NYC community gardens may wither under Trump’s proposed budget cuts

April 3, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts could mean the kiss of death for New York City’s community gardens . More than 500 of the communal spaces across all five boroughs depend on a program called GreenThumb , which is administered by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation . Initiated in the wake of the 1970s fiscal crisis, which resulted in the widespread abandonment of both private and public land, GreenThumb has turned hundreds of derelict lots into tillage. Most of its funding comes from federal Community Development Block Grants—the same ones the budget blueprint seeks to eliminate. Should the budget pass, GreenThumb risks losing $1 million a year out of a $2.4 million budget, according to WNYC . Related: Detroit nonprofit seeks crowdfunding for new East Side community garden “It would be devastating to GreenThumb, it would mean laying off a dozen workers or more, and it would be less money for supplies, for bulbs, for tools,” said New York City Councilman Mark Levine, who chairs the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee. Levine, WNYC adds, is working on securing more money for community gardens, as well as the restoration of jobs for 150 Parks department gardeners and maintenance workers. Via WNYC Photos by Unsplash

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Manatees taken off the endangered species list – but that may not be good

April 3, 2017 by  
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Manatees are found in Florida yet beloved around the world for their plodding, languid behavior and slightly dopey appearance. Since the 1970s, clubs and groups have raised awareness and funds to protect these so-ugly-they-are-cute “sea cows”, which reside in shallow, slow-moving bodies of water. Citing a consistently growing population and successful regulations and efforts by the government and local community, the US Fish and Wildlife Service officially removed West Indian manatees from the endangered species list last week. But that may not be a good thing. While “downlisting” these manatees from endangered to “threatened” might seem like a cause for celebration, some animal and environmental groups aren’t quite ready to break out the algae, grass, or mangrove leaves (preferred snacks of the species). The Save the Manatee Club, for example, is concerned about habitat destruction for the manatees and motorboat accidents and deaths as well as as a loosening or reversal of environmental regulations under the current administration. The US Fish and Wildlife Service purports that federal and state protections for manatees won’t change, but certain manatee-minded parties are pushing for a long-term manatee recovery plan that would address the boat- and habitat-related problems. Effects of climate change and chemical runoff ( leading, in the past, to toxic algal blooms ) are also continuing causes for concern. Related| How Climate Change is Killing Hundreds of Endangered Florida Manatees Manatees were put on the endangered species list in 1967. While manatee numbers dipped to a population of only a few hundred in the 1970s, their population has increased dramatically with more than 6,000 manatees counted for the past three years. A survey this year found a preliminary total of 6,620 manatees. Efforts including river habitat restoration and regulations targeting speeders in manatee zones are among the reasons for the manatee population’s recovery. Via CNN Lead image © Carlton Ward Jr. for Visit Florida , Wikimedia , flickr user USFWS Endangered Species

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Leicestershire Master Gardeners offer free food-growing support for local people and communities

April 17, 2015 by  
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If you happen to live in Leicestershire, UK, and have always dreamt of growing your own food, you’re in luck. Highly trained folks from the  Leicestershire Master Gardeners organization are volunteering to help individuals, families, and communities learn how to grow their own healthy food. They offer local growing advice through council growing spaces, talks, articles, and events, and they’ll also act as mentors, offering 12 months of free support to people who are just starting their own food gardens. There’s no better way to learn how to garden than from hands-on instruction from skilled mentors, so visit their website to learn more about how you can start growing today! + Leicestershire Master Gardeners Photos via Shutterstock and the Leicestershire Master Gardeners Facebook page The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backyard gardens , community gardens , gardening mentors , gardening mentorship , gardening support , growing your own food , learn gardening , learn to grow food , learn to grow your own food , Leicestershire Master Gardeners , Leicestershire UK , master gardeners , UK food gardeners , UK food gardening

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Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens

March 25, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Rooftop Farms on Japanese Train Stations Serve as Community Gardens Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: community gardens , east japan railway company , eco design , Gardening , green design , Japan , local food , Machinaka vegetable garden , rooftop farm , rooftop garden , sorado farms , soradofarms , sustainable design , sustainable food , Tokyo , train station farms , train station gardens , Urban design , Urban Farming        

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D.IS.H’s Seismic Harvest Re-Imagines Earthquake Simulators as Harvesting Systems for Urban Farming

September 4, 2013 by  
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Seismic Harvest is a proposed energy-efficient green belt above a freeway near San Francisco that combines wind, solar energy and train vibration to generate enough energy required for farming. It features botanical and fruit and vegetable gardens , along with vibrant spaces for recreation and cultural events. Designed by architecture studio D.IS.H, the project received a Special Recognition Award at the 280 Freeway Competition, which aims to redesign the Highway 280 north of 16th Street. Read the rest of D.IS.H’s Seismic Harvest Re-Imagines Earthquake Simulators as Harvesting Systems for Urban Farming Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , 280 Freeway Competition , architecture competition , community gardens , D.IS.H , earthquake simulators , green infrastructure , Highway 280 San Francisco , organic farming , organic farms , San Francisco , seismic energy design , Seismic Harvest , Urban Farming , vertical farming        

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Edible Gardens are Busting Out All Over

September 5, 2011 by  
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Photo: B. Alter Call them edible gardens, or urban agriculture, or guerrilla gardening: whatever. The fact is people are finding unused nooks and crannies to plant vegetables everywhere. In London, Capital Growth is an organization dedicated to doing just that on a city-wide scale. They are aiming for the creation of 2,012 new spaces by 2012 (part of the general 2012 Olympic fever). They held an Edible Gardens Day where the public could visit many of these hidden plots. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Sociopolis, the Rurban Housing Project Brings the Campo to the City (Photos)

October 28, 2010 by  
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Inhabiting the Huerta. Photo Credit: Guallart Architects Five years ago, we first heard about Sociopolis , a “shared habitat” in Valencia (Spain)

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Design It Yourself, Shoes On Demand

October 28, 2010 by  
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Photo: Milk and Honey Shoes If you invest a pretty little penny, or two, in shoes from department stores–that turn over seasonal footwear collections faster than you can ask: does the shoe fit?–there’s a slower fashion alternative. Enter Milk and Honey Shoes ; they let you design your own own shoes from your own computer, meaning you get the style, fit, and color that you want, when you want it, and you don’t have to worry about their twin siblings being

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‘Empty’ Spaces are Full of Life in Berlin — For Now

August 14, 2010 by  
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The Tentstation campground is just five minutes from central Berlin’s main Hauptbahnhof train station. Photo via IgoUgo .

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Tell NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg You Want a Vegetable Garden at City Hall!

August 13, 2010 by  
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Amy Seek of Flatbush Farmshare’s conception of what a vegetable garden outside City Hall might look like. Image via People’s Garden NYC

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