Urban gardening


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Slides from a talk on urban gardening given as part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning festival on March 23, 2013. We showcased our UL Community Rooftop Garden before and after the talk.

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Urban gardening

  1. 1. Urban Gardening Where, why, who
  2. 2. Outline Why gardening in a city? The UL Community Roof Garden Other community gardens in Limerick Related projects What’s happening elsewhere Urban gardening media resources 

  3. 3. 5 reasons for urban gardening Fresh food, produced locally Recycling organic waste Working outdoors Using existing resources Community interaction
  4. 4. Who we are and how it works The idea for the UL Community Roof Garden was initiated by the Environmental Committee and was designed and constructed by Buildings & Estates during the remediation work on the space which had began to leak into the lecture theatre below. A group of enthusiastic volunteers from across the campus community came together during the Autumn 2012 semester to discuss how best to utilise the space.
  5. 5. Principles and aspirations The roof garden is for everyone and will be open to all. It will be a space where people can come to learn and teach about gardening as well as a place for relaxation. You can participate in all or only a selection of activities. There will be a variety of plants including vegetables, flowers, fruits and herbs. It will have colour and foliage throughout the seasons.
  6. 6. Principles and aspirations(2) It will be a model for urban farming and develop outreach activities. It will operate under the guidance of an expert gardener who will set the work schedule each week. Other leadership roles will be identified as the need emerges. All tasks and organised sessions will be posted on the blog. It is experimental, we are learning as we go. If you want to get involved, just show up for the next gardening session.
  7. 7. King’s Island Community Garden The initiative came from the community The Civic Trust put the idea into practice, with the support of Limerick Regeneration and FAS
  8. 8. Southill Area CentreCommunity Garden
  9. 9. Moyross Community Garden
  10. 10. More urban gardens: Ballinacurra Weston Residents Alliance:established a community garden in memory of a resident that had passed away. St. Saviours Community Group Ltd.:Proposals have been drawn up to commence a community garden including a veg patch, honeymaking, preserve making and a city egg farm.(Source: Limerick.ie)
  11. 11. Limerick’s First City OrchardLimerick Learning Hub – at the initiative of DiarmuidNeilan (Ekotree) planted 180 trees in 2012
  12. 12. Orchards for everyonehttp://limerickriverbanks.org Irish Times, 2 Mar 2013
  13. 13. Urban Tree Project  Castletroy View  Initiated by Deirdre Power and JackiHehir  Urban Forrest- Baggot Estate  70 trees https://www.facebook.com/UrbanTreeProject?
  14. 14. Wildroutes No. 1 Perry Sqhttp://wildroutes.weebly.com/ http://www.valskitchen.com/
  15. 15. Nearby
  16. 16. Cloughjordan http://www.thevillage.ie/
  17. 17. The Irish Seed Savers Association http://www.irishseedsavers.ie/
  18. 18. Hack the City - Guerilla Gardeninghttp://sciencegallery.com/events/2012/07/mobile-garden-janice-steadman
  19. 19. Dublin Urban Farm http://www.urbanfarm.ie
  20. 20. Elsewhere…
  21. 21. Guerilla Grafters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0osO1_FR_24
  22. 22. Gotham Greens, NYhttp://inhabitat.com/nyc/top-5-urban-farms-in-new-york-city/
  23. 23. Hongkong rooftop gardens http://www.hkfarm.org/home.html
  24. 24. Media resources
  25. 25. Detroit – Urban Roots, the moviehttp://www.urbanrootsamerica.com/urbanrootsamerica.com/Home.html
  26. 26. Edible City – Oakland, CA http://ediblecitythemovie.com/
  27. 27. TED: Ron Finley - A guerilla gardener in South Central LAhttp://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la.html
  28. 28. https://www.facebook.com/GrowFoodNotLawns?
  29. 29.  Free resource  Written for British Columbiahttp://www.refbc.com/urban-farming-guidebook
  30. 30. Thank you! Gabriela.avram@ul.ie @gabig58