Aresh's crew from More Gardens!, without doubt or
question, were the driving force behind the petition drive, originated the idea
and compiled the books of 23,000 signatures. A few short of the amount to get
garden referendum on the ballot, however, 23,000 good signatures on legal
petitions is a victory.
More Gardens!, with out doubt or question is the
heart and soul of the Lower East Side and NYC based community garden movement.
Nationwide, Aresh's "Earth Celebrations" group is very well known. http://www.earthcelebrations.com/ and
their annual pageants are an inspiration to all of us.
can't have a garden rally without Aresh and More Gardens!, and the City Hall
press conference was his baby. I love being able to say in garden
negotiations in Hell's Kitchen, that if things go sour I'll bring in a thousand
of my buddies from the Lower East Side in flower suits to block 10th avenue
during rush hour for the TV cameras. And yes, David, in the speed of typing out
this message, I did not include your contribution.
Despite how hard we all work in NYC, however, the
support of a national organization like the ACGA is essential in communicating
to knucklehead local officials - across this great nation of ours - that
community gardening in this country is national, with thousands of community
gardens coast to coast and in Canada. If they won't listen to hometown
advocates, it's great that there is a national group to jump in, like
firefighters from Chicago helping in a Colorado forest fire.
Hey Adam and all:
I just wanted to mention, a day late, that there was a
short letter to the editor published in the Daily News on August 6th,
before they published the ACGA pres.'s letter. I'm not trying to give props to
myself, who wrote it, or refute your point about the press's terrible coverage
of the garden struggle from the gardeners' prespective(s), I just thought that
you might want to know. Also, the rally on the first of august that you talked
about was put together by Moregardens!, as was the referendum drive, who, with
help from many of those organizations that you mentioned and from countless
gardeners really busted their butts to get the 23,000 signatures. You just had
them listed as attendees. I hope that all is well and want to thank New York
City's gardeners for teaching me so much about gardens, politics and so much
more. -David Peterson
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