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Re: insurance requirement

  • Subject: [cg] Re: insurance requirement
  • From: "ROBERT HARTMAN" rhartman2003@msn.com
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 10:16:03 -0700

Gardening is physical labor and includes the use of sharp tools and implements. There is also heavy lifting and the use of toxic chemicals (unless you're organic). Landowners are ultimately liable if an accident occurs on their property.

It is understandable that an insitutional owner (or any owner for that matter) might not want to assume the risk. Some charge a nominal rent and use the proceedds to pay for additional insurance. If it's a hospital and they've already spent capital funds to install the raised beds, they're probably in a better position to raise money for an insurance fund for the garden than the gardeners. However, the hospital staff might not have time.

Keep talking to them. If the gardeners are willing to help with the fundraising, there's an opportunity for good press for the hospital. But don't make it just about insurance. Say that the beds are in, the gardeners are ready, but now more funds are needed for tools, seed, insurance, etc.. Someone will step up.

Good luck!

Robert Hartman


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