List as 'news service' as well as 'forum'
- Subject: [cg] List as 'news service' as well as 'forum'
- From: Don Boekelheide email@example.com
- Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 22:06:37 -0700 (PDT)
I'm sympathetic to recent comments that I'm posting
too many articles about community gardening. This list
didn't feature that many before (though some were
posted from time to time, mostly from New York - no
conspiracy, just some wide-awake people in NYC, and a
lot of community gardens, over 1000 of them).
I'm doubly sympathetic since I'm personally most
interested in the technical growing and design
questions of community gardening and gardening in
That said, why have I been forwarding these stories?
Well, I decided to pass along articles about community
gardens around North America from the media for
severa; reasons - first, other folks often have great
ideas I haven't thought of and I wanted to share them
widely; second, we need to support one another and
can't do it without knowing what each other is doing
(and skilled reporters are often very good at telling
stories, which saves us time); three. in terms of
sustainability amd grant writing, it is very helpful
to know what's 'hot' in community gardening, and
what's not (in terms of gardens that find themselves
fighting to survive). I guess I also wanted to help
sing the praises of successful gardens and gardeners.
I confess that the delete key is also a factor - if
you don't like it, delete it. But, I know, I myself
don't always read lists with 'too much information'
even when they are 'good for me' (for instance, on
some nights, even the list covering events in my Peace
Corps country, Togo).
When I forwarded fewer articles, there wasn't so much
of a problem - but admittedly recently there have been
a lot of articles showing up. Since it takes more time
for me to write or edit a digested version, and since
this is all informal, I've just been sending them on
as they appear.
How about we do this - as a list community, let's
decide if it makes sense to share these kinds of
articles on this list. If the general consensus is no,
end of story, I won't keep posting. If it is yes,
maybe I can try to be more selective, and for most
items just post the URL so folks can go visit it if
they choose, sending full text only for items that
really catch my eye (of course, you all are free to
pass on articles too, as well as your questions and
pearls of garden and community building wisdom).
Since we have a fall garden season here in the
Southern Piedmont (best time for all brassicas, root
crops, lettuce...), I don't mind not sending articles.
I can use all the time I can get out in the garden.
But I don't mind doing it, either - what do we all
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