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Atlanta creates the nation’s largest free food forest with hopes of addressing food insecurity

Initiatives to make urban cities more edible are catching on. There are at least 70 free food forests in the country

By Carly Ryan
CNN
Feb 22, 2021

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When a dormant pecan farm in the neighborhoods of south Atlanta closed, the land was soon rezoned and earmarked to become townhouses.

But when the townhouses never came to fruition and with the lot remaining in foreclosure, Atlanta’s Conservation Fund bought it in 2016 to develop an unexpected project: the nation’s largest free food forest.

Thanks to a US Forest Service grant and a partnership between the city of Atlanta, the Conservation Fund, and Trees Atlanta, you’ll find 7.1 acres of land ripe with 2,500 pesticide-free edible and medicinal plants only 10 minutes from Atlanta’s airport, the world’s busiest airport before the pandemic struck.

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February 28, 2021   No Comments

Philippines: Community garden is a source of food, profit, and hope for community members displaced by the Zamboanga Siege

Fresh harvest from the ATIWA communal farm.

An unexpected but delightful side effect of the community garden is that it’s encouraged many barangay residents to start their own gardens either in their own backyards, or if their space is limited, in between houses.

By Yvette Natalie Tan
Manila Bulletin
Feb 21, 2021

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The housing office allocated 2000 sqm open space for the community garden, which is staffed by volunteers. “On the first day, 12 people helped, until it became seven, and then five,” Bahani shares in Tagalog. It took them two weeks to finish the garden with the help of trucks from the barangay and two paid laborers.

The garden grows several crops, including kamote, kangkong, carrots, Chinese mustard, ampalaya, upo, squash, patola, tomatoes, eggplant, alugbati, jicama, corn, onions, ginger, lemongrass, kadios (pigeon pea), monggo, sayote, bell pepper, sili, and kamoteng kahoy, as well as fruits like papaya and indigenous vegetables like talinum and saluyot.

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February 25, 2021   No Comments

The State of Community Gardens and Urban Agriculture – New York

Intro No. 1059 A Local Law in relation to a report on community garden food processing and agriculture.

By Charles Platkin, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H., Distinguished Lecturer, Hunter College, CUNY
New York City Food Policy Centre
January 27, 2021

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We recommend the following:

Continue and expand the GreenThumb urban gardening program.
Increase development of urban agriculture, including hydroponic production gardens, rooftop production gardens, and other measures to combat food insecurity in under-resourced communities.
Create and expand community gardens and/or other community production gardens, including hydroponic production gardens and rooftop gardens, in NYCHA public housing.
Explore additional ways community gardens and urban agriculture can contribute to the New York City food supply.
Ensure the protection of community gardens from future development projects.
Develop legislation and/or tax incentives that promote urban agriculture.
We at the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center stand ready to support community garden food processing and agriculture.

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February 23, 2021   No Comments

New ordinance could allow St. Pete, Florida residents to grow and sell produce on their property

… in residential districts, allow on-site sales of produce (including honeybee products) on residential properties with limits on frequency, up to 36 times per calendar year;

By Andrew Harlan
I love the burg
Feb 17, 2021

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One major change is opening up community garden guidelines. Currently, it operates on a not-for-profit basis. The amendment would remove that restriction.

The purpose of these text amendments is to expand opportunities for the production and sale of produce in the City by removing regulatory barriers as follows, via the City of St. Pete website:

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February 23, 2021   No Comments

Scotland: Glasgow nurse writes brilliant song about failed leeks to combat covid stress

Song here.

Donny McKie has become an Instagram superstar after posting an ode to his leeks – which have turned out crap this year, btw – leaving his followers in stitches.

By Holly Lennon
Glasgow Live
Feb 2021

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“I’ve had the allotment for just over three years now. I was never interested in gardening at all but the minute I turned 40 my fingers turned green. I got really into it.

“I can’t tell you how good it’s been to have it during the pandemic. It’s my happy place. You need that space away from it all – it’s like yin and yang for me. Work’s still good but stressful and having that release is amazing.

“I thought of the song in a moment of madness, I’ve no idea what happened. I’ve got a pal who’s a musician and he let me borrow one of his songs so I stripped his lyrics off, wrote my own and sang over the top of it.

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February 23, 2021   No Comments

An Atlanta mixologist built a thriving community garden for fellow bartenders

Mincey-Parker

One of the bartenders was also a painter, and she grew flowers, then steeped the petals to make watercolor paint.

By Julie Kendrick
The Takeout
Feb 16, 2021

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Her vision and hard work meant that, during a horrific summer, A Sip of Paradise bartenders’ community garden became a place to be outside, take in some deep breaths, and tend one’s own little plot of nature.

The garden promotes itself as “a healthy and safe garden space for bartenders to recharge their creativity, minds and themselves.” Mincey-Parker, the founder and executive director, says, “Our vision is for bartenders to grow food, herbs and flowers for themselves and their families to help transform their wellness and happiness.”

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February 22, 2021   No Comments

South Orange County neighborhoods help launch national urban farm movement.

Rancho Mission Viejo helped kick off a national trend in 2014 when it declared the new community of Esencia an “agrihood.” Now there are more than 90 such communities nationwide where a central amenity is a farm, which in fact can range from a full-fledged farm to a glorified community garden. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Participating households pay $100 per 6-month growing season and pitch in at least four hours of work each month.

By Martin Wisckol
Orange County Register
February 19, 2021

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Unlike traditional community gardens, the farms at Rancho Mission Viejo are fully integrated into the neighborhood from the outset of planning and are centrally located. Rather than individuals controlling their own plots, everything is communal. There are fruit trees, greenhouses for seedlings and, at the nearby Sendero Farm, a chicken coop tended wholly by residents.

There are also a host of related activities. These include twice monthly farm stands, where anyone in the community can buy produce, farming workshops, monthly harvests donated to the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, potlucks for the resident farmers (currently in virtual mode) and family days on Saturdays.

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February 20, 2021   No Comments