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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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 th  Garden Grow

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Help Us Make The Community Garden Grow!

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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

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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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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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 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)

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

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