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Help 2 Community Gardens in the South Bronx!

  • Subject: [cg] Help 2 Community Gardens in the South Bronx!
  • From: "Honigman, Adam" Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com
  • Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 13:41:18 -0500

Friends,

This missive was sent out by Mark Leger, a community garden activist you may
have met at the NYC ACGA convention last July. 

As I understand it, these Bronx gardens were not part of the Community
Garden Settlement and therefore your input  to the NYC and national
affiliates of the Industrial Areas Foundaton (IAF)may actually have some
weight. Information on the situation and IAF is attached below.

Thanking you in advance,
Adam Honigman  

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Leger [mailto:trix@panix.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 1:10 PM
To: cybergardens@treebranch.com
Subject: CYBERGARDENS: Help 2 Community Gardens in the South Bronx!


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News from the CYBERGARDENS mailing list 
(cybergardens@treebranch.com)
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         --  Please forward widely --

Help Hostos-Crimmins and Salinas (similar story) Community Garden

WHERE: 141st  and Crimmins, ( Crimmins starts on 141st , between Cypress
and St. Annís), South Bronx - Visit Stay over!

WHAT:
Hostos-Crimmins Community gardeners: "Members of the Hostos-Crimmins
Garden wonít leave the garden because we are committed to preventing yet
another loss to the people."
Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) affiliate South Bronx Churches (SBC)
area leader; Ms. Lee Stuart is at a crossroad in her planning to
"bulldoze" or "preserve" their own mission statement. ëAlinskyí its
founder advocated for a "peopleís organizations" committed to training
"ordinary people" to take charge of their own neighborhoods (Alinsky,
1945). The Hostos-Crimmins Community Gardeners have rallied for over 14
years, taking back one of the most notorious drug and garbage infested
areas of the South Bronx and bringing safety, cleanliness, providing
food, healing with medicinal plant, and developing a vibrant green
community space. This is done in an area which has the highest asthma in
the nation, lowest green space in New York City (.25 acreage per
thousand people), the most high rise projects, and one of the poorest
districts in the USA.

Let the IAF start a healthy collaboration with Housing and Community
Gardens joining forces to create sustainable truly affordable
communities to live and share all over the cities of our beloved planet.



History:
IAF-SBC who had been designated the site in 1990 (as well as hundreds
more lots). In 1995 the community gardeners were relocated from their
past 7 year garden around the corner to their present site with every
ones blessings. IAF-SBC was given the deed to the community garden for a
dollar by the city administration in 1999.
City wide Gardeners, Activists, Housing Advocates, the State Attorney
General, and the overwhelming majority of NYC residents, put a halt to
the short sighted politicians set in destroying these oasis.

Present:
More than 40 people from the immediate neighborhood (mostly from the
adjacent projects) as well as over a hundred community college students,
work in this community garden. Hostos Community College has organized
urban research projects, social activities, and Health fair events to
better the community at hand.

IAF states its goals as those of "building power for long term social,
economic, and political community revitalization through institution
based leadership development and action". The Hostos-Crimmins community
garden with the support of Hostos (a radical community college) and the
overwhelming support of the residents around the garden are ready to
extend their hand to Ms. Lee Stuart SBC-IAF to create a permanent
healing and educational space for the neighborhoods.

TO DO:
Please Contact:
1. Lee Stuart South Bronx Churches at (914)935-0110, fax (914)935-8811.

Here are other IAF Affiliates to contact about telling Lee Stuart to do
the Right thing:
2. IAF National Director, Edward T. Chambers,  220 W. Kinzie, 5th floor
Chicago, IL 60610
 312-245-9211    312-245-9744 (fax)
3 East Brooklyn Congregations, 287 Lott Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212.
Phone: 718-498-4095.
4. Industrial Areas   Foundation, 36 New Hyde Park Road,   Franklin
Square, NY 11010. Phone: 516-354-1076
5. Richard Harmon, supervisor IAF Northwest Region * 1244 NE 39th Avenue
* Portland, OR 97232-1905
   (503) 235-6474 * fax 235-6457      e-mail: iafnw@hevanet.com  *
Website: http://www.iafnw.com
6. Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) 307 Bowdoin Street,
Dorchester, MA 02122 (617) 825-5600 or (617) 822-1499, send us a fax at
(617) 825-5400, or email us  office@gbio.org
7. Jonathan Lange-Lead Organizer 410-528-0305, 410-528-0316(fax)  2114-1
N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD  21218  buildiaf@erols.com



Garden Contacts
Hostos-Crimmins           Amanda (917) 916 4872
More Gardens!                   Aresh (917) 518 9987
aresh@moregardens.org       moregardens.org

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