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Community gardening resources
> American Community Gardening Association
> Urban Community gardens resource page
> University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
> Maricopa County Cooperative Extension
> Urban Agricultural Notes from City Farmer, Canada's Office of Urban
> Community-gardens listserve signup
> Coalition of community gardens in Boston
> Related links courtesy of the USDA Millennium Green Project
> Clinton Community Garden (currently under construction, but good when it's
> Sustainable Communities Network Agriculture and Food Systems links
> National Gardening Association
> The Food Project in Boston
> Growing Power, Inc.
> San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners
> Denver Urban Gardens
> Seattle Tilth
> Common Ground Garden Program
> Seeds of Hope...Harvest of Pride!
> Ohio State University Extension's Urban Gardening Program in Cuyahoga
> Local resources
> Madison Food System Project
> City of Madison neighborhood information
> Eagle Heights Community Garden
> Links to community organizations, elected officials, etc.
> Plant a Row for the Hungry
> how-to links
> Organic fertilizers
> Local garden links
> Vegetable garden supplies
> Gardener's Supply Company
> Natural Gardening Company
> Germania Seed Company
> (and many, many more - just ask)
> Food security
> Community Food Security Coalition
> (they have a Listserve if you're interested)
> Food Circles Networking Project
> USDA Community Food Security Initiative
> Kids' gardening resources
> USDA Agriculture in the classroom
> Listserve for kids' gardening
> Manuals on how to start a community garden
> extension programs
> Please email the urls to me at <email@example.com>
> Laura Berman
> FoodShare Toronto
> T:(416) 392-1668
> F: (416) 392-6650
> E: firstname.lastname@example.org
> W: www.foodshare.net
> Hi guys,
> Re: Clinton Community Garden (currently under construction, but good
> when it's up)
> We have a completely new site which is now up, running and revised
> almost daily by Clinton Community Garden Steering Committee member, iris
> expert and ace web volunteer Faser Hardin. Please check our links page:
> We are always looking for community gardens that will give us
> reciprocal links.
> Adam Honigman
> Bowne Publishing Division
> 345 Hudson Street
> New York, NY 10014
> Tel: (212) 414-8933
> Fax: (212) 229-3421
> email: email@example.com
> Subject: [cg] The Effect of the Spitzer Injunction and Law Suit On Garden
> This was excerpted from URBAN OUTDOORS, the monthly newsletter of
> Neighborhood Open Space
> Coalition and Friends of Gateway. This organization is at the center of
> NYC struggle to make community
> gardens a governmentally recognized and accepted land use. Dave Lutz, the
> editor of the Neighborhood
> Open Space Coalition and Friends of Gateway, and a skeleton legislative
> office crew do wonders for community
> gardens in NYC and have staved off the bulldozers on many occasions. I
> attached their information at the bottom of
> this e-mail.
> NEW MOVES FOR GARDEN PRESERVATION
> In a report entitled Disposition Disputes, the Citizens' Housing and
> Planning Council notes that disposition of city land that is not
> being used for community gardens continues to move forward quickly.
> The report further states that the judicial hold won by Attorney
> General Elliot Spitzer against garden destruction has had the effect
> of excluding the green oases from the expedited land sales.
> In addition, behind the scenes negotiations between agency personnel
> and elected officials are taking into account the text of proposed
> legislation to provide a process for garden preservation, according
> to an agency source. This is happening, even as the proposed bill
> appears to be stalled in Council. While the temporary restraining
> order is in place that prevents gardens from being bulldozed, many
> gardeners believe that passing the Council legislation is an
> important step to provide a permanent solution to the impasse.
> Perhaps it is time for Community Garden supporters to call Councilman
> Fisher and ask his help in moving the City legislation forward.
> In a related move, legislation has been reintroduced in Albany that
> would require state Universal Land Use Review Processes ("ULURP"s) to be
> reconsidered when the land is being
> used for other purposes. Some gardens are on land that has been zoned
> for redevelopment using the city's ULURP process more than twenty
> years ago. At that time, before most gardens were founded, the social
> capital or environmental benefits of the small parks had not been
> considered in preparing the land for expedited disposition. A call to
> state elected officials asking their help in moving the legislation
> is also in order.
> Neighborhood Open Space Coalition / Friends of Gateway
> 356 Seventh Avenue ¥ New York NY 10001 ¥ 212.352.9330
> Fax: 212-352-9338 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
> URBAN OUTDOORS is the monthly newsletter of Neighborhood Open Space
> Coalition and Friends of Gateway. It reports on citywide public space
> issues and the work of hundreds of local civic groups that take an
> interest in the spaces. To add someone to URBAN OUTDOORS list: visit
> the subscription area of www.treebranch.com. To be removed from the
> list reply with: "unsubscribe urban outdoors".
> Adam Honigman
> Message: 7
> From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
> To: "'Chris Gladden'" <email@example.com>,
> Subject: RE: [cg] stating gardens
> Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 11:10:50 -0400
> Please check out this "Starting a Community Garden" link on the American
> Community Gardening Website:
> The Boston based "Garden Futures" group are a truly wonderful resource for
> all community gardeners in the North East ( and the rest of the country)
> Once you are established, please consider joining the American Community
> Gardening Association. For 25 bucks a year you instantly become part of
> international organization (we have Canadians, Japanese and a coupla
> European members) of community gardeners. Check out this link for all
> goodies you can get as a member:
> There are, of course, karmic benefits to ACGA membership as well.
> Let us know how you progresss,
> Adam Honigman
> 1) You'll want to read through the entire American Community Garden
> Association ("ACGA") website and links very carefully:
> 2) This article will eventually be put on the American Community Garden
> "Community Development through Gardening:State and Local Policies
> Transforming Urban Public Space" by Shukose, Jane E. It is positively
> magesterial and is a great place for you to see the quality of papers and
> research that community gardens are generating. Prof. Schukoske's article
> can be found online, at the New York University Journal of Legislation and
> Public Policy's website:
> It's the 3rd article from the top. You do need to have Adobe Acrobat
> in order to read the article, however, because it is in PDF format."
> 3) For a general overview, you may want to pick up a copy of the
> 2001 "New Age: A Journal of Holistic Living" for a lovely piece by Cynthia
> Van Hazinga on community gardening in North America.
> 4) This is a NY Times article that may be of interest to you:
> March 29, 2001 NY Times
> Human Nature: New Hope for Community Gardeners
> By ANNE RAVER
> IT'S an old New York story. The snow melts, the crocuses are up and
> community gardeners start wondering if this is the last year the roses
> bloom on their patch of land. Their fears are not unfounded. Over the last
> 15 years, 100 gardens have been leveled, and 80 are on sites singled out
> But this spring, things look a little different. A lawsuit by Eliot L.
> Spitzer, the state attorney general, has blocked the sale or destruction
> any of the city's remaining 650 community gardens without an environmental
> impact study. The suit argues that gardens in existence for 20 or 30 years
> have in essence become public parkland, said Christopher Amato, an
> attorney general working on the case.
> There is also action on other fronts. A growing number of elected
> are making distinctions between historic community gardens that deserve
> preservation and gardens of lesser import. A bill filed more than a year
> by Councilman Kenneth K. Fisher of Brooklyn and others would require a
> case-by-case review of all the gardens on city-owned land, preserving the
> ones that anchor their communities.
> And a new study argues that higher-density housing would not only supply
> more affordable housing but leave more room for gardens and parks.
> This growing support for open space, however, doesn't mean that gardeners
> the South Bronx don't still feel the sword of Damocles hanging over them.
> 21-year-old garden on Bristow Street in Morrisania lies across the street
> from Community School 134; many of its students grow vegetables and
> there. "That little teddy bear belongs to the Teddy Bear Club," said
> Cordelia Guilford, a retired assistant teacher, pointing to a weatherworn
> bear guarding a raised bed where the club grows peppers, eggplants and
> tomatoes. She showed off the strawberry beds, the blackberry bushes, the
> crab apple and dogwood trees, the irises poking up beneath the big beech
> tree that survived when the house that once stood here burned to the
> William Smith, 80, has a garden one block south that commands a large
> space on the corner of Chisholm and Freeman Streets. "This is my 24th
> Mr. Smith said. "We moved about 70 cars, just pushed them out on the
> until the city carted them away." His garden grows corn, tomatoes, okra,
> strawberries, but it also sprouts toys, rocking horses, tables and folding
> chairs, and a hodgepodge of trellises made from bedsteads.
> Both gardens were approved for preservation by their community board, but
> the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development is asking Mr.
> Ms. Guilford and members of eight other gardens in Morrisania to move to a
> 50,000-square-foot space behind an elementary school on Bristow Street.
> Their garden spaces would then be filled by new homes built by the New
> City Housing Partnership.
> The new census reports that 85,000 new residents have moved into the Bronx
> in the last 10 years. Since a housing plan was put into effect in 1985,
> District 3, where Ms. Guilford and Mr. Smith garden, has gained 2,822
> subsidized housing units, largely under the New York City Housing
> Partnership home ownership program. In the Bronx, the partnership model
> been two- or three- family houses, with gated parking spaces filling what
> could be a yard.
> The new study from the Design Trust for Public Space, "Achieving a
> Housing and Open Space in Bronx Community District 3," suggests that
> higher-density housing ó 60 to 120 units an acre in five- or six-story
> buildings ó would not only create a stronger tax base and more commercial
> development, but save space for the community's best gardens and much
> parks. The report maintains that early projects that lured homeowners back
> to the South Bronx, like Charlotte Gardens, with 16 suburban-style ranch
> houses to an acre, privatized too much open space.
> Mr. Smith remembers Morrisania before its tidy row houses with their
> fell into ruin during the white flight of the 1950's and 60's. For years
> and others created community gardens that became bona fide day care
> "Some of the kids are too old for a baby sitter and too young to be left
> alone, so the parents allow them to come here," said Mr. Smith, a jaunty
> presence in his baseball cap. "Even some of the parents come and sit and
> watch the kids play."
> The new site for the 10 gardens is hidden behind the school. For some, it
> will require a mile walk. And how many elderly gardeners have the body and
> soul to start over?
> In seeking answers to some of these dilemmas, the Design Trust report
> suggests changing the zoning of vast lots now earmarked for industry to
> mixed use, which could include more housing and open space. It also notes
> that lack of staffing and money for Bronx parks has left potential jewels
> like Rocks and Roots Park, an undeveloped acre on Fulton Avenue, and the
> Charlton Garden, a half-acre park on 164th Street complete with
> pergola, padlocked.
> In nearby Melrose, another scenario is being played out: community leaders
> want to displace one of the city's most significant gardens. "Rincon
> has to move," said Yolanda Garcia, the director of Nos Quedamos ("We
> which was formed in 1993 to stop an urban renewal plan that would have
> destroyed many businesses and homes. "We need that block for housing."
> Rincon Criollo, a garden carved out of rubble on 158th Street more than 20
> years ago, is a little piece of Puerto Rico. A rooster crows outside the
> casita, or little garden house; a map of Puerto Rico, complete with
> mountains and rivers, has been poured in concrete and painted green and
> blue. People flock here to learn how to make and play the panderetas,
> traditional drums.
> "The governor of Puerto Rico sends people here," said Pedro Figueroa, a
> gardener who reconnected with his own roots at the garden. "They stand at
> the fence and cry. Because it brings back their own home before concrete
> came to our island."
> But Nos Quedamos has other plans. When it organized the community eight
> years ago, it persuaded the City Planning Commission to forge a new plan
> with local residents. Now, with $80 million to develop a plan for 1,700
> housing units and an ambitious vision for commercial and community space
> including four acres of open space, Nos Quedamos wants to displace 16
> The group's plan would move Rincon Criollo one block, to 157th Street,
> behind Ms. Garcia's family carpet store. "If we don't take out the
> Ms. Garcia said, "we cannot take out the methadone clinic," which is just
> down the block. The gardeners, who have lived peaceably with the methadone
> clients, even helping some get jobs, don't have the same objective.
> Jose (Chema) Soto, who started the garden in 1979, said, "We supported
> and now she's turning her back on us."
> This is the very conflict that the legislation proposed by Councilman
> would resolve; it would recognize gardens that have become more than a
> to grow corn. The Design Trust, along with other groups like Trust for
> Public Land, the Green Guerrillas and the Municipal Arts Society, are
> backing the legislation.
> "Some gardens have a sense of identity that has made its way through very
> hard times," said Jocelyne Chait, the project director of the Design Trust
> report. "I don't think that there are so many gardens that those can't be
> Copyright 2001 The New York Times Company
> 5) As your work progresses, you may be interested in some garden mergers
> expansions that we're working on in the Hell's Kitchen area in NYC. What
> I'm describing below still remains a very fluid situation but may be an
> example of what you are looking for:
> We have, a few blocks away from the Clinton Community Garden in Hell's
> Kitchen (http:www.clintoncommunitygarden.org ) an area, called the
> Urban Renewal Area ( "CURA") - a Rubiks Cube of light industrial
> low income housing, arts buildings, derelict buildings and 3 community
> gardens ( The Juan Alonzo, Oasis I & Oasis II Gardens.) The Juan Alonzo
> currently being renovated and reconfigured as part of a housing renovation
> project. The short story is that it will have a new fence, clean soil and
> plantings when the project is completed in about a year as part of a deal
> with the developer of the adjacent housing.
> The Oasis I Garden on Tenth Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets is slated
> for buldozing to permit the building of the Encore Senior Residence : an
> one bedroom unit senior citizen's residence. After much deliberation,
> negociation, the NYS Attorney General's Moratorium on Garden bulldozing,
> various Hell's Kitchen neighborhood groups ( the gardeners of Oasis I &
> Sister Elizabeth and the Encore Center, The Clinton Land Use and Zoning
> Sub-committee of Community Board 4, The CCC CURA organization, the
> Borough President's Office, The NYC Dept of Housing Preservation and
> Development, NYC Planning, and the US HUD) an amazing compromise has been
> worked out...
> There will be no net loss of gardening space in the Clinton Urban Renewal
> A one story warehouse next to the Oasis II garden on 52nd Street between
> 10th & 11th Avenues will be torn down to create additional garden space (
> this has only happened, I think in Toronto.) The larger Oasis II Garden
> be dug out, new soil and plantings and old plants transplanted from the
> Oasis I garden with budgeted dollars earmarked for this garden project!
> This gets better...
> After years of negotiation, on two housing developent projects on 11th
> avenue between 52nd and 53rd Street, another garden will also rise! The
> short story: On the site of a soda can recycling center on 52nd street and
> 11th avenue ( the "We Can" site) a 23 story (40% market rate - 60% low
> income ) building is going to be built. It is adjacent to an historic
> building on 52nd street called "The Flats" and an old school building
> Old School Building") that are being merged into a single low income
> inclusionary housing unit. But there was a problem, the 52nd Street "We
> site needed greater height to financially viable. This could only be
> arranged by the shifting of air rights - but from where? Just east of the
> Old School Building is a one story garage that is going to be demolished
> create....a permanent community shade garden. The air rights will be
> permanently be transferred to the "We Can" site high rise.
> It's all political accomodation, zoning and land use to get what the
> in the neighborhood want, housing and gardens. Community gardening in NYC
> 50% gardening and 100% political.
> Adam Honigman
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