My Turf: Vegetables and friendship blossoming in community gardens via The Straits Times

My Turf: Vegetables and friendship blossoming in community gardens via The Straits Times

My Turf: Vegetables and friendship blossoming in community gardens via The Straits Times

SINGAPORE – Retired seamstress Song Hiang Kong, 81, learnt how to grow vegetables from her mother when she was growing up in Malaysia.

She got a chance to grow vegetables again two months ago, when she applied for a garden plot at Punggol Park under a new National Parks Board (NParks) scheme.

Madam Song is one of 110 gardeners who have secured an Allotment Garden plot in Punggol Park, which each consists of a 2.5 sq m raised planter bed.

The scheme was rolled out from the end of last year, to provide space for community gardeners to grow their own plants and is part of the Edible Horticulture Masterplan. 

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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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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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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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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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Growing together via The San Diego Union-Tribune

Growing together via The San Diego Union-Tribune

Growing together via The San Diego Union-Tribune

If you dream of gardening but live in an apartment or a high rise or simply don’t have the space, don’t give up. Look for a nearby community garden — a piece of land from several acres to less than an acre, divided into garden plots available to local residents. Community gardens are spaces where individuals and families of all ages, races, creeds and levels of experience grow together.

San Diego County is home to more than 80 community gardens from north to south, east to west, and no two gardens are the same. Some are on city property and managed by the local city. Many community gardens are on church property operated independently of the church. School sites are home to community gardens, as are regional parks. UC San Diegohosts nine thriving community gardens and one satellite garden. A community garden in downtown San Diego sits on property belonging to the Port of San Diego.

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Riverside Meadows unveils new community garden via Red Deer Advocate

Riverside Meadows unveils new community garden via Red Deer Advocate

The neighbourhood is the home of the newest Red Deer community garden

Riverside Meadows unveils new community garden via Red Deer Advocate

Riverside Meadows residents now have a place to garden with their neighbours.

A community garden, at 5503 58A St., is now open in the Red Deer neighbourhood; the project was led by the Riverside Meadows Community Association and the City Chapel Fellowship, the church that owns the land.

Chad Krahn, community association vice-president, said it took three years to complete this project.

“Hopefully this transforms a vacant lot into a place of real community connection,” Krahn said.

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