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LOL!  Of course Adam is right, community gardening is political. It isn't 
easy to make gardens in the urban jungle. My hat's off to all of you who 
manage to create gardens and keep them going in the face of salivating 
developers, rogue mayors, rats that gnaw steel, etc. But shouldn't there be 
at least some small place on the agenda for the 'seeds and soil' part of 
gardening (and in ACGA for people interested in such things)?
Don 'Green Star' Boekelheide
Charlotte NC

(Adam's post brings back a memory-from lots longer ago than I care to admit- 
when this California boy spent a year working in New York, the _big_ 'City'. 
After work one Friday night, I went by myself to a Patti Smith concert. 
There, a New York kid took a dislike to my face and begin shoving me, 
insulting me, challenging me to step outside. I was utterly bewildered for a 
minute-this wasn't very cool, man. When I finally realized what was going on, 
it all seemed so bizarre that I burst out laughing uncontrollably. Some of 
the guy's friends started laughing too, and he lost interest. Probably saved 
me (or at least a pair of glasses). New York, New York! Hey, that wasn't you, 

In a message dated 3/20/00 3:38:38 PM, Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com wrote:

>Don, as we all know and love his sage advice, is a star. He knows so much
>about all that green dirt gardening stuff. My hero for sure. Gee I'd love to
>be there to meet you all in non-cyberspace - but I'm chained to NYC.
>Bulldozer season is warming up and we have gardens to protect here. It's
>Maybe it's different on the mainland, but here in Manhattan community
>gardening is awfully political. I get developers looking at our garden
>everyday salivating. However, when they see the parks dept sign, their
>dreams of sugarplums and luxury condos get quickly dissapated. We love to
>garden, but without the political will to back gardeners up, gardeners are
>playing soldiers and native american, and guess who has the bows and arrows
>versus the gatling guns!
>Best wishes.

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