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RE: Annual ACGA "FOCG" Award

  • Subject: RE: [cg] Annual ACGA "FOCG" Award
  • From: "Jack N. Hale" <jackh@knoxparks.org>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 09:29:35 -0400
  • Importance: Normal

ACGA used to make awards.  The bulk of them were done in conjunction with
the annual conference and featured in the Greening Review, but we also had a
process where ACGA members could request local awards as needed.  It usually
fell to one dedicated board member to run that process.  Nancy Allen was the
last I remember, when she was at P-Patch.  They were, as you suggest, "a
good thing."  Also, quite a while back (maybe 15 or 20 years), ACGA was
sponsored by Glad, the bag people, to make community garden awards,
recognizing excellent gardens.  Gardens would apply for the awards, board
members would make site visits, and awards were made on a regional basis.
It was a big deal - a fair amount of money involved.  Then, of course there
was the more recent collaboration with John Deere, which I see is coming
back around, to make awards to chilren's/youth gardens.  All sorts of
interesting opportunities, but we really need somebody with a PR head and a
lot of time to pull things together and make the most of them.

-----Original Message-----
From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
[mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Honigman, Adam
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 1:44 PM
To: ACGA listserve
Subject: [cg] Annual ACGA "FOCG" Award

To the ACGA Board & General Membership,

Everybody  likes to get awards to add to their CVs. Politicians love to have
fancy named prizes to put on campaign literature - in a green debate ( who
is "greener" than an opponent) winning the 2001 American Community Gardening
Association "Friend of Community Gardening" Award ( "FOCG") with a fancy
citation suitable for framing would be - pace Martha Stewart - a very "good

Why such a good thing:

1) We could give politicians who sponsor special legislation to save or
recognize gardens as acceptable land uses a special "statesman prize."

2) Developers who create low income housing with community garden components
( either preserving them intact, incorporating them in the design of new
housing, creating new community gardens as part of low income housing
programs) would qualify. I actually know one developer who has created and
or preserved community gardens in Manhattan as part of his mission - I kid
you not.

3) Journalists and garden writers who write particularly nice, informative
articles about community gardening and the ACGA ( think the great piece
written by Cynthia Van Hazinga in the March April 2001 "New Age Journal"


4) We could award foundation funders who give the ACGA or community garden
programs big money FOCG awards.

5) Likewise, we could give long standing community garden/open space
advocacy groups FOCG awards.

6) We could create as special FOCG award for outstanding  ACGA members.

7) The nominating committee could have a lot of fun saying "FOCG" over and
over in the nominating process, "This is a truly outstanding "FOCG"
candidate..., etc" especially if adult beverages were consumed during the
plenary session.

Best wishes,

Adam Honigman

community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com

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