A Community Garden in Dundee, Scotland – A Segment from Beechgrove Garden Ep. 13 (BBC Scotland)

A Community Garden in Dundee, Scotland - A Segment from Beechgrove Garden Ep. 13 (BBC Scotland)

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Community garden leads to Gold Award for Scout via Papillion Times

Community garden leads to Gold Award for Scout via Papillion Times

Community garden leads to Gold Award for Scout via Papillion Times

Bellevue, Omaha and surrounding communities are benefiting from a Papillion girl’s recent efforts.

Jill Ruane, a 2017 graduate of Gross Catholic High School, created a community garden for St. Matthew Catholic Church in Bellevue, her home parish, as a way to share produce with church members and even the less fortunate. She organized the project as part of her efforts to earn the Girl Scouts Gold Award, the highest honor a member of the organization can receive.

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Start a Community Garden: Find and Design a Site via HouseLogic

Start a Community Garden: Find and Design a Site via HouseLogic

Start a Community Garden: Find and Design a Site via HouseLogic

A well-designed and located community garden can make any neighborhood more attractive and even boost property values. A 2008 article in Real Estate Economics found that in New York City, a 6,000-square-foot community garden added 3.4% in value to a property located next to the garden. After five years, the same garden added 7.4% to property next to the garden and 1.9% to property 1,000 feet away.

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Some 18,000 to 20,000 people nationwide, according to the American Community Gardening Association, are planting vegetables and flowers in parks, vacant lots, schools, office parks, and even cemeteries. If you’re looking for a perfect community garden spot, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Ten Tips on Gardening with Kids via American Community Gardening Council

Ten Tips on Gardening with Kids via American Community Gardening Council

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1. Kid gardens must be kid-based.
This means that kids help generate the ideas for what will be there, help with construction and planting, and are responsible for maintenance. Grown-up’s need to facilitate and show how, but not do everything. Focus on the process of involving them, and they will then take ownership.

2. Develop the garden to be appropriate for the site and regional conditions.
Involve the kids in the site analysis process so they understand how important the light, soil, drainage and other environmental factors are to having a garden. Develop the garden so the features and plant choices are adapted to local conditions, so you are not “working against nature.”

3. Focus on functional garden design, not how it will look.
Start the design process by determining what the children want to be doing and learning in the garden. Base the features on the practical functions they will serve, and don’t worry too much about aesthetics. Gardens that serve as hands-on learning laboratories for kids will be beautiful because they are well-used and well-loved spaces. Also remember that the children’s sense of what is pretty may not be yours; that’s ok because the garden is their space.

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Saturday Sprouts Club helps kids find roots via Rutland Herald

Saturday Sprouts Club helps kids find roots via Rutland Herald

Saturday Sprouts Club helps kids find roots via Rutland Herald

PITTSFORD — The Pittsford Village Farm isn’t just growing vegetables: It’s growing gardeners.

And in Pittsford, they start them young.

From 11 a.m. to noon every Saturday, the Pittsford Village Farm Community Garden hosts its new Sprouts Club, teaching young people the ins and outs of gardening, from earth worms and healthy soil to different varieties of cherry tomatoes.

The club was the brainchild of co-founder Laurie Kamuda of Kamuda’s Country Market, who wanted to do something for the community garden, and the local kids as well.

So she, fellow community member Ginny Carroccia and community garden coordinator Krysta Piccoli decided to join forces and put the two ideas together: a kids garden club, with an 8-foot by 20-foot community garden plot all their own.

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Tsuut’ina green thumbs gather to create community garden for food bank via CBC

Tsuut’ina green thumbs gather to create community garden for food bank via CBC

Tsuut'ina green thumbs gather to create community garden for food bank via CBC

A dozen volunteers on the Tsuut’ina First Nation are getting their hands dirty for the good of the community.

With a little help from Grow Calgary, members of the band have been digging, tilling and planting all week to create a community garden.

Everything grown will ultimately go to the Tsuut’ina Nation Food Bank.

“We can feed about a thousand families come July with what we are growing, which works out nicely because next month will be the one-year [anniversary] for the food bank,” said Crystal Starlight.

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Solar panel lights up the Community Garden via UCalgary

Solar panel lights up the Community Garden via UCalgary

Solar panel lights up the Community Garden via UCalgary

Summer took a little longer than usual to arrive this year, but it was worth the wait for members of the UCalgary Community Garden Club near Cascade Hall — a new garden shed has been equipped with off-grid solar that will provide some electricity in a sustainable way to help power phones and other equipment.

Every year, the Community Garden Club invites dozens of members to connect with food by planting, tending and harvesting a bounty of fresh organic vegetables. This year, thanks to the help of another campus club, Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy (ELSE), the gardeners will be able to plug in while they work.

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