Category — Community Gardens
The city government is trying to turn the soccer stadium into a leisure farm to promote urban micro-farming.
Feb 24, 2014
About 100 “urban farmers,” young and old, on Saturday attended an agricultural event in downtown Taipei which is aimed at encouraging the public to grow their own food.
Wearing boots and gloves, excited crowds planted vegetables and fruits at the disused Zhongshan Soccer Stadium, with many of the kids saying it was their first experience planting vegetables.
March 5, 2014 No Comments
Over the span of two decades, two men’s groups have come together to help grow and harvest more than 200,000 pounds of fresh produce for the local food bank.
By R Tetanish
Truro Daily News
Feb 25, 2014
“For me, it’s to watch the crops grow and to get a decent crop out of it,” said John Heukshorst, a Knights of Columbus member who instigated the project in 1990 that benefits the Colchester Food Bank. “My parents immigrated here from the Netherlands when I was 11. I would hear stories about the days when my mother and father went through the war years. My mother always told me about people coming from the city in droves to buy grain from my father. That always stuck with me.”
March 5, 2014 No Comments
Mission: To develop a model Community Food Garden demonstrating best practice in sustainable food production and preparation, supported by a community of Food Gardens and food gardeners
The Tasmanian Community Food Garden is part of the ongoing redevelopment of the area formally known as Pete’s Patch. The garden it’s self will consist of 20+ small gardens, an education centre and training facilities. The aim is to engage community groups from schools, migrant, older Tasmanians, Salvation Army, SecondBite etc to take ownership of the planting and maintenance of a veggie patch within the greater garden. It’s like a large group of community gardens in one location that will be facilitated by the RTBG in maintaining and growing this resource.
February 25, 2014 No Comments
Susanne showed me the 75 plots
By Aunt Emily
Common Good Edinburgh
Feb 13, 2014
In the middle of Edinburgh, hidden behind a construction site is a secret garden, well I admit there’s a big sign outside. But it’s still pretty magical. Behind a blue gate in Fountainbridge, is this beautiful place. It’s The Grove Community Garden. I was expecting a few pots of soil and some dead plants but instead, it was bursting with life.
February 24, 2014 No Comments
Urban farm acts as a tool for growth
By Anika Rice
Jan 23, 2014
My involvement in the garden last semester was transformative. I realized I have the ability to grow things on my own and become more self-sufficient, even in an urban area. I was inspired right away and acquired a few planters and seedlings for my small Berkeley balcony. Eating salad greens and herbs I personally cultivate (after battling some squirrels) is incredibly rewarding — and delicious! It is empowering to reduce my reliance on grocery stores and vegetables that have traveled hundreds of miles before reaching my dinner plate.
February 22, 2014 Comments Off
Safe Crop Growing after a Flood
By John Harrison
Allotment Gardening Diary
February 2, 2014
One thing we thought we would never have to worry about was flooding. Well, we’re 600 feet up a hill and it’s a clear run down to sea level. Of course the law of buttered toast comes into action. That’s the law that states “A slice of buttered toast when dropped will always land butter side down on the floor”
The rain pours down, soaks the land until it can absorb no more and then pours down the hillside. Even with a land drain and soakaway between the hillside and the back of the old cow sheds, when it’s really bad it forces its way out of the wall in jets and rises from the floor. But, on the glass half full principle, the roof leak has been fixed!
February 20, 2014 Comments Off
The Department of Neighborhoods allots garden plots in over 80 locations to more than 350 individuals and families
Feb 7, 2014
For years I thought a p-patch was a “pea patch”, a place one grows peas… That the P stands for Picardo, because the original p-patch was Picardo farm, home of the Picardo family, is a much more interesting story. It also explains why a “p-patch” is particular to Seattle.
February 16, 2014 Comments Off
Grow Regina’s Queen Street community garden sold out 280 garden plots in 2013
By Rikkeal Bohmann,
February 7, 2014
Community gardens have even appeared on university campuses.
The University of Regina has three community gardens, which form Regina’s Edible Campus. The First Nations University Shared Garden was established in 2006. Le Potager and the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) Green Patch followed later on.
February 15, 2014 Comments Off
A virtual connection for community gardeners, providing support and promotion, sharing resources and learning, and exchanging ideas.
Excerpts from their website:
Greystones & Kilcoole Community Garden
Our garden is going into its third summer season – we are growing edibles, plus plants to attract wildlife and as companion planting.
Mullaghmore Peace Garden, Mullaghmore, Co Sligo
A very old garden re-opened in 2010, the Peace Garden in Mullaghmore is a tranquil walled space situated in the centre of Mullaghmore village.
We are a garden groups set up looking to create something special in the hills of Donegal – OUR aim is to grow and educate ourselves as much as we can while creating a community of co operative like minded people and gardeners – so far in the garden we have a formal veg garden and an old orchard – this year we are looking to create soft fruit picking area and an edible forest.
February 12, 2014 Comments Off
43 Community Gardens are listed
By Robert Moss
Environmental Focus Group
Dublin City Community Forum
While allotments have been with us since the year 1910, community gardens are a much more recent addition to Dublin’s urban and suburban landscape. Some of the first examples of community garden projects within Dublin appeared only in the last decade.
February 12, 2014 Comments Off
Urban agriculture in the form of community gardens interests INRA researchers at AgroParisTech for their quantitative as well as their qualitative contribution to feeding the local population, and also for their innovative practices with respect to cultivation choices and consumption modes.
Pourias J Aubry C. 2013. Locally grown food within cities: food function of Parisian associative gardens Comm au
INRA Science and Impact
Jan 10, 2014
Up to 1000 ha of community gardens: a surface equivalent to that used by market gardeners in the Ile-de-France region
Despite the amount of land they cover (while awaiting the results of an ongoing inventory by the Institute for Urban Planning and Development for the Ile-de-France region, it is thought that an almost equivalent area of land is covered by community gardens and by market gardeners in the region), no data are available regarding the quantities of fruits and vegetables harvested from these gardens.
February 11, 2014 Comments Off
“Little and often,” is Peter’s advice on getting the plot to work for you, with an emphasis on “often.”
By Kendra Wilson
January 17, 2014
Vegetable growers in the UK love their allotments: ornamental kitchen gardens are for other people. With every plot a hymn to recycled chicken wire and corrugated iron, the wartime Dig for Victory spirit is alive and well. Peter Montague, who tends a double plot in Northamptonshire, shows us around.
This is how British allotments work: “When you go down there at the weekend, the chances of seeing everyone at work are practically nil,” says Mary, Peter’s wife. “They’re too busy standing around chatting to each other.”
February 5, 2014 Comments Off
A slideshow presentation about an urban vegetable growing project in Southend on Sea given to South East Essex Organic Gardeners
By Graham Burnett.
City Allotment Project summary
In partnership with The Railway Hotel, we have created a raised bed garden using recycled wooden pallets.
The idea came from discussions at the beginning of 2013 with the pub manager Dave Dulake, who was keen to see the previously derelict pub garden used by the local community.
February 4, 2014 Comments Off
70 community gardens in metro-Omaha and rural and semi-rural communities in Nebraska and Kansas.
The Big Garden began in 2005. Initially funded by the USDA’s Community Food Project, the Big Garden had a goal of creating 12 community gardens in three years. Five years later the Big Garden included 26 gardens in the metro-Omaha area and added a sister project, the Big Rural Garden, in Southeast Nebraska. Today, the Big Garden is a network of over 70 community gardens in metro-Omaha and rural and semi-rural communities in Nebraska and Kansas.
February 3, 2014 Comments Off
“Instead of more locks and fences, we try to encourage communal areas with fruit trees,” she says. “If we ask people to take from that area, they’re more likely to leave the other stuff alone.”
By Jesse Hirsch
December 6, 2013
“People have this idea, because it’s a ‘community’ garden, you’ll have a bunch of people sitting around holding hands, singing ‘Kumbaya,’” says Julie Beals, executive director of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council (LACGC ). “Have you seen an actual community?”
Community gardens make wonderful additions to any city — that’s not in dispute. But let’s face it: Any time strangers mix, you can’t always bank on good behavior. Children’s birthday parties turn into brawls. Subway riders become instant enemies. Department store shopping looks like trench warfare.
February 2, 2014 Comments Off