Community garden project aims to break down barriers between youngsters and police via SW Londoner

Community garden project aims to break down barriers between youngsters and police via SW Londoner

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A community project which aims to make a green garden space for youngsters in Whitton, Richmond, saw the input of youth and police.

Police officers, members of the local community, young people, staff from Harlequins and Whitton Youth Zone and the Mayor of Richmond all took part in pulling out old weeds and rubbish to replace the area with flowers, fruit, veg and in the mayor’s case, an apple tree.

The event, held on July 27th, which was initiated by Mandy Smith, manager of the Whitton Youth Zone and Jon McLoughlin, a local Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant.

Richmond’s Mayor Councillor Ben Khos said: “It engages all their senses, encourages healthy eating, teaches responsibility, highlights the importance of taking care of the environment, teaches patience and develops life skills”.

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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

A new study finds turning vacant lots into green space can improve the mental health of residents in the hardest-hit neighborhoods.

More than 43,000 lots in Philadelphia sit vacant, many invaded with overgrown weeds and strewn with trash. As CityLab has previously reported, this is as much a public-health problem as it is an economic one. Walking past such a site, researchers have previously found, can make your heat beat just a little faster, indicating increased levels of stress. And it’s no wonder: Studies have also shown that urban blight tends to attract crime and gun violence.

It’s all taking a toll on the mental health of residents in vacancy-hit neighborhoods. “People felt that [the vacancies and abandonment] fractured ties between neighbors, [affecting] the social milieu of the neighborhood,” says Eugenia South, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine who’s been studying the health effects of urban blight in Philadelphia. People also told her that they “felt stigmatized, neglected by the government,” as well as experiencing “depression, anxiety, stress, and fear.”

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1st Annual California Native And Drought Tolerant Plant Self Guided Garden Tour – Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council – Sunday, October 21, 2018 – Noon to 3pm

1st Annual California Native And Drought Tolerant Plant Self Guided Garden Tour - Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council - Sunday, October 21, 2018 - Noon to 3pm

Sherman Oaks neighborhood Council

1st annual California native and drought tolerant plant self guided garden tour

October 21, 2018 noon to 3 PM

  • Receive complimentary DWP lawn rebate information and materials
  • Learn various ways to conserve water and save money
  • Discuss ideas and resources on how to make your landscape quotewater wise“
  • Tour participants will be available to answer your questions

Meet at 13843 Milbank St., Sherman Oaks to begin the tour and receive a list of participating homes and water wise Gardens

 

Letting the garden grow: Winakwa Community Garden now open via Winnipeg Free Press

Letting the garden grow: Winakwa Community Garden now open via Winnipeg Free Press

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Corinne Delannoy is pictured with a new wooden garden bed at the Winakwa Community Garden, which is located on a small piece of Louis Riel School Division-owned greenspace between Windsor Park Collegiate and College Beliveau next to Windsor Park Pool. (SIMON FULLER/CANSTAR NEWS/THE LANCE)

Corinne Delannoy’s dream of creating a community garden in Windsor Park is really taking seed.

Delannoy is the project co-ordinator of the new Winakwa Community Garden, which is located on a small piece of Louis Riel School Division-owned greenspace between Windsor Park Collegiate and Collège Béliveau next to Windsor Park Pool.

The Windsor Park resident came up with the idea for the garden last year, and after working hard to get everything in place, there are now nine individuals currently renting wooden garden beds at the site, where there is also soil, fill, and a water supply.

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The online seed-swapping communities bringing the internet back to nature via Mashable

The online seed-swapping communities bringing the internet back to nature via Mashable

The online seed-swapping communities bringing the internet back to nature via Mashable

Kelly Lay has been gardening since she was three-years-old. 

Now a nursery specialist at a Lowes in central Illinois, Lay has turned her natural gift for gardening into a profession. And in her spare time Lay moderates r/seedswap, a small Reddit group dedicated to the swapping of seeds. Yes, honest to goodness seeds.

Cherimoya, mizuna, pineapple tomato, sweetsop, lemon cucumber, husk cherry, and pond apple seeds are among the many varieties of seeds being traded on r/seedswap, which facilitates national swaps online. There are also several groups on Facebook like the Great American Seed Swap/Trade Project.

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Starting A Community Garden from Aggie Horticulture

Starting A Community Garden from Aggie Horticulture

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This fact sheet is designed to give many different groups the basic information they need to get their gardening project off the ground. These lists are in no way meant to be complete. Each main idea will probably trigger more questions, so an assortment of ways to carry out that idea are presented; pick and choose those that seem to apply to your own situation.

FORM A PLANNING COMMITTEE

  • Determine if there really is a need and desire for a garden
  • What kind of garden–vegetable, flower, trees, a combination?
  • Who will the garden serve–kids, seniors, special populations,people who just want an alternative to trash?

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Help Us Make The Community 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! 


Learn more about community gardens with these books

* A portion of each sale from Amazon.com directly supports our organization
** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!
† Available from the LA Public Library