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Re: Requesting Info on Ethnic Gardening

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Requesting Info on Ethnic Gardening
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 16:10:38 EDT

Dear Cornell Educators,

1) Sometimes it is the resources at hand that are least used. You, dear 
friends, are part of Cornell, a great American University with large 
sociology and anthropology departments, with "living treasure professors" 
chock-full of the information that you desire on ethnic methods in gardening. 
They may have larger specialties like Cultural Antropology or Agronomy on 
their resumes, but smart people pay attention - you can learn things when you 
ask these folks the right questions.  Of course. luminaries such as these 
require special care and feeding, but the results could be spectacular. 

2) As you are located in NYC, the American Museum of Natural History would be 
a splendid place for you to make inquiries. As academics looking for 
information on gardening practices from all over the world, you are fortunate 
to have this kind of resource a subway's ride away.

3) The New York Public Library's Leo catalogue would be a spendid place to 
start and of course as you are already on the east side of Manhattan, a call 
to the United Nations and a few queries to UNESCO should prove rather 
fruitful. Agricultural representatives from the United Nations, especially 
those with experience from multiple international positings could be a 
splendid source of information. In fact, if you could get access to UNESCO 
publications, a good half of your research might be accomplished.  Person to 
person contact with representatives from the various UN missions should also 
prove enlightening - generally these are highly educated individuals and 
carefully drafted questions should be prepared in advance to expedite 

You might also reach out to the Garden Mosaics Program members at Cornell who 
have been visiting NYC gardens for a long time and have managed to get 
renewed grants.  I understand that they have learned a few things about 
"Ethnic Gardening." 

While I realize that doing this kind of research is time consuming, the   
process of creating your course material from scratch would help you to 
create the kind of texts that we could all benefit from.

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden
 <A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/";>Clinton Community Garden</A>

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