RE: Inspiration from this list
The master gardeners and community organizers that contibute to this list
are truly amazing. The most remarkable thing about them is their ability to
work with groups, inspire them, nudge them along, offer both technical and
material help while giving all the credit to the folks who have gathered
together to create community...gardens. The one consistent thing I've
learned from and about these folks is that it's always "we", never "I." As
hard as we work to get commuity gardens going, it's the folks who take the
concept and internalize it that really make it happen.
Great luck with your continuing work in the community, your enthusiasm and
skills. E-mails like yours are inspiring: so many folks, including me, work
so hard chasing dollars that they often don't stop to stir the compost.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Amanda Maria Edmonds [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2001 3:12 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [cg] Inspiration from this list
> To all of you community gardeners out there,
> I only recently joined this list, but already come to my email each day
> excited to steal a minute to read the daily digest that graces my inbox.
> I'm excited because all of you exist and are communicating (okay, sounds
> hokey, yes), and I get especially excited at the job titles at the end of
> many emails ..."Community Gardener Coordinator" ..."Food Bank-- Community
> Garden" ..."Urban Garden Specialist"... You all, believe it or not, have
> my dream jobs, and it makes me more and more anxious to find one on my
> own. I'm a youngin'-- relatively recently having finished my undergraduate
> education (in Environmental Education and Environmental Justice at the
> School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan)--
> and now working in Recruiting/Admissions for my school as I work on my
> graduate degree looking at socio-horticulture/community/urban/school
> gardens. I'm hoping to carve out a research project studying you and all
> of your efforts and how they impact learning, behavior, community
> revitalization, etc. (I personally believe that community gardens can
> solve a good number of the country's problems and want to help
> "prove" it, although anyone involved in them already knows their benefits
> are numerous and extensive... it just needs to be "proven" to policy
> makers and funders, etc.).
> Oh, and I garden at a school and community garden I built in Ypsilanti,
> Michigan (near Ann Arbor)... and am on the board of our local Community
> Gardening org-- Project Grow... and I worked with some school/neighborhood
> gardening in St. Louis... and I'm an avid composter, and am an especially
> big fan of worms...
> So, from a newbee on this list, thank you, because you guys are the
> inspiration that keeps me going (especially through a harsh Michigan
> ...and if you're someone else doing socio-horticultural garden research,
> drop me a line...
> Amanda Maria Edmonds
> Ann Arbor, Michigan
> ...one more thing-- does anyone know of any books (published or in the
> works) on community gardening that are largely photographic? I've read
> Patricia Hyne's "A Patch of Eden" (everyone should read it!), but it's
> mainly text with a few photos. The only other things I've found are older
> children's books...
> We must be the change we wish to see in the world. -Gandhi
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