The Healing Potential of Turning Vacant Lots Green via CityLab

The Healing Potential of Turning Vacant Lots Green via CityLab

The Healing Potential of Turning Vacant Lots Green via CityLab

While the city scrambles to sell the lots for redevelopment, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has been working with residents to turn some into parks and community gardens. Now a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association from South and her colleagues points to evidence that their efforts are, in fact, having a positive effect on residents’ well-being. In particular, turning lots into green spaces alleviated the feeling of depression among residents who live in the poorest neighborhoods the researchers studied.

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Help us make th  Garden Grow

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Help Us Make The Garden Grow!

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The LEED Gold-seeking Edible Academy teaches urban farming in NYC via Inhabitat

The LEED Gold-seeking Edible Academy teaches urban farming in NYC via Inhabitat

The LEED Gold-seeking Edible Academy teaches urban farming in NYC via Inhabitat

New York-based architecture firm Cooper Robertson and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA) recently completed the latest addition to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx — the Edible Academy, a new LEED Gold-seeking facility that will teach the greater community about sustainable agriculture, healthy eating and the environment. Created as an expansion of the New York Botanical Garden’s Children’s Gardening Program founded in 1956, the $28 million state-of-the-art development covers three acres on the grounds of the existing Ruth Rea Howell Vegetable Garden. The facilities offer a wide array of programming as well as many sustainable features such as vegetated green roofs, composting toilets and geothermal heating and cooling.

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Help us make th  Garden Grow

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Help Us Make The Garden Grow!

We need volunteers of all sorts, especially for our Board of Directors who are moving the process forward each month.

Join us and plant the seeds of a new garden in your neighborhood!

Join our mailing list and get involved! 


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A community garden leadership handbook via the City of Seattle (PDF)

A community garden leadership handbook via the City of Seattle (PDF)

A community garden leadership handbook via the City of Seattle (PDF)A community garden leadership handbook via the City of Seattle (PDF)

Introduction:

Everybody Has Something To Offer: Components Of Garden Leadership

The following description of leadership roles is by no means meant to be complete. Seattle P-Patch gardens employ many creative examples of management. Your P-Patch would not function but for the leadership roles assumed by gardeners every year. The degree of leadership varies from site to site. Individuals and/or groups oversee, facilitate, and delegate the tasks necessary to manage a whole P-Patch. The framework suggested below can be done either individually or as a team.

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Bee hives established on Owens Community College Findlay campus via WTOL Toledo, Ohio

Bee hives established on Owens Community College Findlay campus via WTOL Toledo, Ohio

Bee hives established on Owens Community College Findlay campus via WTOL Toledo, Ohio

FINDLAY, OH (WTOL) -The Owens Community College Findlay campus is buzzing, as their biology department is getting some help with their community garden.

Next to the Owens Community garden in Findlay sit five bee hives purchased by the Owens faculty association.

The hope is that the bees can not only help pollinate the community garden, but can be used as an additional teaching tool for students.

“Any students that are taking our courses, or even if they’re not taking a biology course, and they want to learn they can come out and seek us out, and we’ll be happy to bring them out and teach them about what we’re learning and all of the stuff we have going on here,” said Bob Connour, Professor of Biology at Owens Community College

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How to Start A Community Garden via Marin Master Gardeners

How to Start A Community Garden via Marin Master Gardeners

How to Start A Community Garden via Marin Master Gardeners

Why Start a Community Garden?

Those who are lucky enough to have sunny backyards or balconies can plant a garden whenever they have the time and energy.  But what about those who do not have a place to garden?  For these people, community gardens may be the answer. Many families without adequate space to garden at home would like to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, as well as flowers, while saving money on their food bills.

And for many, gardening is a relaxing way to exercise and enjoy being outdoors.  There are also families who would like to grow traditional foods not available in the supermarket, while offering an opportunity to pass along cultural gardening practices to younger generations.

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A community garden takes root via the Winchester Star

A community garden takes root via the Winchester Star

A community garden takes root via the Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A new community garden is already yielding produce, but it needs more volunteers to keep it growing.
The project — called the Growing Community garden — is an initiative of Valley Health with agricultural expertise provided by James Wood High School students on garden plots at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV).

The garden was the idea of Susan Lessar, a dietitian with Valley Health, and Jessica Watson, director of Valley Health’s Chronic Disease Center. The center’s staff works with patients who have diabetes, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — diseases that can be made worse from unhealthy eating habits.

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