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A Patch of Eden: America's Inner City Gardeners

Hynes, H. Patricia

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ISBN 10: 0930031806 / ISBN 13: 9780930031800
Published by Chelsea Green Pub Co, White River Junction, Vt, U. S. A., 1996
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Tight unmarked book in crisp clean covers with faint corner crease. ; 9.96 X 6.77 X 0.53 inches; 185 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 41160

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Title: A Patch of Eden: America's Inner City ...

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co, White River Junction, Vt, U. S. A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Imagine a place in the inner city where flowers and vegetables grow, and trees flourish. H. Patricia Hynes tells the stories of America's urban gardeners, who are transforming rubble-strewn lots in more than 200 cities across the nation into wonderful neighborhood sanctuaries.
By describing in detail successful community garden projects in Harlem, North Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, Hynes celebrates an innovative form of urban renewal that is undertaken with seeds, soil, and sweat. These gardens cool and cleanse the air, soften the noise from traffic and factories, collect rainwater that would otherwise drain away into storm sewers, and provide habitat for songbirds and butterflies.
A Patch of Eden brings you an ecological story of heroic dimensions. In what might seem to be the most unlikely of places, expert gardeners like Bernadette Cozart, Cathrine Sneed, Rachel Bagby, and Dan Underwood are working with children, elders, immigrants, inmates, low-income people, and no-income people to create gardens that are overflowing with flowers and food. Here is a glimpse of the cities of the future.

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This is the delightful story of the resurgence in urban community gardening, describing the rehabilitation of jail inmates through raising organic vegetables, teaching inner city youngsters where food comes from, and laying out an inspirational plan to help all of us world-worn urbanites get involved once again in raising delicious food in the midst of our paved-over, formerly bleak, urban landscapes. This is about making the World a Better Place, about getting our fingers in the dirt, touching our planet with loving hands, and creating a vision of hope for our cities and our children.

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