News: Bronx community garden transformed with sustainable improvements via Inhabitat

News: Bronx community garden transformed with sustainable improvements via Inhabitat

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A newly renovated community garden has officially opened in the Bronx. Fannie’s Garden at Paradise on Earth, a venture of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), received a dramatic upgrade with sustainable features like permeable pavement, a rain garden, and a shade structure designed to support solar panels. The 13,000-square foot-garden offers space for urban residents to escape the city, get their hands dirty in 24 garden beds, and enjoy the colors of native plants. 

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Community Garden Raised Bed Tool Kit (PDF) via the New York State Health Department

Community Garden Raised Bed Tool Kit (PDF) via the New York State Health Department

Community Garden Raised Bed Tool Kit

Raised beds are a good idea for community gardens for a number of reasons. They solve drainage problems, make weeding easier and reduce soil compaction. In addition, because community gardens are often created in urban areas where soil contamination is common, raised beds can provide a means of reducing exposure to harmful chemicals. If you use raised beds, you can avoid planting directly in contaminated soil.

There are many ways to turn a vacant piece of land into a garden. Here is how one group built raised bed community gardens from the ground up in Utica, NY.

Community Garden Raised Bed Tool Kit (PDF)

Read Community Garden Raised Bed Tool Kit (PDF) via the New York State Health Department

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News: Community Garden established in Gurdon via SiftingsHerald

News: Community Garden established in Gurdon via SiftingsHerald

News: Community Garden established in Gurdon via SiftingsHerald

Gurdon now has a community garden.

A group gathered last week with shovels to commemorate the garden, including Mt. Canaan Baptist Church Pastor Johnny Harris, Gurdon Mayor Sherry Kelley and Johnathon Boyce, of the Brighter Tomorrow Foundation.

It was Boyce who brought the garden to reality, by asking Harris for permission to establish the garden on the church’s land, to which Harris gave his blessing.

“We made it happen,” said Boyce.

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8 Great Tips to Start a Community Garden via Sunset Magazine

8 Great Tips to Start a Community Garden via Sunset Magazine

8 Great Tips to Start a Community Garden via Sunset Magazine

Looking to bring your local neighborhood closer together through growing greens? Here’s what you need to know

A green beginning

There are tons of benefits to having a community garden: stronger sense of community, promoting healthy eating, learning what it really takes to grow your food. It’s also a great way to make gardening a possibility for those living in urban homes with less yard room, and to create a healthy town center for citizens of all ages.

But where should you start if you’d like a community garden of your own? We chatted with Rodney Spencer, the executive director of City Slicker Farms, which provides community gardens for West Oakland residents, to hear his top tips on how to get started.

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News: Growing healthy food for kids at the Shiloh Community Garden via Mountain Xpress

News: Growing healthy food for kids at the Shiloh Community Garden via Mountain Xpress

News: Growing healthy food for kids at the Shiloh Community Garden via Mountain Xpress

Norma Baynes was born and raised in Asheville’s Shiloh neighborhood. As an adult, she moved to Maryland, where she lived for 40 years before deciding to return home in 1996. “I moved back to the same street I was raised on,” she says. A few years later, she helped to found the Shiloh Community Organization. In 2004, the Shiloh Community Garden was born.

“It was very important that we start a garden where people could come and access food,” explains Baynes. “We give our food to the community. We don’t ask people to pay for it. Economically a lot of people can’t afford certain things. With a garden, people could come pick it themselves,” she says. The garden grows herbs, greens, tomatoes, peppers, squash, okra and so much more. “These days people eat a lot of fast food,” says Baynes. “Healthy food is very important.”

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