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Re: setting up a garden

  • Subject: Re: [cg] setting up a garden
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2004 18:48:30 EST

Dear Ms. Mavins,

I've been playing a lot of judo lately after a 35 year hiatus, so outside of a gradually receeding gut and lot of sore muscles,  I've been getting a little more zen  in my thinking about community gardening - perhaps the benefit of getting my brains shaken when I'm thrown by the merciless young.

I'll be interspersing my [bracketed] comments throughout  your original e-mail.

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman
Clinton Community Garden

Subj: [cg] setting up a garden
Date: 3/30/04 2:14:06 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: mavins@erols.com
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Sent from the Internet


I'm new to this list and new to community gardening.

[Welcome to this listserv, a free service of the American Community Gardening Association.  American Community Gardening Association .Please read more about our organization on our website, taking your time, and printing out whatever sections interest you.]

I'm setting up a community garden in Baltimore.

[1) Community Gardening is never an "I" proposal, even when you have set up alot of the project and maybe have done the lion's share of the work.  It will only be a "community" garden when it is invested with life and effort by the community it serves.

2) These Maryland links should be helpful to you:  The University of Marland Agricultural Extension. ; University of Maryland College of Agriculture.; Brigs Chaney Community Garden ; Carol Park Community Garden , Baltimore ; Power of Hope Community Garden /

3) There was just a great ACGA Community Garden seminar in Baltimore earlier this month - to read more about it, Baltimore ACGA Conference 03/04/04 . A contact person you need to speak with is, For more information or directions: contact Mary Cox, Urban Resources
Initiative Program Manager Parks & People, 410-448-5663 x107 or mary.cox@parksandpeople.org.

The website for Parks and People is, http://www.parksandpeople.org/ .

We're planning to garden cooperatively this first season, and we're not clear what fee to
charge ($20?), or how many work hours per week to require.  Any suggestions, resources for reading other gardens' rules?  Thanks.

[ To help you in your decision making process, there is a marvelous link on the ACGA list serve called, "Starting a Community Garden"  ACGA: Starting a CG . Please read it carefully to find wheels that have already been invented. If any look that they might fit on your "wagon", please steal them with our permission.  Also, I know you are a polite person, but most community gardeners have learned the lesson of using the word "please".  I know you said "thank you," but the word "please" is essential to all volunteer community garden efforts and should never be assumed because you just said "thank you." ]

Also, we just got our lead test results back, and I need detailed info
on how much lead contamination is a problem, and what if anything to do
about it.  Where can I look?

[Please contact this listserv with your results so we can discuss your figures, and proposed usage.  Lead is DEADLY to the nervous systems of very young children and is not to be played with.  This is serious!  While lead risks can be handled, you need to talk to your local agriculture agent about what the best way of dealing with your heavy metal concentrations are. Read your soil carefully.  You may want to create raised beds in moderate areas and compost & soil amend extensively. But this is an area where you need to proceed with caution.]

Again much luck,
Adam Honigman
Clinton Community Garden

Thank you so much,

Miriam Avins

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