RE: Community gardens on campus
- Subject: RE: [cg] Community gardens on campus
- From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
- Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 14:02:40 -0400
may want to contact the Eagle Heights Community Garden, a huge organic community
garden sited at the University of Wisconsin, Madision since 1962 http://www.sit.wisc.edu/~ehgarden/ .
The institutional memory Eagle Heights Community Garden ( 40 years? Wow) cannot
but help you in the process of setting up procedures, governance and best
I know that you visited the ACGA site, however, set up a couple of evenings when
you'll pour yourself a libation, load up alot of paper in your printer and click
on all of the individual community garden links. The wealth of information on
governance, volunteer support and organic best practices to be found within is
get yourself some interested friends involved in the process as soon as
possible. Community gardening is a group activity, after all - there is no
reason for you to try to carry this project alone. The sooner that you get
people involved with a sense of ownership, the better off you and the garden
if you have found something, or a garden that interests you, please feel free to
contact them. Community gardeners this day use e-mail as a way of talking over
the garden fence.
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden
I am a new
subscriber to this list.
I recently started working for the Ohio State
University (I just came from Santa Cruz, CA), at an agricultural research
campus that the university has in Wooster, Ohio. It is a small campus in a
small town, located at around 80 miles northeast of Columbus.
besides my work, I like to garden and to my surprise there are no community
gardens on the campus! There is an extensive international community, composed
mostly of grad students and their families, post-doctoral researchers and
their families, visiting scientists and their families.
Most of these
people live in apartments located at walking distance from the campus, and
some members of the families (often with one or several of them not speaking
English ) are kind of stuck during the day in those apartments (not fun), and
would definitely benefit and/or enjoy having access to community gardens.
I sent a campus wide email regarding the possibility of having
community gardens on campus, and received only positive feedback with many
people interested and already wanting to reserve plots.
reason for this email is that I am in the process of organizing community
gardens, and I want to have a good case to present to the university
administration, which is being cautiously interested about this project.
I want organic gardening techniques, and I have good arguments to not
have any pesticides spraying on the plot (mostly that this is a community
project, for the community by the community, and the gardens must be safe for
children). Now, regarding fertilization (when I initially brought up the
project, the first reaction was, "ok, let's spray and fertilize the
site, to get it ready". So, if I argue against synthetic fertilizers, I need
to have good arguments because they may say nitrogen is nitrogen, it doesn't
matter what the source is (I am thinking that I can talk about the
environmental impact of synthetic fertilizers, such as ground water
contamination, detrimental effects on soil texture, porosity, long-term
fertility, overall lower vegetable and fruit quality, such as lower levels of
nutrients found in vegetables conventionally grown as compared to organic
Any additional input would be appreciated, and
references would be really helpful (this is an academic community after all,
and there are several faculty members on the Grounds committee, to which I am
going to present my proposal for the creation of community gardens on
Also, I was thinking that having a children community plot
would be very great, and a good motivation for families to come to the
gardens, the kids playing and having fun in their garden while the parents
take care of their plots. Of course, it might also promote healthy and
educational interactions between parents/adults and children. So, i have no
experience whatsoever with children's gardens, and would love
resources/inputs. I did visit the ACGA site and the resources listed for kids
gardens. However, I would like more practical advices, such as designing a
kids gardens, what to put in it, how to involve the kids in the process,
etc...So, if any of you would be willing to share experience and knowledge,
please do so. It would be greatly appreciated.
OSU - Ohio
Agricultural Research and Development Center
Dept. of Food, Agricultural
and Biological Engineering
1680 Madison Avenue
Wooster, OH 44691
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but to understand the questions.
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