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Urban Agriculture Mentorship Program in Columbia, Missouri

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A family shows off their bountiful garden, built through the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture’s Opportunity Garden program.

The garden mentorship program started three years ago with the mission of helping families and individuals with limited resources learn to grow their own fresh, healthful foods

By Caroline Dohack
Columbia Tribune
February 7, 2016 at 12:00 am

Excerpt:

“A lot of times, people want to be able to grow food but don’t know how to cook it. Other times, we give people plants they’ve never seen before and don’t know how to prepare. We’ve had a couple of mothers feeding up to five children before who want to learn how to prepare foods efficiently. Other people have never tried eggplant and don’t know what to do with it,” DeMarco said.

To date, CCUA has served 143 clients through Opportunity Gardens and usually serves between 80 to 100 clients at a given time. It currently has the capacity to accept as many as 45 new clients, DeMarco said.

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February 11, 2016   No Comments

“Can You Dig This” – John Legend’s documentary about four “gangster gardeners”

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CAN YOU DIG THIS – Trailer from Delirio Films on Vimeo.

“When you put beauty in a place that has none, that’s a game changer.”
— Ron Finley, the “Gangster Gardener”

Delila Vallot – Director
Rafael Marmor – Producer
Christopher Leggett – Producer
John Legend – Executive Producer
2015
(Must see. Mike)

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

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February 10, 2016   No Comments

Good Earth Collective, an New Zealand initiative which delivers home grown vegetables to needy families

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Yelena Bebich is happy to be sharing her garden’s vegetables with people in need. Photo by Emily Ford.

“It’s just very handy and fantastic for families to get good food. It’s healthy food straight from the garden,” Walker says.

By Emily Ford
Stuff.Co.nz
January 25 2016

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Run by Bebich and her sister, Tereza Bebich, the pair deliver vegetable boxes every week to families and charitable organisations.

It relies on fresh fruit and vegetables from Bebich’s garden, as well as regular donations from 10 growers – friends who put their hands up to help when she had extra seedlings.

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January 28, 2016   Comments Off on Good Earth Collective, an New Zealand initiative which delivers home grown vegetables to needy families

New community garden catered to veterans in Augusta, Georgia

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Volunteers working to transform empty plot of land into a community garden for veterans.

“There’s nothing in the Harrisburg area for the veterans to do. There’s no place for them to gather in fellowship,” says Angel Newman.

By Uyen Le
WAGT 26
Jan 6, 2016

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Newman and several members of the community teamed up to transform this empty lot into a community garden for vets. And the project is picking up speed with more volunteers and donations for fencing, park benches, and new sidewalks.

“The engineers are going to come and cut the curb to make it wheelchair accessible. and redo the whole sidewalk so it’s an easy ride down to the gate,” says Newman.

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January 10, 2016   Comments Off on New community garden catered to veterans in Augusta, Georgia

“I’m not a farmer. I’m a community organizer.”

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Mt. Hope Community Garden. Image by Andy Boyd.

Urban agriculture is what we call it – San Diego

By Dave Good
Sandiegoreader
Dec. 2, 2015

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Moss, her coif kept in check with a headband, wears all black in spite of the heat, but she won’t be here long. “I’m not a farmer. I’m a community organizer. And right now, I’m organizing space for neighborhood parks and community gardens. I’m doing the same thing up in Compton [her mother still lives there] as I do here.”

Moss is 57. She says she was born in South Central in Los Angeles. “We moved to Compton when I was four. So I been there,” she says in a way that implies she’s experienced the worst of the worst of West Coast ghetto living. She remembers that her father kept a small backyard garden. “No, I didn’t help out, except for watering. He always told us to water.” Moss has lived here in Southeast for decades.

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December 9, 2015   Comments Off on “I’m not a farmer. I’m a community organizer.”

Fat City Farmers Grow Kids, Community And Food

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Meet Juan, Eladia and Manuel. Eladia commented, “I grew up in Guadalajara, where my father grew frijol and maiz. My mother always had a garden, and I helped. My husband Juan, this is his very first time.” Photo by Geneviève Villamizar.

Pevec hopes that Fat City Farmers can put more gardens on school grounds.

Article Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar
Photography Illene Pevec & Geneviève Joëlle Villamizar
Roaring Fork Lifestyle
Sept 27, 2015

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“There is a common misconception that all Mexican immigrants are former farmers,” comments Illene Pevec, a food activist with the nonprofit Fat City Farmers. Pevec sees a disconnect between local Mexican families and the worldwide farm-to-fork movement. Her desire is “to see all families – especially Mexican families – participating in the gardening community, growing their own food and gaining the benefits of food independence. Mexico has the highest rate of diabetes in the world and fresh vegetable consumption is a healthy way to help prevent this.”

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November 25, 2015   Comments Off on Fat City Farmers Grow Kids, Community And Food

Afghan refugee leads game-changing urban farm in Cleveland

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The Refugee Response Workers. Photo by Billy Delfs.

For Mohammad, the Garden and Farm project has opened the door to integration in Cleveland, which has proven to be a welcoming new home for him and his family.

By Raluca Besliu
Freshwater
August 13, 2015

Excerpt:

Mohammad is also the manager of a game-changing initiative for education, urban farming and refugee integration, the Learning Garden and Production Farm. Created as a collaboration between The Refugee Response and The Urban Community School (UCS), the Garden and Farm occupies six vacant parcels adjacent to the school. They act as a learning space, where children participate in hands-on lessons that complement and enhance the curriculum in a wide variety of subject areas, including math, art and science.

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November 24, 2015   Comments Off on Afghan refugee leads game-changing urban farm in Cleveland

Oxfam America: Can an urban farm help solve the refugee crisis?

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Oxfam and Refugee Response staff pose with refugees who are part of the REAP urban farming program. Credit: Oxfam America

The project is called Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program (REAP) and is run by a local organization, The Refugee Response.

By Gawain Kripke
Oxfam America
November 10, 2015

Excerpt:

I had a chance to chat with Darren Hamm the Executive Director of The Refugee Response.

Q: This is an interesting model – but it’s still pretty small in the scheme of things, right? Why hasn’t this been replicated elsewhere and scaled up? Are there natural constraints or obstacles?

A: That’s right. We’re currently employing 9 farm trainees on 6 acres in northeast Ohio. But the world that we work in requires us to focus on depth as opposed to breadth. We are very conscious of how much more work we could do and how many more we could be benefitting, but want to make sure that we are doing the best possible with what we have.

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November 24, 2015   Comments Off on Oxfam America: Can an urban farm help solve the refugee crisis?

Gartenglück mit Handicap – Gardening for the Disabled

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Sie sind bewegungseingeschränkt und glauben, ganz auf gärtnerische Leidenschaften verzichten zu müssen? Manchmal ändert die Wahl der Gartenform alles.

Sent by Gerhard Schiff
Freiburg, Germany
We are two persons and we are engaged in building a website for people of all ages who are disabled/handicapped. Our book
will be published in 2016.
Nov. 2015

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Gärtnerisches Vergnügen hat einen hohen Freizeit- und oft auch einen Zierund praktischen Nutzwert, wenn man das Gesäte und Gepflegte selbst ernten kann. Ein Garten bietet nicht zuletzt die Möglichkeit für angemessene Aktivität, Bewegung und Begegnung in schöner Umgebung. Allen Gartenliebhabern wollen wir hier und in den kommenden mobil-Ausgaben Anregungen, Tipps und Hilfen geben, wie sie einem Gartenhobby nachgehen können, auch wenn die Kräfte nachlassen und die Arbeit nicht mehr so leicht bewältigt werden kann oder eine rheumatische Krankheit veränderte Bedingungen schafft.

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November 18, 2015   Comments Off on Gartenglück mit Handicap – Gardening for the Disabled

New Haven farms, gardens are new prescription for health for many city residents

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The salad appears a popular choice as Giorgina Castelan, Ladie Orellana and Maria Ocotecatl wait in line for Gloria Gerrano to fill her plate with fresh greens as 22 families celebrate a successful inaugural harvest at the English Street Community Garden in New Haven.

The new garden of New Haven Farms backs up to the 10-year-old New Haven Land Trust community garden.

By Mary O’Leary
New Haven Register
Oct 11, 2015

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Guerrero and her two children were among the 22 families who were first introduced four years ago to urban farming through the Fair Haven Community Health Clinic’s program designed to reach the large percentage of their patients at risk of diabetes.

The clinic writes a “prescription” for them to participate in education and gardening classes at New Haven Farm’s plot on James Street, a few blocks away from its satellite clinic at the John Martinez School.

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October 21, 2015   Comments Off on New Haven farms, gardens are new prescription for health for many city residents

Former Black Panther Launches Oakland Urban Farm to Give Ex-Prisoners a Fresh Start

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Veteran activist Elaine Brown has hatched a plan that begins with a farm, and could bring about a renaissance in an underresourced neighborhood.

By Sarah Henry
Civil Eats
September 9, 2015

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Elaine Brown is no stranger to radical ideas. The 72-year-old former chairwoman of the Black Panther Party has long advocated on behalf of prisoners. Now she is determined to transform a once-blighted vacant lot in West Oakland, California into a thriving urban farm business that employs former offenders. And the produce they cultivate is destined for a fine dining restaurant in a city fast gaining a reputation as an eating destination.

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September 17, 2015   Comments Off on Former Black Panther Launches Oakland Urban Farm to Give Ex-Prisoners a Fresh Start

Afghan refugee leads game-changing urban farm in Cleveland

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Mohammad Noormal came to Cleveland as a refugee in October 2014, after working for five years as a translator for the U.S. army in his home country of Afghanistan.

For Mohammad, the Garden and Farm project has opened the door to integration in Cleveland

By Raluca Besliu
Fresh Water
August 13, 2015

Excerpt:

Mohammad is also the manager of a game-changing initiative for education, urban farming and refugee integration, the Learning Garden and Production Farm. Created as a collaboration between The Refugee Response and The Urban Community School (UCS), the Garden and Farm occupies six vacant parcels adjacent to the school. They act as a learning space, where children participate in hands-on lessons that complement and enhance the curriculum in a wide variety of subject areas, including math, art and science.

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August 22, 2015   Comments Off on Afghan refugee leads game-changing urban farm in Cleveland

Head of South Madison Farmers’ Market looks to train formerly incarcerated men to farm in the city

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madisonfRobert Pierce, with the South Madison Farmers’ Market, at the market outside Meriter Hospital in Madison. Photo by Michelle Stocker.

The workshop, titled Commercial Urban Agriculture, will provide the men with the tools necessary to explore several avenues of income through organic farming.

By Jordan S. Gaines
The Capital Times
Aug 1, 2015

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“Urban agriculture says if you grow enough food, why don’t you sell it to pay your bills? I’m teaching people how to sustain and that’s why we’re teaching these guys how to grow food,” Pierce said.

In partnership with Anthony Cooper, director of reentry services for the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, Growing Power, Inc. Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Pierce will provide an underemployed group of men with the skills to create a business feeding an under served population.

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August 9, 2015   Comments Off on Head of South Madison Farmers’ Market looks to train formerly incarcerated men to farm in the city

Vancouver Food Gardens: Seeds of a better community

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Gardeners collect the bounty at High Top Hub, the shared community garden at Bosa False Creek.
Photograph by: Dan Lum

Food gardens have the power to create instant community in urban environments

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
August 6, 2015

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A white paper released earlier this year by the Happiness Research Institute put it bluntly: “Loneliness kills.”

The institute cites studies suggesting that loneliness among the elderly can be a significant health risk and lead to dementia and depression. A 2010 meta-analysis of 148 studies on social relationships and mortality involving 308,000 participants found that people with strong social connections are 50 per cent more likely to survive the period of the study regardless of age, sex and pre-existing health conditions.

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August 7, 2015   Comments Off on Vancouver Food Gardens: Seeds of a better community

Sheriff’s Department Urban Farming Program Looks to Grow Success, Reduce Recidivism in Massachusetts

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Tomatoes grow from vines planted in the yard of the Suffolk County House of Corrections

Last year’s total agricultural yield? One-thousand-fifty pounds of food.

By Times Staff
East Boston Times – Free Press
July 29, 2015

Excerpt:

While some might see the Urban Garden strictly as a mixture of soil and vegetation, its significance is much greater. Tangled into the roots of cabbages and raspberries are messages about responsibility, pride and nutrition. As Director of Vocational Education Captain David Granese states, “We are not just growing things out there, we are teaching valuable lessons. Having participants watch our garden grow, they get to see the fruits of their labor, literally, and they’re learning to grow a garden to sustain themselves.”

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August 4, 2015   Comments Off on Sheriff’s Department Urban Farming Program Looks to Grow Success, Reduce Recidivism in Massachusetts