Category — Horticulture Therapy
I thought about the young victim. And I thought about how I probably would have been in the garden at the time of the shooting if I had not been needed at home. I thought about all of the kids and the adult volunteers that worked in the garden.
By Angela Greene
Cultivate Kansas City’s Newsletter
December 2013-January 2014
Angela Greene is an urban farmer in Kansas City, Kansas
Around 9 p.m. later that evening I received a call from a friend asking if I was okay.
“Well,” I said. “As best that I know, why?” That’s when I learned the shooting I heard was at my garden, two blocks from my home on the corner of 13th and Georgia streets. I quickly secured my family and rushed to see what happened.
I arrived at my garden to find a scene that looked like a television crime drama! Police and caution tape blocked the entire perimeter. Floodlights illuminated the scene as though it was daylight. Officers and detectives trampled through my rows of okra and tomatoes.
December 10, 2013 No Comments
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
Excerpt from his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
“The Bible tells us that gardens preceded gardeners, but that was not the case at Pollsmoor, where I cultivated a garden that became one of my happiest diversions. It was my way of escaping from the monolithic concrete world that surrounded us. Within a few weeks of surveying all the empty space we had on the building’s roof and how it was bathed the whole day, I decided to start a garden and received permission to do so from the commanding officer.
“Each morning, I put on a straw hat and rough gloves and worked in the garden for two hours. Every Sunday, I would supply vegetables to the kitchen so that they could cook a special meal for the common-law prisoners. I also gave quite a lot of my harvest to the warders, who used to bring satchels to take away their fresh vegetables.”
December 8, 2013 No Comments
The Benefits of having an allotment.
Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation
BHAF Press Release
Nov 28, 2013
A major survey of plot holders in Brighton and Hove, just completed in October 2013 shows that 92% of plot holders either agreed or strongly agreed that allotments improved their mental health or provided stress relief. 53% strongly agreed and 39% agreed. According to the survey 4500-5000 people regularly use the allotments in Brighton and Hove.
December 4, 2013 No Comments
A one-acre farm serving thousands of patients with fresh vegetables and herbs every week
Oct 25, 2013
A thriving one-acre farm to make sure that patients eat right.
“The concept of an urban farm is new. The concept of linking it to a health center is also new. We are the first. It is truly cutting edge when you look at the whole health of the person. We are relay bringing the circle to completion by doing this,” Warren said.
Adding to it, the Center runs nutrition classes for patients, and they say their eating habits are changing.
November 2, 2013 Comments Off
To raise awareness about the importance of including people with disabilities and develop strategies to include them in urban agricultural activities, a pilot project in Thika, Kenya was implemented.
By The New Agrologist
With the help of two agronomists from Real Impact – a Kenyan NGO that works to increase food security through community-based nutrition gardens – demonstration gardens were established in two schools that catered for children with disabilities. The aim was to enable students and other people in their communities with disabilities to learn about innovative urban agriculture techniques. Sack gardening and vermiculture were chosen because they require little space, are inexpensive and could provide people with meaningful employment. Both methods are also easily accessible for wheelchair users.
October 6, 2013 Comments Off
A jail in Northwest Ohio reports savings of over US$25,000 as a result of prison gardens.
by Saumya Jain
Sept 24, 2013
For prisoners, spending time in the gardens is “a whole lot better than sitting in one place and having to count the minutes go by,” according to Diana Claitor, director of the Texas Jail Project. Prison coordinators from Ohio’s Sandusky County Jail have commented that the satisfaction of gardening “gives inmates a sense of self-worth.” Moreover, prisons typically use gardening as an incentive to encourage good behavior.
But the system has its limitations. It works best in areas that have large tracts of available and fertile land. Additionally, only low and medium security prisoners, who can be allowed to leave prison grounds without safety concerns, are able to participate in these programs. The Garden Project however, has shown that prison gardening has improved the quality of rehabilitation overall.
October 5, 2013 Comments Off
No one is allowed to eat anything before the plants are thoroughly vetted for cosmic microbes.
By Jesse Hirsch
September 10, 2013
(Must read. Mike)
Levine and Massa are part of the team developing the Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program, set to hit the ISS later this year. This December, NASA plans to launch a set of Kevlar pillow-packs, filled with a material akin to kitty litter, functioning as planters for six romaine lettuce plants. The burgundy-hued lettuce (NASA favors the “Outredgeous” strain) will be grown under bright-pink LED lights, ready to harvest after just 28 days.
NASA has a long history of testing plant growth in space, but the goals have been largely academic. Experiments have included figuring out the effects of zero-gravity on plant growth, testing quick-grow sprouts on shuttle missions and assessing the viability of different kinds of artificial light. But VEGGIE is NASA’s first attempt to grow produce that could actually sustain space travelers.
October 2, 2013 Comments Off
Recent arrivals from Burma and Bhutan have built a teeming garden in the city.
By Mike Sula
Sept 5, 2013
Many mornings Pak Suan is in the garden by 7 AM, alone. That’s not long after he finishes the graveyard shift at Rivers Casino, where he works as a custodian. He spends an hour or so harvesting, or watering the plants in either the main hoop house or the smaller one he built himself near the back of the lot. He pieced it together with leftover sheets of opaque plastic and $300 worth of PVC piping, which arcs over his family’s plot.
Among other things, he’s growing mustard greens, tomatoes, daikon, and a variety of hibiscus called roselle, whose Burmese name is chin baung, or “sour leaf.” He’s also nurturing a good number of plants he calls kyan ka, which produce a green, slightly bitter fruit that’s sort of a cross between a tomato and an eggplant. He says it’s eaten only in Burma’s western Chin state, where he was born and raised. He lived there until he was forced to flee to Thailand 15 years ago, when he was 20.
September 14, 2013 Comments Off
French news report showing the Kalisher Community Garden.
The Kalisher garden enables the Ethiopian community to dig deep, to vitalize and enrich the landscape, to stay connected with their past culture, and to look forward to a bright future in their new homeland.
By Doni Kaye
Aug 28, 2013
This scene encapsulates a typical gardening session at the Kalisher Community Garden located near one of Beer Sheba’s absorption centers designated for families of immigrants from Ethiopia. This summer, I have had the opportunity to work in urban agriculture spaces located near several centers of Israel’s recent immigrant communities, many from Ethiopia. During this time, I have seen how these urban gardens encourage intermingling between community members; yield produce which offers families with an additional source of income; and affords residents with supplemental food options.
August 29, 2013 Comments Off
“They find some kind of creative outlet when they need a break from the daily grind.”
By David P. Ball
24 hours Vancouver
August 21, 2013
Vancouver police have opened a new rooftop vegetable garden to help officers reduce stress.
And for the coordinator of the force’s crisis negotiation team, tending the crop doesn’t just put greens on her dinner table.
“My job can be high stress at times,” said Const. Cinda Michael. “It’s wonderful to be able to take a few minutes out of my day, pull some weeds, water some plants and decompress, and get back to work — and have fresh vegetables to take home in the evening for dinner.”
August 27, 2013 Comments Off
The Potential Weight Control Benefits of Community Gardening
By Melissa Sweet
Aug. 18, 2013
People who participate in community gardening are more likely to be in a healthy weight range than people from comparable backgrounds who are not involved with community gardens, a study in the US has found.
It’s worth noting though that the design of the study means it is capable only of showing an association between community gardening and having a healthy weight. It does not prove cause and effect, and one possibility is that the findings simply reflect that people who engage with community gardening are more likely to have a healthy lifestyle anyway.
August 26, 2013 Comments Off
Fred Bahnson, a pioneer in the church gardening movement
‘New book recounts church gardening as peacemaking ministry’
By Yonat Shimron
Aug 13, 2013
Excerpt from article:
From the start, the garden attracted more attention from the outside than from the church itself. Slowly, a steady stream of workers came to till, plant, weed, irrigate and harvest. Bahnson started weekly potlucks and installed an outdoor wood-fired oven. Then he and other gardeners started holding Communion services out among garden beds.
The site also became a mecca of sorts for other congregations and community leaders; each month, five to 10 people showed up to tour the garden and take notes. Soon a yearly conference at Anthoth drew 150 church leaders.
August 18, 2013 Comments Off
In Dallas, Texas ex-warriors charge into the local food movement
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
Aug 1 2013
It started when Smith planted a few gardens in the back of his house to supplement family meals. Soon Jeffers followed suit and started digging up his yard as well. With a careful diet that included vegetables from the gardens, their stomach issues started to improve. Also for Jeffers, as with Smith, digging in the dirt just felt good. Reaping a bounty, all while doing something good for their health and the earth, created some much needed harmony.
Over the course of two years, Smith and Jeffers slowly transformed their entire yards into small farms. Every spare piece of land has been set aside to grow, from the strip between the sidewalk and street, to a small space along the alley in the back, to the sides of the house and everywhere in between. “At first it was just a few raised gardens” Jeffers says. “Now my wife worries the kids will have space to play.”
August 6, 2013 Comments Off
These Bhutanese gardeners are either middle-aged or elderly women who have limited or no English.
International Rescue Committee
The Namaste Garden helps refugees set up a garden and grow produce for their own family or community. It allows those that are unable to work to have a meaningful activity and help support their families. It provides healthy, cheap, familiar produce for their families, food that in some instances is hard for them to buy at local grocery stores, and it’s a great opportunity to strengthen the connection to their new homes. It also encourages the families and individuals the IRC relocates to get out into the greater community and form lasting relationships with other community members, refugees and Tukwila natives alike.
June 29, 2013 Comments Off
Video by Patrick Mustain
Excerpt from website:
Maurice Small is an urban strategist specializing in food access. In 2012 the Interfaith Food Shuttle, an organization working to fight hunger in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, invited him to Southeast Raleigh to start an urban agriculture program (Urban Ag). The Interfaith Food Shuttle secured funding for four acres of vacant land that Small is transforming into community gardens.
To help with his work, Small relies on volunteers and only two employees, Travis Taylor and Fred Jeter. Not only are Taylor and Jeter helping to build the community gardens, but the Urban Ag program has also secured 3/4 of an acre for the two of them to develop as well.
June 24, 2013 Comments Off