As one who
has taken advantage of this list serve to get some horticultural info, I want
to weigh in on behalf of allowing plant questions on the list. For some of us, “gardening” is not the
important word in “community gardening,” but every once in a while we need some
information that is beyond our local garden experts and we’re not up to date on
resources out there in web land. I
know we don’t want the list serve to become garden advice for everyone with an
African Violet or a backyard landscape, but it makes sense that some plant
questions might be answered here.
Perhaps the best answers are those that refer people to good resources,
and I know some people get that kind of help. We probably also need to keep working to make the ACGA web
site a good source of links to such resources.
thinking is that the community garden network is rich because it includes such
a wide range of folks. We should
take advantage of that. Not only
that, but the community garden point of view on some plant questions is
sometimes different from the backyard gardener angle. In particular, the multicultural aspect of community
gardening can really be useful. I’d
hate to see some of that richness lost by an arbitrary restriction on plant
questions. Finally, if we try to
restrict questions to those related to community gardening, we get back into
that old question of what constitutes a community garden – 2 people sharing a
plot, marigolds in a sidewalk tree pit, a collective neighborhood farm, etc.
to suggest, rather than asking Anna to screen messages for horticultural
content, that those of us active on the list maintain some kind of discipline
around responses to plant questions(e.g.-focus on referring to resources,
respond directly to the questioner rather than the list on such postings, send a
stock response describing the purpose of the list).
please wait a little while on any strict regulation. I have a plant question I want to post later today.
Behalf Of Anna Wasescha
Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2001 3:41 PM
Subject: [cg] what's appropriate
for this list?
faithful ACGA list manager, I turn to you now for advice: in the last few
weeks a large group of individuals have tried to post horticultural
questions. I just posted the one about dwarf trees. For your
information, I get to review postings that come in from non-list members.
Last week I rejected a number of these postings because it just seemed
inappropriate to put out a question that had only to do with plant life and
nothing to do with community gardens. WHAT IS YOUR VIEW? Does anyone
out there object to my permitting postings on horticultural subjects?
Should I try to keep the outsiders out unless they are really focused on
community gardens? Please let me know.
Farm in the City and ACGA list manager
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104-6440