yourself a Roladex & a cheap metal file cabinet with hanging pendaflex
folders & manila files.
the names, addresses, phones, e-mails and emergency numbers of all of your
gardeners on your Roladex cards as well as all of your elected officials and
in your cheap metal file cabinet:
for each gardener which includes a copy of his/her family's gardener agreement.
Before during and after pictures of their garden plots ( including birthday
parties.) For governmental/fundraising purposes reporting make a "gardener's
questionaire" which should be made out in whatever major languages are in your
garden ( for you I'm thinking English and Spanish.) Soft ball questions like:
what are you planting this year, have you ever been a part of a community garden
before, what do you like, what don't you like, what helps, what doesn't, what
would you like the garden to be? You figure out questions you like and collect a
new Questionnaire every year when folks renew their plot
gives you a snapshot every year of the garden, it's demographics, and most
importantly gives you quantifiable FIGURES for governmental officials and
go to a nearby college and get some Social Work or Sociology student to help you
put this stuff together in report form ( you get them for free - field work is a
requirement for their degrees). They get a paper topic, you get office help. One
hand washes the other.
Congratulations to us! We have
jumped the first hurdle in our formal process of becoming a real live CG by
getting voted by our local Parks and Rec as an official "Concept." Ok then.
Whatever that means. So we can now officially use their staff time, pick their
brains for info., and most importantly we now have a nonprofit # to use for
grant writing. Took almost three years to get here.
We also have land,
about an acre which will be deeded to our Parks and Rec. once we get a formal
proposal created & ironed out. How long have I read enviously of the rest
of you working this phase? Wondering if we'd EVER get there?? And the work has
only now begun.
Now, what I am after is a way to profile our members.
It is called something like a 'self interest asset matrix'. The idea is to
compile information on people's interests, affiliations, and resources which
they are willing to use towards our local CG effort. Anybody heard of such a
thing? Anyone have way of doing this already?
Thanks for your help and
support as always...
The Elk Grove Community Garden
Soleil Tranquilli 685-8010
our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions
next seven generations.” --Great Law of the Iroquoise Confederacy