Re: CG Signs: The ACGA Growing Community Curriculum
- Subject: Re: [cg] CG Signs: The ACGA Growing Community Curriculum
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2003 10:47:42 EDT
Get some of the folks who are going to be gardening with you and go through
the process of creating a sign. Start off with a name, the fact that it has
to be waterproof and be able to last until the next season. It doesn't have
to be pretty, but it should be the community's. It's the spirit behind the
sign and the community that you help build that will be key to your garden's
I've discovered that community gardens have more of a chance at
survivabililty if gardeners are incorporated into the process at the
inception. Many of us, throughout the country have shaken our heads at
community gardens that have been started by a few well intentioned
individuals and have died after the initial impulse, or because the folks
who started it moved on.
The sainted Liz Christy, who founded NYC Green Guerillas and is one of the
remarkable women who propelled the NYC community garden movement in the
early '70s (hint: there's a master's thesis there for somebody) believed that
you work like hell to help community gardeners in the beginning, but that the
momentum and energy to keep the garden going has to come from within the
gardeners themselves. It's best to nuture this culture of self-reliance from
the beginning. Gather your gardeners together and go on from there, even if
there's no garden yet.
I know that you've gone the website of the American Community Gardening
Association and read everything (or should have). There's 25 years of the
collected experience of community gardeners from all over the US and Canada -
pick and choose what you believe will work for you - reinventing the wheel is
unnecessary. <A HREF="http://www.communitygarden.org/">American Community
Gardening Association</A> This link <A
HREF="http://www.communitygarden.org/pubs/starting.html">ACGA: Starting a CG
</A> , is essential reading.
Also if your sponsoring organization wants your garden to be a success, I
strongly recomment that they purchase a copy of a book that grew out of the
ACGA's "From the Root's Up" program.
"Growing Communities Curriculum: Community Building and Organizational
Development through Community Gardening" By Jeamette Abi-Mader, Kendall
Dunnigan and Kristen Markley - Ed. by Jeannette Abi-Nader & David Buckley.
I am sorry to say that I only became aware of the "Growing Communities
Curriculum" when I manned the ACGA tables last month at Brooklyn Botanic
Garden and Greenthumb gardener's conferences last month. It's quality and
sound advice knocked my socks off - it's probably the best community
organizing book I've seen anywhere - and the lessons included within are
"GROWING COMMUNITIES PRINCIPLES:
Engage and empower those affected by the garden at every stage of planning,
building and managing the garden project.
Build on community strengths and assets.
Embrace and value human differences and diversity. Promote equity.
Foster relationships among families, neighbors, and members of the larger
Honor ecological systems and biodiversity.
Foster environmental, community, and personal health and transformation.
Promote active citizenship and political empowerment.
Promote continuous community and personal learning by sharing experience and
Integrate community gardens with other community development strategies.
Design for long-term success and the broadest possible impact."
You can try to do this on your own, and many of us have, but this book will
help you spend more time on "doing it" instead of "reinventing the wheel."
<A HREF="http://www.dahlias.net/"> </A>C<A
HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/">linton Community Garden</A>
<< Subj: [cg] CG Signs
Date: 4/11/03 9:56:38 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: email@example.com (Sean C. Gambrel)
To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Community Garden List)
Hi again everyone.
First off, thanks to everyone for help with the rainwater collector issue.
It now turns out that the City is gonig to give us a "Water Buffalo" for the
summer, which is a rather unsightly large military-type trailer-tank, and
beautifully painted camouflage. But I'm really not complaining at all, just
being a little cynical - it will be a fine source of water for us!! So,
perhaps the rainwater colelctor is still on the radar, but just for year 2
of the garden (I have enough to worry about already!).
So, my next question is - does anyone have a picture of their garden sign
handy that they could mail to me? I've collected a couple off the internet,
but am hoping to get a little wider array for more inspiration.
Thanks again for your help!
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
P.O. Box 268
Wiscasset, ME 04578
(207) 882-7552 ext. 185
CEI's mission is to help people and communities,
especially those with low incomes, reach an adequate
and equitable standard of living, working and learning,
in harmony with the natural environment >>
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