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Posted on 03 February 2013 by

Community Gardens – A Gathering Place for the Generations

Photo Credit: Kale by Clyde Robinson used under CC BY 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

This is the second year for The Charlestown Community Gardens and the first for The Maxwell Project.

While this year’s experience was different then last year’s, it is still a learning experience.

I have learned a lot through this experience and have been a little frustrated at times.

But communities were not built in a day nor will the gardens associated with them spring up over night.

The present research I am doing through a survey I created for my Masters degree has backed up several of my challenges I have faced this year. The first one is what exactly is a community garden. This term is very broad and depends on the end use or what you hope to get out of the garden. In my research I have found 7 different types of community gardens and each one is unique in itself.

While the term “land” is used in the description of each garden type, do not feel that you have to garden in the traditional manner. Today’s community gardens can be built right into the land or raised beds can be used.

Also, do not fret if your community garden falls into Read the rest of this entry »

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 July 2011 by

Gardening For The Generations

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Throughout my community garden project, I noticed a unique trend that I could not explain until recently.

My group consists of a majority of people who are under 30 years of age.

How wonderful I felt and still feel that the youth was getting involved in gardening.

I thought economics was a big factor and the organic food movement pushed these individuals to the community garden. But while my uneducated analysis of the situation was partly correct, it took a little research to find the “roots” of my community gardeners.

Personally, I am on the very backend of the baby-boomer generation. I was raised in an environment that I could do anything without any boundaries. For years, I have felt that I was raised this way because I was an only child but to my dismay that was not necessarily the case.

Baby-boomers were raised to think Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 23 June 2011 by

Greening Up The Food Desert

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

It is amazing how much can get done when one has a vision.

One vision I have had for years is for every community to have gardens.

No, I am not talking about those showy, non-native flowering gardens that every community has down their main street but instead gardens that tell the story of their individual roots.

These individual roots grow out from the concepts and ideas that each community has been built upon.

My community has seen Jonathan Jennings, Lewis and Clark and many other famous people that came before me and established the framework that we all can add to but choose not to.

We all wait until that right person steps up and does it. If it works, it was a great idea but if it does not then no one claims it. But being a person who takes pride in “thinking outside the box” and having no problem “sticking my neck out,” I decided to start a community garden. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »


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