Here’s an article from the Portland Tribune featuring Mary Bedard, a landscape architect living in Portland, OR, and her involvement with Johns Community Gardens. Mary, who wrote her UC Davis master’s thesis on “Healthy Public Space,” was one of the first contributors to the Therapeutic Landscapes Database; she shared her bibliography way back in 1999 and it really helped get the References page off the ground.
Community gardens are a great example of Landscapes for Health. They and other agricultural ventures like CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms have been in the news a lot this past year as food and gas prices have risen and the “locavore” movement has caught on. See this article by Alison Arieff for more information, and note the upcoming (this weekend!) Slow Food Nation conference in San Francisco: http://slowfoodnation.org/. The photo below is by Beaconite Anne Dailey, an avid locavore with her own excellent blog, “Raw Milk and Liver.” Anne writes for The Valley Table, “the magazine of all things epicurean up and down the [Hudson] river.”