RE: Do Community Gardens Build Community?
Communities build community gardens, nor vice versa. Gardens in and of
themselves are only as activist as their members. Some gardeners become
politicized when they experience hard times but the general run of
post-boomer gardeners do their communing with nature, compost and leave it
at that. NYC community gardeners are sometimes a focus of organizing when
threatened, but in general ( except on the Lower East Side,("LES") are
un-political which is kinda dumb, considering the mayor we have.
Please read our archives at http://email@example.com, click
on "mailing lists" then "community garden". There is a wealth of material
there for you to reference. My stuff in the archives includes many
hyperlinked websites that should be helpful to you.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Keisha Payson [SMTP:cpayson@Bowdoin.EDU]
> Sent: Monday, April 17, 2000 3:08 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [cg] Do Community Gardens Build Community?
> Hello Community Gardeners,
> I am doing a research paper for a class on Sustainable Communities. The
> research question I have posed is a big one - do community gardens build
> community, and if so, are there certain elements or aspects of a CG that
> help to foster this community. I have been doing interviews of
> gardeners here in Maine and all is going well. But I have a question of
> the larger CG community out there - do any of you have stories you could
> share about instances where members of a community garden have gotten
> together to work on a different issue in their neighborhood based on
> their relationships established through the community garden. (i.e.
> community gardening members organizing together to work on issues like
> crime, a political event, a school issue, a landlord issue)
> I would appreciate any stories you might have.
> Keisha Payson
> community_garden maillist - email@example.com
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