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Posted on 10 March 2010 by

Building A Community Garden

community_garden1By Cindy Naas

Recently I was invited to help create a large community garden on the campus of the Sabes JCC in the Minneapolis area.

I’m going to blog about each step of the process.

My hope is that some of you will use this information to go out into your own communities and create urban gardens which will benefit so many people.


This is the third year for some sort of garden at the JCC. The first garden was built with grant money. They had a large greenhouse, an outdoor garden and even staff to oversee the building and tending of the garden. Year 2 saw the grant money dry up, and with not enough workers the garden didn’t do well. This year the garden will be done on a shoestring budget, but my hope is to not only plan a large productive vegetable garden but to make it a sustainable project as well.


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Posted on 25 October 2009 by

The Top 10 Cities for Urban Gardening

top-tenBy Vanessa Richins

When you think of urban cities, you may think of skyscrapers, traffic jams, and pavement everywhere.

However, the urban garden revolution continues to spread.

The Daily Green has created a wonderful article about the top 10 US urban cities when it comes to the number of community gardens.

Top of the list is Seattle, Washington. Our friends the Shibaguyz are right there in the trenches, growing their own food thanks, in part, to the city’s fabulous P-Patch program. I hope I can visit this lovely city soon and see all the good work for myself.

My internship landed me in the city of McMinnville, Oregon for a summer. I enjoyed being so close to Portland (number 2 on the list) – just 35 miles northeast. Known as the “City of Roses”, there are gardens everywhere. It’s natural, then, that they would also have a significant number of community gardens.

I was glad to see Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 21 October 2009 by

Detroit is Turning Green

detroit1By Vanessa Richins

Detroit is famous for Motown and producing cars.

There’s also a growing new trend there – urban farming.

It’s a positive sign in a city that has taken some of the hardest knocks in this economy.

The silver lining in the plethora of vacant lots is that they offer the potential to help feed the city.

Six years ago the Detroit Garden Resource Program Collaborative was formed. Community gardeners can join for $20 and get anything they need for their gardens, from tools to seeds and seedlings.

There’s also the Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 07 August 2009 by

Organize a Local Gardening Club

gardening-clubBy Vanessa Richins

One of the problems I come across as a garden writer is trying to talk about gardening as it pertains to a whole nation.

I’ve personally lived in the tropical beauty called Southern California, the lush green of Oregon, and tried to balance the heat and chill of beautiful Utah.

Each area had its own set of growing conditions and challenges, which is true throughout the country.

I’ve learned much about other areas through my classes and research.

You can learn about the insider tips for your own area by joining or starting a local gardening club. I belong to one on Yahoo Groups for Utah Gardeners. It’s great because we can talk about our gardens, tell each other about local sales, exchange plants, and enjoy the excitement o Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 05 August 2009 by

Selling Herbs at Farmer’s Markets

herbsBy Vanessa Richins

You don’t have to be a large scale farmer to sell your produce at a farmers’ market.

If you plan your garden carefully (for example, using as much vertical space as possible to maximize yield), you could possibly have enough for your own use as well as some to sell at the market.

You could sell fresh produce, preserves and more. You can also participate with other kinds of products. I’ve seen breads, cheeses, candies, jewelry, books and more.

Some possible crops that are easier for urban gardens are herbs. Many people would love to buy fresh herbs for their cooking but find prices in stores to be prohibitive. These can often be grown relatively quickly Read the rest of this entry »

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