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Re: selling produce from gardens

  • Subject: Re: [cg] selling produce from gardens
  • From: "Dr. H. Michael Simmons" <simmonsm@bloomington.in.us>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 18:17:12 -0500 (EST)

The Community Garden Project is a program of Bloomington Parks and
Recreation in Bloomington, IN.  The Bloomington Community Farmers' Market
is also a Bloomington Parks and Recreation program.  We allow participants
in the Community Garden Project to sell at the Market and keep the
profits, even though the garden is in a city park and we provide land,
water, soil amendments, fertilizer, and seeds.  The purpose is to teach
organic market gardening to low-income families.  Because of the
educational nature of the project, we feel there is no conflict of
interest in allowing the sales.


H. Michael Simmons, Ph.D.
Community Garden Project
Bloomington Parks and Recreation
(812) 349-3737
 On Thu, 26 Apr 2001 SoleilPaz@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 04/26/2001 2:31:33 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> lpreschelquinn@trinitycounty.org writes:
> > I am wondering about selling things from our community gardens.  We have 2
> > small gardens that are part of a food security project.  We distribute the
> > food to the food banks but this year we made plots available to families.
> > Some folks would like to try selling at the farmer's markets.  Would it be
> > unfair competition since our lans and water is an in-kind donation?
> > Any comments?
> >
> Hi Lisa,
>      Your question exactly mirrors mine. We have no site yet, but is it an
> issue if some CG harvested produce would be sold? As we enter into
> negotiations with our Parks & Rec Dept, it may be.
>      Personally, one of the reasons I want a CG in our community is to
> support families in becoming self sufficient and self reliant. Growing one's
> own food and selling the rest is an excellent way to supplement incomes. A
> great teaching tool for children as well, if this were to be a school
> project. Also, I feel it important to support small farmers, the farmer's
> markets, and sustainable living in general. Community Gardening can do all
> this, and more. In fact, I think of CGing as a possible springboard for
> anyone who eventually wants to market garden, just to try it out.
>      I'm wondering if there needs to be more stringent rules/controls on
> participants if there is gardening for profit going on in a CG. For example,
> are there problems with theft?
>      Also, what are the specifics? If, say I grew straw flowers in my plot,
> then used them for crafts which I then sold at a Christmas Bazaar for my own
> profit, would that count?
>      I know I've oversimplified this issue. But ya gotta start somewhere....
> --Soleil
> Soleil Paz Tranquilli
> Elk Grove, CA 95624
> "The cure for anything is saltwater: Sweat, tears or the sea."   Isak Dinesen
>  <A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/egcgonline/";>Click here: The Elk Grove Community Garden</A>
> http://www.geocities.com/egcgonline/
> <A HREF="http://soleilsgarden.homestead.com/index.html";>Click here: Soleilsgarden</A>
> http://soleilsgarden.homestead.com/index.html

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