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UK city farms and community gardens – in pictures

A special moment for a visitor and a resident goat at Heeley City Farm in Sheffield, a working farm and environmental visitor centre in the heart of the city. Photograph: Philippa Willitts

Some 200 city and school farms in the UK, as well as more than 1,000 community gardens, are supported by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

The Guardian
Oct 27, 2017

Excerpt:

These community projects are not just fun places to visit with children: they use green space and growing plants and animals as a catalyst for real social action. Here is a taste of the urban countryside.

Many of the UK’s community growing sites are located in some of the most deprived urban areas, where people have little access to their own outside space. Research shows that taking part in gardening and farming activities can increase wellbeing and where community sites have been developed on wasteland, this can lead to a reduction in antisocial behaviour, such as fly-tipping and vandalism.

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Glorious Urban Farming Photographs by Valery Rizzo

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Her work appears in Print and Web across the globe.

(Must see. Mike)

Bio:

Valery Rizzo is a Portrait, Food and Lifestyle photographer, interested in Urban Lifestyle and Agriculture. Her work appears in Print and Web across the globe. Client list includes, Magazines, Books, Restaurants, Advertising and Marketing agencies. In addition to her commercial work Valery is also working on a number of personal contemporary photography projects, one of which is a series for a book project focused on the rapidly changing borough of Brooklyn where she was born and raised. She lives in Park Slope and can often be found photographing urban farms, local producers, restaurants and the streets of Brooklyn.

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1943: Girl Scouts Learn to Victory Garden

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Professor Harry Nelson of San Francisco’s Junior College

Ann Rosener, photographer
United States. Office of War Information.
1943 Feb. Mar.

Guiding hand behind the establishment of many West coast Victory Gardens, Professor Harry Nelson of San Francisco’s Junior College still finds time to give his ten-year-old daughter Pat (left) and her Girl Scout friends some pointers in transplanting young vegetables

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Students’ Drawings Turned into Community Garden Mural in Georgia, USA

muralwClick on image for larger file. Winterville Elementary School students pose in front of mural. Photo by John Poark.

Athens’ Mayor Nancy Denson was on hand to be with the students.

Online Athens and
Flagpole
Dec 2, 2016

Adorning the wall of the old Spratlin Garage that faces the Winterville Community Garden is a new mural designed by children and supported by the City of Winterville and Winterville Arts Council. Artist Cameron Bliss Ferrelle and Judy Logue visited the art classes at Winterville Elementary School to lead third, fourth and fifth graders in creating drawings of objects found in a garden.

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This, My Garden, Has Been To Me

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Photographs by Dennis Santella

SPQR Book Launch and Signing on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Affirmation Arts.
523 W. 37th Street, NY, NY 10018

In This, My Garden, Has Been to Me, Dennis Santella has created an elegiac document of formal and improvised greenspace in Harlem during a period of rapid change in the neighborhood.

The author: “I spent four years, from 2008-2012, mapping and photographing nearly 200 gardens, former gardens, and empty lots within the historic boundaries of Harlem.”

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Japan: Capturing the end of summer, city farming in Setagaya, Tokyo

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Photo Essay

By Nada Bonaso
Tokyo, Japan
September 11, 2016

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The Guardian: Growing together – an allotment picture essay

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National Allotments Week 2016 aims to highlight the inclusive nature of allotment gardening, appealing to all sections of society and all levels of ability. Photographer Sam Frost went to meet allotment holders in Bristol

By Sam Frost
The Guardian
Aug 15, 2016
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Excerpt:

There has been a renewed interest in allotments, with many holders taking them up for the social aspect in addition to access to outside space and being able to grow fresh produce. Alderman Moore Allotments in Bristol are run by the Hotwells & District Allotments Association, which was founded in 1917 and is approaching its 100th year.

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In a small patch of Bamako, Mali a few plots of land stand strong

maliQuartier de Magnambougou, Bamako, Mali. Click on image for larger file.

Independent growers farm greens and root vegetables on small plots of land with basic tools.

By Nicolas Leblanc
Nicolas is a French documentary photographer working on social and environmental issues. nicolasleblanc.com
Makeshift 14 (2009)

Excerpt:

In the southern corner of the Sahara, and on the fringe of the capital city Bamako, the fertile Magnambougou district offers an essential oasis. Along the banks of the river Niger, carefully organized plots of land crisscross broken houses and dirt roads. As urbanization of Mali’s capital continues — a trend replicated across West Africa — the tranquil ‘green lung’ plays an increasingly positive role in cooling and feeding the sun-soaked city.

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Dig for victory: vegetable growing during WWII in pics

undergAn employee of London Underground and a companion tending cabbages in a field beside South Harrow Station, September 1939.

17 great photos from The Telegram

Excerpts from comments on the site:

My Mother at 14 at the end of WWII was sent as a Landgirl to Sommerset from South East England.She remembers the Prisoners of war working in adjacent fields and there was strict no contact between the two groups.It is estimated that when Churchill talked the Wartime Cabinet to continue fighting the wwII after Dunkirk and the fall of France there was only 6 weeks reserves of food in Britain and start of starvation,and the Battle of the Atlantic was fierce 1940-1941. Yep they were sure rolling the dice and gambling with all the average peoples lives.

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June 11, 2016   Comments Off on Dig for victory: vegetable growing during WWII in pics

Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures

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“Probably the most famous commercial heirloom is the Moon and Stars watermelon.”

By Amy Goldman
Bloomsbury Press
Published Oct. 27 2015

On two hundred acres in the Hudson Valley, Amy Goldman grows heirloom fruits and vegetables–an orchard full of apples, pears, and peaches; plots of squash, melons, cabbages, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and beets. The president of the New York Botanical Garden has called her “perhaps the world’s premier vegetable gardener.” It’s her life’s work, and she’s not only focused on the pleasures of cultivating the land and feeding her family–she’s also interested in preserving our agricultural heritage, beautiful and unique heirlooms that truly are organic treasures.

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November 26, 2015   Comments Off on Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures

FAO makes training materials for Lesotho, Africa – ‘The Home Gardening and Nutrition Training’

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The Home Gardening and Nutrition training material was made by FAO in partnership with the Lesotho Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) and all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group (NGOs, UN agencies and Government institutions)

By Elizabeth Tsehlo
FAO
Nov 2015
(Must see. Mike)

Two different tools were produced: posters and handouts.

For trainer’s use (teachers, extension staff, NGOs), 400 kits combining the four posters and a portable stand have been produced in PVC A0 size (200 in Sesotho, 200 in English).

For communities, students, farmers and public in general, 60,000 kits of four handouts each have also been printed in A1 size (30,000 in Sesotho and 30,000 in English). These handouts include the information provided in the posters and additional related information on the reverse side of each handout.

The handouts have been distributed to approximately 300 schools (primary and high schools), and are being distributed to all 68 agricultural Resource Centres in Lesotho. Copies are also given for free to all members of the Home Gardening and Nutrition Working Group including various ministries, institutions, university, UN agencies and NGOs. FAO Emergency and Resilience Programme beneficiaries – 18,500 vulnerable farming families in total – will also receive one kit through the resource centres.

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Farming in Russian villages

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Although local residents love rural life and do not want to move to the towns and cities, the population of villages is decreasing. It is easier to find jobs in urban areas where there is access to developed infrastructure (schools, hospitals, stores, etc.).

By Ksenia Isaeva
Russia and India Report
Oct 2015

Excerpt:

Diana Serebrennikova, a Russian photographer, lived for a while in the village of Vyezhyi Log, which is hidden in the taiga forest in Russia, and studied ordinary farm life.

People here live in one or two floored wooden or stoned houses. During summer they gather berries and mushrooms, prepare hay, and grow vegetables and fruit. The locals also work here or nearby as shop-keepers, teachers, doctors, builders. Young people go to the towns and cities to study, and many of them do not come back.

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The Guardian – Urban farmers around the world – in pictures

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Green Souls founder Julius Rego with a beneficiary from a cancer patients’ centre showcasing the day’s produce after a day at the farm. Photograph: Priti Bhosale

We asked our community to share stories of farming projects in cities across the globe. From using old sacks in Nairobi to the garden of a Syrian mosque, here are a few ways our readers have been innovating

The Guardian
Sept 2015

Excerpt:

By Priti Bhosale, Green Souls project. We are a not-for-profit organisation addressing environmental, health and community concerns by practising and promoting sustainable urban farming. Largely active in and around Mumbai since 2012, our four community farms are volunteer-supported social projects at a children’s remand home, a boys’ shelter, a women’s shelter and a childcare centre for pediatric cancer patients. We strive to provide nutritious organic produce, nature therapy and life skills to those who need it the most in society, along with binding members of local communities irrespective of their age, status and backgrounds.

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Civic Works’ Real Food Perlman Place farm in Northeast Baltimore

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Alexander Harrell, production assistant, framed by popcorn plants. Civic Works’ Real Food Farm grows produce at their Perlman Place farm, located between North Avenue and Sinclair Lane. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun)

17 photos of Baltimore’s inner city farming

By Kim Hairston
Baltimore Sun
Aug 14, 2015

Excerpt:

This is the first year in production for the Civic Works’ Real Food Perlman Place farm in Northeast Baltimore. Just over 20 varieties of vegetables, 5 types of fruit, and several herbs and ornamental plants have transformed vacant lots into productive land. According to their website, Civic Works’ Real Food Farms provide pesticide-free fresh food to people in nearby communities, train people for jobs help the watershed and educate local youth.

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China: Villages changed into cities liberating women from farm drudgery

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She spent her childhood working in the fields, feeding the family’s pigs. The destruction of rural China became for Xiao Zhang a liberation – and an opportunity. This is the story of how her life changed as much as her country.

By Carrie Gracie
BBC News
June 22, 2015
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Excerpts:

She’d started helping with the farm work almost as soon as she could walk and when she was 11, she dropped out of school.

“Every family was poor but we were poorer,” she says.

“My mother was often ill. As the eldest I always had to help out, feeding the pigs, working in the fields, looking after the little ones.

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