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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

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

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

Excerpt:

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   No Comments

Canada: Burnaby Allotment Garden Founder – Remembering Frank Aiello

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Frank Aiello in June 2002. Aiello died on March 20 of this year. He was a founding member of the Burnaby and Regional Allotment Garden Association (BARAGA), a large community garden with 372 plots located in south Burnaby. Photograph contributed.

“I miss his quiet generosity,” Heidi Rose said. “I miss the fountain of knowledge, his gardening advice so softly given to this novice gardener.

By Monica Jones, a gardener at BARAGA
Burnaby Now
June 8, 2017

Excerpt:

Born in Amato, Italy in 1925, Frank immigrated to Canada to make a new life. During the last three decades of his life, chances are you would find him working on one of his family’s plots in the northwest corner of BARAGA.

“Frank was friendly and welcoming when Larry and I moved to the plot next to his in 1994,” recounted Joan Campana. “He would often come over to where I was weeding and we’d visit for a few moments – or longer, if I could get him to tell a story. He was always ready to answer gardening questions.”

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June 14, 2017   No Comments

Refugee farmer puts down Halifax roots

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Data Ram Humagai is the first employee of Common Roots Urban Farm that emerged from the Deep Roots program.

“I learned how to grow in different seasons because it’s very cold compared to my home country,” said Humagai.

By Ben Cousins
Herald News
June 7, 2017

Excerpt:

Humagai is originally from Bhutan, a small country just west of Nepal, where he honed his craft as a farmer. From there, Humagai moved to a refugee camp in Nepal where he worked on a much smaller garden.

“My life was very difficult in the (refugee camp) compared to now in Canada,” he said through a translator.

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June 13, 2017   No Comments

The trouble with temporary: Impacts and pitfalls of a meanwhile community garden in Wythenshawe, South Manchester

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The Macmillan community garden polytunnel.

This paper focuses on research conducted at a community garden in Wythenshawe, established by Real Food Wythenshawe as an example of a ‘meanwhile’ or temporary growing site for people affected by cancer.

By Rebecca St. Clair, Michael Hardman, Richard P. Armitage and Graeme Sherriff
Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
Cambridge University Press
June 6, 2017

Abstract:

The rise of Urban Agriculture projects across the UK has led to a surge of interest in their efficacy and resulting social impacts. Real Food Wythenshawe is a Lottery-funded urban food project in the UK that aims to teach the population of Wythenshawe to grow their own food and to cook from scratch. The area, popularly referred to as ‘Europe’s largest council estate’, suffers from high levels of deprivation and has been described as a ‘food desert’ due to a perceived lack of access to fresh fruit and vegetables (Small World Consulting, 2013). In order to encourage Wythenshawe residents to grow their own food and to increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables, Real Food Wythenshawe aims to transform unused areas of land into growing spaces, such as allotments and community gardens.

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June 12, 2017   No Comments

Canada: Urban gardeners to double size of north-end Dartmouth farm, Nova Scotia

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Volunteers help at the north-end Dartmouth community farm Sunday. (Steve Berry/CBC)

‘I’m here every chance I can be here. I love it,’ says community farmer

By Susan Bradley
CBC News
May 28, 2017

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“Those beds are for individuals or families from the community so they can come out and grow food for their own household,” Dickey said.

“We’ve had really great participation. We actually have a wait list for the family plots. Now we’ll be able to add an additional six to 10. That’ll mean some of those folks on the wait list can get a plot. But we’ve also had great participation in helping us maintain the farm rows that grows food for the centre.”

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June 4, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Urban gardeners to double size of north-end Dartmouth farm, Nova Scotia

A disturbing story about the ‘godfather of the urban community gardening movement’

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1985. His Garden of Eden before it was cleared to make way for a public housing project.

‘The dark side of Purple’ – David Lloyd Wilkie, better known as Adam Purple

By Lincoln Anderson
The Villager
Dec 31, 2015

Excerpt:

She posted the video of the performance for public view on YouTube on Sept. 12.[“Coming Out” by Camille] Two days later, Purple was biking across the Williamsburg Bridge when he suddenly collapsed and died of a heart attack. He was 84.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner gave his cause of death as heart disease — specifically, hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

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June 3, 2017   Comments Off on A disturbing story about the ‘godfather of the urban community gardening movement’

American Community Gardening Association’s 38th Annual Conference

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July 27 -30, 2017 Hartford, Connecticut

Excerpts from the conference website:

Themes:

1. Cultivating community, sustainability, policy and social justice (CC)

2. Gardening and running a community garden basics (B)

3. Youth and school gardening (YSG)

4. Innovative programs and new directions (I)

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May 31, 2017   Comments Off on American Community Gardening Association’s 38th Annual Conference

La Bajada Urban Youth Farm grows in West Dallas

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“These youth interns get paid to come work on this farm and grow food and then we share the food with the community,”

By Tim Roberts
CW33
May 21, 2017

Excerpt:

“Coming here I’m not really used to being outdoors with the nature so learning how to plant and grow different seeds and getting my hands dirty was new to me,” said Grace Zamora, one of the students. “So it was difficult but I’m having a lot of fun doing it.”

And for these kids there’s an even bigger purpose than learning how to farm and making a little extra cash.

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May 28, 2017   Comments Off on La Bajada Urban Youth Farm grows in West Dallas

Taiwan: Taipei holds policy presentation marking World Urban Farmers Day

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Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je launched the garden city policy in 2015.

By Liu Chien-pang and Evelyn Kao
Focus Taiwan
May 21, 2017

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Taipei, May 21 (CNA) Taipei held an event Sunday to present the results of the city’s implementation of a garden city policy and mark World Urban Farmers Day on May 22.

At the presentation, Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-rong said that since the policy was launched in 2015, 402 community gardens and city farms have been opened for adoption by ward chiefs, schools, enterprises and volunteers.

The city’s next step is to promote organic farming, according to Lin.

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May 27, 2017   Comments Off on Taiwan: Taipei holds policy presentation marking World Urban Farmers Day

Malaysia: Urban farm flourishes in Shah Alam

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There are more than 30 types of plants, vegetables and fruits grown in the Section 20 community farm.

The 0.14ha garden is one of the 10 community farms registered with Shah Alam City Council

By Priya Menon
The Star Online
May 19, 2017

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Farm chairman Ramli Mohd Salleh said all of them were urbanites with little or no knowledge about growing plants but they educated themselves.

The fruits of their labour can be clearly seen in the plots of vegetables that have been divided for personal consumption and commercial sale.

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May 24, 2017   Comments Off on Malaysia: Urban farm flourishes in Shah Alam

Portugal: Lisbon develops urban farming as part of its anti-crisis strategy

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The city plans on expanding the green space available for farming by converting a six hectares swamp into a large urban farm dedicated to the formation of unemployed inhabitants.

By Luc Berman
New Europe
June 8, 2015

Excerpt:

About five hundred families are currently managing and eating from the vegetables and fruits they harvested from their green plot. By 2017, the city aims at doubling the number of families benefitting from this program by transforming a few of the 25 hectares of green spaces still available in the city.

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May 21, 2017   Comments Off on Portugal: Lisbon develops urban farming as part of its anti-crisis strategy

UK: Londoners Are Growing Food All Over The City

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Mural at the Bonnington Square Garden Association. Click on image for larger file.

Bonnington Square, Vauxhall; Skip Garden, King’s Cross; Calthorpe Project, King’s Cross; Myatt’s Fields Park Greenhouses and Beehives, Camberwell; St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney; The Culpeper Community Garden, Islington; Allens Gardens, Stoke Newington; Curve Garden, Dalston; Grow Mayow, Sydenham

By Kate Hodges
Londonist
May 12, 2017

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Curve Garden, Dalston: Built on an old railway line, Dalston’s Curve Garden is a well-used community hub. There are beds that Dalston residents use for growing lettuce, tomatoes, herbs and peppers, a cafe that sells delicious, home-baked cakes and food made from local supplies, a pavilion for rainy-day picnics, and a greenhouse, complete with cosy woodburning stove and even cosier cat.

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May 20, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Londoners Are Growing Food All Over The City

Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

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Shirley Ross won the University of Alberta’s Community Advocate Award Monday for her work at the university’s two-acre Green and Gold Community Garden.

A team of 100 volunteers grow more than 60 varieties of vegetables and sell them, with all proceeds going to the Tubahumurize Association in Rwanda to help women who have been traumatized by genocide and domestic abuse.

By Kevin Maimann
Metro
May 15 2017

Excerpt:

The garden is the association’s core source of funding and helps finance trauma counselling, health education, sewing and embroidery training and small business loans for the women.

“With the counselling programs that are provided, sometimes they’re speaking for the first time about their experience. They can be part of groups where they know that they’re not alone,” Ross said. “It helps them both socially but also economically.”

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May 16, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Alberta Community Garden helps women in Rwanda

Resident starts community garden in front yard in Coventry, Rhode Island

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“People have asked me why my own front yard and I think why wouldn’t I? I have the real estate. I have the space and I have the time.”

By Kendra Lolio
Coventry Courier
May 8, 2017

Excerpt:

“I like to be busy and this is a good way to give back to the community,” said Whittinghill, a semi-retired kitchen and bath designer. The idea for the garden came in February, when she had been mulling over options for landscaping on the property, trying to figure out what to do with the front lawn. Her home, which she bought 10 years ago, is set back quite a ways from the street, leaving her with a quite expansive amount of space and no idea what to do with it.

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May 16, 2017   Comments Off on Resident starts community garden in front yard in Coventry, Rhode Island