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Re: [tb-cybergardens]: liz christy / green guerillas

  • Subject: [cg] Re: [tb-cybergardens]: liz christy / green guerillas
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 18:01:20 EST

Steve - tattelah.....

Ya mean you DON'T have a law suit yet? This is a major change in modus 
operandi for you guys. Let's hope you're actually doing something constructive here. 
All of us take a real interest in the Liz Christy garden because it's such a 
seminal place for our movement. 

In all honesty, I figured if  broke your chops enough, you'd come out of your 
lair, rub your eyes,  and start to try to justify GG' s existence and what 
you've been doing to actually keep LC a sustainable garden in the midst of the 
change that makes Manhattan such an interesting and volitile place to live, 
work and garden.  


I love seeing signs of sentient life from Green Guerillas - now could you 
possibly manage to be helpful, not OBSTRUCTIVE in helping to work out a deal 
between the the LIz Christy Gardeners, Avalon and the city, pretty please?  

I have NEVER seen a developer actually COURT a community garden before.  This 
is a novel and rare experience and the usual delaying tactics will only sour 
any kind of concessions Avalon might give. 

Avalon's letter is AMAZING - they really want to work with the gardeners in a 
very gentlemanly fashion.  Could you help your charges at Liz Christy pull 
out their thumbs and deal. 

Adam Honigman

> Subj: [tb-cybergardens]: liz christy / green guerillas 
>  Date: 1/13/05 3:19:29 PM Mid-Atlantic Standard Time
>  From: npbkprs@hotmail.com
>  Reply-to: cybergardens@treebranch.com
>  To: cybergardens@treebranch.com
>  Sent from the Internet 
> News from the tb-cybergardens mailing  list
> -------------------------------------------------
> hey cybergardeners -- a number of people have been forwarding messages, and 
> have encouraged us to respond. so here goes:
> + green guerillas has no lawsuit in the works. i'm not sure where this rumor 
> got started. the liz christy gardeners are doing what any smart group would 
> do in this situation -- reach out to experts for help, advice, and 
> assistance with negotiations -- that includes a lawyer, an architect, and an 
> arborist.
> stating with great certainty on this list serve that GGs has a lawsuit 
> pending certainly does not help the LC gardeners. and indicting this garden 
> as never open and these gardeners as anti-community on this list serve does 
> not help their cause either. readers of this list serve likely include 
> people from the City and developers.
> + GGs is supporting the gardeners and they are making decisions as a group. 
> the LC garden group is an eclectic mix of people - no one is hijacking the 
> group with a particular agenda and you certainly can't characterize them all 
> as aging hippies. but i'll let them respond if they choose. and everyone is 
> free to agree or disagree with their decision to try to protect their garden 
> and how they are going about it.
> + GGs is not going to get out front of the LC gardeners.  we do not spend 
> hours caring for the garden. the gardeners care for it. we will continue to 
> support them in their efforts to protect and preserve it. this certainly 
> opens us up to criticism  -- we will take our lumps from people who believe 
> our name and face should be out front.
> + i accept and welcome any and all criticism of me and of green guerillas. 
> we don't strut around claiming to be the end all and be all of the community 
> gardening movement in new york city. i do not believe that i am god's gift 
> to the nonprofit world. i can always do better and GGs can always do better. 
> we do our thing, we are one piece of the puzzle, and we are small in 
> comparison to many of the other greening groups. i am truly sorry that our 
> work is not up to snuff in some people's eyes. if folks would be willing to 
> share criticism with me and with other GGs staff directly it would help us 
> improve.
> + the notion that we send "low level" staff people out to gardens is, i 
> think, insulting to our two community organizers -- rebecca ferguson and 
> hannah riseley-white. they are skilled organizers, they have strong 
> relationships with gardeners all over the city, and they provide gardeners 
> with assistance with organizing issues big and small. they are both 
> community gardeners and rebecca is on the board of directors of the american 
> community gardening association. everyone is free to characterize these 
> folks any way they choose, but i've learned a lot from them. many community 
> gardeners in neighborhoods like East NY, Harlem, Bed-Stuy and the La Familia 
> Verde area of the Bronx (who are not on this list serve) appreciate their 
> work.
> our number is 212.402.1121 and we all have cell phones -- rebecca and i are 
> especially happy to discuss all of the above with you.
> thanks,
> steve frillmann
> green guerillas
> direct line: 212.402.1120
> steve@nycgreen.org

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