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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

Horticultural therapy growing into a key program at Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Farm

MUSC’s horticultural therapy will be an important part of patient care at the Children’s Hospital when the time is right, McMillion said.

By Parker Milner
Charleston City Paper
Jan 5, 2021

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The Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Farm’s horticultural therapy services are enhancing an intensive treatment program for local children with behavioral challenges, helping kids ages 6-17 stay active outdoors with garden-based projects.

“That’s been amazing for them,” said Rebecca Daffron, clinical coordinator for MUSC’s STAR Children’s Day Treatment Program, which aims to stabilize, treat, assess and reintegrate children and adolescents. “Fresh air for everyone is therapeutic, but then there’s also the grounding techniques and being able to grow something outside.”

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January 10, 2021   No Comments

Korea: Future of agriculture grows under Seoul’s subway stations

Children line up in front of a Metro Farm to experience and learn about agriculture in January 2020.(Farm8)

An average 7.5 million people take the subway each day in Seoul, according to Seoul Metro. This means that passersby will naturally encounter Metro Farms on their way to work, home or to meet family and friends.

By Kim Hae-yeon
Korea Herald
Jan 4, 2021
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The 394-square-meter cultivation facility is a complex space consisting of an “Auto-Farm,“ where robots manage basic sowing and harvesting, a “Farm Cafe,” which sells fresh salad and juice, made from crops harvested on the same day, and “FarmX,” a zone where visitors can learn about the future of agriculture.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Metro, and the agriculture company Farm8 have come together for this project. In 2004, Farm8 started out as a firm that produced and distributed vegetable salads. Over time, the company shifted gears to conduct research on indoor farming as a method of sustainable agriculture that can operate regardless of weather conditions and has succeeded in developing high-tech distribution centers.

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January 9, 2021   No Comments

Finding common ground at the FPC High School Garden in Florida

“Experimenting with sustainable food growing methods will also provide our students with a deeper understanding of why water and natural resource conservation is so important in ensuring a healthy and happy future.”

By Mimi Vreeland, MLA, Horticulture Extension Agent
News Journal
Dev 23, 2020

This article is Part Three of a 3-part series on community gardens.

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An under-utilized area of Flagler Palm Coast High School’s property is being given a new purpose. What had been a grassy field is now being transformed into a bountiful food garden, thanks to a couple of dedicated individuals. Andrew Medearis, a science teacher at the high school, and Jordan Butler, Director of the Flagler County Youth Center, worked hard together to make the garden a reality and a long-lasting opportunity for Flagler County’s teenagers to learn about growing food sustainably.

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December 31, 2020   Comments Off on Finding common ground at the FPC High School Garden in Florida

UK: Gardening experts reveal the gateway plants that got them hooked on horticulture

Merlin Labron-Johnson was fascinated by amaranth and the red and purple orach Credit: Andrew Crowley

Was there a particular plant that got you interested in gardening? Seriously green-fingered folk reveal their gateway to growing

By Jean Vernon
The Telegraph
21 December 2020

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Michelin-starred chef Merlin Labron-Johnson was late to the gardening party, although early life lessons on the family farm in Devon left their mark. Food is his first love, but a new hobby came knocking when lockdown closed his restaurant, Osip, in the Somerset foodie hub of Bruton.

“Growing veg is definitely a very recent thing. I was busy running the restaurant and never quite found time to get involved in any of the growing. It has become almost an obsession and something that I am now as passionate about as cooking. It provides a great kind of escapism and also there’s something slightly therapeutic and relaxing about it.”

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December 28, 2020   Comments Off on UK: Gardening experts reveal the gateway plants that got them hooked on horticulture

‘Literally raised in a garden,’ community gardener Amber Beeson dies at 40

In the school garden she cultivated.

Her organization helped train teachers, parents and other volunteers at dozens of area schools on how to create their own gardens.

By Steven Mayer
Bakersfield.com
Dec 21, 2020

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“When she was little, we had a small place in east Bakersfield on one-third of an acre,” Sammons remembered.

They grew organic vegetables and raised goats and chickens.

“She was literally raised in a garden,” Sammons said.

In 2005 as a 20-something, she moved back to her birthplace.

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December 27, 2020   Comments Off on ‘Literally raised in a garden,’ community gardener Amber Beeson dies at 40

Philippines: The Department of Agriculture proposes the establishment of demo-garden

The Urban Agriculture Program targets to boost and revitalize urban agriculture in the city, enabling the beneficiaries to adapt vegetable gardening as the family’s source of safe and nutritious food

By DA-BPI
December 19, 2020

QUEZON CITY, Dec. 19 — The Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) Urban Agriculture Program with Crop Research and Production Support Division, executed an ocular visit on November 25, 2020, at Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Central Office, Taguig City.

The DA-BPI UA-Team proposed an establishment of a demo-garden in the TESDA Complex with leafy vegetables (pechay, mustard), fruit vegetables (okra, eggplant, kamatis, upo), indigenous vegetables (saluyot and fern), vine (squash, patola), herbs and spices (mayana, talinum, basil, oregano), and root crops (kamote) to plant as these crops are easy to grow and maintain.

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December 26, 2020   Comments Off on Philippines: The Department of Agriculture proposes the establishment of demo-garden