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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

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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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Zimbabwe: Urban farming – survival strategy for most underprivileged families

We decided to utilise the bush across our homes to do gardening for different types of vegetables.

By Judith Phiri
Zimbabwe Daily
Jan 12, 2021

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Sunday News took a tour in some of the Bulawayo suburbs where people have been practicing urban farming. Ward 7 councillor, Shadreck Sibanda said they realised that some of the people in high density suburbs struggle to get food, hence they were working with the Bulawayo City Council to help the less privileged in Makokoba in urban agriculture. Over 100 families have benefited from the programme.

“The council identified the land and provided it to them so that they can be able to do gardening. As you are aware areas such as Makokoba and Mzilikazi, among others are congested and most of the yards do not have space for gardening. So with the availed land, people are able to sustain their lives through agriculture,” said Clr Sibanda.

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