RE: county/city funding
- Subject: RE: [cg] county/city funding
- From: "Honigman, Adam" Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com
- Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 13:03:02 -0500
guess is that most US community gardening groups receive very little, if
anything, in the way of direct city or council funding and more in the way of
in-kind, facility use or resource sharing ( trucks, soil amendment, use of
personnel.) Funding for community gardens during the seventies was part of the
Federal Urban Agriculture program sponsored by Fred Richmond and others. When
these funds dried up during the 80's, much of the support money for these
community gardens became privatized
In NYC, Green Thumb is under the aegis of the NYC Parks
Dept but is funded by federal Community
Development Block Grants. If this budget line dries up, the largest
municipal community garden support organization in the country could go away.
With NYC Parks already critically underfunded ( less than .4% of the NYC budget
and shrinking) I don't see where Green Thumb funding would come
from. New York Restoration, a private not-for-profit greening group that
supports community gardens and other projects, uses Vista workers, a federally
funded program. But this is , again, in-kind, and not a city budget line.
Canadian cities throw money at community gardens, but I've heard rumblings of
garden program municipal funding cuts in Montreal.
Amanda Maria Edmonds [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
December 09, 2002 7:06 PM
Subject: [cg] county/city
I think I've asked a question similar to this before, but I'll give it a
try again, because I didn't get response before...
I am trying to find non-profit or government community gardening
organizations who receive regular, annual funding from a city or county
government agency. If this is the case with your org, please tell me! I really
want to hear what percentage of your annual operating budget comes from that
source... I'm trying to show a local government agency that their peers
regularly contribute to-- or even sponsor-- community garden orgs/programs...
and to what extent.
Amanda Maria Edmonds
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world."
"To forget to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget
- Mahatma Ghandi