know how to ask the hard questions.
Your question leads to several
interpretations that would generate very different approaches. In particular, it could be
You want to have a garden that lots of people would
use but that would operate at the whim of your organization
You would like to develop a garden that others would
see as belonging to them but that you might assist from time to time.
first case, you want to recruit a lot of people and provide a good experience
for them (I call that the “public utility” model).
second case, you want to find people who will engage in the development and the
management of the garden right from the start. Your organization would end up with minimal control. You will have to decide where you want
to end up.
To get the
whole lowdown on this thinking, get ACGA’s publications, Growing Communities
and Cultivating Communities. You
can order them throught the ACGA website – go to Publications. (www.communitygarden.org)
Behalf Of Samuel Feinson
Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2002
Subject: [cg] Organizing
I have written once
before about the community garden project that City Year Columbia is organizing
in Columbia, SC. While the information a few people have sent me has been
wonderful, one question in particular stands out at the moment. Most
available publications lend advice to a community member interested in starting
a garden. Our situation, however, is different. As an organization
that would like to establish a garden for the communities and continually
assist in its upkeep, what would the best way to engage already-existing
community leadership? We already have longstanding contacts in the two
neighborhoods considered for the garden. Does anyone have experience in