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Will Denver Urban Gardens lose most of El Oasis?

Gardeners, from left to right: Andy Karsian, Mandy Miller, Patrick Griffith, Julie Kinamore, and Monica Martin, right, stand near their plots of land in the El Oasis Community Garden on Sept. 21, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

What happens next could speed up the sale of the nonprofit’s largest property, against community objections

By John Wenzel
The Denver Post
Jan 15, 2021

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Gardeners, however, have revolted against DUG, shocked that the community-garden nonprofit would sell its biggest patch of urban green space and raising the specter of company mismanagement. It had been given to DUG for $1, and was meant to be held in perpetuity as a garden (although not legally secured as such).

Since then, gardeners have been looking for ways to head off the sale and expressing rage that they weren’t included in alternative discussions.

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January 21, 2021   No Comments

Plan is to construct the George Washington Carver Victory Garden & Farm

$4.3M plan for 10 acres in Columbus invites community to get involved.

By Mark Rice
Ldger Enquirer
January 15, 2021

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The plan is to construct the George Washington Carver Victory Garden & Farm on the 10 vacant acres behind the Marshall Success Center and Davis Elementary School and along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. To start, the nonprofit community development organization Turn Around Columbus is trying to raise $143,000 for the project’s first phase.

Turn Around Columbus is partnering with the Muscogee County School District on the victory garden and farm to provide students hands-on learning in math, science and entrepreneurship. The goal is to empower youth to become positive change agents, with the byproduct of affordable and healthy food for the community.

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January 21, 2021   No Comments

Sweden: Stockholm 2041: how co-management of urban space changed the city and its people

De boeren hofstede, Lutkie & Cranenburg, 1848 – 1881

This utopian essay is playing out twenty years from now (in 2041) and is grounded in on-going research (in 2020) on the new urban gardening commons in Stockholm City, Sweden

By Nathalie Bergame|
Shareable
January 14, 2021

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A cry for autonomy and “the right to the city” through gardening

With rather high initial investments for establishing a good soil quality, buying fruit-bearing bushes and other perennials as well as seeds and the looming risk of being evicted from the plot of urban land, residents who were engaged in park management in the 2020s began to demand more long-term based public land leases from the City District Administrations. Viewed from the perspective of the “right to the city,” conceptualised more than seventy years ago in 1967 by urban theorist Henri Lefebvre, the residents performed their urban duty and demanded the full rights to their labor on public land and by that claimed their right to the city.

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January 20, 2021   No Comments

Try the Bronx Hot Sauce Supporting Community Gardens

Courtesy Aidan Grant via Small Axe Peppers.

This project has now grown nationwide, with 75 gardens participating in 15 cities.

By Max Watman
Yahoo News
January 12, 2021

Excerpt:

Max Watman
Tue, January 12, 2021, 2:05 AM PST

John Crotty was looking for a building in the Bronx for his affordable housing development organization when by chance he spotted an empty lot with southern exposure. In a flash, he saw his future.

“What’s going on with that space over there?” Crotty thought to himself. He immediately knew the trash strewn plot was perfect for a community garden. His next thought was about what they could possibly grow there. His mind jumped to growing peppers and making hot sauce out of them, because “it was the only thing we could grow in a confined space and make more of an end product. One hundred pounds of peppers becomes 500 pounds of hot sauce. All other fresh produce for commercial purposes goes the other way—you grow 100 pounds to sell 75.”

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January 18, 2021   No Comments

Australia: And then the pandemic came: A tale of two community gardens

Georgina Bathurst in the Bourke Street garden.James Brickwood.

The garden’s membership doubled to more than 50 during the pandemic

By Danielle Mahe
Sydney Morning Herald
January 13, 2021

Excerpt:

Last year was meant to be the year when the Bourke Street Community Garden in Woolloomooloo could finally house the prized chickens for which the gardeners had been waiting for.

To mark the occasion, they had planned to hold a chicken festival, an open day to showcase the inner city garden with its new additions. It would be the first of the 23 community gardens in the City of Sydney council area to have livestock.

The chickens finally arrived in March. But so did COVID-19.

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January 17, 2021   No Comments

Holland: Kitchen Gardens: From Plot to Plate – A Photo Essay

By Ruud Sies

Kitchen gardens can supply up to half of all non-staple food needs, as well as a significant number of vitamins and minerals. This makes them an invaluable tool for food security in vulnerable communities.

By Ruud Sies (photographer) and partner Hanneke van Hintum (producer)
Resilience Food Stories
2020

Excerpt:

It was in the fall of 2016, that I made my first photo of a kitchen garden. It was somewhere on a dyke in Rotterdam, The subject of a kitchen garden is interesting above all for the beauty of the thing itself and for its universal character. There are millions of these little plots all over the world. Nothing else brings nature and culture so close together.

It is the battle against the elements that has to be fought out on thirty-five square metres that makes the subject so interesting. Nowhere do nature and culture come so closely together as in the kitchen garden, and there is nothing else that makes the seasons so visible.

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January 16, 2021   No Comments

Former ‘beer cave’ discovered under a St. Louis community garden

The cave also once home to a mushroom farm, wine grotto, and a community gathering spot. Now, the cave is only accessible by camera from two holes.

By Brigit Mahoney
Fox2
Jan 11, 2021

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cave once lost to time has since been rediscovered in the Benton Park neighborhood after more than a century.

“We lowered a lidar unit down here to map out the cave and here is the approximate route of the cave. The cave, it’s like 30-feet wide with a ceiling of 7 by 15 feet tall,” said Bill Kranz, project facilitator for the McHose and English Cave Recovery. “We were all out here in the alley jumping around like crazy.”

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January 16, 2021   No Comments