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Hbg. City community gardens seem to be getting off the ground

  • Subject: [cg] Hbg. City community gardens seem to be getting off the ground
  • From: "a.h.steely" gfcp@mindspring.com
  • Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 19:45:51 -0400

One of the people who started a garden for the use of the neighborhood found
herself in a huge disagreement with the agencies run by various groups that
help the "poor".  She wanted to start a small playground on an empty lot,
and also back the Mayor who finally realized that the empty lots between row
homes need to be turned into off street parking.  The agency people who do
not live in the city seem to want to start gardening on every lot in the
city, finally!!

The buzz words seem to be food security and engaging the neighborhood
residents in providing for their food supply.  Not a bad idea.  How to
compromise is the question, does anyone have any ideas as the agency people
are rightfully saying that a playground requires someone to take
responsibility for insurance.

Didn't I read that even the community gardens must be covered by insurance
lest someone is injured?  The paving of the lots is desperately needed in
some areas where people have nowhere to park in snow emergencies.  Why is it
so hard to start a city doing the gardening thing!

Helen Steely
Harrisburg, Pa.

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