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Botanical conservatory showcases five aspects of German culture including the allotment or ‘kleingarten’

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory is honoring Fort Wayne’s German sister city, Gera, with “Blumengarten: A German Story” through Nov. 12.

By Corey McMaken
Journal Gazette
July 14, 2017

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A small shack and planting of vegetables represents a German allotment garden, or “kleingarten.” In the 1800s, land was set aside near German towns for the urban poor to raise fruits and vegetables.

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July 20, 2017   No Comments

Guerrilla gardeners fight hopelessness in Greece

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A former dump for debris from the neighboring US air base has become a blooming oasis. By Heidi Fuller-love.

As Greece flounders under debt and austerity, green-fingered activists are overtaking unused spaces to feed those in need – and build a more sustainable future.

By Heidi Fuller-Love
DW
July 12, 2017

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The Elliniko community garden is located on the 2,500-square-meter (27,000-square-foot) expanse of an old airport that was abandoned in 2001. When grassroots activist group Agros took over the plot, it was buried under mounds of detritus from the neighboring American base.

After clearing the land, volunteers at planted a variety of fruit and vegetables to help the growing number of Athenians who are struggling to feed their families.

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July 19, 2017   No Comments

Finland: A thicket of rules and a years-long queue await in Helsinki

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Veteran green thumb Annaliisa Naskali has been gardening for 16 years. Image: Ilkka Loikkanen / Yle

Some amateur farmers may find themselves in a pickle, as inspectors dish out warnings over infractions like unattended weeds, insufficient cultivated land or their use of herbicides.

YLE
July 5, 2016

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Allotment groups want to ensure that untended lots are actively used, as hundreds of residents queue for free plots in many areas. In some cases, wanna-be gardening enthusiasts can find themselves waiting anywhere from a few years to up to a decade for a plot.

“Unfortunately there are a few cases where people want a plot to themselves but then they don’t do anything with it. Ideally all of the plots would be actively farmed,” said Katja Uski, head of the allotment association.

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July 12, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Mi’kmaq community garden reviving culture – Getting back to their roots

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The Three Sisters Teaching and Knowledge Garden in Valleyfield, P.E.I. The land used for the garden was donated by Gary Clausheide of Sweet Clover Farm. (Katerina Georgieva)

‘It’s all Mi’kmaq land’: Why First Nations claim Prince Edward Island as their own

By Katerina Georgieva
CBC News
July 3, 2017

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Members of the Mi’kmaq community are trying to revive a tradition in Prince Edward Island that has been lost for generations.

The Three Sisters Teaching and Knowledge Garden at the Sweet Clover Farm in Valleyfield, P.E.I., is a community project involving the planting of flint corn, beans and squash — what the Mi’kmaq call the “three sisters.”

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July 10, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Mi’kmaq community garden reviving culture – Getting back to their roots

UK gardening guru said Britain had seen a resurgence in interest in gardening, with allotments in particular enjoying a spectacular revival

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Monty Don added: ‘Thankfully allotment society picked back up again. In the last thirty years, people have got much more interested growing fresh food, seasonable food’

“There was a deliberate plan after the Second World War not to have more allotments because they are associated with war time.”

By Tom Payne
The Daily Mail
3 July 2017

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Whereas 20 years ago people would struggle to see the benefits of growing a single leek to eat themselves, today’s allotment keepers enjoy growing simply for the sake of it, he said. Mr Don, the Daily Mail Weekend magazine’s gardening columnist, described the decision to sell off allotment plots after the war as a ‘social, horticultural and moral disaster’.

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July 9, 2017   Comments Off on UK gardening guru said Britain had seen a resurgence in interest in gardening, with allotments in particular enjoying a spectacular revival

Canada: Fire Destroys Community Garden Shed in Heart of Vancouver

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We have no fire insurance. We don’t know how the fire started; the fire department called it “suspicious.”

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At 2 am on July 3,2017 there was a fire at Cottonwood Community Gardens and our greenhouse and the attached tool/bee shed burnt to the ground. Many of the nearby plants, shrubs and trees were burned and scorched and may not survive the damage.

Nothing was salvageable from the fire and apart from the building itself, the largest loss is the beekeeping supplies. These include a community honey extractor, protective clothing for lessons and beekeeping tools, boxes and frames. We have a thriving apiary and a thriving bee team. Strathcona Beekeepers Association and the Cottonwood Beekeeping Coop are two of the groups that use the garden.

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July 8, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Fire Destroys Community Garden Shed in Heart of Vancouver

UK: The onion war! Bitter allotment row sows division in Yorkshire town

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George Wilkinson has been evicted from his allotment because of the gardening row.

Spate of sabotage leads to secret meetings in sheds and even threats with a garden fork

By Tom Witherow
For The Daily Mail
1 July 2017

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The dispute dates back to August 2015 when the allotment shop, run by Yarm and District Gardeners Association (YDGA) since its inception in the 1970s, put up the price of onions to £2.80 per kilo.

The decision caused a rift between the YDGA’s chairman Bob Wegg and the secretary, who wanted to sell them at £2.20 a kilo.

Mr Wegg, 69, a retired engineer, was said to be furious that his secretary was undermining him.

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July 8, 2017   Comments Off on UK: The onion war! Bitter allotment row sows division in Yorkshire town

Singapore: New urban farming trend: Rent a space, grow your greens

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Mr Joseph Yeo, 62, a gardener at Eng Kong Cheng Soon Community Garden, pictured at his plot. St Photo: Mark Cheong

Twenty-one of its 22 plots have been taken up under one- to 10-year leases. Each plot ranges from 700 sq m to 10,000 sq m, with a fee of between $500 and $10,000 a month.

By Lea Wee
Straits Times
July 1, 2017

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It costs $57 to rent a 2.5 sq m plot for a year. All the units have been snapped up and there is a waiting list.

Meanwhile, D’Kranji Farm Resort, which offers farm staycations, leases out part of its land to hobbyist gardeners and commercial operators who supply greens to supermarkets.

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July 8, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: New urban farming trend: Rent a space, grow your greens

36-Year-Old Bushwick Garden Razed in New York, Sold to Developer to Usher in ‘New Era’

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A neglected 36-year-old community garden — once a vibrant hub for block parties and cookouts and home to the largest vegetable patch in the neighborhood — was bulldozed last week

By Gwynne Hogan and Janon Fisher
DNA Info
June 29, 2017

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In it’s heyday, the green space — also known as The Secret Garden — was a leafy retreat, rising from the ashes of burned-out Broadway with sprawling vegetable patches of cabbage, collard greens, string beans, turnips, scallions, rutabagas and white onions, according to a 1983 New York Times report. The story said the garden was likely the largest vegetable patch in Bushwick, decades before urban farming became a fad.

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July 6, 2017   Comments Off on 36-Year-Old Bushwick Garden Razed in New York, Sold to Developer to Usher in ‘New Era’

UK: Central London’s loveliest community garden has reopened

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The Garden was saved by a crowdfunding campaign that raised nearly £19,000

By Isabelle Aron
Time Out London
June 27 2017

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Finding somewhere to eat your lunch that isn’t your dingy office kitchen or a dirty bench on a busy road can be tricky in central London, so it’s welcome news that the Phoenix Garden has reopened after an 18-month renovation. Tucked away off Shaftesbury Avenue, this hidden leafy oasis is one of the original seven Covent Garden community gardens and was built on a car park in the 1980s – like that Joni Mitchell song, except the opposite.

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July 2, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Central London’s loveliest community garden has reopened

UK: Jeremy Corbyn’s devotion to his allotment is just what you want in a leader

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Tending the soil, producing, transforming – not to mention getting away from the stresses, strains and smartphones of everyday life – is a delightful thing to do.’ Photograph: Felicity Nook

As an allotment holder, I think the Labour leader is bang on: however important a job, you do it better with balance in your life – which blooms if you tend a plot

By Fay Schopen
The Guardian
June 2, 2017

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Corbyn’s allotment has been quite the media star during his tenure as Labour leader – it’s certainly not the first time he’s said he will hang on to it no matter what transpires politically – but both public and media interest in his north London plot have been mounting as the election campaign ramps up.

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Canada: Community gardens uprooted after Manitoba Hydro ends leases

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Manitoba Hydro said new standards dictate the crown corporation must have access to corridors 24/7 in case of an emergency, and the gardens are an obstacle.

By Jeff Keele
CTV News
June 21, 2017

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For 40 years, Alex Kizuik and Marilyne Vandel have been growing their own fruits and veggies two doors down from their house at a community garden near Harrow Street.

“It’s great to be able to go outside, pick your lettuce, pick your onions, don’t have to go to the store,” Vandel said.

Alex Kizuik, a retired Manitoba Hydro worker, said they share the fruits of their labour with the neighbourhood.

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June 28, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Community gardens uprooted after Manitoba Hydro ends leases

Africa: Nursing assistant starts community garden in Gambia

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Victoria Smith and Saikou Gibba dig to plant a cassava near the at the Bwiam General Hospital in Gambia.

Gambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa, she said, because of scarce resources like water and electricity.

By Rory Wilbur
Des Moines Register
The Record-Herald
June 20, 2017

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On a day-to-day basis, she has worked on starting a garden at the hospital. The 90-meter garden is the first of its kind in the district to grow its own food for patients and the community.

Resources are very limited in the area, fruits and vegetable are difficult to find. Typically, most meals in Africa consist of white bread or white rice. Smith said it’s her mission to improve the health conditions of the country despite the limited resources.

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June 26, 2017   Comments Off on Africa: Nursing assistant starts community garden in Gambia

One community garden at a time: how New Yorkers are fighting for food justice

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We didn’t call it food justice before – we called it survival.’ Photograph: Edward Helmore for the Guardian.

Tanya Fields’ Libertad Urban Farm joins a city-wide movement to redistribute resources to poor communities that are systemically deprived of healthy food

By Edward Helmore
The Guardian
12 June 2017

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For the past three summers, Tanya Fields produced a veritable cornucopia of fruits and vegetables at the Libertad Urban Farm in the South Bronx. But then disaster struck: “We got burglarized three times by a crackhead. He took everything. The pears, the grill – anything he thought had value. He knocked down the shed, destroyed the tomato vines and stole the eggplant.”

These difficulties are surely a setback, but they have not dulled Fields’ commitment to the issues of food justice and food equality, an emerging aim of community-focused activism across the US sometimes described as “communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food”.

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June 17, 2017   Comments Off on One community garden at a time: how New Yorkers are fighting for food justice

Singapore: Turf wars in community gardens

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The locked community garden at 552, Serangoon North Ave 3, has forced some residents to grow their own plants outside their flats and on other plots of land in the estate:ST Photo: Rachel Au-Yong.

The RC had asked Mr Tan Thean Teng, 73, to stop dispensing medical advice along with his herbs, as well as to involve more immediate neighbours in gardening.

By Rachel Au-Yong and Camillia Deborah Dass
The Straits Times
June 10, 2017

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Illegal for unregistered person to practise TCM

The Ministry of Health has made clear that only registered practitioners can carry out traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practices, such as the prescription of herbal medicine for treatment.

It sent this statement in response to queries from The Straits Times, following a recent case of a veteran community gardener whom residents approached for herbs with medicinal properties. He would give them the herbs from the community garden in Jurong West, along with medical advice.

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June 15, 2017   Comments Off on Singapore: Turf wars in community gardens