Category — Community Gardens
They call the development exciting because the 190 families who live next door at the Springview Apartments will have fresh food right at their door steps.
By Sue Calberg,
February 09, 2017
“The best way to trick kids to eat veggies is to get them to grow it. They see the entire process from seed to plate,” said Lucke, who added that a number of community partners have been working for at least two years to make this day a reality. “We knew that the east side was a food desert. We knew that the east side didn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. And so having an urban micro-farm, we felt, would be a good step in the right direction.”
February 14, 2017 Comments Off on Sprawling urban garden coming to San Antonio’s east side
The Port Macquarie garden called The Lost Plot was initiated by the Port Macquarie Hastings Council and started in April 2014
By Emma Siossian
ABC Mid North Coast
Feb 8, 2017
“There’s been a lot in the media I guess in the last 12 months about the multi-faceted benefits of eating locally, from a health perspective as well as an environmental perspective,” she said.
“There is a lot of interest in that in the community, especially in Port Macquarie where we have local food markets and other things happening to support what we are doing.
“There is nothing better than going and picking a fresh cucumber and then going home and making a Greek salad with it.
February 13, 2017 Comments Off on Australia: New South Wales residents promote sustainable living through thriving community garden
The garden currently uses four 10,000-litres tanks for water.
By Earl Baillache
South Coast Sun
Feb 8, 2017
Zeph Mbuyisa initiated the project in Lovu Township in November by planting maize and the seven people working in the garden will reap their first harvest on about 15 February.
“We have two-and-a-half hectares we can cultivate but currently we are only using an area of 67 metres by 52 metres,” said Zeph.
“We are trying our best to alleviate poverty in the area. At the moment we have only grown maize, but we want to branch out into growing other crops and recruit stakeholders.
February 12, 2017 Comments Off on Poverty-Fighting Community Garden In South Africa
Miller hopes with the new equipment to increase the number of raised beds to 60 this spring.
Southern Arkansas University
“With the tractor and mower, we will be able to maintain the grounds and make them a showplace,” said Miller. “I want to get the word out to the community that using these garden beds is a fun thing to do and meet new people, we can help with gardening tips, and it’s free.”
The community garden area also hosts other agriculture educational areas with an orchard, vineyard, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, a garden, and forage and turfgrass plots. The teaching area and raised beds share a compost shed. Miller feels that this is an excellent way for the campus and community to learn about and experience agriculture. He is also excited about the campus and community interaction.
February 7, 2017 Comments Off on Walmart Foundation Gives $25,000 to Arkansas Community Garden
The Department of Interior ordered the lot to be vacant.
By Janessa Hilliard
Phoenix New Times
Feb 3, 2017
Community gardeners are being asked to have their plots cleared by Friday, February 10, and the entire site is to be vacated by Wednesday, February 15. It is unclear what will become of the acreage, which sits along the northeast side of the intersection, bordering Steele Indian School Park.
February 5, 2017 Comments Off on 15-Acre Urban Community Garden in Mid-Town Phoenix Ordered to Close
Big Lottery funding provided £9,850 cash for round the clock monitoring and lighting
By Saiqa Chaudhari
Jn 25, 2017
The community garden in Halliwell, Bolton is used by disabled people and their families, as well as children who benefit from therapy animals, but visitors say it is for the benefit of everyone.
It also helps people in the community develop skills and increase their confidence.
Good Companions, which is run by volunteers and funded entirely through donations, has been targeted by thieves on a number of occasions recently.
February 3, 2017 Comments Off on UK: Greater Manchester community garden installs round the clock CCTV cameras for protection
A dozen members attend monthly working bees to manage the composting system and worm farm, water and weed common beds, followed by morning tea
By Susan Parsons
January 24 2017
Down near Queanbeyan Railway Station there is a community garden filled with vegetables, berries, fruit trees, herbs and flowers.
In 2002 the Railway Park Organic Community Garden opened as part of the design for a new park on the old railway goods yard in Queanbeyan. The idea came to life through the energy of a few neighbourhood residents and, for some years, it was supported by and part of the Canberra Organic Growers Society.
February 1, 2017 Comments Off on Australia: Community garden at Queanbeyan Railway Station
Sharda says his agency has assisted 260 community groups establish gardens, where crops are often donated to less-fortunate families.
By Sean Mcdowell
Jan 17, 2017
On Tuesday morning, over 100 people packed into the city council’s Housing Committee Meeting at City Hall. Many attendees came to show support for Kansas City Community Gardens, demonstrating how their groups have benefitted from the council’s funding.
Kansas City’s Council currently provides Kansas City Community Gardens with $78,000 annually. If the proposed cuts take effect, that total would shrink to only $45,000.
January 26, 2017 Comments Off on Kansas City: Future of Westside Community Farm uncertain as city council mulls budget cut
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Spent Martin Luther King Day Building a Community Garden in Oak Cliff, Texas
Mark Zuckerberg: “Today I helped plant a garden with members of the Oak Cliff community in Dallas as part of their Day of Service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Oak Cliff is a food desert, so the garden we worked on is going to be a source of fresh fruits and vegetables for the community.”
By Beth Rankin
Jan 16, 2017
Zuckerberg spent the afternoon with the Commit Partnership, an organization that “helps drive student achievement throughout Dallas County from cradle to career by leveraging data and collaboration to measure what matters, identify effective practices and align community resources to spread what works.” Together with For Oak Cliff, an organization that seeks to provide education and opportunities for kids, Zuckerberg and Commit cleared the vacant lot to make room for a community garden.
January 18, 2017 Comments Off on Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Spent Martin Luther King Day Building a Community Garden in Oak Cliff, Texas
“This isn’t just food production,” said Candice Fort, overseer of the garden that began less than two years ago. “It will be a place where people can learn about nutrition. There are so many diet-related illnesses in our community.”
By Ralph Zubiate
East Valley Tribune
Jan 15, 2017
“We have maybe 12 beds that are full, with a couple completed just a week or two ago,” Candice said. “I’m really excited about getting all the beds filled.”
Students at the school next door, Lindbergh Elementary, also participate in the garden.
“They come over and do experiments, like photosynthesis,” explained her brother, Rev. Sherman Fort, pastor of CMBC The Word Church at 931 S. Stapley Drive. His church loans out the space for the garden.
January 17, 2017 Comments Off on Mesa, Arizona community garden keeps Martin Luther King’s legacy growing
Devon Lantry, founding member of Eat San Diego, a volunteer group managing community gardens that provide free fruits and vegetables.
By Lisa Deaderick
San Diego Union Tribune
Jan 7, 2017
Q: Why free food?
A: Our mission is to cover San Diego head-to-toe in free food because it makes life better for everyone. Locally and globally, we have a lot of complicated problems to deal with in our food systems and agricultural economies, and the solutions to these problems are surrounded by controversy and arguments. But one thing is universal: fresh, free food makes life better for all. Who doesn’t like the smell of a blooming orange tree on their walk to the post office or grabbing a handful of free grapes on their way to work?
Q: If the food is free, how do you fund the building and maintenance of the gardens?
January 15, 2017 Comments Off on San Diego: Group grows free food in public spaces
Established in 1984, the Temescal Community Garden is the first community garden in Oakland.
By Susan XU
Jan 5, 2017
There are an infinite number of ways to metaphorically put down roots in Oakland, but urban farmers have limited options. Oakland Parks & Recreation’s Community Gardening Program maintains just 16 community gardens around the city.
January 13, 2017 Comments Off on A Look At 11 Community Gardens Around Oakland, California
She joined her parents in the garden at the age of 3; they had fresh produce for meals and “handed some over the fence to the neighbors. There is nothing like a fresh tomato that doesn’t taste like cardboard,”
Robertson joined Summer Sprouts, an Ohio State University extension program to support the county’s 250 community gardens and help residents start new ones. In return, she received free seeds and starter plants; other supplies, such as wood for raised beds, was donated from construction sites. “I like to experiment,” says Robertsen. “Some people tell me I can’t do certain things, but I go my own way and it usually works out.”
It certainly has with Ashbury Sprouts. What started out as a venture of Robertson’s, members of the local block club and a few friends now has about 11 regular adult volunteers and 13 youth who grow vegetables such as beans, kale, collard greens and tomatoes.
January 8, 2017 Comments Off on Sandra Robertson is one of eight Dorothy Richardson award winners
Friends Honor Murder Victim with Herb Garden
By Evan Koslof
Dec 29, 2016
McCauley was well-known in the area for her three main passions: Acting, yoga, and herbalism. Litecky said that the two of them had talked many times about this planned garden, and said that McCauley was supposed to help her create it this summer. With her now gone, Litecky said it will be a fitting tribute.
“I think she’d have loved it,” she said. “I think she’d love that people were coming together to gather around plants. And in her honor. And that’s something was being done. Tricia was a woman of action. She was never standing still.”
January 7, 2017 Comments Off on Community garden to pay tribute to Tricia McCauley in Bowie, Maryland
New York University researchers studied 636 community gardens in New York City and found they boosted sale prices of homes within a 1,000-foot radius
Ventura County Star
Dec 28, 2016
The Oxnard lot had been vacant for more than 30 years before former mayor Manuel Lopez donated the site. Lopez had bought the lot to build an office for his optometry practice, but that never came about. “I want to give people pride in the neighborhood, pride in the city,” he said at the garden’s January 2012 groundbreaking. But as often happens with volunteer efforts, people move away, get busy with other things or just lose interest, and a project moves slowly or stalls.
January 6, 2017 Comments Off on Ventura County Editorial: Improving our community one lot at a time