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Urban Family Gardens (Colombia-South-America)

Urban Family Gardens is a proposal that begin in low-income neighborhoods of Medellin-Colombia, to help in the solution of problems of hunger and scarcity in the city, also to create awareness about creative use of resources.

Initially the purpose was a school community garden, but due the poverty and vandalism, was necessary the construction of a protection fence, and for lack of resources to build the fence properly, the project take the model of family gardens.

Three mothers today benefit the project, which is focused on growing vegetables and herbs in containers like urban agriculture.

Resources were generated initially by a fundraising and raffles, and with the 3 families was planned the realization of systems of collecting rain water (rain barrels), the construction in bamboo of small module for vertical crops, small greenhouse, the purchase of containers (bottles, pots and barrels), soil, compost and seeds for each family.

Colombia has a tropical climate what make possible to grow food all year long; the families has been planting tomatoes, onions, coriander, peppers, lettuce and carrots.

The objective of the project is that families learn effectively how to grow vegetables in available space in their backyards. Inspire and invite other families to do the same.

And with expertise and resources, advance to community gardens for those who can’t plant in their homes, because don't have space, which are many, expecting to involve to refugee families that live in a close sector.

Where it's at:

Carrera 59 BB # 28 A 91 - 105

Garden type:

multi-site gardens

Garden size (in square feet):


Garden beneficiaries:

mothers and children

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What this project needs:

expert technical assistance
community garden creation guidance
watering hose
irrigation system
compost bin
chicken coop

Project leaders:

Dora Yazmin Garcia-Ferguson
Denis Andrea Garcia Betancur

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