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“Los Angeles-based ‘gangsta gardener’ and community leader Ron Finley is determined to redefine ‘gangsta’ as being about building thriving communities, not machismo.” “Gardening is gangsta: Mother Nature is gangsta. Being educated, creative and self-sustaining is gangsta. That whole concept was about turning a negative into a positive. If you...

The original source of this post can be found @ foxsanantonio.com NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jen French) — Beatrice Gatebuke’s roots are actually in Rwanda. She’s a refugee. At the age of 13, she and her parents escaped genocide. “Nothing was familiar,” Gatebuke said. “It’s a brand new environment. We didn’t speak the language; we had to go...

Original post can be found at: VoaNews.com The most precious time of the day for Shari Miles-Cohen is dinnertime, when her family gathers around the table and eats the food she cooked. On a recent day, she prepared a vegetable dish consisting of eggplant, okra, onions and garlic. All these vegetables came from her garden. When her family moved to Washington...

Viviana Franco is founder and executive director of From Lot to Spot, an organization that spearheads efforts for more community gardens and green space throughout Southern California. photo courtesy of Viviana Franco/From Lot to Spot Los Angeles-headquartered From Lot to Spot is true to its name—the organization transforms unused, vacant lots into vibrant spots...

Source: citylab.com The roof garden on the Stack House Apartments in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. (Michael Walmsley/Vulcan Real Estate)   At the Stack House Apartments in Seattle’s now-trendy South Lake Union neighborhood, residents can walk out onto a terrace and pluck a tomato right off the vine. In the South Bronx, an 8,000-square-foot...

How would you quickly describe yourself? My wife Karen and I live in Chicago and love organic gardening. We started with a small vegetable garden many years ago, but over time it expanded to take over most of the backyard. Now we’re growing in the front yard too. During the summer and early fall, we don’t buy any vegetables from the store and buy very little...

This post is originally from commercialappeal.com Some people are happy with a patio tomato on the porch. Willie Anderson, 82, took container gardening to another level; he planted tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, okra, squash, peppers and eggplants in five-gallon plastic buckets in his yard in Red Banks, Mississippi. He now has plants in more than 1,000 buckets. Willie...

This post is originally from capradio.org An urban farm in Stockton may serve as a model for the Central Valley. The non-profit group “Puentes” built the Boggs Tract Community Garden on a three-acre plot in a poor neighborhood where garbage had piled up for years. Puentes Director Jeremy Terhune says the organic garden allows more than two dozen families...

Post/content/images are from CivilEats.com – and – anderson.slhn.org Are Hospital Farms the Next Big Thing in Healthcare Reform? When it comes to improving the food on today’s hospital trays, some medical institutions are finding that onsite farms are the next logical step. By Jodi Helmer on July 21, 2015 St. Luke’s Rodale Institute Organic...

This post/content/images are from berkeleyside.com A sign outside the garden tells when there’s produce being given away. Photo: Alix Wall by Alix Wall/Bay Area Bites Whenever UC Berkeley student Sara Cate Jones has felt the blues coming on, she’s relied on the same remedy: she goes to the student garden on the corner of Walnut and Virginia streets and picks...

At Urban Organic Gardener, we’re all about sharing inspiring stories of how people are growing food in small spaces.  A while back, we found Sow and Sow Gardens on instagram and have been following them ever since. What they’re doing is truly inspiring. How did you get started with your blog/Instagram page? “I got started with my personal Instagram page. I would post all kinds of...