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UK: Bilston ‘wasteland’ transformed into allotments for community

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“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

Chrys Gardener works at Cornell Cooperative Extension organizing community garden projects

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Chrys Gardener, working with a volunteer (in orange) at the newly opened Esty Street Community Garden.
Photo by Casey Martin.

She picked the name Gardener as a sort of homage to the work that has so deeply influenced much of her adult life.

By Matt Butler
Ithaca Times
Sep 3, 2017

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Gardener loves a challenge, perhaps not all the ones she’s had to overcome, but as a whole she embraces them all the same. It fuels her current work, where things can’t get too monotonous: when a community project has shown it can operate viably, Gardener is usually able to hand it off and move on to the next one. And now, with visions of increasing food security for the city’s poorer sections, she’s handing off what she’s learned during her winding journey to today, teaching the crafts she honed over years out of passion at her heights, and necessity at her depths.

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September 10, 2017   Comments Off on Chrys Gardener works at Cornell Cooperative Extension organizing community garden projects

Durham’s allotment cutting garden is heaven on earth

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Head gardener Geoff MacCallum in Durham Cathedral’s cutting garden Credit: Chris Watt For The Telegraph. Click image to see larger file.

The garden’s survival is something of a miracle. The high brick walls, potting shed and glasshouse date it to the Victorian era, but it’s been a flower garden since at least the Fifties.

By Caroline Beck
The Telegraph
2 Sept. 2017

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The team of volunteers is run by Helena Johnson, a former civil servant and the regional chair of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (Nafas). At just 5ft tall, the floral arrangements in the Crossing of the Cathedral always tower above her by at least 3ft. She’s been doing the flowers since 1997, a weekly task throughout the year, using foliage cut by the gardeners and, during the summer, their flowers. “It’s so handy having the garden here, knowing they’ve just been cut the day before and are really fresh.”

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September 8, 2017   Comments Off on Durham’s allotment cutting garden is heaven on earth

Canada: Community farming project in Toronto’s Brockton Village grows food in front yards

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Brockton Village farming project started with 250 letters left in mailboxes offering to farm neighbourhood yards. Three months later, five yards have harvested a wide variety of crops, including romaine lettuce, arugula, radishes, turnips, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale.

By Ellen Brait
The Star
Aug. 31, 2017

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Rosenthal said his children, Stella, 7, and Cy, 3, have especially loved their front yard farm. The towering corn stalks stop people on the street, and he said both his kids love giving tours of their plot.

“They love talking about it,” Rosenthal said. “My daughter went to camp and I was with her when she met her bunk mates and she was joking she lived on a farm. It is funny but I had to say, ‘You don’t. Some people might actually live on a farm. You live in the city and there happens to be stuff in your front yard.’ ”

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September 8, 2017   Comments Off on Canada: Community farming project in Toronto’s Brockton Village grows food in front yards

Toronto offers urban agriculture opportunities

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Building Roots’ Darcy Higgins shows off the community allotment garden at the Allen Gardens property.

The city boasts 12 outdoor allotment gardens and one indoor garden where residents can rent plots

By Justin Skinner
City Centre Mirror
Aug 31, 2017

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“In cities, green space is at a premium, especially publicly accessible green space,” said Rhonda Teitel-Payne of Toronto Urban Growers. “In the downtown core in particular, there’s a lot of built environment and not a lot of green space, but in some ways the space that’s there is more accessible than the space that’s available in the suburbs.”

Teitel-Payne noted that urban agriculture is cropping up in a variety of ways, from public gardens in parks to private gardens, backyard and rooftop spaces, to aquaponics. Still, when looking to start up a community garden, she noted organizers often wind up fighting an uphill battle.

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September 7, 2017   Comments Off on Toronto offers urban agriculture opportunities

UK: Corbyn, leader of the Queen’s loyal opposition, putters about in the garden

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Mr. Corbyn grows fruits and vegetables on his 250-square-yard plot in Finchley, London.

In a nation of gardeners, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s pastime is run-of-the-mill. But keeping up a small plot within a London community garden fits his popular image as a modest, unmanicured politician.

By Simon Montlake
Christian Science Monitor
Aug 31, 2017

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“He’s the perfect man, I tell you. He doesn’t bother who he’s talking to, he’s the same,” says Joe McLean, who grows flowers, fruits, and vegetables on his allotment. He pulls out his phone to show a photo taken with Corbyn in June, just 10 days after the election.

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September 6, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Corbyn, leader of the Queen’s loyal opposition, putters about in the garden

Australia: Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis opens Woolgoolga Regional Community Gardens

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Costa Georgidis crashed the kids planting session and made learning fun at the Woolgoolga community garden open day.

By Rachel Vercoe
Off Coast Advocate
Aug 31, 2017

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“Community gardens are not just about gardening, they’re about the accessibility where people can come and communicate. As we head towards mental health week, these are some of the best facilities we can have in a community where we can encourage preventative medicine,” Costa Georgiadis said.

“Studies show there are not just therapeutic benefit but scientific benefits to easing stress and anxiety by bringing people together.

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September 6, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis opens Woolgoolga Regional Community Gardens

Alaska: The Fairbanks Community Garden Saw Its First Frost Sept 3

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Fairbanks Community Garden started in 1979.

Temperatures are expected to stay above freezing at night for the remainder of the week according to the National Weather Service forecast

By Erin Granger
Daily News-Miner
Sept 4, 2017

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“We have brassicas here,” Fiera said as she toured her small gardening plot. “We have kale and cabbages still in the ground over here. I’m also growing celery, flowers, squash, beets, potatoes.”

Among her other vegetables, Fiera also grew a giant Alaskan cabbage this summer that weighed 16 pounds. Her 3-year-old son watered the garden every day with her and won a blue ribbon at the Tanana Valley State Fair for the cabbage, Fiera said.

Signs of frost damage could be seen on Fiera’s potato, squash and bean plants, which were beginning to turn brown along the leaves and stem.

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September 4, 2017   Comments Off on Alaska: The Fairbanks Community Garden Saw Its First Frost Sept 3

New Zealand: Once derelict garden in Bishop Auckland is transformed

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“When we first came 17 years ago the allotments were really dilapidated – with people bringing old doors for fences and lots of old rackety sheds.

By Catherine Priestley
The Advertiser
Aug 28, 2017

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In 2001 the site was under-occupied, overgrown and rundown, with just about half of the plots in use and derelict buildings and rubbish on other parts of the site.

Gardeners, also worried the land was ripe for development, set up South Church Allotment Society to turn around its fortunes.

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September 4, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Once derelict garden in Bishop Auckland is transformed

UK: Heartbroken gardener stages sit-in protest after facing allotment eviction

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Anke Wellhausen pictured at her allotment plot in Cavendish Road, Carlton.

Anke Wellhausen says she is being booted off the Robin Hood Allotments in Cavendish Road because her gardening techniques are not conventional.

By Matt Jarram
Nottingham Post
Aug 31, 2017

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She told the Post: “I would not say I was a bad gardener. I would love to know the reason for the eviction. I have only been given the standard phase which is non-cultivation.

“I have planted lots of new plants, I have put ground cover. It was overgrown when I took it on.

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September 3, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Heartbroken gardener stages sit-in protest after facing allotment eviction

Australia’s Karenni refugees cultivate community through Wollongong farming initiative

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The Karenni farmers grow traditional foods such as taplaelay, a leafy green vegetable. (Landline: Sean Murphy)

Developing small farms on unused land in urban areas could help alleviate chronic unemployment for refugees resettled in Australia.

By Sean Murphy
ABC
Aug 25, 2017

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Only 31 per cent of humanitarian visa recipients have jobs after five years, but many have skills as subsistence farmers, which could turn unproductive land into market gardens.

At Mangerton in Wollongong, Karenni refugees are transforming a steep hillside next to the Saint Therese Primary School, into a traditional terraced garden.

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September 2, 2017   Comments Off on Australia’s Karenni refugees cultivate community through Wollongong farming initiative

Glasgow’s Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care

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Community gardens are not yet embedded in place or institutions – their immediate future is precarious in many cases.

Dr John Crossan
Professor Deirdre Shaw
Professor Andrew Cumbers
Professor Robert McMaste
University of Glasgow 2015

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The potential for community gardening is high in old industrial cities where the loss of manufacturing industry has resulted in vast areas of unused spaces. Glasgow is a particularly pertinent case with 1300 hectares of vacant and derelict land, representing 4% of its total land area and comprising 925 individual sites. As a result over 60% of Glasgow City’s population lives within 500 metres, and over 90% within 1000 metres, of a derelict site. This is important when considering issues of social and environmental justice, as most of the vacant and derelict land can be found in the most deprived areas of the city, thus, disproportionately affecting the poorest citizens (see Map 1).

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August 28, 2017   Comments Off on Glasgow’s Community Gardens: Sustainable Communities of Care

UK: Carrots and communism: the allotments plotting a food revolution

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OrganicLea, where all vegetable planting uses organic and permaculture principles, working with nature not against it. Photograph: OrganicLea

It is legally permissible for allotment gardens to market the surplus, up to 49% of what allotmenteers produce, and councils are also entitled to put unwanted allotments to commercial use on a year-by-year basis.

By Ru Litherland
The Guardian
Aug 18, 2017

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Allotment gardens have always been more than mere domestic food growing units. From their very beginning in the Victorian period, when land was given to the labouring poor for growing food, they’ve provided a space for recreation and an alternative to industrial capitalism.

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August 23, 2017   Comments Off on UK: Carrots and communism: the allotments plotting a food revolution

How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish

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Ravi Romel Sharma for NPR.

“A lot of gardeners sort of forget the community aspect of the garden,” says Marien. “If you don’t pull your weeds, those weeds flower and get into my plot.”

By Carolyn Beans
NPR
Aug 18, 2017

Excerpt:

I spent two years dreaming of sun-warmed tomatoes, towering sunflowers and home-grown salad greens before a spot opened in my community garden in Washington, D.C.

When I first met plot 56 in September of 2015, it was a mound of grasses, vines and cilantro gone to seed.

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August 23, 2017   Comments Off on How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish

Obama Library landscapers look to South Side community gardens for inspiration

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Landscape architects for the Obama Presidential Library took a tour of some South Side community gardens as neighbors watch plans for the center with great interest.

By Leah Hope
ABC 7
Aug 16, 2017

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Landscape architects for the Obama Presidential Library took ABC7 Eyewitness News on an exclusive tour of some South Side community gardens as neighbors watch plans for the center with great interest.

Over 10 million heads of lettuce are harvested each year from a garden in the Pullman neighborhood. Gotham Greens makes the most of a roof off 111th Street.

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August 22, 2017   Comments Off on Obama Library landscapers look to South Side community gardens for inspiration