Stats for composting: "yard waste" accounts
for approximately 70% of total 'dumping' material in landfills. By
composting, landfills won't max out as quickly. And, this recycling will
benefit gardens. Thus, improving crops & their nutritional
value...assuming chemicals are as close to nil as possible.
Stats for health: Gardening for a hour a day reduces
your risk for heart attacks by 60%. This is assuming you are using manual
tools which keep you very limber as well. This 'exercise' provides oxygen
to the brain which increase the adrenaline.
Check with Horticultural Therapy groups/schools'
programs. I know they have found benefit to mental & rehabilitative
health. However, I'm not sure of the actual stats.
As for stats on selling produce, check with a local farmers
market. Also, "Backyard Market Gardening: The Entrepreneur's Guide to
Selling What You Grow" by Andrew W. Lee will give you a ballpark figure on
After gathering your stats, you might want to read
"Successful Community Leadership: A Skills Guide for Volunteers &
Professionals" by John E. Tropman, a professor at Univ. of
Also, I have found this site very helpful http://www.askjeeves.com/ When you type in
a very concise & clear question, several websites are provided to you using
various search engines at the same time.
Bless you on your efforts. Peace be with
Cyndy Ross, Chairperson
Fellowship, SLLC Organic Community Garden, Memorial Garden,
& 'Welcoming Wagon' committees
Sylvan Lake Lutheran Church
2399 Figa Avenue
W. Bloomfield, MI 48324-1808
official types like data, i.e. hard facts about what it will really do, how much
bang for the buck etc.
The emotional or aesthetic appeal is also important to
include, but may be lost on some.
Issues that may catch the ear of
- Savings on municipal waste by getting gardeners to compost organic
material vs. throw it out.
- Financial benefit to low income folk by growing their own
ORGANIC produce (btw, organic produce has been proven nutritionally superior
- Health care cost benefit if gardeners improve their health
by eating fresh from the garden.
- Cost reduction to police/fire dept./hospitals since vacant
land reclaimed by community gardeners reduces crime/violence, and gives
children a place to learn community values, rather than criminal
- Other benefits to city's well-being as residents and
children learn OWNERSHIP and ACCOUNTABILITY for the well being of their
- Potential for economic development: produce stand, garden
center, value added products, horticulture/landscaping job
The list could go on and on (which proves how AWESOME
gardening is for the world. Wake up and smell the compost,
Best wishes and
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2000 7:20 PM
Subject: [cg] Please
I am writing from Forest Park,
Illinois. I would like to know how best to approach my village
government about starting a community garden program. Currently we do
not have one, but I think such a program could add a great deal of vitality
to our community as well as merge a wide range of ethnicities, races and
classes. We do have some public parks and of course there is a
business district, where even a potted display of flowers would not hurt the
eye. Do you have any suggestions about how I might be able to approach
my local government or how I could arm myself with information and
credibility? Any suggestions you have would be appreciated.