Category — Community Gardens
Meet Juan, Eladia and Manuel. Eladia commented, “I grew up in Guadalajara, where my father grew frijol and maiz. My mother always had a garden, and I helped. My husband Juan, this is his very first time.” Photo by Geneviève Villamizar.
Pevec hopes that Fat City Farmers can put more gardens on school grounds.
Article Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar
Photography Illene Pevec & Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar
Roaring Fork Lifestyle
Sept 27, 2015
“There is a common misconception that all Mexican immigrants are former farmers,” comments Illene Pevec, a food activist with the nonprofit Fat City Farmers. Pevec sees a disconnect between local Mexican families and the worldwide farm-to-fork movement. Her desire is “to see all families – especially Mexican families – participating in the gardening community, growing their own food and gaining the benefits of food independence. Mexico has the highest rate of diabetes in the world and fresh vegetable consumption is a healthy way to help prevent this.”
November 25, 2015 No Comments
Vegas Roots, a community garden program, operates on over four-acres of vacant property in Las Vegas
“Start growing what food you can and learn to appreciate the process from seed to consumption.”
By Clare Algozin
Nov. 8 2015
FT: What are your goals for 2015 and beyond?
RB: We have a few goals we are working on right now. One of our main goals is to start a mobile produce market called the Veggie Buck Truck. It will bring locally grown produce to low-income areas at affordable prices and utilize government-funded programs like SNAP/EBT to increase availability to consumers. Future plans also include a youth-run farmer’s market, where the youth are responsible for managing their own table.
November 15, 2015 No Comments
The garden, attached to the absorption center, began with 10 furrows (trenches used to plant seeds)—one per family—then grew to 50, and eventually to 100, with more currently being planned.
By June Glaze
Nov 6, 2015
“They can plant whatever they want, including fruits and vegetables they had in Ethiopia that they miss in Israel. It’s wonderful to see families working together, using their skills, feeling proud of themselves. And when they leave the absorption center for new homes, they bequeath their furrows to new families coming in,” Katzenell said.
“These are people who came here with no jobs, no Hebrew, and with traditional [agrarian] knowledge that, living in an urban environment, they couldn’t pass on to their children,” said Moran Slakmon, co-director of Earth’s Promise with her husband, Adam Ganson.
November 13, 2015 No Comments
Joe Hamilton of Pilgrim’s Market talks about plans to have a garden on the vacant lot behind the store in Coeur d’Alene. He supports a proposed city code to allow people to grow and sell food from their city lots. Photo by Kathy Plonka.
“Gardens serve as places for inter-generational sharing and a place to educate the community about fresh, local food production.”
By Scott Maben
Nov 3, 2015
The Pilgrim’s market would be a showcase for do-it-yourself urban farming using the latest technology to stretch the Inland Northwest growing season, from innovative hoop-style greenhouses to geothermal heating, Hamilton said.
“We plan on making it highly productive,” he said.
November 12, 2015 No Comments
Pictured is the Woodland Community Garden. Photograph by: Jason Payne, Vancouver Sun
The simple act of food growing resonates in so many positive ways: improving neighbourhood safety, building links between generations and cultures, making people healthier and happier, relieving poverty, beautifying brownfield sites, educating kids about where their food comes from, improving diets and animating underused park lands and recycling organic waste.
By Peter Ladner, a former Vancouver city councillor, is author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities. He writes a weekly column for Business in Vancouver, a weekly newspaper he co-founded.
Nov 1, 2015
At David Thompson Secondary School, Fresh Roots, a non-profit organization, staged what I consider the consummate food-growing coalition, more than living up to its mission to “create thriving neighbourhood gathering places for learning, sharing, and connecting.” Coordinated by the ebullient Ilana Labow, they turned part of the school ground into a professionally-managed educational farm by engaging the students, teachers, grounds staff, parents and neighbours.
November 2, 2015 Comments Off on Former Vancouver city councillor: Growing food in public places brings people together
“This centre will deliver a range of educational programs for aspiring urban gardeners and community members to learn how to produce their own food in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way.”
By Keira Jenkins
Oct 22, 2015
The 10-year agreement gives the community group, and their partners in the Urban Agriculture Australia Initiative, access to 19 hectares of land next to the wetlands to develop an environmental education centre.
Canberra City Farm president Jodie Pipkorn said the new licence opened up a wide range of possibilities and has given the group certainty for the next decade.
October 30, 2015 Comments Off on Australia: Canberra City Farm establishes new community garden at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Land Blessing Ceremony leader Louis Alemayehu talks about the importance of giving back what is taken from the earth while volunteers sprinkle basil, tobacco, corn meal and rice around one of the many oak trees that live in the park and farm. Photo by Lisa Young / Agri News.
“As you work here planting seeds, physical and spiritual, you are giving back to the land and become part of the prophecy that says peace is possible.”
By Lisa Young
Oct 15, 2015
With 12.7 acres in total owned by the city, 5.5 acres will be leased to nonprofit Frogtown Farm and be devoted to the urban farm. For its inaugural year, the focus was on soil building and working toward organic certification.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Deep Roots organics recycling program donated more than 400 yards of soil to the farm. Much of the farmland is currently planted to an oat/pea cover crop mix, though there are some leafy greens growing along the edges of sidewalks. Before winter sets in, those greens will be dug up and transferred to the farm’s newly-erected hoop house.
October 25, 2015 Comments Off on Frogtown Park and Farm in St. Paul, Minnesota
After more than 20 years, the Beach Flats Community Garden — home to many vegetable and flower plots of Beach Flats neighbors — will be plowed under in November to make way for a different use by the Seaside Co. landowners. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel)
The Beach Flats Community Garden stands as a cultural pillar and an asset of incalculable value to the Beach Flats neighborhood
Excerpt from their petition:
We have learned that the Seaside Company does not intend to renew the City’s lease on the land when it expires on November 13th, and plans instead to remove the majority of the garden space in order to convert it for other Company uses beginning December 1st.
For over two decades, the Beach Flats Community Garden has flourished as a world-class exemplar of urban agriculture, a site for transmission of traditional knowledge, a much-needed community gathering place, and a verdant oasis in a high-density urban setting. Every square foot of the garden is thoughtfully utilized and maintained with care and pride by the gardeners.
October 23, 2015 Comments Off on Threatened Beach Flats Community Garden, Santa Cruz County
Current Issue: Volume 8, Issue 2 (2015)
Transformation of Urban Vacant Lots for the Common Good: an Introduction to the Special Issue
Peleg Kremer, Villanova UniversityFollow
Zoé Hamstead, The New School
Vacant land is a common condition in urban areas across the globe. Individuals, organizations, government agencies and scholars across the world are advocating, transforming, and governing urban vacant land in many different ways. This special issue builds on the Vacant Acres Symposium that was hosted by 596 Acres and The Tishman Environment and Design Center in New York, NY in April 2014, to understand the multiple ways in which these activities are taking place and share the lessons they offer by tapping into the knowledge and experiences of practitioners and scholarship focused on the work of transformation.
October 19, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Cities and the Environment’ publishes: “Urban Vacant Land and Community Access”
Urban allotments, gardens in the peripheries, reconcile man with the nature.
HORTIS project wanted to contribute to fight social exclusion, and to promote lifelong learning among adults through community and urban gardening.
The project main objectives have been:
1) To train a new generation of trainers on community gardening able to set up and run community gardens, attracting and engaging the local community.
September 30, 2015 Comments Off on Europe: Horticulture in Towns for Inclusion and Socialisation
With the UN climate conference putting Paris in the eco-spotlight this year, the impending closure of R-Urban, a project at the forefront of urban sustainability, seems curious – not least in its timing
By Justinien Tribillon
Sept 11, 2015
With the climate conference putting Paris in the global spotlight from 30 November, the decision by the City of Colombes to abandon one of Europe’s most ambitious urban sustainability schemes seems almost comical in its timing.
The city council argues that the replacement car park is essential to serve the regeneration of the area – but Benoît, a long-term resident of Colombes who joined R-Urban in the project’s early days, points at all the spaces around the Agrocité that sit idle, ready to host the car park.
September 11, 2015 Comments Off on Why is a Paris suburb scrapping an urban farm to build a car park?
Do you think your neighbourhood needs more food growing spaces? Are you interested in starting a new urban agriculture project?
Urban agriculture plays an important role in creating vibrant gathering spaces, greening the environment, supporting local food resiliency and promoting social inclusion. The City of Vancouver has had a long history and support for food growing in the city.
There are two ways the City of Vancouver is helping to create new gardens… Send in your ideas, and potentially get your garden project built!
1. Gardens on City parks or other City-owned land.
If you’re interested in starting your own garden project in a City park or on City-owned property, tell us your ideas! Fill out an Expression of Interest application to help us prioritize support for garden locations and projects. Deadline October 5, 2014.
September 11, 2015 Comments Off on Vancouver, BC offers help to start new community gardens
In this city of approximately 110,000, 75 percent of schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced-price lunch; nearly 20 percent of families live at the poverty level; and many are immigrants.
By Hattie Bernstein
Aug 31, 2015
Almost everything on the table, shaded from the sun by an awning, was grown a block or two away and picked the day before: carrots, lettuce, and kale pulled from raised beds on the eighth-of-an-acre plot at the corner of Middlesex and Pearl streets; Cambodian eggplant, hot peppers, and cilantro from a field behind the industrial park on Pawtucket Boulevard, 3½ acres surrounded by a deer fence.
September 7, 2015 Comments Off on Massachusetts: Bringing the farm to Lowell’s inner city
In addition to the library garden beds, Rains said GRuB has gardens at several schools and at a couple other local businesses, including Olympia Pediatrics — where kids can sample the produce in the gardening while waiting for appointments.
By Natalie Deford
Aug 24, 2015
The harvest has been bountiful at the Olympia Timberland Library this summer, with new garden beds yielding learning opportunities as well as produce donations.
This spring, the library joined the urban farming movement. Teaming up with Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) — a local nonprofit with a motto of “growing healthy food, people and communities” — volunteers constructed three raised garden beds and began planting.
September 2, 2015 Comments Off on Olympia Washington’s Library’s garden partnership has double yield of food, community
“I bring the lunch for everybody from that tomato,” he said.
By Kate Pastor
New York Times
AUG. 27, 2015
Summer is the slowest season for cabdrivers, when they must find ways to pass the time between passengers. Some recline in the seats of their cars; others relax outside.
But Mr. Santana, 66, and other Seaman drivers spend their downtime tending a small farm off Johnson Avenue in the Spuyten Duyvil section of the Bronx, near Riverdale.
August 28, 2015 Comments Off on A Patch of the Bronx Where the Corn Is as High as a Cabdriver’s Eye