Re: Garden Insurance in California
Am I a fogey? Or did I miss the words "please" or "thank you" in any of
SoleilPaz's missives? Maybe I don't read too well anymore and need bi-focals.
Community gardening also means that you open up the telephone book, look up
the California State Dept of Insurance, get put on hold, call again until you
get someone who wants to help you. You walk to a local insurance company,
explain what you want to do and see if they don't laugh in your face. You
write letters, make friends of your neighbors. Write more letters. Again,
Soleil, did you read the stuff in this listserve's archives, the letters and
organizational information on the ACGA web page? Did you check out every link?
Did you bother to do a web search?
You go to your neighbors, the ones who live near the garden and ask them if
community gardening is something they would be interested in doing, be
willing to throw a coupla dollars at, work an afternoon a week in. You have
to go to schools, you have to go to the local church, you have to talk to
everybody. Before you ask somebody for their land, how about cleaning up and
beautifying a school or church garden, that little dried up patch of green in
front of the library or police station? Is there an old person's home near
where you are? Working on that out of the goodness of your heart gives you a
little street credibility.
Letter writing. There are public libraries in California, Soleil, with books
on grant writing letter writing and, of course, manners.
Lesson 1 in grant writing: When you ask people for help, you say please, and
when they try to help you, you say thank you.
Somehow a shovel comes from someplace, a bag of sand, a few tools from
somebody's attic, people start showing up. But you first have to set a good
example, break your butt, convince them that community gardening is something
that is worth doing.
community_garden maillist - email@example.com