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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Help us make th  Garden Grow

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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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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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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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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 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.

Garden groups

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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