You might be interested that the Governor
spent time visiting and working in a Cultivating Community garden a low
income housing community garden celebrating Martin Luther King day, in a
Cultivating Community garden in a low income housing community.
Cultivating Communities a community garden program is sponsored by a joint
partnership of Friends of P-Patch (non-profit org), Seattle Housing Authority
and the City’s P-Patch Program. The Governor is a supporter
and has visited other gardens in the past. Now getting him to use community
gardens as a metaphor is another challenge
"The truth of the matter is that the flower has cleverly
manipulated the bee into hauling its pollen from blossom to blossom." The
Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan
From: Honigman, Adam
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Subject: [cg] Washington State
Governor Gary Locke - Sell him on Community Gar dens
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,
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden, NYC