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John Deere Seeds of Hope Award Announcement

  • Subject: [cg] John Deere Seeds of Hope Award Announcement
  • From: StolBard@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 14:24:33 EST


Could you please post the following info regarding the amazing community 
gardens that have been honored by the John Deere Seeds of Hope program?


Bill Stoller
Program Coordinator

NYC's Fireman's Memorial Garden Leads List

Spectacular gardens are thriving in the heart of inner city 
America -- and eight have been selected as winners of the 2001 
John Deere Seeds of Hope Awards.

What used to be trash-filled vacant lots have been transformed 
into beautiful working gardens.  Every day, volunteers carefully 
tend to plots of vegetables, flowers and herbs.  Their work brings 
beauty to an urban landscape, hope to their communities, and, in 
one special case, a healing calm.

John Deere Seeds of Hope was created to honor those who bring 
nature’s beauty to the inner city.  This year, eight remarkable 
gardens have been selected for the honor, which is based on their 
transformation of a neglected area, community involvement, and the 
participation of area youth.  

The 2001 Winners are:

The Fireman's Memorial Garden, New York, NY   Amid cherry trees, lilacs
and tulips, the people of New York pay their respects to fallen 
firefighters at this wonderful Lower East Side garden.  Dedicated to 
the memory of firefighter Marty Celic, who lost his life fighting a 
blaze on the spot where the garden now thrives, The Fireman's Memorial 
Garden has taken on even more importance and meaning in recent weeks. 
In the aftermath of the events of September 11th, exhausted New York
City police and firemen often visit the garden to reflect & gather 
their strength.

Southfield Senior Citizen Community Gardens, Detroit, MI   Over 300 
area senior citizens donate their time and labor to grow food for the 
hungry and teach youngsters about the joys of community involvement.

Fulton Community Garden, Portland, OR     Low income kids from a 
local youth center come each week to learn about gardening and nature.
The harvested vegetables are donated to "Produce for People" which 
provides fresh vegetables to needy neighbors, and a local domestic 
violence shelter.

South Chicago's People's Park, Chicago, IL  Located in an economically
and socially devastated area, the garden was once a haven for drug 
sales and gang activities. Today the South Chicago People's Park is 
a beautiful place for all ages to garden, play, relax and read.  
Preschool classes use the space; neighborhood kids gather to play and 
do homework in a safe environment.  Crime is all but non-existent.

13th & W Streets Garden, Washington, D.C.  What was once a highly 
visible abandoned vacant lot in a challenged DC neighborhood, has been 
transformed into a garden of flowers and community involvement.  Over 
the past three years, more than 75 area students have designed and 
tended the garden, mixing horticulture with education, hard work with 
neighborly pride.  

Alabama/SHAPE Garden, Houston, TX    Hundreds of racially mixed 
community volunteers joined together to transform a dangerous, vacant 
lot into an oasis of safety and a meeting ground for the community. 
Middle school "problem" kids use the garden to learn life skills such 
as responsibility, family planning and career counseling.  Most of the
vegetables raised in the garden are donated; gardeners deliver their 
harvest to elderly neighbors on fixed incomes.  

Parkway Partners' Kids Café Community Garden, New Orleans, LA    A 
once-blighted, vacant inner-city lot has been transformed into a 
safe haven for teaching area children life lessons and volunteerism. 
The young gardeners share fresh vegetables with area low-income seniors.  
Crime has been eliminated from the lot.

5th Avenue Community Garden, Cedar Rapids, IA    Volunteer 
neighborhood residents including area children transformed the 
garden from a burned out, drug-riddled arson site. Many of the 
kids who work in the garden are political refugees from war-torn 
areas such as Somalia and Sierra Leone.

As John Deere Seeds of Hope winners, the volunteers who care for 
these gardens will receive a cash donation to purchase new equipment 
and seeds. 

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