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RE: 'self interest asset matrix'

  • Subject: RE: [cg] 'self interest asset matrix'
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002 15:57:56 -0500

Buy yourself a Roladex & a cheap metal file cabinet with hanging pendaflex folders & manila files.
Get 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 "friendlies."
Keep in your cheap metal file cabinet:
A file 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 forms.
This gives you a snapshot every year of the garden, it's demographics, and most importantly gives you quantifiable FIGURES for governmental officials and foundation funders.
Also, 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.
Have fun!
Adam Honigman
-----Original Message-----
From: SoleilPaz@aol.com [mailto:SoleilPaz@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 1:13 PM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] 'self interest asset matrix'

Hi All,

       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

“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions
on the next seven generations.” --Great Law of the Iroquoise Confederacy

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