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RE: Washington State Governor Gary Locke - Sell him on Community Gar dens

  • Subject: RE: [cg] Washington State Governor Gary Locke - Sell him on Community Gar dens
  • From: "Ray Schutte" RSchutte@starbucks.com
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 09:27:00 -0800
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  • Thread-topic: [cg] Washington State Governor Gary Locke - Sell him on Community Gar dens

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


Ray Schutte

"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


-----Original Message-----
From: Honigman, Adam [mailto:Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 9:08 AM
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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,


Best wishes,

Adam Honigman

Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden, NYC


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