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Urban Farming/Gardening Project

There is a great need to develop more sustainable communityfarming/ gardening practices within urban areas to feed the most needy. In this group we are looking for land preservation strategies for community farms.

Location: Fort Wayne
Members: 48
Latest Activity: Jul 23, 2013

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Comment by Ellen on July 23, 2013 at 2:50pm

The bees are working it at Herb-in Renewal Garden Project site. Now that tru-green chemlawn services are no longer being used on this property, and cut above the rest are no longer spraying the gravel parking lot, the healing, renewal   has begun.

Comment by Ellen on June 18, 2013 at 10:13pm

No bees seen at newest garden site location NE Christian Church. Cut Above lawncare is spraying crap(round-up) way too close to this garden as they  do lawnscape maintenance for the church....when is this abuse of hebicides/pesticides going to end??? People do not seem to get the correlation of pesticides, and the bee decline.  We have not seen any bees in our urban wild habitat/gardens either...http://www.panna.org/blog/buzz-monsanto

Comment by Ellen on May 30, 2013 at 11:03am

Do not smash the orange and black bugs.......found them in our orchard trees today. They are ladybugs. Never seen them before...the larvae, that is.

http://www.ijdesign.com/blog/ladybug-larvae.htm

Comment by Ellen on May 2, 2013 at 11:44pm

Well, well, well......Catherine Kasper Place, and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ recieved funds  to establish gardens for the Burmese at Autumn Woods resettlement community. Same community of Burmese where we, as a grassroot initiative, recieved no funding, no support, also tried to clean up, and establish gardens. What happened to CKP? Did they initiate the gardens at this site, then left the Burmese  there hanging high, and dry with no follow up, no guide lines? Did they just abandon this garden project  to focus on a better, bigger, garden project  site up the road, further away from any Burmese community, but still allocated for the Burmese, huh???   with the promise   of a large federal grant  through RAPP, refugee-agricultural-partnership-program, for $75,000.

 

No more gardens for Burmese at Fort Wayne apartment complex

City, Autumn Woods looking for solutions for residents

Burmese residents living in Autumn Woods, 1004 Fayette Drive,  will no longer be able to grow their own vegetables behind their apartments.

Due to a large number of citations from the city in 2012 to the management company, residents were told no more gardens were allowed and their plots were removed last fall.

According to Cindy Joyner, of Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code, a large portion of the gardens were built in ditches, which is against city code, because it can block water flow. The department also found pieces of indoor furniture, which had been re-purposed for use in the gardens, which also is against city code. There was a lot of debris including animal cages that were also found in the ditch, another code violation.

http://www.fortwayne.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130502/NEWS/3...

Comment by Ellen on April 5, 2013 at 9:40am

A group, through a study, has  answered some questions  that we  have had over the years about community gardens, and their various NGOs, actually producing food.

 

"Home gardens actually contribute to food security," Taylor said. "They're underappreciated and unsupported." He noted that people grow not only for themselves but for their neighbors as well, which is particularly important in food deserts where fresh produce is in short supply. "There is also potential for empowering people because they are using their own space to deal with their own food security concerns," Lovell added. More information: The study, "Mapping public and private spaces of urban agriculture in Chicago through the analysis of high-resolution aerial images in Google Earth" by John R. Taylor and Sarah Taylor Lovell, published in Landscape and Urban Planning, is available online at www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016920461200237X

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-01-chicago-food-gardens-google-earth.html...

 

Comment by Ellen on April 4, 2013 at 9:41pm

How is Lafayette? I lived there at one time. Have not been back for years.

We have been ordering heirloom from Baker Creek Seeds, they do really well for us. Seed Savers might be at 3-Rivers Co-op, or we will check with the master gardeners here, i think they are getting better with heirloom seeds. Master gardeners have always had an extensive seed saving agenda going on, so they are probably the best bet for starting a library, maybe. Community gardening, which we do extensively, is another way to join a seed network.  Where are the community gardens in W. Lafay., other than at the student residential apartments? :) Any in E. Lafay.?

Comment by Theresa Silver on April 4, 2013 at 9:29am

I re-read your initial request and realized you were looking for a local source.  I'm a master gardener and we were introduced to Seed Savers at our state conference last October.  Seed Savers is out of Iowa and started in Diane's kitchen.  

Along those lines, but thinking of Indiana, do you know of anyone who might be interested in starting an Indiana seed library?  At a seed library patrons can check out seeds for free. They then grow the fruits and vegetables, harvest the new seeds, and "return" those seeds so the library can lend them out to others.  There is a webinar replay on April 11.  http://www.newdream.org/resources/webinars/seed-library.

I am a prolific seed grower and have successfully saved my own seed.  I'm growing 10-15 heirlooms that I could add to the initial library donation.  

Comment by Ellen on April 4, 2013 at 8:58am

Thanks Theresa! Yep....all soybeans are not the same. Typical field soybeans are high yielding, but smaller, harvested dry. Heirloom are grown for low yield, larger, eaten fresh, young...is what I have gotten out of researching.

Comment by Theresa Silver on April 3, 2013 at 10:49am

I will try these heirloom, organic seeds from Seed Savers called Fiskeby.  You can find them at http://www.seedsavers.org/onlinestore/soybean/Soybean-Fiskeby-OG.html.  Seed savers has four heirloom varieties, two of which are organic, but all four are all categorized under soybean because they can be used as edamame, eaten fresh in the shell, or dried and stored.  Soybean is Seed Savers' catch-all term.  

Comment by Theresa Silver on April 3, 2013 at 10:37am

I am looking for the same seeds.  But I thought soybeans and edamame were one in the same, with edamame being soybeans that are cooked to some degree prior to consumption.  

 

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