Olean residents reap rewards of Healthy Families community gardens

OLEAN — A group of Olean residents are enjoying the “fruits of their labor” this summer as they work in two community gardens sponsored by Healthy Families Allegany-Cattaraugus and Rural Revitalization Corporation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase in the self-reliance of communities to provide for their own food needs. In collaboration, […] […]

City Launches Website to Help Prospective Urban Farmers Get Started

“Just because we live in a big city doesn’t mean we cannot become small-scale farmers,” said Erik Caldwell, the city’s deputy chief operating officer for Smart & Sustainable Communities. “The urban farming website is a one-stop shop with a lot of great information to help San Diegans produce their own food.” According to a city […] […]

How 6 Problem-Solvers Tackled Pandemic Challenges In Their Neighborhoods

In April, Jackline Oyamo, 31, was laid off from her job as an electronic sales assistant at a shop in Kibera, one of the world’s largest slums on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. The curfews to control the pandemic meant fewer customers – and staff cutbacks. “After losing my job, it was extremely difficult to […] […]

What to Cross Off Your Gardening To-Do List This Month

Depending on your hardiness zone, July might be a good time to give plants another blast of fertilizer before they can harden off and survive the next winter. Or, it might be time to stake some of those tall floppy flowers.  Be sure to double check that your plants are getting enough water. You may […] […]

Research Brief: Urban gardening and its positive impact on the emotional wellbeing of residents

As urban areas strive to enhance their residents’ quality of life, research from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs shows that access to gardening could have a profound effect on a person’s emotional wellbeing and help address sustainable development goals. “It’s important to remember that more than 50% of the world’s population […] […]

Gardening myths that are either true, false or a little bit of both

The coronavirus has kept us housebound for months. During that time, many of us figured out that having a garden is one answer to getting outside and away from the crowds, as well as a welcome break from the next binge-watch series. Most importantly, we feel a strong desire to grow our own food crops […] […]

10 Helpful Gardening Tips That Actually Helped This Former Plant Killer

If you’ve ever failed at something, we know it can be hard to want to try again. Don’t give up! Even the best of the best have killed a plant or two in their days. Read on to learn from this one gardener’s mistakes! “One of my go-to fantasies when life is tough is that […] […]

Gardening is Booming During This Pandemic – and You Can Still Start Planting in July

Time has not ran out! There’s still plenty of days left on the calendar to get your summer gardens planted. It’s all about variety and days to maturity. “Gardening businesses have been booming during the coronavirus lockdowns, and nurseries have busily tried to keep up with the unexpected—and unprecedented—demand. Tending plants has always been one […] […]

Peas and Quiet: Urban Gardening in the Time of Covid-19

Urban gardening has taken on a renewed relevance as the coronavirus has declared war on us from Los Angeles to New Orleans; Seattle to Saint Louis. People are reaching out to organizations far and wide about how to grow their own food for a wide array of reasons: concern about food supply chain vulnerabilities, frightened […] […]

How to Grow Competition-Sized Pumpkins!

Do you want to grow MASSIVE pumpkins? Are you interested in making this a new hobby or perhaps you’re wanting to take it to the “next level” and start entering competitions? Either way, we’ve gathered some of the best tips and tricks to help you start growing MASSIVELY large, competition-size pumpkins right in your own […] […]