Category — Community Gardens
20 of the potential building sites contain gardens, places with names like Electric Ladybug Garden, Tranquility Farm and Isabahlia.
By Michael Tortorello
New York Times
Feb 11, 2015
Ena K. McPherson, a community-garden leader in Bed-Stuy, voiced the hopes of the other tillers. “We want our garden to be taken off the list and negotiate an agreement with the city,” she said. “We want to be conveyed to Parks Department.” GreenThumb gardens that are part of the parks inventory (some 300 gardens) are shielded from development.
What about the license she and the other gardeners sign each year, agreeing to leave H.P.D.’s land without grievance? “Nobody reads the contract,” Ms. McPherson said. “It’s just paperwork.” If you did, she added, you would “realize you just signed your life away.”
February 26, 2015 Comments Off
“My grandfather was one of those people. Albert Allen Moore graduated from Tennessee State University in 1934 with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. Like many blacks escaping the Jim Crow South he moved northward for a better life. He came to Indianapolis where he eventually found work as the Agricultural Director for Flanner House. He taught other blacks from the Great Migration how to farm vacant lots within the city. His work, essentially what we today might call urban agriculture.”
Urban farming also is a good way to get people interested in the environment
By Amie Sites, Field Editor
Agri News Indianapolis
February 02, 2015
Urban farming is not a new topic to growers in Indianapolis, but it certainly is a growing trend. There are more than 100 urban farms and gardens in Indianapolis.
Several groups have formed to support of urban farming, including Fall Creek Gardens, an urban gardening resource center in Indianapolis.
February 12, 2015 Comments Off
A documentary about e.u. Hortis project. Community gardens in Berlin, dancing gardens in Bologna, a wide range of different green experiences in Spain and Hungary (Budapest).
Horticulture in towns for inclusion and socialization
Urban allotments, gardens in the peripheries, reconcile man with the nature.
The small urban gardens for horticultural purposes are widespread in Europe and have similar origins everywhere, linked to food production. Urban gardening activities can encourage lifelong learning among adults by fostering the acquisition of key competences that are fundamental for each individual in a knowledge-based society.
HORTIS will organize gardening courses and “green” events in each partner city.
February 2, 2015 Comments Off
“I’ve always been interested in how to get low-income people involved,” Robinson notes. “The answer is jobs.”
By Adrien Schless-Meier
She also admits that not everyone likes gardening and that’s okay. Urban food projects should be diverse enough to accommodate everyone, even those who shriek at the sight of an earthworm. “We still want them to eat the food,” says Robinson.
In addition to its 13 farm and garden sites, Urban Tilth is preparing to launch a CSA and has 150 families on the waiting list. Urban Tilth also working with The Richmond Food Policy Council on a campaign to add fresh, locally-sourced salad bars to Richmond schools.
February 1, 2015 Comments Off
Duo plan juice bar, community garden sites in downtown Kokomo
By Martin Slagter
Jan 16, 2015
Martin and Renshaw will implement the next chapter of The Living Garden with Living Garden Creations, which will include a start-up Living Garden Juice Bar and a Kokomo Urban Agriculture Initiative, with business and residential locations already donating land for 10 different project sites.
The result, Martin said, will be a balance between a business and nonprofit model to help Kokomo make good use of its urban green spaces.
January 26, 2015 Comments Off
Bhutanese women (from left) Sushila Adhikari, Sunuwar Bishnu, Basi Adhikari and Dhan Silwal stand amongst plots of vegetables and flowers in the Seeds of Hope community garden in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Photo by Jim Tuttle.
The women, both in their 60s, grew food for their families and sold the surplus during the 20 years they lived in refugee camps in Nepal
By Elizabeth Findell
25 December 2014
Organizations that work with refugees have succeeded in opening a couple of community gardens, including one for Bhutanese refugees in Vickery Meadow. (It’s close to where Rai and Sunuwar live, but not close enough to be easy for them to get to.)
But overall, efforts to expand community gardens and raise more urban produce have struggled to take root in Dallas. In part, that’s because of restrictions that prevent gardens from selling what they grow and limits on the construction of structures for growing crops.
That could change.
January 9, 2015 Comments Off
How would you feel if a piece of disused land or a neglected urban space, such as a grass verge or roundabout, was suddenly made into a productive veg patch or pretty flower field?
Dec 24, 2014
Professor Larkham, associate head of Birmingham City University’s School of the Built Environment, says: “Guerrilla gardening is an international phenomenon. Those involved take part for a number of reasons, from brightening up their neighbourhoods to using gardening as a form of political protest.
“The land they are targeting is quite varied. It seem to range from traffic roundabouts and roadside grass verges to bits of land that one planner once called SLOP – Space Left Over after Planning – to derelict sites, unused patches of land which are clearly in somebody’s ownership but aren’t in any sort of productive use.
January 7, 2015 Comments Off
Gerlach, Nevada is a small village situated next to the Black Rock desert (well known because of the Burning Man festival).
Gerlach, Nevada is a small village. At the turn of the century the town still inhabited up to 900 people, but when the nearby gypsum plant closed down in 2011 and economy went down in the region and people started to move away and presently the town inhabits 100 people. Eight years ago schoolteacher Elizabeth Jackson and her colleagues started an educational community school garden and greenhouse project in this barren environment.
January 6, 2015 Comments Off
Establish an organic garden in two of the centres: San Bernardo and Calera de Tango
By Penelope Glass
Because theatre is not all we do. Colectivo Sustento’s work outside the prison is a constant development towards self-sustainability through organic gardening, community garden initiatives and networking. Through this work Gabriel, ex Fénix & Ilusiones, has been trained in organic agriculture for 2 years (thanks to the CSA* Farm Huellas Verdes). He is our garden expert, who coordinates the Sustento garden, and runs workshops at our market days and in community settings. He is the logical choice to run community garden workshops in the juvenile centres.
December 18, 2014 Comments Off
The Bexley Garden is expected to cost $25,000-30,000
By Sara Dorn,
Northeast Ohio Media Group
December 09, 2014
The new 67-by-54-foot space, near Maplegrove Road at the northwest corner of the park, is expected to be ready by summer.
It will have 20 raised beds and approximately three common gardens for raising larger crops, Housing Manager Sally Martin said. Berry bushes and other vegetation will be planted for communal use, a paved walkway and an 8-by-54-foot landscaped space will be built at the entrance, and a pergola will sit in the center of the space.
December 18, 2014 Comments Off
What’s new in the proposed policy
The proposed Urban Agriculture Policy includes:
1. An expanded definition of the policy for agriculture project that covers:
Collaborative and shared gardening
Educational-, arts-, and culturally-focused gardening
Fruit and nut trees
December 16, 2014 Comments Off
Planting seeds of ‘positive change’
By Haley Ryan
Dec 4, 2014
An empty lot beside a men’s shelter in downtown Halifax is now the site of a community garden, bringing a sense of purpose for those who stay there and “positive change for themselves.”
Shelter Nova Scotia spokeswoman Colleen Ritchie said the 4,500-square-foot garden went in beside the Metro Turning Point on Barrington Street earlier this week after receiving funds from area councillor, Waye Mason.
December 15, 2014 Comments Off
The Nowata Community Garden is a new 11,250 square foot fenced in garden located on the Nowata County Fairgrounds property. The garden has 10 2x4x10 raised beds for rental, 3 “keyhole” educational gardens used as strawberry beds, 6 raised beds in a hoop house for season extension, a butterfly garden, apple trees, a chicken coop, and a “community harvest” area outside the fence as well as an outdoor classroom area and shed.
December 13, 2014 Comments Off
“The gardeners that I knew whose gardens were destroyed in the first round-up around Marine Drive lived in co-ops.”
By Katie Hyslop
“There really isn’t a need for a railway to go through this area that they’ve made us aware of,” Levenston says of CPR. “But there’s a huge need for green space in this city as the city grows busier and busier, as the price of houses goes up, as people lose their gardens as [they] move into high rises. This [the Arbutus Corridor] is a gem.”
Levenston adds losing the green space of the corridor would be akin to losing half of Stanley Park. Instead of selling the land back to the city, he maintains CPR should donate it back to the people of Vancouver.
December 9, 2014 Comments Off
16 Oaks Community Garden in Vancouver. A recent study detected metal contamination associated with high traffic ares in the soil. Photograph by: Arlen Redekop.
Soil research suggests study required before growing food on land near busy transportation corridors
By Randy Shore,
December 2, 2014
An eight-month study of Vancouver garden and agricultural soils has found levels of lead and other metals above the most stringent Canadian standards for human health.
Samples taken from the 16 Oaks community garden averaged 219 parts per million of lead, which exceeds the standard of 70 to 140 ppm for agricultural, residential and park land set by the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers.
December 2, 2014 Comments Off