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Re: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1508 - 5 msgs

  • Subject: [cg] Re: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1508 - 5 msgs
  • From: "Hannah Thomas" hlt@ceimaine.org
  • Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 14:33:25 -0400

I have a question around community gardening and prisons/health centers.

are there cases of community gardens being used to rehabilitate prisoners?
or to help in recuperating patients? I would be grateful to hear of specific

Kind regards

Hannah Thomas
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>   1. Re:  Gardening and Microenterprise (Debby Williams)
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>   3. 2002 Philadelphia CG Piece (adam36055@aol.com)
>   4. OnlineAthens.com article (adam36055@aol.com)
>   5. Text of Athens GA Community Garden Article (adam36055@aol.com)
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> From: "Debby Williams" <will1322@msu.edu>
> To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
> Subject: Re:  [cg] Gardening and Microenterprise
> Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 09:13:28 -0400
> charset="iso-8859-1"
> Connie,
> Growing Power was well represented at the conference.  They are helping
> develop the U-FIT program on Chicago's south side, which was part of the
> Friday tour I selected.  I met and talked with Will and Erika Allen
> daughter) and found that I wanted to know more about the program.
> Apparently Growing Power started as a program for troubled youth in
> Milwaukee.  Microenterprise is a part of their program, as well as youth
> involvement.
> http://www.growingpower.org/
> Debby
> > From: Gardenfoolery@aol.com
> > Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2003 15:04:54 EDT
> > To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> > Subject: [cg] Gardening and Microenterprise
> >
> > Thank you one and all for information regarding my question posed to
> and
> > gardening and schools.
> >
> > I'd like to take this a little further.  Does anyone have, or know of,
> > programs that use teens in community gardening efforts with a
> microenterprise bent?
> > What I'm hunting for are the programs that have youth work the gardens
> > then they either sell their produce or they work with a partner to sell
> the
> > produce or whatever, but will introduce these kids to the world of
> business;
> > specifically, how to start and run one.
> >
> > Thanks again,
> > Connie Nelson
> > 2605 S Davis Rd
> > Spokane, WA   99216-0259
> > (509) 921-1481 (h)
> > gardenfoolery@aol.com
> >
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> From: JSBMH2@aol.com
> Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 10:12:25 EDT
> Subject: RE:[cg] Gardening and Microenterprise
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> CC: community_garden@mallorn.com
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> Connie,
> In addition to these wonderful thoughts, there is a guide in publication I
> have found very useful-
> Entrepreneurial Community Gardens
> Growing Food, Skills, Jobs and Communities
> By Gail Feenstra, Sharyl McGrew and David Campbell
> University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Publication
> You can order it here-
> <A
> All the best,
> John Herndon
> Village Green Community Garden
> Norman, OK
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> =3D"Arial" LANG=3D"0">Connie,<BR>
> In addition to these wonderful thoughts, there is a guide in publication I
> ave found very useful-<BR>
> Entrepreneurial Community Gardens<BR>
> Growing Food, Skills, Jobs and Communities<BR>
> By Gail Feenstra, Sharyl McGrew and David Campbell<BR>
> University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Publication
> <BR>
> <BR>
> You can order it here-<BR>
> <BR>
> <A
> lastcatid=3D105&amp;step=3D4</A><BR>
> <BR>
> All the best,<BR>
> John Herndon<BR>
> Village Green Community Garden<BR>
> Norman, OK</FONT></HTML>
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> Message: 3
> From: Adam36055@aol.com
> Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 12:05:00 EDT
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject: [cg] 2002 Philadelphia CG Piece
> For the Archives
>  Posted on Fri, Jul. 12, 2002
> Scourge of community gardens: Land sales
> By Denise Cowie
> Inquirer Columnist
> One morning last month, Kathleen Garvin found herself in the middle of a
> community gardener's nightmare: The garden she and others had lovingly
tended for
> years on the 2100 block of Fitzwater Street in Philadelphia, creating an
> oasis of trees, shrubs and flowers, was ripped apart by a front-end loader
> clearing ground for a three-story house.
> As horrified gardeners protested, the heavy machinery uprooted plants and
> tossed them, still blooming, into a Dumpster.
> The gardeners, however, didn't own the land. The lot, for eight years the
> center of a prize-winning community garden that covered three city lots
> greatly enhanced the neighborhood, was privately owned by a former
resident of the
> street, with whom, Garvin says, the gardeners had a written gardening
> agreement. The owner sold the lot to a developer, which the gardeners
discovered when
> a usage permit was issued.
> The drama on Fitzwater Street - Garvin, as garden coordinator, tried to
> off the earth-mover to prevent the destruction of the garden - got lots of
> media attention, and the issue is still the center of legal negotiations.
> But this is hardly the only community garden at risk, especially in
> neighborhoods that border Center City.
> Just ask Susan White, an artist who lives across the street from Seedy
> community garden in Northern Liberties, where she has grown vegetables and
> herbs for five or six years. She looked out her window one morning about a
> ago to see workers cutting down trees on a lot at the perimeter of the
> that had been sold in the winter, a lot where she once kept beehives.
> "The new owner just brought in a tree crew and took everything out," says
> White, including hydrangeas, rosebushes, and a splendid holly the
gardeners had
> planted. "There was a big sign that said 'Neighborhood Gardens
> Association-sponsored garden,' with a phone number on it. It was clearly a
garden... . They
> had to break down the fence to get in.
> "I was out there yelling at the tree guys, and then I thought, 'Well, it's
> not your fault, it's just your job.' So I said, 'What are you going to do
> the mulch?' [and] we got a nice pile of wood chips out of it." But the
> gardeners would have appreciated an opportunity to move their plants,
White says.
> Terry Mushovic, executive director of the Neighborhood Gardens
Association, a
> Philadelphia Land Trust, says the group has been getting more calls from
> sites where people are looking at buying properties that are part of a
> garden. "The number of gardens that are feeling this kind of pressure has
> definitely increased over the last six months to a year as development has
> increased," she says.
> In Northern Liberties, for example, prices have soared in the last few
> says Deborah Solo of Solo Realty, a gardener and real estate agent who
> in the neighborhood.
> "Usually, builders want to get several lots together, but there is no
> question that there is a trend toward building houses, and there has been
for several
> years because of the tax-abatement [incentive]," she says. That program
> essentially offered 10 years of tax breaks for new residential
construction in the
> city, but the trend could slow if it is not renewed, Solo says.
> "The Fitzwater Street issue is horrible for [those gardeners], but it is
> serving as a wake-up call for the rest of the gardens in the city," says
> McCabe, an outreach coordinator for the Pennsylvania Horticultural
Society, as
> well as a national board member of the American Community Gardening
> and a founding gardener at Seedy Acres.
> "People tend to assume that if a lot is vacant, the city owns it. Often
> that's true, because the city will have foreclosed for back taxes. But in
> cases, someone actually owns it."
> Or many "someones." Ownership of the lots that make up some community
> can be quite byzantine, which is one reason gardeners may be inclined to
> the issue slide.
> Two weeks ago, gardeners at Seedy Acres had a fund-raising block party to
> help purchase more of the land that makes up the irregularly shaped
garden, which
> has been a community landmark since 1983, providing vegetables and flowers
> and a picnic area. Four of the lots were sold last year and have an
> future as garden space, in addition to the lot that the tree crew cleared.
> In the area now being called Southwest Center City, community gardeners at
> 20th and Catharine Streets have heard that their plots were being eyed for
> commercial development. That, gardener Laura Blanchard says, has much of
> neighborhood incensed. The garden provides a green haven in a relentlessly
> landscape.
> "We haven't got a park," says Blanchard, who moved back to the city from
> Princeton suburbs because she wanted to live in a community that didn't
> revolve around cars. "A number of people would like to see us develop a
> policy, surveying communities and seeing what they want in the way of
> space, and taking steps to preserve it."
> In some areas, Mushovic says, "people have been gardening these lots for
> than 20 years, functioning like community parks or green spaces, and it is
> very difficult for them to accept that someone is going to build a house
in the
> middle." The Philadelphia Land Trust, one of the few urban land trusts in
> country, came into being in the mid-'80s when land was being sold off for
> development, she says, "and there were a lot of gardens that we felt
should be
> preserved."
> What should community gardeners do if they think their plots might be
> threatened?
> "Find out who really does own land that you want to start a garden on, or
> already have," Mushovic says. "Don't assume what an owner's intentions
are... and
> don't bury your head. You might as well know what's happening."
> An easy first step in tracking down an owner might be to log on to
> www.phila.gov, Philadelphia's home page, suggests David Glancey, chairman
of the Board
> of Revision of Taxes. Click on "search property assessments" under the
> "Top Features," and, when you get to an electronic search form, enter the
> specific street address for each lot.
> It might give you what you're looking for - name and address of owner, and
> even a value - but it's not as official as going to the Department of
Records on
> the first floor of City Hall, going through the maps, locating a parcel
> number, and seeing who the city lists as owner of record. Or you can call
the Land
> Trust at 215-988-8797 for help, or seek assistance from a sympathetic real
> estate agent, a local Community Development Corp. organization, or the
local City
> Council office.
> If the land is privately owned, often the last address listed for an owner
> the same as the vacant lot's, which means it may have been abandoned.
> "The only way to find out is to write a letter to the owner with a
> return-receipt request, to show you tried to reach them," says Mushovic,
though usually
> you won't - at which point most gardeners claim squatter's rights and
> anyway. If you reach an owner, ask for a letter giving permission to
garden on
> the land (preferably for five or 10 years), ask whether the owner would
> consider donating the land to a nonprofit organization, or, if he or she
plans to
> sell, ask the price.
> Scenarios for tax-delinquent land can get complicated, and Mushovic says
> a good idea to talk to staff members of your local council representative.
> Talk to them, too, if the land belongs to the city or the Redevelopment
> Authority. You often can get a short-term agreement to garden on it, but
it's good to
> know early if there are other plans.
> "They really are key to getting any kind of publicly held land turned over
> individuals," she says.
> As far as McCabe is concerned, however, ownership isn't the only issue.
> "We want people to understand that gardening is a viable form of
> development," she says.
> "Gardening doesn't have to be just an interim activity - it can be the end
> point, the reason for the land's existence."
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
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> --__--__--
> Message: 4
> Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 12:18:21 -0400 (EDT)
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> From: Adam36055@aol.com
> Subject: [cg] OnlineAthens.com article
> The following OnlineAthens.com article has been sent to you by Adam
Honigman (Adam36055@aol.com).
> Adam Honigman's comment: Here's a piece from last May on a community
garden in Athens, GA
> **********************************************
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> To read this article, please visit:
> http://www.athensnewspapers.com/stories/051703/fea_20030517013.shtml
> OnlineAthens.com - We make Athens click.
> http://www.onlineathens.com
> --__--__--
> Message: 5
> From: Adam36055@aol.com
> Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 12:39:14 EDT
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject: [cg] Text of Athens GA Community Garden Article
> Community garden restores hope to once-vibrant Athens neighborhood
> Growing together
> By Kimberly E. Mock
> kmock@onlineathens.com
>  Andrew Pearson of Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, left, and
> neighborhood resident Bernice Jones prepare soil for a community garden in
the Brooklyn
> neighborhood in Athens.
> R.C. Rique/Staff
>    arbara Sims remembers a long-overgrown garden as the vibrant social
> of the Brooklyn community in Athens where she grew up.
>    Now, after years of fighting drugs and crime along its streets and
> lots, a garden in the community again will grow, as neighborhood residents
> Athens-Clarke County work to build one of the first community gardens in
> city on Bazzelle Avenue.
>    Andrew Pearson, Athens water conservation coordinator, said the idea to
> place a community garden in the Brooklyn community developed from a
meeting of
> officials affiliated with Greenfest, a series of events in Athens that
> environmental improvement at work and home.
>    Pearson said the group wanted to help build better communities
> Athens by incorporating a national project called Community Gardens here
> the Classic City.
>    ''We wanted to do something to help better the community,'' and we
> to do community gardens, said Pearson. ''The idea is to help get the
> started, and then give it to the community for them to take ownership of
> This is the pilot year for the program, but once you get one built, it
will grow
> across the county.''
>    Pearson said the Brooklyn community was chosen to host the first garden
> because its residents had the heartiest response to the program.
>    County volunteers as well as community residents are working to build
> garden, which will feature a variety of vegetables, flowers and plants in
> beds on Bazzelle Avenue.
>    Greenfest planning committee chairman Nancy Lindbloom said the
> success in the Brooklyn community should help it be established in other
> neighborhoods across Athens.
>  A pair of gardening gloves sits on the edge of what will be a flowerbed
> part of the garden off Bazzelle Avenue. Neighborhood residents and
> Athens-Clarke County volunteers are working together to create one of the
first community
> gardens in the city.
> R.C. Rique/Staff
> ''Gardening is a relaxing way to exercise and enjoy being outdoors for
> people,'' Lindbloom said of why the program is successful. ''It also helps
> bring neighbors together - and it really is the embodiment of the
community. It
> represents hope in the community ... and it will beautify the community.
> also it's allowing people to work together to beautify their
>    Lindbloom said the Brooklyn garden was made possible through many
> donations, including a donation of the lot as well as plants and materials
to build
> the garden's beds.
>    Lindbloom said the project isn't done yet, as the garden needs a proper
> fence and a tool shed, as well as monetary donations to help cover
> costs for the garden.
>    But the fact the garden is even in place is deemed a miracle by Sims,
> said she hopes it will bring people out of their homes and into the
> once again.
>    ''Five years ago, you couldn't have rode up and down this street
> of all the drugs,'' Sims said. ''Hopefully, this garden will bring about a
> unity among this community, and we think it will be (an) improvement
> Tax-refundable donations for the Brooklyn community garden project are
> accepted by check at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Additional
> information on the Athens Community Gardens project can be obtained by
called Nancy
> Lindbloom at (706) 549-4720 or online at www.communitygarden.org.
> Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Saturday, May 17, 2003.
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