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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Community garden leads to Gold Award for Scout via Papillion Times

Community garden leads to Gold Award for Scout via Papillion Times

Community garden leads to Gold Award for Scout via Papillion Times

Bellevue, Omaha and surrounding communities are benefiting from a Papillion girl’s recent efforts.

Jill Ruane, a 2017 graduate of Gross Catholic High School, created a community garden for St. Matthew Catholic Church in Bellevue, her home parish, as a way to share produce with church members and even the less fortunate. She organized the project as part of her efforts to earn the Girl Scouts Gold Award, the highest honor a member of the organization can receive.

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Start a Community Garden: Find and Design a Site via HouseLogic

Start a Community Garden: Find and Design a Site via HouseLogic

Start a Community Garden: Find and Design a Site via HouseLogic

A well-designed and located community garden can make any neighborhood more attractive and even boost property values. A 2008 article in Real Estate Economics found that in New York City, a 6,000-square-foot community garden added 3.4% in value to a property located next to the garden. After five years, the same garden added 7.4% to property next to the garden and 1.9% to property 1,000 feet away.

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Some 18,000 to 20,000 people nationwide, according to the American Community Gardening Association, are planting vegetables and flowers in parks, vacant lots, schools, office parks, and even cemeteries. If you’re looking for a perfect community garden spot, here are some things to keep in mind.

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Ten Tips on Gardening with Kids via American Community Gardening Council

Ten Tips on Gardening with Kids via American Community Gardening Council

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1. Kid gardens must be kid-based.
This means that kids help generate the ideas for what will be there, help with construction and planting, and are responsible for maintenance. Grown-up’s need to facilitate and show how, but not do everything. Focus on the process of involving them, and they will then take ownership.

2. Develop the garden to be appropriate for the site and regional conditions.
Involve the kids in the site analysis process so they understand how important the light, soil, drainage and other environmental factors are to having a garden. Develop the garden so the features and plant choices are adapted to local conditions, so you are not “working against nature.”

3. Focus on functional garden design, not how it will look.
Start the design process by determining what the children want to be doing and learning in the garden. Base the features on the practical functions they will serve, and don’t worry too much about aesthetics. Gardens that serve as hands-on learning laboratories for kids will be beautiful because they are well-used and well-loved spaces. Also remember that the children’s sense of what is pretty may not be yours; that’s ok because the garden is their space.

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Saturday Sprouts Club helps kids find roots via Rutland Herald

Saturday Sprouts Club helps kids find roots via Rutland Herald

Saturday Sprouts Club helps kids find roots via Rutland Herald

PITTSFORD — The Pittsford Village Farm isn’t just growing vegetables: It’s growing gardeners.

And in Pittsford, they start them young.

From 11 a.m. to noon every Saturday, the Pittsford Village Farm Community Garden hosts its new Sprouts Club, teaching young people the ins and outs of gardening, from earth worms and healthy soil to different varieties of cherry tomatoes.

The club was the brainchild of co-founder Laurie Kamuda of Kamuda’s Country Market, who wanted to do something for the community garden, and the local kids as well.

So she, fellow community member Ginny Carroccia and community garden coordinator Krysta Piccoli decided to join forces and put the two ideas together: a kids garden club, with an 8-foot by 20-foot community garden plot all their own.

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News: Bethlehem students build community garden via The Kentucky Standard

News: Bethlehem students build community garden via The Kentucky Standard

News: Bethlehem students build community garden via The Kentucky Standard 

 Students from Bethlehem recently joined together to create a community garden for the Turnaround resource center in Lebanon Junction.

This center helps community members turn their lives around and provides an opportunity for the town of Lebanon Junction with resources and community support.

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