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New Zealand: Fighting to save an urban food forest in the heart of Auckland

Trevor Crosby is fighting to save a food forest in the heart of Auckland. Photo by Sally Tagged [See great video on website.]

Sanctuary Gardens Mahi Whenua, in the heart of Auckland, is a food forest and community garden where more than 60 local families are growing fresh food.

By Nicky Pellegrino
Stuff
October 2 2017

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“All we can say at the moment is that the future is uncertain,” says retired entomologist Trevor Crosby, who is determined to do what he can to save what he describes as, “a hidden biodiversity jewel of Auckland.”

Trevor isn’t against development but argues that cities also need open spaces where nature can thrive. Sanctuary Gardens is currently home to more than 400 species of plants and trees, some relatively rare.

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October 9, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Fighting to save an urban food forest in the heart of Auckland

Montana: Community garden “watchman” memorialized with mural

Photo by Rebekah Welch.

If a sprinkler wasn’t working or a lock needed replacing at the Garden of Eaton community garden, Frank Smith was there to do it.

By Matt Neuman
Missoulian
Sep 30, 2017

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“He was the watchman here,” Zuuring said. “He was always out here making sure the sprinklers were working, and chasing away any kids that were stealing tomatoes. If there was a problem with something, he wouldn’t say a word, he’d just fix it.”

From his house just outside the fence of the garden, Smith kept a watchful eye, and always found a reason to tend his plot if someone else dropped by the garden. His daughter, Janetta Brewer, said the garden was his favorite place to socialize.

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October 9, 2017   Comments Off on Montana: Community garden “watchman” memorialized with mural

Hawaii: Makiki Community Garden in Honolulu

Click image to see larger file. Photo by Karen De Borga.

“Although, since there is such a large immigrant community in the garden, some of the vegetables I don’t even recognize,” she admits.

By Tom Kunz
Hawaii Home
Issue: August 2015

Excerpt:

Besides education, gardening is also good for the pocketbook, as the cost of organic food in Hawaii continues to rise. “My daughter loves cherry and grape tomatoes, so our family can go through a container in a day and a half,” Lake says. “That’s $5 per container on sale, which adds up to $20 per week in just tomatoes! That’s why we have five tomato plants in our plot.”

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October 8, 2017   Comments Off on Hawaii: Makiki Community Garden in Honolulu

St. Paul Police Officer Uses Garden To Grow Community Relationships

It’s a community garden nestled behind a public housing high-rise for seniors and others in St. Paul.

By Angela Davis
CBS Minnesota
Sept 28, 2017

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“They don’t just see a uniform anymore,” he said. “They see me here with my kids. They get to talk to me more than just on a police level. It’s more a friendly level.”

Officer Pederson says his father brought in soil from his farm outside of Hutchinson to get the garden started.

“He’s an officer when he puts on his uniform and stuff and when he needs to be,” Nyakundi said. “He’s basically a nice man. And he’s cute, too!”

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October 8, 2017   Comments Off on St. Paul Police Officer Uses Garden To Grow Community Relationships

UK Royal Visit – The Patchworking Garden Project was visited by HRH The Duke of Gloucester

The Duke of Gloucester meeting volunteers at the Patchworking Garden Project in Dorking (Image: Andy Newbold)

A Dorking community garden project which helps up to 70 people a week to stay active and avoid becoming lonely

By Tom Van Klaveren
Get Surrey
Sept 27, 2017
[Note: The Duke is the youngest grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary. He is currently 24th in the line of succession to the British throne.]

Excerpt:

The project, launched in November 2014, helps people by offering friendship alongside gardening and crafting activities.

Isobel Gowan, chair of trustees at the Patchworking Garden Project, said: “The royal visit has given us an opportunity to thank all those who have been instrumental in the project, especially Aviva and other local companies involved.

“It has been a wonderful afternoon of celebration.”

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October 6, 2017   Comments Off on UK Royal Visit – The Patchworking Garden Project was visited by HRH The Duke of Gloucester

UK: Fire crews called to fire at Dane Valley allotments

Fire at Dane Valley allotment. Pic: Frank Leppard

“Allotment holders put in hours of effort. The ones I spoke to last night are so annoyed by the latest destruction.”

By Katie Davis
Kent Online
Sept 27, 2017

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“On arrival crews found a garden shed on allotments well alight which had spread to surrounding trees and damaged other out buildings.

“Crews used a main jet to extinguish the blaze.

“The cause is believed to have been deliberate.”

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UK: Alan Titchmarsh’s tips on starting your allotment

Allotments are becoming something of a must-have for urban families wanting to grow their own

Start a compost heap now, as an allotment will generate lots of green waste that’s best recycled into the soil.

By Alan Titchmarsh
Express
Sep 24, 2017

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Once the groundwork has been done it’s worth marking out beds, one for each of the main groups of plants. Put down paths of gravel, bark or paving slabs so it’s easy to walk around when wet, then start working out your cropping plan.

If you’ve never grown your own before, play safe for the first year or so and stick to reliable vegetables in small quantities spread throughout the year, or you’ll be swamped with stuff you can’t use – it’s usually lettuce – followed by nothing at all.

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October 1, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Alan Titchmarsh’s tips on starting your allotment

Learn why these East Dallas community gardens have been thriving for nearly 30 years

Lon Sok works in the East Dallas Community and Market Garden. (David Woo/Staff Photographer)

“You can just come out here and share something with one another — there’s no transaction or anything,” Rosen says. “Community gardens make you feel like you’re a part of something bigger.”

By Alejandra Salazar
By Dallas News
Sept 22, 2017

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Tucked into Dallas’ rapidly growing urban infrastructure, the East Dallas and Live Oak community gardens are almost impossible to miss.

These are two of the city’s oldest, most productive community gardens, striking strips of green along Fitzhugh Avenue. They are thriving bastions of agriculture amidst brick, steel and concrete, between the apartment complexes and small businesses cropping up around them.

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September 29, 2017   Comments Off on Learn why these East Dallas community gardens have been thriving for nearly 30 years

Scotland: Veg theft from community garden ‘due to help yourself sign

Pollok Park gardener Paul Hilton inspects the damage at the vegetable allotment after a raid which saw thousands of vegetables stolen.

It sounds like the plot of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit where a host of vegetables disappear overnight.

The Scotsman
Sept 21, 2017

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But in the case of a vegetable “raid” from the walled garden at Pollok House in Glasgow, the likely culprit was not a giant Were-Rabbit, but more likely members of the public enjoying the 2017 Doors Open Day at the stately home.

However the incident on Sunday, which left the whole vegetable plot decimated, appears to be the result of a misunderstanding over a notice which said “Help yourself”.

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September 28, 2017   Comments Off on Scotland: Veg theft from community garden ‘due to help yourself sign

These Green Surfers in Ireland Turned a Small Garden into an Amazing Community Farm

Starting nearby with a back garden in 2012, then a 1/2 acre community garden, to a loaned 1 acre site, we kept working and saving to create what is now Moy Hill Farm: 17 acres bought in 2015 and run as a CSA

By Alan Stokes
The Inertia
Sept 18, 2017

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It’s no easy task but all of the work is done with a sustainable approach. Pigs help to rotavate the field and local seaweed and sand are used as opposed to fertilizers or pesticides. Everyone is invited to come and help grow and in return, when the harvest is done, is rewarded with the literal fruits (and vegetables) of their labour.

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September 25, 2017   Comments Off on These Green Surfers in Ireland Turned a Small Garden into an Amazing Community Farm

Canada: Bowery Project’s urban farms blooming in Toronto’s vacant lots

It’s a verdant wonderland at the Vanauley Street YMCA homeless shelter thanks to Toronto’s Bowery Project, a volunteer-based operation that transforms empty spaces into mobile urban farms that grow food for local restaurants. (Photo courtesy of Bowery Project)

“The people we engage on the site. It’s so incredible,” she says. “Our impact is more than the growing of food — it’s really the community engagement.”

By Nina Dragicevic
Toronto Stories
Sept 19, 2017

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“What happens with vacant lots sometimes is that developers get held up at heritage or the design committee with their plans,” says Deena DelZotto, half of the duo behind the Bowery Project, which has transforming these unused spaces into mobile urban farms that grow food for local restaurants.

But to be clear, she’s not complaining: “We thought we’d only have one season and now we’re having three.”

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September 25, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Bowery Project’s urban farms blooming in Toronto’s vacant lots

Canada: Garden theft has some green thumbs seeing red at Saskatoon Community Garden

If a person is need of food, most gardeners are ready to share, but a recent streak of thefts in two of Saskatoon’s community gardens have left a bad taste in the mouth of some.

By Morgan Modjeski
Saskatoon Starphoenix
Sept 14, 2017

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“I went down there and I called out: ‘If that’s not your garden plot, get out or I’m going to call the police,’” she said, noting the man replied he was entitled to the produce because it’s a community garden. “And I said: ‘That doesn’t mean you just come and help yourself. You have to plant the garden, you have to water it and you have to work at it.”

Scrivener said she thought the issue would end after the confrontation, but she said it was actually the beginning as the thefts continued throughout the season, “night after night.”

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September 20, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Garden theft has some green thumbs seeing red at Saskatoon Community Garden

UK: The final spud has been plucked out of the ground of Preston North End’s famous garden allotment.

Leo Gornall at the PNE Allotment.

Now aged 80-years-old and after two hip operations, Gornall has decided, with a somewhat heavy heart, to give up the allotment and he is due to hand back the keys to the committee today.

Lancanshire Post
Sept 9, 2017

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The little plot of land on the corner of Blackpool Road andGarstang Road hit the headlines many years ago when it was revealed that many of the club’s former greats were green fingered enthusiasts.

Striker Tommy Thompson along with wingers LesDagger and Leo Gornall used to frequently hit the onion bag during their playing days.

But after hanging up their boots, they switched their attentions to cultivating potatoes and cauliflowers.

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September 19, 2017   Comments Off on UK: The final spud has been plucked out of the ground of Preston North End’s famous garden allotment.

Canada: How Vancouver property developers cash in on community gardens

Tax consultant Paul Sullivan is pushing to lower tax rates on empty land slated for residential development. Credit: Taehoon Kim.

Converting empty lots into garden plots makes the city greener—and also delivers a generous tax break

By Kerry Gold
BC Business
Sept 12, 2017

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A big incentive for developers and landowners to convert empty commercial space into a community garden is the substantial tax break. “Properties just aren’t ready for development, and developers are seeing this as a way to lower cost,” says tax consultant Paul Sullivan, a principal at Vancouver-based commercial real estate appraisal firm Burgess Cawley Sullivan & Associates Ltd.

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September 14, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: How Vancouver property developers cash in on community gardens

UK: Bilston ‘wasteland’ transformed into allotments for community


“We had over 70 staff volunteer to be involved in this project and they enjoyed it immensely as they love to give something back.”

By Annabal Bagdi
Express and Star
Set 4, 2017

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“Staff and volunteers from Wolverhampton Homes have been working incredibly hard over the last year to transform a derelict piece of land into an allotment for the local community.

“Wolverhampton Homes currently run a staff volunteering project which allows their employees to work on projects and give back to the community.

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September 11, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Bilston ‘wasteland’ transformed into allotments for community