I've attached the original query from Jill Eisenstadt, a NY Times writer on
deadline, for your perousal. The NY Times, whatever you may think of it,
is an extremely influential national newspaper ( i.e "The Newspaper of
Record") and seriously tries to fact check statements made to reporters.
Case in point:Two months ago, I made a statement to the media when a
double decker NY Apple Tour bus ran over and killed Randloph Walker, (an
actor and Hell's Kitchen neighbor of ours.) The reporters all asked for
and got my name and telephone number for verification. The NY Daily News
and ABC TV news all mispelled my last name in their reports. However, only
the NY Times called my home to both confirm the statement and the spelling
of my name.
This NY Times writer contacted this listserve, which is pretty flattering.
This mean that we're regarded as a "reliable source."
We responded pretty quickly, and Sally McCabe came up with the most
authoritative answer. This thread started with the writer's query on size
and grew, intra-murally into a discussion on how we could best collect
community garden facts and factoids for the use of writers, community
gardeners and others.
As of now, there is no real definition. Size does matter and is open to
discussion. This will have to be worked out over many adult beverages. BYOB.
There's plenty of room at the table. I won't be at Atlanta this year ( too
busy at work) but the subject may be presented.
From: Jill Eisenstadt [SMTP:email@example.com]
>> Sent: Monday, July 24, 2000 12:33 PM
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: [cg] largest community garden?
>> To Whom This May Concern:
>> I am writing an article for the THE NEW YORK TIMES city section about a
>> community garden in Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY. Floyd Bennett
>> claims to the largest community garden in the country? Can you possibly
>> verify this for us? They have 600 1O' by 20' feet plots. Thanks
>> Jill Eisenstadt
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Betsy Johnson [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2000 9:43 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [cg] large?
> Adam et al,
> How are you defining large -- # of plots? acreage? number of gardeners
> involved? number of non-gardening neighbors involved? quantity of
> or flowers grown? quanity of produce donated? number of educational
> programs offered? number of crimes prevented? Is a "garden" only at a
> single site or the collection of an organization's multiple sites? Why
> focus on "large" -- there are many more important qualities by which to
> describe gardens?
> community_garden maillist - email@example.com
community_garden maillist - firstname.lastname@example.org