016   Comments Off on UK: Council grants permission to Oxford City Farm to move into unused urban field

My Turn: Community garden plot in Kenosha, Wisconsin provides family fun, food

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Photo of Kim Dawson-Brooks by Bill Siel.

It’s a creative way to reinforce the school curriculum while strengthening skills in everything from math (we measured rainfall) to science to art.

By Kim Dawson-Brooks
Kenosha News
Jan 17, 2016

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By June, we got enough courage to rent a plot. It was my first garden and the first time I had to plant any vegetables on my own. However, what happened next was a hilarious comedy of errors.

For example, my daughter will never forget the time I dumped the tomato plant upside down and broke every stalk. On another day, we lost control of the sprinkler and it soaked my daughter from head to toe. And at our initial planting, despite protests from my girls, I planted everything way too deep. While other gardeners had plots that looked like a forest, we saw no sign of life.

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January 22, 2016   Comments Off on My Turn: Community garden plot in Kenosha, Wisconsin provides family fun, food

Land flooded by Hurricane Floyd to become gardens for the needy in Greenville, North Carolina

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“I mean I love fruits. But sometimes, you know, you just don’t have the extra dollar to buy them,” she said.

By Josh Birch
WNCT
January 15, 2016

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16 years after Hurricane Floyd devastated portions of Eastern North Carolina, one non-profit is turning now vacant lots into a community garden for those in need.

During Thursday’s Greenville City Council meeting, representatives from the Coalition for Healthier Eating asked the council to lease around 32 acres of land bought out by FEMA to the make the community garden possible. Since the land was flooded during the storm and bought by FEMA, no permanent structure can be built on it.

Over the years, the land has remained vacant.

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January 21, 2016   Comments Off on Land flooded by Hurricane Floyd to become gardens for the needy in Greenville, North Carolina

Community gardens in Canberra, Australia are the quiet achievers

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Ken and Chris Perrin run a community garden at Ainslie Church of Christ. Photo: Jamila Toderas

At the time there were 17 community gardens and at least 77 food-producing school gardening sites in the ACT.

By Ross Peake
The Canberra Times
Jan 16, 2016

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Pastor Ken Perrin says his family history is in the vegetable gardening business in Melbourne. “My uncle was a market gardener in the Dandenongs.”

A couple of years after he and his wife, Chris, were posted to the church, they decided to make better use of the sad-looking tennis courts.

“Because it’s an ageing congregation, the two tennis courts weren’t being used and they needed a lot of work done,” Chris Perrin says.

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January 19, 2016   Comments Off on Community gardens in Canberra, Australia are the quiet achievers

Community Garden uprooted in San Diego

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The Pacific Beach Community Garden, no more.

The Pacific Beach Community Garden, which has existed for nearly 40 years at Roosevelt Avenue and Shasta Street, is no more.

By Dave Schwab
Sd News
Jan 13, 2016

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The land for the community garden was owned by The Arc of San Diego, which provides services to children and adults with disabilities and owns a group-living home in the neighborhood. Arc had previously allowed its land to be used as a community garden, but changing financial circumstances forced Arc to take its property back and sell it.

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January 18, 2016   Comments Off on Community Garden uprooted in San Diego