How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish via NPR

How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish via NPR

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/08/17/543421360/how-my-little-community-garden-plot-went-from-flop-to-flourish

I spent two years dreaming of sun-warmed tomatoes, towering sunflowers and home-grown salad greens before a spot opened in my community garden in Washington, D.C.

When I first met plot 56 in September of 2015, it was a mound of grasses, vines and cilantro gone to seed.

I had no experience with a vegetable garden of my own, but I knew I was just the person to tame this 4- by 8-foot raised bed. I grew up watching my dad grow veggies. I worked on a flower farm in high school. And I trained as a plant biologist. So I know something about encouraging a seed to grow.

Here I am in 2015 confidently posed by the weeds I was ready to conquer.

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Youth group transforms empty lots to community garden in Ensley via WBRC Birmingham

Youth group transforms empty lots to community garden in Ensley via WBRC Birmingham

Youth group transforms empty lots to community garden in Ensley via WBRC Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) – Young volunteers in Birmingham transformed three empty lots into community gardens in Ensley. It’s something said to be a much-needed addition.

“All the weeds got pulled. We created new, raise bed gardens. We planted some new herbs for the fall. And just, fellowship more or less,” said Alexander Brewer.

The Dioceses of Birmingham Youth Serve worked with Holy Family Catholic Academy, Holy Family Catholic Church and the Tuxedo Neighborhood community to bring life the empty lots.

“They jumped in, their youth ministers jumped in. This could not have been done at all without these kids,” Brewer said. “In the Ensley area right now, it’s not a food desert, but there’s only one true grocery store where you can get true produce.

Youth group transforms empty lots to community garden in Ensley via WBRC Birmingham


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How to turn dirt into soil via Alternet

How to turn dirt into soil via Alternat

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Kyle Ellefson

When we broke ground for a garden at our 80-year-old house in the middle of Seattle, we took the most obvious thing for granted. Again and again, we crisscrossed the yard surrounding our new home, imagining where we’d plant trees to screen us from the street and neighbors. We fantasized about where we’d sit on warm summer evenings. We watched how the sun and wind moved across the yard through the seasons before choosing a place for our veggie bed. We spent months pondering every little detail, but we had overlooked the biggest one: our soil.

Through the rest of August and into fall, we struggled with planting and accepted our only option—do what we could with the soil we had. We’d never get rid of the glacial till deep down, but we could restore life to the ground above it. Imbuing our soil with life meant we needed to add dead things to it—organic matter. Soil, after all, is the gut of the Earth, and organic matter is the lifeblood that makes this great gut work.

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Aunt Katie’s Community Garden could grow thanks to EPA grant via the Dothan Eagle

Aunt Katie’s Community Garden could grow thanks to EPA grant via the Dothan Eagle

Aunt Katie’s Community Garden could grow thanks to EPA grant via the Dothan Eagle

Growing season has arrived inside Aunt Katie’s Community Garden, and executive director/co-founder Michael Jackson hopes a federal grant will soon create another blooming season for his facility.

Potential expansion of the community garden located at 602 Linden St. is the first major project the City of Dothan has addressed with an Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields grant it received in 2017. The EPA awarded Dothan $300,000 to help turn potentially environmentally unsound properties into attractive lots that could spur economic development in various areas.

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11 Unique Community Gardens in NYC’s East Village via Untapped Cities

11 Unique Community Gardens in NYC’s East Village via Untapped Cities

11 Unique Community Gardens in NYC’s East Village via Untapped Cities

As evident by the popularity of outdoor spaces like Central Park and the ultra-trendy High Line, New York City has a wide variety of green spaces. However, on summer weekends and in the midst of tourist season, these overpopulated spaces may not offer the ideal respite from the city that many people are craving. Luckily, New York is home to numerous community gardens, especially in the East Village, that are open to the public. Many of these gardens serve as artifacts of New York history and offer secluded space for community gatherings, art events, and relaxation.

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Garden uniting community in New Concord via Columbus Alive

Garden uniting community in New Concord via Columbus Alive

NEW CONCORD — “We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously,” said Grace Lee Boggs regarding community gardens.

That philosophy is what is driving organizer Heather Coen as she continues to build on to the Community Garden in New Concord.

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Garden space blooms with community contributions via Otago Daily Times

I had the opportunity to visit Dunedin, New Zealand about one year ago and know exactly the lot where this garden has been built. We walked to and from campus every day during a conference being held there. It is great to see it turned into something new and beautiful. — Douglas

Garden space blooms with community contributions via Otago Daily Times

Eighteen months ago, 76 Albany St in Dunedin was an empty section where people dumped their rubbish.

Now it is home to the Kiaora Peace Garden, a place for people to come together and do whatever it is you do in a garden.

It was the idea of Dunedin man Paul MacDonald Gourlie (74) who aimed to create a common space for city locals and university students.

Mr Gourlie, a former Otago University Students Association president, said the garden, across the road from the university’s central library, was an opportunity to show how people could live well together.

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