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Posted on 05 February 2013 by

Looking Back at the History of Community Gardens and Learning from It

Photo Credit: Our Urban Eden Community Garden by Anna used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

How I love history.

I have come to realize that to move along life one needs to look at the past and understand it before we can move forward.

In my opinion, mistakes are made when we never look at the past and learn from it. The same goes with gardening.

A few years ago, I was enlightened with a saying, which at first shocked me. I am one of those individuals that is a habit keeper.

If it works why change it has in the past been my motto but this saying made a lot of sense so I decided to give it a try. Lo and behold, it worked; so today I live by this simple but complicated motto. The motto I refer to is “if you do things they way they have always been done, then you will get what you have always gotten. “

At this point, one may wonder what this has to do with community garden history. The answer will be clear to you soon after we take a walk down the garden lane past the community gardens of the past.

The first concept of community gardens Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 27 October 2008 by

Join the GardenSwap

By Vanessa Richins

Do you have land, but no time to do any gardening?

Or do you love to garden, but don’t have a space to use?

A new service would match landowners with urban gardeners.

Cultivating Sustainable Communities (CSC) is starting a new program called GardenSwap. Participants could sign up, noting whether they have garden space, or are looking for a yard to use. They would then be matched together and share in the produce harvest.

As their website GardenSwap explains, “Urban food gardens are not only fun; they support low-carbon food production, create economic development, inspire healthful eating, build community, create opportunities for education, address watershed health concerns, create Read the rest of this entry »


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