University of Illinois to conduct study with free soil tests
CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois has launched a two-year study and is offering free soil tests to home gardeners and urban farmers across the Chicago area.
Milwaukee’s old housing project comes to life
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The 75-acre site where Wisconsin's largest public housing development once stood is roaring back to life.
About 1,000 mixed-income housing units are emerging at the new...
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A judge has stepped in and suspended efforts to demolish a 90-year-old building and vacant convent that belong to the Catholic Church in Rockford.
Akron to donate downtown-area building to nonprofits
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The city of Akron has indicated it is ready to donate a 250,000-square-foot building and two lots near downtown to nonprofit organizations already using them.
Iowa may get first ‘agrihood’ in small town near Des Moines
CUMMING, Iowa (AP) — Steve Bruere asks if he should dress like a farmer or a developer when he meets up with a photographer.
The 38-year-old is joking. He rarely strays far from an...
URI expands its program to give away free packets of seeds
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island says it's expanding a program to give away free packets of vegetable, flower and herb seeds.
URI's master gardener program has worked with Ocean State Job Lot for two decades to give away seeds to local schools, youth groups, community gardens and residents.
State program planting community gardens in poor areas
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An ongoing program to help spread healthy eating habits through parts of rural Alabama has established or supported nearly 40 community gardens in outlying areas.
The ALProHealth program is being led by Alabama Extension officials in Auburn. It received a $4 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014.
Volunteers to help clear debris from 300 Detroit city blocks
DETROIT (AP) — About 10,000 volunteers are expected to help clear alleyways, mow weeds and remove debris from 300 city blocks in Detroit over six days as part of an annual beautification effort.
Wisconsin community garden donates produce to nonprofit
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini and other vegetables a group of local gardeners grow in their downtown Eau Claire plot are a sign not only of their affinity for quality food but of their caring for those without much access to healthy meals.
Arkansas AmeriCorps program takes year off amid host search
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — GardenCorps is looking for a new program host site to continue helping community gardens in Northwest Arkansas and across the state.
CHI Health builds Omaha community garden
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha-based health system has created a community garden to offer patients more access to healthy food.
CHI Health recently planted five raised garden beds with nonprofit City Sprouts at the Creighton University Medical Center campus, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
State to invest $3M on community gardens in Brooklyn
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will spend $3.1 million on community gardens in Brooklyn
The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding decision on Thursday. Eight existing community gardens will be renovated and redeveloped with the addition of new raised beds, shade and paving, fencing or pathways. Another 14 gardens will have new water connections added. The work is expected to be completed by fall of 2019.
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — While putting down roots in Muscatine, Esther Deseh is also pulling a few out of the ground.
She and other Liberian in the community plant vegetable gardens near Mulford Church. The space, plots and water supply are provided by the church. Many people garden in the early evening after work.
Growing new life for Poor Farm Barn
MAPLE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Steve Stier watches horses plow the Poor Farm Barn's new community garden with a smile.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dezmond Robertson, a 14-year-old living at Edgehill Apartments public housing, spends much of his free time riding bikes and playing with friends in the Edgehill Community Memorial Park, a wide-open green space next door.
But the city-owned park, community gardens and former Murrell School are slated to be sold off to a developer who would likely use it for dense development.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It's just a plowed field of dirt for now.
But over the next two years, an empty 1.2-acre ball field outside of the old Westport Middle School and High School will be transformed into a working farm in the middle of Kansas City.
Squash plants are budding and tiny green tomatoes are emerging at Cleveland’s community garden on the 200 block of S. Fenner St. The only thing not growing at the moment is community participation, according to Ladd Hight with Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Liberty.
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Gary Robbins arrived at the New Jerusalem Now recovery center in 1999, struggling with drug addiction, he had to quickly learn a new skill: cutting collard greens.
"They said, if you want to eat dinner tonight — that always sticks with me — you have to go and pick the greens in the garden, because that's what our dinner is tonight," Robbins said as he stood outside that very garden, which he now oversees as director of the North Philadelphia site.
The Grow Mobile has mobilized for the public’s consumption.
The DeKalb County Community Gardens’ mobile food pantry makes deliveries year-round, but since the planting season is underway, the agency has announced a full spring-summer-fall slate of pop-up deliveries for the public, beginning Saturday at the Kingston Friendship Center, 120 Main St., Kingston.
GREENWICH — A new partnership has sprouted in town, as groups in Greenwich involved in the green movement join forces to prepare native plants and vegetables for community garden plots this spring.
Greenwich Land Trust has partnered with Greenwich Community Gardens as part the new Seed-to-Seed initiative. The goal is to involve local groups and volunteers to propagate plants in the Louise Mueller Preserve greenhouse for distribution across town.
I live in an apartment. I was wondering how I can get in contact with someone in charge of Rochester community gardens. I would like to buy a plot for the summer for planting a vegetable garden.
San Jacinto County residents may soon find some relief from the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey as the Community and Children's Impact Center is taking steps to create a garden to provide more food for needy residents.
According to Impact Center Executive Director Brenda Myers, the organization has seen an increase in the number of senior citizens coming into the shop for assistance.
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By Steve Gissendanner
Special to Today’s News-Herald
The new Community Garden in Lake Havasu City is at 2095 Moyo Dr., next to New Horizons.
The garden’s gate has been installed and fencing corners are in place. Fencing will soon be done. Plumbing and electricity are hooked up; numerous trees are planted. The project is moving forward thanks to a great number of people and organizations and their generosity.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois is looking for gardeners interested in planting at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand race track's community garden this season.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture says there are 200 garden plots available at the Springfield site, including 100 for organic gardening and 100 for non-organic gardening. Plots cost $20.
SAN BENITO — From trail to table.
The community garden located on the Heavin Resaca Trail will soon be seeing more life.
Community members wanting to learn how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables will be able to attend a six-week session hosted by the AgriLife Extension Office in collaboration with Tu Salud Si Cuenta.
Sessions are free and offer families the opportunity to grow their own fruits and vegetables in the community raised garden beds.
Once the tall brush is cleared on the northwest corner of the New Life Christian Reformed Church campus in Spring, gardeners will be able to grow their own fruits and vegetables.
Josh Reynolds with Texas Edible Landscapes is heading the project and expects to have the community up and running later this spring.
The community garden would initially be open to church members and then to local residents.
Town debates possible uses of donated farm
PITTSFORD, Vt. (AP) — Residents of a Vermont town are deciding what to do with a former dairy farm that is being offered to the town as a gift.
Betsy and Baird Morgan bought the Village Farm near the heart of Pittsford last year with the aim of donating it to the town. Residents were asked to generate ideas for ways to use it, and the options were narrowed to three at a public meeting Thursday.
Lawrenceville transforming former playground into fruit and herb garden
Lawrenceville residents are transforming a decommissioned 1951 Pittsburgh playground into a urban greenspace complete with 25 fruit trees, herbs, community gardens and space for kids to play.
Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday gave unanimous approval for the Department of Public Works to maintain the parklet at 54th and Duncan streets. Council is expected to schedule a final vote for Tuesday.
Songbird Community Gardeners and Billings Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank the Billings community for supporting the growth and development of our community garden. We broke ground with the post holes in late summer of 2016, and we were ready for 30 gardeners in the spring of 2017.
Greenwich Community Gardens, 10 years and counting
GREENWICH — The founder of Greenwich Community Gardens said her passion to transform fallow land to flowers and food was sparked by an “Aha!” moment at Armstrong Court about 10 years ago.
“I realized that there was this space that had been a garden,” Patty Sechi said this week, “from like, the late ‘60s to the early ‘80s over behind the Armstrong Court housing complex. I went and looked at it and it was just one of those moments in life when you're like, ‘This is what I'm supposed to be doing.’”
At the far end of the Arizona State University Lake Havasu City campus, is a space that is no bigger than a hotel pool. In fact, this was what it once was prior to the school purchasing the hotel and turning it into dorm rooms.
Now, the space is being transformed into a community garden.
McALLEN — An 11-year-old walked up to the podium inside city commission chambers Monday, trying to get a group of elected officials at least 30 years older to understand something valuable to him and his neighbors.
DeKALB – Dan Kenney, founder and executive director of DeKalb County Community Gardens, will have a somewhat broader focus in his newest assignment as a member of a working group on the Illinois Commission to End Hunger.
“I think it’s good to think regionally when you’re talking about food insecurity,” Kenney said. “I care very much about the issue and am glad to help any way I can.”
McALLEN — Despite city commissioners voting earlier this month to build a new Fire Station No. 2, the plans have hit a snag.
More than an acre of desert land on Moyo Drive will be converted into a community garden next year for Havasu residents.
The Les Galst Community Garden lies nearly adjacent to New Horizons Center, a community organization for retired and disabled individuals that is leading efforts to build the site. It may be sand and rocks now, but organizers foresee an area where New Horizons clients can occupy themselves while beautifying the community.
McAllen moves on new fire station, parks and rec building
McALLEN — The first steps in building a new parks and recreation building and Fire Station No. 2 are underway.
City Commissioners voted unanimously Monday, with District 1 Commissioner Richard Cortez absent, to begin the process of selling bonds to pay for a new parks building and new Fire Station No. 2, which sits next to the popular community garden at the intersection of North Main Street and Harvey Avenue.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Sometimes, the beets are fresh enough to inspire a beat.
For 17-year-old Jovon Penn, it was the carrots and the cauliflower.
“Those are my favorites,” said Penn, who drafted a song about the Rochester Alternative Learning Center’s community garden in about four days.
Refugee farming program in Iowa gets federal funding boost
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A program that helps refugees in Iowa become farmers is growing, thanks in part to a federal funding boost.
Organizers with Des Moines-based Lutheran Services in Iowa will use a $24,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer training to refugees about food safety, organic production and crop planning.
KILAUEA — Footings went in for a $32,000 gazebo at the Kilauea Community Agricultural Center on Thursday, one of the first steps for constructing the little community gathering place within the developing ag park.
Groundbreaking for the gazebo was Monday, and a blessing ceremony was held the same day with Bin Costello. The members of the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay funded the gazebo project.
Sometimes, the beets are fresh enough to inspire a beat.
For 17-year-old Jovon Penn, it was the carrots and the cauliflower.
"Those are my favorites," said Penn, who drafted a song about the Rochester Alternative Learning Center's community garden in about four days.
The ALC students have been working to write and record a song to share the story of the "Green Thumb Initiative," the school's community garden which was created to give students hands-on experience at school.
Longmont's Indian Peaks Elementary School, in partnership with Rocky Mountain Christian Church, is planning to build a community garden on Saturday at the school.
From 9 a.m. to noon, students and their families are invited for free breakfast, a musical performance by students and to view the installation of the garden. Roughly 500 people have volunteered to work on the garden on Saturday.
For more information, call Principal Kathijo Walder at 303-772-7240.
Central New York is a prime spot for finding abundant, locally grown fruits and vegetables. You see evidence of this at the many roadside garden stands and farmers markets. Contributing to the region’s bounty is a prolific garden located in the unlikeliest of places: the Gates Chili Central School District’s Transportation Department.
Juneau Community Garden and Blue Zones Project of Dodge County held a vegetable growing contest that was judged Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Community Garden, 383 N. Hyland St.
Judge Becky Gutzman, who has judged vegetables in 51 of Wisconsin's 72 counties, picked winners from eight contestants who had 21 different entries.
POCATELLO — Fourteen-year-old Lexi Jorgenson has been described as Kind Community’s “mission in action,” according to Courtney Fisher, the organization’s president and founding director.
JUNEAU -- The Juneau Community Garden with Blue Zones Project Dodge County are hosting a vegetable growing contest.
Residents with plots in the Juneau Community Garden voted to include carrots and tomatoes in the contest. All vegetables must be grown in Juneau soil. There will be three categories included.
Pittsburgh’s commitment to urban farming: St. Clair Village
PITTSBURGH (AP) — For urban gardens and farms to sustain themselves, they have to be big enough for people to make money from them. The one being carved out on 23 vacant acres of the former St. Clair Village has that kind of massing.