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Posted on 21 June 2012 by

The Community that Changed Children’s Lives One Garden at a Time

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Last year, I started the Charlestown Community Gardens in Indiana.

It was a great experience that taught me a lot about human nature.

Our community garden space, not only, provided raised beds for gardening but also created an atmosphere by which like-minded people could gather.

By the end of the gardening season, we were all ready preparing for next year’s garden space.

The Charlestown Community Garden phase II occurred on April 1, 2012. The weather was not prefect, as a matter of fact it rained earlier in the day, but as every gardener knows the garden must go on so we went out anyway.

It seemed that Ceres, the Greek goddess of agriculture, shined down upon us and made the sun come out. We rolled out landscape cloth, move several tons of rock, laid beds, and filled them with well-seasoned horse manure. All this was accomplished in one day and as we looked at what we had completed, I realized that Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 01 May 2012 by

Garden Reality: One Nation Underfed

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Just recently, a friend of mine sent me a link.

This link leads me to a depressing reality that I see everyday but hope I am just imagining.

I hope I will wake up from this nightmare and find that this horror was just a dream.

But my experience tells me that is not so. One may wonder what this horror is and what it has to do with gardening. Hunger is the nightmare that never seems to die and gardening is the savior whose powers are diminished by urban sprawl.

What one may not realize is that 1 out of 4 children in the United States worry or do not know if there is going to be food. Food for dinner and/or breakfast is on their minds, not reading, writing and math. As President Obama has encouraged all parents to be involved in their children’s’ lives many are burdened by how to feed, clothe and keep a roof over their heads. Sometimes hard choices have to be made and sometimes food loses out to heat or rent.

Every one of us can change this situation. If you think that Read the rest of this entry »

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.


One of the ideas suggested for Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 14 May 2009 by

Sowing The Seeds: A Community Garden Is Born

community-garden2Michael Nolan

As gardeners we are used to putting our hands in the dirt.

Whether we are tilling up part of our suburban yards or stocking up on containers for this year’s urban garden on the patio, we understand the feeling of calm that comes with nurturing a seed and the sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing that seed bear fruit.

When I moved from Birmingham, Alabama into a neighborhood in suburban Atlanta last month I joined a community in transition.

When I began working on the process of starting the first community garden here I began to realize that transition was being mirrored in me.

And so it goes that along with the help of the Atlanta Community Food Bank and a few willing volunteers, we will soon break ground on the Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 25 July 2008 by

This Week in Urban Gardens

By Reggie Solomon

  • Seattle, Washington may be known for its coffee scene, but Shibaguyz prove you can garden in the city no matter how small your backyard and get beautiful results.

  • Eco urbanists at LJ Urban aspire to turn vacant city lots into urban garden oasis.
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