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Fwd: [NYC-GardensCoalition] Reminder -NYCCGC Meeting TUESDAYJanuary 17

  • Subject: [cg] Fwd: [NYC-GardensCoalition] Reminder -NYCCGC Meeting TUESDAYJanuary 17
  • From: adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2006 11:19:29 -0500

I forward this as an example on how neighborhood organizing for community gardens or any volunteer run entity that requires the support of the community gets nudged forward...
Best wishes, 
Adam Honigman
-----Original Message-----
From: adam36055@aol.com
To: NYC-GardensCoalition@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Mon, 16 Jan 2006 10:22:31 -0500
Subject: Re: [NYC-GardensCoalition] Reminder -NYCCGC Meeting TUESDAY January 17

At the last meeting, I laid out the steps community gardens need to take to gain community support and patronage - the political underpinnings of real permanence in the minds of garden neighbors - not a legal settlement that will sunset in a few years.   
This was not a "pep talk," but a clear laying out of the steps that have to be taken to create real permanent garden in this city. The main points of my talk: 
1) Creating the garden and fighting for its preservation is the first act, and that is a process that has taken many of us over two decades.
2) However,  creating real permanence, the second act,  is like being married. 
The second act, creating real permanence is a long-term, ongoing task that is, in my opinion harder than the first, and it's the area where many community gardens, all over the US and Canada, fail.
A handful of community gardens in the US and Canada have been sucessful at making the transition to "real permanence," by creating the perception in their communities that they are permanent through:
a)  increased garden accessiblity to all members of their surrounding communities
b) outreach to neighborhood power centers - political clubs, block associations, schools, churches, 
c) transforming the garden itself into a "power center," by its members joining or creating block associations, creating alliances with neigbhorhood players by membership in those organizations and working in common cause with them, garden members joining local political clubs and making deposits in the "favor bank,"  knowing all the local elected officials and their aide's names, telephone numbers and e-mails, 
d) learning how to use the local press, and create garden use dossiers for public hearings, to document through a print  and video archives,  a vibrant garden community. Legislators and land use officials need documentation - all community gardens need to document their activities on an ongoing basis. It's just like composting, and cannot be done overnight.  
e) And most importantly garden members submitting and following up on  applications made to City Council Persons and Borough Presidents for Community Board Memberships.  WE NEED TO HAVE COMMUNITY GARDENERS ON COMMUNITY LAND USE AND PARKS COMMITTEES - THIS IS REALLY THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE THE INNER TRACK ON ULUURP INFORMATION AND A CHANCE TO GET POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR THE DISPOSITION OF GARDEN LAND. 
I got some nice comments from the attendees at the last meeting, but for this process to be implemented and maintained, there has to be re-inforcement, support, and follow up. 
Sort of like "Weight Watchers," or "AA." 

Gardeners have to be asked, and learn to ask themselves, "What have I done in the last month, week, today to make my garden permanent?"  And have real answers, not excuses of promise - this is New York City, and land use is a "blood sport," - this ain't playing. 
Please put this process on the agenda, because without it, many folks are going to lose their gardens - and this time around we have the time to get our shit together.  "Chicken Little," tactics - "The Garden is being bulldozed, lets link our hands together," 
Also, there is the "ACGA Growing Communities" seminar being given that you and I are attending - let's see if we can't get some more people there as well - it really is quite thorough and goes step-by-step on how to organized your community garden within the context of the greater community.
See you tomorrow evening, 
Adam Honigman
-----Original Message-----
From: Magali Regis <mregis@earthlink.net>
To: magali@creativelittlegarden.org
Sent: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 23:23:12 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [NYC-GardensCoalition] Reminder -NYCCGC Meeting TUESDAY January 17


New York City Community Gardens Coalition
To: New York City Community Gardeners
Subject: Come to the next meeting - January 17, 2006

You are invited to attend the NYCCGC membership Meeting on
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
at 6:30 pm
The Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 East 11th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Ave)
New York NY 10003

Call (212) 926-8648 or
(212) 662-2878
if you have questions.

AGENDA FOR MEETING: Tuesday, January 17:


Old Business:
Update on insurance issues

New Business:
The next forum - subcommittee
new agreement with NYC for preservation of gardens -subcommittee
The Grow Together Event (organizing staff for the tables) - subcommittee
Getting grants - subcommittee
Membership and Dues
The importance of licensing
New website - subcommittee
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