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Washington State Governor Gary Locke - Sell him on Community Gardens

  • Subject: [cg] Washington State Governor Gary Locke - Sell him on Community Gardens
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 12:08:26 -0500

Hey Washington State Community Gardeners!
Governor Gary Locke's rebuttal to the State of the Union Address was pretty impressive yesterday night.  Do you think he can be suckered into visiting a community garden with his staff and speechwriters ( maybe the garden being grown from the "Million Flower Compost") and get the community garden idea as a metaphor for all of us pulling together to make America better?
If Governor Locke gets the idea and uses community gardeners as a metaphor for a positive America ( especially growing food for low income citizens) maybe the Republicans, hearing a good metaphor that they'd want to co-opt might see the cg movement as something to support thorough  a line item in an agriculture bill, or through that "faith based iniative/volunteer" bill that Dubya mentioned last night. 
If we can get something like the Federal urban agriculture / community development grant dollars of the late seventies/early eighties restored, maybe we might be able to expand programs, promote the community garden idea thoughout more of this country - an antidote to that other metaphor, "Bowling Alone."
But first we need to get some politicians, wine, cheese and oysters into a gussied up Seattle community garden and someone - maybe Seattle's mayor or its cg friendly city councilpersons? to invite Governor Gary Locke and his speechwriters in...
A thought for a snow Wednesday,
Best wishes,
Adam Honigman
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden, NYC

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