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Re: Re: Source of Response? Please clarify

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Re: Source of Response? Please clarify
  • From: simmonsm@bloomington.in.us
  • Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2005 19:42:09 -0500 (EST)

Dear Adam and fellow members,

     While it is true that the ACGA, its list, and its website are
invaluable to the promotion of community gardening and deserving of
our financial support, it is also true that there is no obligation,
stated or implied, for anyone who wants to ask a question on the list
to join the ACGA.  We should answer those questions we can without
strong arming the questioners to pay dues.  Obviously we should
invite anyone who is interested in the work of the ACGA to join, but
we should not make that joining a quid pro quo for engaging in dialog
or asking a question through this medium.  That sends the wrong
message -- one of exclusion rather than of inclusion.

     In my job with a municipal parks and recreation department, I answer
questions every day from people from other cities and even from other
states who do not pay taxes to support our department.  I and my
department consider this service a valid use of my time, because
customer service does not stop at our city limits.  Any one of the
people whose questions I answer may one day be a resident of our
city, or there may be an occasion for me to call on one of them for
an answer to one of my questions, or our lives may never intersect
again.  Whatever the case may be, they know that their questions were
answered courteously and will have the impression that Bloomington,
Indiana is a friendly place to live (which it is).

     I praise the ACGA for its good work and for its value as a resource
at every opportunity.  I would like for the people I send to this
list for information to see the organization in the positive light in
which I have presented it.  If we are open and welcoming, those
people who share our interests and values will join.  Those who do
not join will still have a positive impression of the organization
which may be of great service down the road.

     Adam, your advocacy for the ACGA is laudable.  I hope that you will
continue to invite people to join, but I also hope that those
invitations may be couched in less confrontational language.  Let's
give people a positive impression of one of the most positive
organizations of which I am a member (dues paying, of course).

H. Michael Simmons

> Ms. Boyle,
> This response was written by me.  I'm a rank-and-file, dues paying  member
> of the ACGA like some of the folks who use this list. If you go to the
> American Community Gardening Association website,
> http://communitygarden.org , you can read more about the organization.
> Official statements by the board of the American Community Gardening
> listserv are usually addressed by its interim Executive Director, Betsy
> Johnson, or its President Gerard Lordahl.
> Anything I write appears over my signature.
> I think your confusion may have arisen from my rather direct questioning
> of the film project coordinator and my blunt suggestion that they pony up
> a membership - cheap as it is, which includes a subscription this cycle to
> "Organic Gardening,"  to the organization.
> In fact, Ms. Boyle, if you are a community gardener, I would very strongly
> suggest that you too should please go to the ACGA website, read through
> the various pages and join as well. It is the best way I know of
> supporting community gardening in the United States and Canada,
> Best wishes,
> Adam Honigman
> Paid-up ACGA member
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Maureen O'Boyle <moboyle1@nyc.rr.com>
> To: Adam36055@aol.com; community_garden@mallorn.com
> Cc: keizi@mindspring.com
> Sent: Fri, 2 Dec 2005 16:42:12 -0500
> Subject: Source of Response? Please clarify
> Was the response below from the American Community Gardening
> Association?
> ----- Original Message ----- From: <Adam36055@aol.com>
> To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
> Cc: <keizi@mindspring.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 7:43 PM
> Subject: [cg] Searching for great organic gardens for TV series - A Few
> Questions
>> Dear Paid, or on Spec Film Project Coordinator,
>> Friend - This enquiring, long-time (30 years plus) organic community
>> gardener has a few questions, and would be quite interested in getting >
>> answers -
>> please - before answering your query.
>> This listserv gets lots of offers all the time - so I'm sure that others
>> > on
>> this listserv have the same questions that I have. Your candor alacrity
>> in
>> response to this request for information would be greatly appreciated.
>> Thanking you in advance for your cooperation,
>> Adam Honigman
>> For starters: You're getting money and a career credit for this project-
>> > what
>> do you and your producers offer gardens that put up with the
>> inconvenience > of
>> a media crew in their gardens? What's in it for gardeners who will have
>> to > do
>> horse-and-pony shows for your cameras during the height of season?
>> First question - Have you joined the American Community Gardening
>> Association? You found this listserv through the website - an individual
>> > membership would
>> show that you are actually interested in trading wampum for wampum. Or >
>> are
>> you looking for a freebie for your production company?
>> Second question - what are you prepared to offer as an up-front
>> contribution to the American Community Gardening Association for using >
>> this forum to make
>> money for yourself and your production company, as well as the eventual
>> syndication dreams that have to circle your head like dancing
>> sugarplums?
>> Third question - what is your track record? What have you done in media,
>> > who
>> are the people who are working with you? PBS, The Rodales and other >
>> reputable
>> medial organizations have reached out on this listserve before, and come
>> forward with their bonefides - up front. Who are you, who is your >
>> producer, who are
>> you pitching your project to?
>> Great organic gardens exist all over this country - and gardening really
>> exists without being a televised event - really. What are you and your
>> organization willing to provide, up front and in contract to promote the
>> > American
>> Community Gardening Association and the betterment of community gardens
>> > throughout
>> the United States and Canada -
>> Ya see, there are some truly amazing organic gardens in Canada - that
>> you
>> should be pitching to as well.
>>> Subj: [cg] Searching for great organic gardens for TV series
>>> Date: 11/30/05 5:50:39 PM Eastern Standard Time
>>> From: keizi@mindspring.com
>>> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
>>> Sent from the Internet
>>> Hello gardeners,
>>> I've just joined this list serve in an attempt to make contact with
>>> one or more among you who might help further the cause of promoting
>>> sustainable gardening practices to the American mainstream.
>>> I am working with a producer to develop a TV series for cable. The
>>> subject is green design: homes, gardens and communities designed to
>>> be sustainable. We have already completed a pilot/promo shot in the
>>> Bay Area and are in the last phase of putting our written pitch
>>> together to try to sell it to a cable network. Our goal is to frame
>>> things in a way that will reach out to more of a mainstream audience.
>>> It's a kind of introduction for many people that have no idea of the
>>> concept. Rather than a 'how to' it's mainly showcasing the great
>>> things happening now all across the country.
>>> We need to present our potential ideas for the series and one of
>>> the things I'm lacking are some great gardens to showcase. I
>>> personally feel passionate about community gardening and certainly
>>> want to use a few, but I think we need more diversity for this
>>> particular series. We need projects that are special and inspiring!
>>> So here are the things I'm looking for:
>>> ___ beautiful organic home garden (can be edible, ornamental,
>>> permaculture, biodynamic etc)
>>> ___ " roof top garden ( non commercial)
>>> ___small neighborhood community garden
>>> ___urban community garden
>>> The regions where we are planning to do the shows are:
>>> 1. The Bay Area
>>> 2. Los Angeles
>>> 3. Portland, Oregon
>>> 4. Santa Fe, Taos area
>>> 5. Austin, Texas
>>> 6. Denver, Colorado
>>> 7. Chicago, IL,
>>> 8. Kansas City, MO
>>> 9. Atlanta, Georgia
>>> 10. Sarasota Florida
>>> 11. Charleston, South Carolina region
>>> 12. Washington, DC
>>> 13. NYC
>>> We we are open to anyplace within about 100 miles or so of these
>>> regions. I would be very grateful for any help or even the name of a
>>> contact person in any of these regions whom I might call. Thanks!
>>> Kay Richardson
>>> Project Coordinator
>>> Design For Life
>>> 415-830-0903
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