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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A garden grows in Marble Hill via The Riverdale Press

A garden grows in Marble Hill via The Riverdale Press

A garden grows in Marble Hill via The Riverdale Press

By TIFFANY MOUSTAKAS

A year was just the right amount of time for the Marble Hill Garden to start sowing its seeds in a new location.

The original garden — located on the east side of West 228th Street and Broadway — was the brainchild of Jacki Fischer, founder and project manager of the Marble Hill Garden Project, as well as Juanli Carrión, an artist who founded an interactive public art and community garden nonprofit called Outer Seed Shadow.

Together, the two rounded up a team of residents at Marble Hill Houses who soon learned how to plant and grow various vegetables and herbs. It was all part of Fischer and Carrión’s project to promote accessible and healthy eating.

Now the duo has launched another garden on the west side of West 228th — referred to as the terrace garden — thanks to the help of artist and space designer Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, construction leader Anthony Del Orbe, and project coordinator Vicky Zambrano. The entire process took about 10 months as opposed to the nearly two years for the east garden to come together. 

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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. 

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


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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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