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Nancy Coleman’s tomato plant went berserk with fruit – Victory Gardener

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Movie Stars 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

On the day Nancy Coleman found she was to be a star, she bought a house and an acre of land in the Valley. It’s near the homes of Marsha Hunt and Richard Carlson. To greet their fellow actor, they each sent her a gift, with a card that said, “Welcome, Neighbour!”

From the Carlson home came a tomato plant; from Marsha Hunt lettuce seeds. The tomato plant went berserk with fruit (or is it vegetables?), till one day it broke in two from the weight of its yield – Nancy knowing naught about propping it up with sticks. The lettuce seeds, to the surprise of Nancy and Marsha both, turned into virulent weeds with yellow flowers.

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November 24, 2014   Comments Off

Photo essay: What’s growing in West Virginia’s urban ruins?

wesvirgFarm manager Jocelyn Carlson waters freshly planted lettuce at Farm 18. Photo by Ariel Min/PBS NewsHou.

By the end of the season, it’s expected that $20,000 worth of produce will have been pulled from the vines of Farm 18’s one-acre plot.

By Jason Kane And Ariel Min
PBS News Hour
October 28, 2014

Excerpt:

WHEELING, W.Va. — When Danny Swan first broke ground on his West Virginia farm in June 2008, his rototiller hit a baby doll. Then some porcelain plates. Then a pair of pantyhose.

It didn’t take him long to discover that pieces of an entire urban neighborhood were buried beneath the soil — “bricks and rocks and everything else contained in houses that used to be here,” he said.

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October 29, 2014   Comments Off

Nairobi, Kenya – Transforming Local Government For Agriculture in a Megacity

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Colour presentation

By Diana Lee-Smith
Associate, Mazingira Institute
P O Box 14186 Nairobi 00800, Kenya
May 28, 2014

Contents:

•How urban agriculture helps food security
•Nairobi’s food system inequalities
•Small food businesses
•Drivers of transformation: the policy process
•Realizing the Right to Food through spatial planning and small agribusiness promotion

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July 4, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Agriculture: Food Equity and Food Ecology

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Bradner Gardens Park and Community Garden. Photo by Ken Kailing. Click on image for larger file.

“I don’t think there is anything easy about finding the right urban agro-ecology, but I do know it needs to happen.”

Ken Kailing,
Good Food World
May 2nd, 2014

Excerpt:

Urban agriculture, whether grown in community gardens or in large commercial warehouses, is here to stay – and increasing. And along with it, new accommodations need to take place between neighbours.

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May 22, 2014   Comments Off

Urban Farmers in Chongqing, China

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Wang Chengyun, a Chongqing resident, pauses for a photograph while helping his uncle clear an open plot on a construction site to use it for farming. Photo by Tim Franco. See all photos here.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

By Tim Franco
China File
May 1, 2014
(Must See! Mike)

Tim Franco is a French-Polish photographer based in Shanghai. Since 2005, he has been fascinated by the transformation of Chinese cities. He documents change through urban photography and keeps tuned in with the underground art world and the social implications of urbanization. For the past two years, Franco has been working on a long-term project looking at the fast urbanization in Chongqing.

Excerpt:

As its leaders often remind the world, China has twenty-two percent of the world’s population, but less than ten percent of its arable land (as much as one fifth of which, it was recently reported, is severely polluted). People find ways to make up for the shortfall. For centuries officials have complained of peasants cultivating marginal lands, and for just as long Chinese farmers have been geniuses of agricultural improvisation, making use of whatever land they could find when they needed it.

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May 5, 2014   Comments Off

April 1944 – Actress Laraine Day poses in Victory Garden cover shot

Actress Laraine Day (1920 – 2007) poses in a gardener’s costume while surrounded by various vegetables for the April 1944 issue of PIC magazine, New York. Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images.

Excerpt from her obituary in the New York Sun (Nov 11, 2007): Laraine Day, 87, Film Actress and ‘First Lady of Baseball’

After a quickie Mexican divorce of her first husband in 1947, the Mormon movie starlet married Durocher, the foul-mouthed New York Dodger’s skipper who up to that point was despised by all but the team’s fans. The pair settled down for a decade or so of married bliss that saw Day, who kept her movie-star name, dubbed by the press “the First Lady of Baseball.”

Durocher, in the meantime, incurred further obloquy by bolting the Dodgers mid-season in 1948 for the crosstown rival Giants. Yet the marriage seemed to soften his image as well, especially after Day began broadcasting a pre-game show on WPIX, the Giants’ station at that time, in which she focused on players’ human side rather than game action. By her own account, the first time Day encountered Durocher, her first question had been, “What is a Dodger?”

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March 31, 2014   Comments Off

Kardashians plant a vegetable garden

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Photo by Kristian Dowling/KK/Getty Images for GI
06 Aug 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA (L-R) Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kris Jenner plant a vegetable garden at their family home on August 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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March 11, 2014   Comments Off

1925 – Silent Screen Star ‘Buster Keaton’ Had a Food Garden

Actor gardens with his sons Bob and Joe

Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Circa 1925: American star of the silent screen Buster Keaton (1895 – 1966) at work in the front garden of his bungalow at MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer) studios, with his two sons Bob and Joe. The bungalow, named ‘Keaton’s Kennel’ was built for him as a dressing room.

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March 6, 2014   Comments Off

Panoramic view of Brooklyn Grange – Urban Rooftop Farm


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Favorite crops grown on the Grange roof year after year

Excerpt from their website:

Salad Mixes
Our greens mix is a fresh blend of spicy mustards, sweet lettuces, bitter chicories, and bright colors. Our signature mixes evolve throughout the year, depending on which leaves prefer cool weather, warm weather, and varying sunlight. Kales, chicories, and spinach survive the winter, and pop up sweet and crisp in the early spring.

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January 4, 2014   Comments Off

New York Photographer, George Hirose, sheds light on East Village’s community gardens

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Dias Y Flores #1, (13th St. betwn Ave A & B), 2011. Click on image to enlarge.

Magic Gardens: Night-time Photographs from the East Village Community Gardens

By Sabina Mollot
Town & Village Blog
December 26, 2013
(Must See. Mike)

Excerpt:

As for his own interest in the gardens, for Hirose, they were always a way to meet likeminded people, artists, musicians and other characters, along with the nightclubs in the Lower East Side in the 70s and 80s. They were also a way to enjoy a bit of nature close to home, allowing a brief escape from the crime-ridden streets and graffiti-covered buildings.

However, even as the neighborhood gentrified over the years since then, the volunteer-run gardens still remained a special place to Hirose. A couple of them even had play areas for kids, and he would take his daughter to the gardens when she was younger.

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January 2, 2014   Comments Off

Photographs from Detroit: Survival, renewal and urban farming

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Photo by Erica Yoon.

“I like to believe that we [are] holding this place together,” says Kadiri Sennefer, Detroit resident and a farm manager at D-Town Farm.

Denver Post
Oct 24, 2013

Excerpt:

Erica Yoon visited Detroit in October 2012 to investigate urban gardening initiatives for a project as a graduate student in photojournalism at Ohio University. The idea of urban farms popping up amid the chaos in Detroit seemed to be a great way to visualize how people were attempting to weather the economic storm there. She spent ten days meeting people, photographing and trying to parse what she’d read about Detroit from what she was hearing from people on the ground.

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October 29, 2013   Comments Off

Giant vegetables at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, England

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Peter Glazebrook of Newark poses with his first prize giant onion. Photo by Reuters.

Should The Guinness Book Of Records World Record Be Broken, An Extra £1000 Will Be Added To The First Prize. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be shared.

Our famous giant vegetable competition is set to get even bigger this autumn with five new classes weighing in for the battle with a bulge.

Tipping the scales in this year’s contest of the colossi will be the heaviest marrows, cabbages, carrots, leeks, beetroots, pumpkins, potatos, tomatoes and parsnips.

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October 22, 2013   Comments Off

Rooftop Farm Wedding in New York

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This shoot, produced by Viva Max Weddings and Molly Oliver Flowers, celebrates the beauty and abundance of Brooklyn farming while highlighting an amazing wedding look that is bold, rich, lush and of course beautiful.

Rustic Urban Wedding Ideas At Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm

Wedding Chicks
9.10.2013

Excerpt:

From Viva Max Weddings:
This shoot, produced by Viva Max Weddings and Molly Oliver Flowers, celebrates the beauty and abundance of Brooklyn farming while highlighting an amazing wedding look that is bold, rich, lush and of course beautiful. We wanted to show that a farm wedding can be elegant and hip, not just hippie. Viva Max Weddings and Molly Oliver Flowers curated a group of vendors that really embraced this lush feeling and kept things Brooklyn-focused, beautiful and eco-friendly. Les Loups Pictures + Songs captured everyone’s immense talent despite the fact that we were hit by numerous torrential rainstorms throughout the day. The images are breathtaking. Paperfinger’s hand written calligraphy was sprinkled throughout the shoot. That splash of color and wild feel to her words added so much energy to our look.

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September 13, 2013   Comments Off

Chinese Farmers – Replica Eiffel Tower – Ghost Town

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Faux Paris in China – Photos by Aly Song

By Aly Song
Reuters
Aug 2, 2013

A farmer carrying a rake walks down a dirt road past a replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Tianducheng development area in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Tianducheng, developed by Zhejiang Guangsha Co Ltd, started construction in 2007 and was known as a knockoff of Paris with a scaled replica of the Eiffel Tower standing at 108 metres (354 ft) and Parisian houses.

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August 3, 2013   Comments Off

Top of the plots – Britain’s best allotments

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Bristol permaculture guru Mike Feingold has four plots which he uses to demonstrate, trial and teach permaculture principles. Photo by Mark Diacono.

What began as book research – to find beautiful and interesting allotments – became a pilgrimage to Britain’s top plots

By Lia Leendertz
The Guardian
12 April 2013
Last year Lia Leendertz and Mark Diacono tracked down 30 of the most beautiful and interesting allotments in the country for their new book My Cool Allotment.

Excerpt:

The allotmenters on whom photographer Mark Diacono and I eventually settled ran the complete gamut, from the old boys doing things the traditional way – all sharply edged and weed-free beds – to the permaculturists seeking out a new and more sustainable path, with not an inch of bare ground to show for themselves. Each would be horrified by the other’s plots, but each starts from the same basic point: the same-sized plot of rented land and a desire to grow. Artists, jam-makers, a prize dahlia grower and a grower of dye plants had all turned their plots to their own particular needs. We found orchards, vineyards, cut flower gardens and national plant collections, all as different as can be, all homed in plots of roughly 10 poles (to use the medieval word that lingers on purely for the measuring of allotments) or about 250 square metres.

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May 4, 2013   1 Comment