Thursday, December 1, 2022


Access to medication is key to HIV prevention, a Florida university uses a religious exemption to disband its faculty union, plus Nevada tribes and conservation leaders praise a new national monument plan.


The House passed a bill to avert a crippling railroad strike, Hakeem Jefferies is chosen to lead House Democrats, and President Biden promises more federal-Native American engagement at the Tribal Nations Summit.


The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

Urban PA Community Gardens Grow Food, Solace, Opportunity


Friday, September 30, 2022   

Pennsylvania has a strong commitment to urban agriculture and community gardening, and some groups in the state are working to get more colorful native plants into local gardens.

Victoria Miles-Chambliss, secretary/treasurer of Empowered Community Development Corporation, said one way they are addressing food insecurity is by planting produce at the Cecil Street Community Garden in a Philadelphia neighborhood. Attracting critical pollinators is one of the goals, in addition to boosting a garden's output.

"We're in the process of putting in fruit trees, like a pear tree," Miles-Chambliss pointed out. "We're putting in a peach tree. We're planting strawberries. We're going to be planting a lot of different native plants so that, of course, we can have the pollination situation going."

Miles-Chambliss pointed out the community-friendly pollinator garden is helping to solve blight in the community as well. She added it is accessible, and provides a safe place for neighbors to come together for community meetings and learn more about what the garden offers.

She emphasized it is important to bring together young people and seniors, so they can learn from each other and work on maintaining the garden.

"With so much that's going on, we want the young people to have somebody that they can go to, and talk to," Miles-Chambliss stressed. "And in that community garden, it would make it so much easier."

Lamar Gore, refuge manager of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, is working with the Cecil Street Garden through its urban program, which provides resources to help maintain the garden and build relationships with the community.

He said they want to make sure the concerns of Black and Brown residents are being heard.

"It's an environmental justice community," Gore explained. "And the plan here at Heinz is to serve environmental justice communities, Black and Brown communities, that have been ignored and left out of the conversation. I want this wildlife refuge to be a part of the community."

Gore confirmed they are helping increase healthy food access by planting more fruit, vegetables and native plants for pollinators. He noted the development of the green space has educational benefits, as they teach environmental education at elementary schools, and create jobs, by hiring local high school students to work in the garden.

get more stories like this via email
The gold dome on the Iowa Capitol has been gilded five times. The gold leaf covering the dome is 250,000th of an inch thick and is 23.75 karats. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

2022 was a banner year for women elected as governor. Nearly one-third of America's governors will be women next year, which is a record. Iowa …


Residential water rates in Michigan are soaring, with an estimated one out of ten households without access to or unable to afford clean water…


Fracking is a very water-intensive industry, and a new study dives into the impact of unconventional oil and gas drilling on aquatic ecosystems in …

Tom Oliver, center, receives the 2022 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service. (Bruce Carlson/AARP Washington)

Social Issues

A Bellingham man who supports people with dementia has received one of the most prestigious awards for volunteerism in Washington state. The …

Social Issues

Native American tribal communities and conservation groups got a big win Wednesday as President Joe Biden announced he intends to create a new nationa…

The 2020 Iowa caucuses were beset with tabulation problems, which set off a discussion on whether to shake up the Democratic primary process. (Scoutori/Adobestock)

Social Issues

A decision could come today on Nevada's bid to become the first state in the nation to hold a Democratic primary in 2024. The Democratic National …


Snow is on the ground in much of Minnesota, but the state is coming off another warm season with notable drought conditions. Those who monitor …


By Ray Levy Uyeda for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Greater Dakota News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-…


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021