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Re: Milwaukee Community Gardening Report & Good News

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Milwaukee Community Gardening Report & Good News
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 09:05:25 EDT

Dear Diana,

As you know, the ACGA collects documentation like yours in order to advance 
our collective pool of knowledge, create a comprehensive bibliography and 
library  of community gardening planning and legislative best practices, and 
to guide community gardeners to sources of useful information. 

Please feel free to send a hard copy to the ACGA office:

American Community Garden Association
1916 Sussex Road
Blacksburg, VA  24060
email: Jason Thies
phone: (540) 552-5550
fax:   (540) 961-1463
 <A HREF="http://www.communitygarden.org/";>American Community Gardening 
Association</A> 

Also, please  let us know if you will be posting a digital version of the 
report on your website (or that of the University of Wisconsin) so we might 
link it to the ACGA website, or if you would prefer to send us a digital 
version to review and post ourselves. 

Thank you for doing this work.

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman,
Volunteer, 
 <A HREF="http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/";>Clinton Community Garden</A>
 

 

<< ubj:  [cg] Milwaukee Community Gardening Report & Good News
 Date:  5/12/03 9:44:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time
 From:  dikanter@yahoo.com (Diana Kanter)
 Sender:    community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
 To:    community_garden@mallorn.com
 
 Hi Heidi Busse, Bill Dawson, Teva Dawson, Sue
 Gunderson, Adam Honigman, Jerome Kaufman, Brian Kehoe,
 Lenny Librizzi, Samina Raja, David Stephanson, Michael
 Szuberla, Paco Vernin, Vicky Vogels, Anna Wasescha,
 Corrie Zoll (phew) and other interested readers:
 
 The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Applied Planning
 Workshop has finished our report, "Community Gardening
 in Milwaukee."  I hope you find it interesting.  In
 total it is 98 pages.  Not a light read but very
 useful.  
 
 The highpoints are a policy analysis, a study on
 community gardens effect on property value, a summary
 of community gardening benefits, and others.
 
 Good news too.  Milwaukee's Common Council will vote
 on community gardening additions to the zoning code
 this week!  It's gotten approval through the entire
 process! 
 
 Below is the executive summary to help weed the
 report, which can be downloaded at
 http://gis.sarup.uwm.edu/dkanter/communitygarden.htm 
 Click on the Read Report button to read and download
 the report.
 
 The acknowledgements repeat our gratitude for the
 support and input we have gotten from the community
 gardening world!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
 
 -Diana Kanter
 Urban Planning Graduate
 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
 
 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
 
 This report contains a body of research relating
 community gardening in Milwaukee to other cities in
 the nation.  The Problem Statement identifies current
 issues facing Milwaukee Urban Gardens (MUG) and the
 hurdles facing this organization in getting policies
 passed to protect the permanent status of community
 gardens in Milwaukee.  The context provided in this
 Problem Statement helps identify objectives for MUG
 and for this paper.  
 
 In the next section, Brief History of Community
 Gardening, an examination of community gardening in
 the United States relates Milwaukee to the larger
 established history of community gardening.  It also
 discusses the current status of gardening in Milwaukee
 and provides insight into the supply, the demand, and
 the users of Milwaukee community gardens.   This
 review of community gardening in Milwaukee led to
 discussions with citizens, developers, gardeners, and
 planners in Milwaukee about the three areas of
 concerns for community gardening.  They were
 identified as maintenance, insurance, and criminal
 activity and safety.  Each of these is discussed in
 detail, and where appropriate solutions are provided. 
 
 
 The next major section deals with the wide variety of
 benefits community gardens provide to the neighborhood
 and its users.  These benefits are quantified for
 community gardens positive effect on the surrounding
 properties and economic benefits provided to users. 
 Also, there are a number of soft values provided by
 community gardens.  Benefits include the
 solidification of the social fabric of the
 neighborhood, accumulated environmental impacts, and
 positive effects for individual on health, education,
 nutrition, and additional economic benefits. 
 Establishing the many benefits of Milwaukee community
 gardens is crucial to the implementation of protecting
 policies.
 
 A review of community gardening and community
 gardening policies in other cities provides a
 contrasting point of view when implementing policies
 for Milwaukee.  Community gardens in 6 Midwestern
 cities and 5 cities with populations at or below
 Milwaukee are used to compare raw number of gardens,
 gardens per ten-thousand people, and policy review. 
 Polices are reviewed in terms of their effectiveness
 and are ordered least effective to most effective.
 
 With this policy review in mind, the next section
 takes selected policies that were deemed to have the
 most effect for Milwaukee.  They are reviewed and
 scored for consistency with the stated objectives and
 criterion of the project.  
 
 In the final section of the paper Procedures for the
 Future are identified for MUG.  They are:
 
 1. Add Community Gardens As A Permitted Use In The
 Zoning Code
 2. Add A Definition Of Community Gardens To The Zoning
 Code
 3. Reestablish The Garden Coalition
 A. Adopt Community Gardens into The Comprehensive Plan
 B. Create a Model Lease
 C. Map Out Potential Garden Sites in Cooperation With
 The City
 D. Pursue The Addition of Compensation Language to the
 Model Lease
 
 *****************
 
 
 ______________________________________________________
 The American Community Gardening Association listserve is only one of ACGA's 
services to community gardeners. To learn more about the ACGA and to find out 
how to join, please go to http://www.communitygarden.org
 
 
 To post an e-mail to the list:  community_garden@mallorn.com
 
 To subscribe, unsubscribe or change your subscription:  
https://secure.mallorn.com/mailman/listinfo/community_garden
  >>

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