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  • Washington D.C. Urban Gardens Bring Low-Cost, Fresh Produce To City’s Food Deserts
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    Jacquana McIntyre started as a volunteer and now manages one of DC UrbanGreen’s farms at Fort Stanton in Southeast Washington, D.C. Photo by Larisa Epatko/PBS NewsHour “I always wanted to work outside,” she said. The former children’s day care worker noted that kids enjoy digging in the earth and learning how... Read more »
  • Unsung hero uses gardening knowledge to serve Springfield, Ohio
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    Terry Frederick looks over a row of kale at the end of its life cycle in the Jefferson Street Garden Monday. Bill Lackey/Staff The 1.25-acre garden served about 30 families last year, Frederick said. By Michael Cooper Springfield New Sun Nov 24, 2016 Excerpt: For his efforts at two local community gardens, Frederick has been... Read more »
  • Australia: Harmony Garden in Newcastle brings people of different cultures together for support and stories
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    Hari Singh moved to Australia from India. (1233 ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue) Each week a group of people from countries such as India, Poland, Spain, Germany and England gather at a suburban block in the New South Wales city to tend the garden beds. By Robert Virtue ABC Newcastle Nov 24, 2016 Excerpt: Stefinia Stisiikowski came... Read more »
  • Delaware: Applications now accepted for second round of urban agriculture and community garden micro-grants
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    Feb. 17, 2017 is deadline for groups statewide Delaware Government November 23rd, 2016 DOVER — Organizations wanting to launch or expand an urban agriculture or community garden project to benefit their neighborhood can apply for micro-grants from the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee announced today. “Neighborhood-driven urban farm projects can... Read more »
  • Michigan Urban Farming Initiative will transform a vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe
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    A rendering of what the future community resource center and food cafe will look like on Brush Street in Detroit’s North End. Photo by Dave Darovitz/Global Product Development Communications. Click on image for larger file. “This is part of a larger trend occurring across the country in which people are... Read more »
  • 1860: Brooklyn City Farmer involved in ‘A Bad Trade’
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    Click on image for larger file. Old Brooklyn Farm Lands. Apples taken New York Times Oct 25, 1860 Brooklyn News A Bad Trade – A New York merchant, who does a little farming in a small way, in the eighteenth Ward, had a few barrels of very choice apples on his trees this Fall.... Read more »
  • Sicily: A community garden in Librino, Catania
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    Close up of gardens in 2013. Click on image for larger file. There are about 40 gardens presently By Roberto Volunteer with the project Nov 30, 2016 We started our work about 20 years ago as a non profit association working with the children in a suburban district of Catania (Sicily), Librino,... Read more »
  • Largest community garden in USA at Doris Duke’s former New Jersey estate donates tons of organic produce
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    Duke Farms, the 2,700-acre former estate of globe-trotting philanthropist Doris Duke, is one of the largest preserved properties in the state of New Jersey. Photo credit: Jeff Weiser Click on image for larger file. The Community Garden is segmented into seven “neighborhoods” with names like Rutabaga Ridge and Brocoli Boro.... Read more »
  • ‘Munch’ project enlivens city street life in Coquitlam, BC
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    Erin Davidson of the Austin Heights Business Improvement Association and Peter Meegan of Mary Ann Meegan Insurance Ltd. with one of 38 planters filled with edible produce and herbs that was installed earlier this year for Coquitlam Munch, a city of Coquitlam Community in Bloom project. 38 self-watering planters, created by... Read more »
  • Green acres are flourishing on campus rooftops across Canada
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    Elevator pitch: Arlene Throness of Ryerson’s farm, originally proposed by architect students (Mark Blinch/Ryerson University) Click on image for larger file. Sustainability-minded green roof projects are appearing from Montreal’s Concordia to the University of Saskatchewan By Leanne Delap Macleans November 28, 2016 Excerpt: And at the University of Saskatchewan, an opportunity arose on top of... Read more »