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RE: Maintenance standards

  • Subject: RE: [cg] Maintenance standards
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" <Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com>
  • Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 10:51:22 -0400


Please send me your fax and regular mail addresses so I can send you the
Clinton Community Garden licensing agreement with Parks which has certain
guidelines that might be useful.

Also, the  rules and regulations button on our website may be helpful:


What seems to keep us on the stick is that we have 2,000 keyholders to keep
pleased, keep safe, keep as believers in our right to exist as a garden in
midtown Manhattan. Our 150' x100' space is on prime Manhattan real estate
now ( worth between $5 - 10 million)and each "Ooh and Aah" that we get from
passers helps us justify our existence.

We're fortunate in having  20 - 50 hardcore volunteers ( in addition to our
108 back gardeners) who re-seed and mow the lawn, compete with each other (
in a subtle way) on whose front bed plots are more attractive, supply more
visual interest in more seasons. If one gardener weeds and re-sands the
brick path in front of her flower bed, the others follow. The idea is to
create a sort of espirit de corps about the business. 

We have all of our volunteer jobs laid out including the unpopular ones
(e.g.  I'm Wednesday & Thursday lock up, Wed. night garbage man,  a job that
really sucks in August with the yellow jackets and the used diapers jostling
around in the  "Hefties" as I haul them out to the street.) With snow
shovelling, we're so paranoid about folks falling and suing ( despite the
fact that we have insurance) that our walk is shovelled before the buildings
around us and far better than any NYC Park.

I don't know if this is duplicable, but the idea is that we have this sense
of duty, reinforced by the idea that we're always accountable to the

Adam Honigman

-----Original Message-----
From: David Flanigan [mailto:david@greenthumbnyc.org]
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2001 10:26 AM
To: 'jackh@knoxparks.org'; Community Garden List Serve
Subject: RE: [cg] Maintenance standards

Let me know how it goes.  We have not been able to come with standards for
our gardens in NYC because the uique nature of each garden.

David Flanigan
Director of Operations
City of New York/Parks&Recreation GreenThumb
Phone: 212-788-8066  Fax:  212-788-8052

-----Original Message-----
From:   Jack N. Hale [SMTP:jackh@knoxparks.org]
Sent:   Thursday, May 03, 2001 9:37 AM
To:     Community Garden List Serve
Subject:        [cg] Maintenance standards

Hi folks-
We are about to forge a new general agreement with the City of Hartford to
cover use of City-owned property for community gardens.  We want to use the
process to clarify our relationship with the City, and also to prod
gardeners who are sometimes lax about maintaining the appearance and general
condition of their gardens.  We obviously dont want to make the standards
so tight and detailed that the only thing that will work is a paved parking
lot that gets swept twice a day, but we do want to make them detailed enough
so that they will limit opportunities for disagreement over what people are
supposed to do.  City codes and ordinances will be some help, but Im
looking for other suggestions.
I figure we need to deal with
-         grass and weeds (height)
-         snow removal from sidewalks
-         litter pick-up
-         structures/fences
-         storage of materials on site
-         garden waste/composting
I sure would appreciate your thoughts.
We are supposed to put this to bed next Wednesday morning
Jack Hale
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