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

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Hbg. City community gardens seem to be getting off the ground
  • From: Grow19@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 08:17:07 EDT

This is a bit of a 'don't have enough information to be as helpful as I could be' situation, but it does sound like an opportunity for meeting many needs and a real need to bring people together with a facilitator to do some inclusive planning.  Anne Spirn (at U PA / Penn State?) has been involved with very innovative and inclusive planning processes.  See if she could get involved.  With architects, landscape designers and urban planners involved in looking at a neighborhood's physical space and then talking with residents, city agencies, community organizations, etc. it can be possible to maximize use of the space to meet snow parking needs (perhaps this is the place to put play space for good weather periods, not food gardening where cars have been parked) as well as space for play and space for gardening.  Then, of course, there is a real need to find out if there are people (not city agencies, but residents) who want spaces to garden for food security or flower gardens, etc.  Success should come from inquiring and planning together, with the end-users forefront in the whole process.
Good luck!

Judy Tiger
Executive Director
Garden Resources of Washington
1419 V Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
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