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Re: [cg] Community Gardens in suburbs

Here in West Hartford, Connecticut, an affluent and densely developed suburb, the town Parks Department runs a popular community garden program in three separate areas.  I first had a plot when renting an apartment in 1991 and it always seems a disproportionate number of gardeners are renters, condo-dwellers, or people with 1/8 acre lots (like I now have).  Given that many of the town's minority population also live in such places, gardeners are a much more ethnically diverse group than is the town as a whole.  There also seems to be a strong contingent of older gardeners.  Many have yards, but some have told me they like community gardens because they can avoid having a patch of bare earth for six months of the year and also because the town tills the gardens, delivers composted leaves, and has provided water lines.  I think garden organizers in affluent areas should seek town support and expect to attract gardeners from the less affluent or older residents, not from the attorneys and corporate executives.
-----Original Message-----
From: Joyce (by way of Sally McCabe <smccabe@pennhort.org>) <mayjad@gte.net>
To: community_garden@mallorn.com <community_garden@mallorn.com>
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 1999 11:49 AM
Subject: [cg] Community Gardens in suburbs

Have community gardens been successful in the more affluent suburbs?

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