RE: hello gardeners
I sincerely believe that you are doing God's work. Getting money for a
project like yours may be problematic in our world dedicated to globalized
greed. You might try applying to the Soros Foundation, but may I make a
I went shopping last week for sneakers for my son who needs them for high
school gym class in NYC. I couldn't find a single pair made in the USA or in
a non-sweatshop factory country except some French made Mephistos. The
Mephistos were not his size. Most of the sneakers were made in Indonesia
or Viet Nam. I held my nose and bought some Nikes made in Indonesia.
Michael Jordan and other sports stars make millions off of Nike
endorsements. Maybe your project would provide a post sneaker factory
living for the young women who currently work 90 hour weeks, live in tin
shacks without running water, and labor under horrible working conditions.
May I suggest you apply to Michael Jordan, the NBA and all those
magnificently paid jocks for funding? If you are a 501(c)(3) corporation
you might get thrown crumbs from Caesars table.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: coree white [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2000 12:22 PM
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> Subject: [cg] hello gardeners
> Hello gardeners,
> a friend of mine in Philly has been sending me occasional postings of
> and they look great. I'm sending you my own posting now, regarding
> work. If anyone has ideas, questions, comments, or general excitement
> this work, please please please feel free to contact me via email at:
> firstname.lastname@example.org .
> I am coordinating an agriculture project in Irian Jaya, Indonesia. Irian
> Jaya is the western half of the island of New Guinea. Its a far and away
> place where relatively little development and colonialization has
> Relatively little doesn't mean none, of course,and there are houses and
> roads along the coasts and even through some of the emmense mountains that
> run through the center of the island. (If you want to find the island on
> map, go to Australia and look directly north, its the second largest
> in the world, right on the equator, and brimming with all kinds of life
> people have never dreamt of.)
> I'm trying (funding pending) to work on the more developed northern coast
> Irian jaya, just outside the capital city of Jayapura. There, I am
> overseeing the makings of a forty acre farm training campus, where people
> can learn to better organize their farms for their profit. I am not
> teaching anything, though. I'm an American gal, originally from Tennessee
> and Florida. The tropical environment is far beyond my gardening skills.
> I'm more or less bringing in some new, simple technology and some
> organization. It is my intention that the knowledge of the people will
> these simple forms and use them in the most appropriate way possible for
> their environment. Through the process of the farm's establishment, we
> expand upon niche agriculture markets in the community, such as the
> (not as many as some places, granted, but still a viable market), the
> restaurants, and the missionary population.
> I visited Irian Jaya last summer for three months. I gathered information
> and observed as much as possible. From what I saw, the people are already
> skilled agriculturists, but lack an organizational mentality that will
> them to actually make their living from their land.
> My feeling is that if this project can get a good foothold, it will set a
> precedent for the people's own capacity, and also for sustainable means of
> accomplishing food production. Massive industry has yet to move into
> Jaya, due to the remote location and difficult terrain, but it will be
> coming, and soon. The Integrated Agriculture Project may be key to the
> preservation of local land knowledge and cultural empowerment before big
> business arrives.
> I'm working through an American non-profit organization which I've worked
> with several times before, and also a non-government organization in Irian
> Jaya, which has already established a vocational training program
> classes for basic computers and the English Language. They're all very
> excited about the possibility for this work, and they see that it could be
> great success.
> Now, i'm looking for funding. If anyone has any ideas, please let me
> This project is so wonderful. I'm very willing, and excited, to talk with
> anyone about it, and am prepared to discuss the situation to a much
> Sorry if this isn't quite what you all are usually talking about, but I
> wanted to spread the good word that there are gardens sprouting up
> everywhere on this big planet, and i'm so glad we're all working towards
> their growth.
> Keep up the good work, and like I said, be in touch anytime.
> Thanks, Coree White
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