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Re: starting from scratch

  • Subject: [cg] Re: starting from scratch
  • From: "ROBERT HARTMAN" rhartman2003@msn.com
  • Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 13:38:14 -0700

To answer the question that was asked, I think it's easier to get forgiveness than to get permisson.

If a group of people were to show up one day, mark out some beds, throw on some compost and till it in, pretty soon the community garden would be a fia accompli. Surely by now some kids have found or made a hole in any fencing. If no signs are posted and it isn't privately owned property, the muncipality can avoid increased insurance premiums by claiming trespass in the event of a mishap.

If you choose to get permission first, try to schedule an adult-ed class through the local school district or community college. Yes, it's another bureaucracy, but if it's presented as "educational," the municipality might go for it. Alternatively, you can try your luck with the parks and rec. department. They might be amenable. They might also have people who need to complete community service hours by helping you construct beds.

Local nurseries might be willing to make donations of unsalable plants or expired seed packets. There are lots of angles. If you keep asking eventually you'll find a bureaucrat who'll see the value and want to help.

Good luck!

Robert Hartman


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