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Contact the the American Horticultural Therapy Association to see how
you can work with the new programs. It sounds like education of all
parties involved is the first step. This is a perfect opportunity to
integrate community gardening, environmental education, nutrition
education, AND all of the wonderful benefits of horticultural
therapy. Some design changes may need to be considered, such as hard
surfaces for wheelchairs, raised beds for access, with lots of
sitting and chair-transfer spaces. Elizabeth Messer at West Virginia
University is the editor of the Journal of the AHTA, and could
probably provide contacts in your area. Here is her contact info:
Elizabeth R. Messer, MLA, HTM
Landscape Architecture Program
Community Design Team
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506
Tel(304) 293-4832 x4486
Good luck, it sounds like a great opportunity!!
>As a former resident of NYC I am deeply saddened by this additional
>infringement of people's rights to calm, pleasure and community. I may be
>nearing a somewhat similar upcoming something "battle"???
>I am a lecturer at San Jose State U; four and a half years ago I began a
>small garden on campus as an illustration of an approach to hunger - I
>teach Nutrition and World Hunger. It is the only garden of its kind
>associated with a nutrition department at a non-agricultural school that I
>know of. Anyway, it has been magic for students because it shows them lots
>about organic gardening, creates community among the participants and does
>all the wonderful things we know gardening can do. I share the garden
>space with the Occupational Therapy Department which seems to have gotten a
>grant for a pediatric clinic which would be held in that very space.
>I have little clout on campus. So, I don't know what the outcome will be
>next fall. But I share the feelings of, in my case, possible defeat.
>Campus politics are rough!! But, if anyonw has any suggestions besides
>finding allies, such as they are, and getting as much publicity as I can.
>Thanks for listening,
>community_garden maillist - firstname.lastname@example.org
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