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2017 ‘Green Bay Press’ Person of the Year for work with community gardens program

Drew Scheler and Bethany Thier (Photo: Submitted by Drew Scheler)

With the white paper and sponsor/donor packets, the program has the materials to reach its $1 million fundraising goal by the end of 2018.

Peter Frank
USA Today Network-Wisconsin
Dec 30, 2017

Excerpt:

So Scheler gave the students in his professional writing course an assignment: “Our main goal is to create an endowment that stabilizes and grows these community gardens rather than leaves them to these political debates that happen every two years.”

The idea worked on two levels:

» It could help to stabilize a valuable program in the community.

» It would bring St. Norbert students closer to their community.

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January 6, 2018   Comments Off on 2017 ‘Green Bay Press’ Person of the Year for work with community gardens program

A garden and a ‘Share Shed’ are helping this couple build a more inclusive neighborhood

Garden grown tomatoes ready for sharing, courtesy of the “Share Shed.” Courtesy of Wen Lee.

Looking to connect with their neighbors, the pair put their bounty of zucchinis, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetables on their front porch in a cul-de-sac in Temple City, California.

By Monica Luhar
NBC News
Dec.28.2017

Excerpt:

Projects such as the Share Shed can serve as a vital social bonding experiment, according to Dr. Long Wang, an assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics at California State University, Long Beach.

Exposing young children to community gardens and fresh produce makes them more likely to incorporate these foods into their diets as they get older, he noted.

“If kids have early exposure to growing produce, they are more likely to have a healthier relationship with the produce,” Wang said.

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January 4, 2018   Comments Off on A garden and a ‘Share Shed’ are helping this couple build a more inclusive neighborhood

Singapore: The National Parks Board leasing out garden space in its parks to community gardeners

A garden display at NParks’ Community Garden Festival. NParks is leasing out garden space in its parks to community gardeners.

It aims to build 1,000 of these “allotment gardens” in 10 parks by 2019. Each 2.5 sq m plot costs $57 a year for up to three years.

Samantha Boh
StraitsTimes
Dec 27, 2017

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Singapore prides itself on being a garden city and these days, Singaporeans are getting more opportunities to help it keep its reputation.

The move sprung up in response to a growing interest in gardening here.

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January 2, 2018   Comments Off on Singapore: The National Parks Board leasing out garden space in its parks to community gardeners

Israel: Bringing Community Gardening to Haredi Religious Community

Haredi religious children gather around an SPNI Community Gardens staff member to learn planting tips in Jerusalem.

Israel’s Society for the Protection of Nature (SPNI) has long maintained a Community Garden Initiative that has grown 70 community gardens in Jerusalem, and literally hundreds of beautiful community gardens around the Jewish State.

By Hana Levi Julian
Jewish Press
December 19, 2017

Excerpt:

Currently, the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhoods of Choma HaShlishit and Maalot Dafna both have thriving communal gardens.

The project provides unique learning opportunities for all ages, especially for cheder-age (elementary) students who spend most of the day inside studying and rarely have the opportunity to connect with nature.

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December 27, 2017   Comments Off on Israel: Bringing Community Gardening to Haredi Religious Community

Canada: Seeds planted for new Whitehorse community garden

The Whistle Bend Community Garden Coalition is leasing a 0.6-hectare lot in Whistle Bend at the corner of Eldorado Drive and Casca Boulevard. (Submitted photo)

‘We’re interested in food security in the North’

By Lori Fox
Yukon News
Dec. 19, 2017

Excerpt:

The garden will be set up a little bit differently than the popular one which already exists in the Marwell area of Whitehorse, said Jesse Jewell, president of the coalition.

Instead of having individual plots, people will be able to have a share of the garden, which means everyone works together to grow different things and everyone gets a little bit of everything, he said. This allows the garden to grow better food for everyone more efficiently and contributes to local food security, he said.

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December 22, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Seeds planted for new Whitehorse community garden

How This New York City Community Garden Became the Center of Controversy

The half-acre Elizabeth Street Garden serves as a public green space in one of the city’s most severely underserved neighborhoods in terms of open space. Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Street Garden

The Elizabeth Street Garden in NoLIta is slated for destruction in a new city plan for affordable housing—and neighbors are fighting back

By Elizabeth Fazzare
Architectural Digest
December 12, 2017

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“This is a false choice; affordable housing cannot come at the expense of green public space,” said New York City comptroller Scott Stringer at a rally in front of City Hall yesterday. Supported by public advocate Letitia James, senator Brian Kavanagh, assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, and Terri Cude, chair of the neighborhood’s community board two, a group of approximately 100 protesters gathered on the steps in response to a recent contract awarded by the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development, one that plans to redevelop a 20,110-square-foot garden in the NoLIta neighborhood into affordable housing apartments for senior citizens.

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December 21, 2017   Comments Off on How This New York City Community Garden Became the Center of Controversy

South Africa: Wonder women grow vegetables and each other

The group of women tending the veggie garden work tirelessly to ensure a good harvest.

A gardening project has grown into a sustainable food source for families in the Valley of 1 000 Hills.

By Lloyd MacKenzie
Highway Mail
Dec 11, 2017

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One woman’s dream of helping to empower others has grown and flourished in 10 years and now ensures that more than 250 people have food in their bellies before they go to bed at night.

Ten years ago, Lydia Hlope started feeding more than 150 adults and children in the KwaNyuswa area with vegetables from a community garden they named Yenzanathi Community Upliftment Project in the Valley of 1 000 Hills.

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December 18, 2017   Comments Off on South Africa: Wonder women grow vegetables and each other

New Zealand: ‘Pat on Back’ Guinness World Record attempted at South Alive Community Garden

The aim was to get at least 251 people together to pat each other on the back for a year

By Eugene Bonthuys
The Southlands Times
December 10 2017

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An attempt by South Alive to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest continuous chain of people patting each other on the back in Invercargill fell short on Sunday afternoon.

The aim was to get at least 251 people together to pat each other on the back for a year of successful projects in south Invercargill, with participants gathering in the South Alive community garden for the attempt.

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December 17, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: ‘Pat on Back’ Guinness World Record attempted at South Alive Community Garden

Australia: A Bountiful Harvest – Community Gardens and Neighbourhood Renewal in Waterloo

This research importantly affirms that community gardens can make a positive contribution to community development in public housing estates.

By Linda Bartolomei, Linda Corkery, Bruce Judd, Susan Thompson
NSW Department of Housing
The University of New South Wales
Faculty of the Built Environment School of Social Work, 2003

Excerpt:

The Gardens provide many positive opportunities for cross-cultural interactions. Indeed, the Gardens are a multicultural place where participants develop better understandings of cultural difference through the sharing of recipes and plants. There were many stories of how participating in the Gardens has helped to diminish cultural boundaries and negative racial stereotypes. The Gardens also provide an important cultural continuation of the home that has been left behind. This assists with developing feelings of belonging and worth for many gardeners born outside Australia.

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December 12, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: A Bountiful Harvest – Community Gardens and Neighbourhood Renewal in Waterloo

New Zealand: 2017 Gardena Gardener of the Year winners are Thames Bright Smile Community Gardens

Rebekah Manley-Campbell (left) and Samantha Claire have worked to create the most inclusive community garden in New Zealand. Photo Christel Yardley/Stuff.

The garden is named for the original Bright Smile mine which had been located there in the late 1800s.

By Mei Leng Wong
Nz Gardener
December 4 2017

Excerpt:

Rebekah Manley-Campbell and Samantha Claire work at the Bright Smile Community Garden in the Coromandel town, which is managed and run by the Supported Lifestyle Hauraki Trust, an organisation set up to care for people with a wide range of physical and mental challenges.

As the duo are keen to ensure the garden is a welcoming place for everyone, they make sure that there is something here for everyone – whatever their interest or ability, young or old.

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December 11, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: 2017 Gardena Gardener of the Year winners are Thames Bright Smile Community Gardens

Whole Foods helping Backyard Growers grow

Backyard Growers has built the Willowood Community Garden.

Launched in February 2014, Whole Cities Foundation is the third independent nonprofit foundation established by Whole Foods Market.

By Joann Mackenzie
Gloucester Times
Dec 1, 2017

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Gloucester’s Backyard Growers has grown yet another garden, this one with the help of Whole Foods Markets’ Whole Cities Foundation.

Backyard Growers was awarded a $5,000 Community First Grant by the nonprofit foundation, one of three founded to support thriving, self-sustaining local community food systems.

The money, received earlier this fall, has helped add a garden of raised beds — this one in Willowood public housing on Maplewood Avenue — to Backyard Growers’ 67 edible garden beds already in place and thriving in low-income housing communities throughout the city.

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December 10, 2017   Comments Off on Whole Foods helping Backyard Growers grow

Scotland: “I wrote this story as a tribute to my allotment.”

Yuri Gagarin – the first man in space.

‘Foodie Tips Courtesy of Yuri Gagarin’

By Sherry Morris
Scottish Book Trust
2017

Excerpt:

I didn’t know why I was reluctant to begin planting, to get growing. Or why I felt indifferent to what I had just put in. I decided I was restless; I’d been spending too much time at the allotment, I needed a break and went to a nearby park. There, I discovered a statue of Yuri Gagarin – the first man in space – marking his visit to the UK in 1961. I didn’t know much about the cosmonaut but I knew Russian cuisine: borscht, rye bread, boiled potatoes, stuffed cabbage rolls, beetroot salads, garlic cloves, and nearly every dish covered in sour cream or mayonnaise. Heavy food for a man whose mission was to fly through space amongst the stars. Funny he could consume all that heaviness and still fly.

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November 30, 2017   Comments Off on Scotland: “I wrote this story as a tribute to my allotment.”

What Grows In Vegas Stays In Vegas

Harry Dodd waters collard greens at Zion Choice Neighborhood Community Garden.

It’s said that 106,000 children in southern Nevada regularly go hungry – a huge disadvantage for their physical and mental health, as well as their ability to perform well at school.

Wayne Roberts
Medium
Oct 11, 2017

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To the side is Rachel Smith of Zion Choice Neighborhood Community Garden Park. Las Vegas is described as a desert, and Rachel and her husband live in the north end of Las Vegas, which is described as a food desert, devoid of proper food retailers.

The desert springs to life in this one-acre community garden. Fairly simple and accessible tools, such as 40 raised beds, can turn a desert into a growth opportunity. A community that can form partnerships with food organizations is no longer deserted, and will not remain a desert.

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November 26, 2017   Comments Off on What Grows In Vegas Stays In Vegas

Dallas combats food desert with new seedling farm to help grow your own

Dallas’ urban farming community is coming together to help combat a food desert in South Dallas by launching a source of low-cost plants for gardeners.

By Teresa Gubbins
Dallas Culture Map
11.13.17

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“In fact, South Dallas is one of the largest food deserts in the country,” he says. “While there have been positive results with the many new urban farming and gardening efforts in recent years, there is still work to be done. The Seedling Farm aims to overcome some of the barriers to successful local agricultural production and help boost garden yield in South Dallas. It helps everyone in the urban farm system, facilitating others to grow their businesses.”

The Seedling Farm will be open year-round and will provide a variety of seasonal fruit and vegetable plants at a nominal cost, along with professional in-person advice. Community members — both individuals and groups — can participate via four steps: “meet, select, grow, and go.”

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November 19, 2017   Comments Off on Dallas combats food desert with new seedling farm to help grow your own

Northern Ireland: Loyalist bonfire site transformed into £285,000 allotment in Belfast

The Rathfern Activity Area on a former loyalist bonfire site. Picture by Mal McCann

The Rathfern Activity Area includes 28 allotments

Brendan Hughes
Irish News
13 November, 2017

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In previous years the site has been used for an annual Eleventh Night bonfire.

The pyre in July was moved onto land adjacent to the new activity site while work on the council-funded projected continued.

A sign on a newly landscaped area of the activity site encourages people to “keep the park clean and free from litter”.

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November 18, 2017   Comments Off on Northern Ireland: Loyalist bonfire site transformed into £285,000 allotment in Belfast