RE: Community Garden Awards
Your awards program sounds great. We do something similar at our New York
City garden for outstanding volunteers ( the "John Carney" and the "Heart of
the Garden" awards for great volunteers.
The model that I like best is used to recognize superior customer service at
the company that I work for. The award, named after a particularly honored
and loved former C.E.O., is announced at our annual meeting. Each office of
our company, from Atlanta to Zilnia, Slovakia nominate their local heroes.
This way all nominess get honored, written-up in inter-company newsletters
and thanked with a nice check, certificate, etc. Their names are read at the
annual meeting. The company wide winner is flown and put up in NY, asked
to take a bow and accept her/his award at our annual meeting where they get
applause, get some media, you get the idea.
The whole international group nominates and puts its seal of approval on the
winners. This way everyone has a stake in the company wide winner and
respects the outcome. The criteria were developed by self-identified company
criteria, what we call our "Quality Journey."
Might I suggest you do the same with your local gardeners? This way the
award is less like the lotto and gains significance and resonance in your
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dawson, Teva L. [SMTP:TLDawson@ci.des-moines.ia.us]
> Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2001 4:21 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [cg] Community Garden Awards
> Fellow Community Garden Coordinators~
> We are looking to start a community and school garden awards program as a
> way to reward and highlight some of the great things going on in this
> community. I'm familiar with the National Gardening Association's Youth
> Garden grant program but would like see other awards models. I would like
> brainstorming list of the variety of criteria or "things to reward" in
> awards program. Such as the garden that has:
> * made the biggest aesthetic impact on the community
> * been integrated most into the school curriculum
> * been a project of the community (not just a couple of dedicated people)
> * recruited the most volunteers
> * built partnerships with other organizations or businesses
> * the most creative use of space or creatively designed
> Other ideas?
> Who do you reward? community garden groups, businesses or other partner
> agencies, individual volunteers, etc.?
> What do you give as the award? publicity, sign for the garden, money, . .
> Thanks for your help!
> Teva Dawson
> Community Garden Coordinator
> Des Moines Botanical Center
> 909 East River Drive
> Des Moines, IA 50316
> Phone: 515/323-8907
> Fax: 515/323-8999
> community_garden maillist - email@example.com
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