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RE: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1213 - 6 msgs

  • Subject: [cg] RE: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1213 - 6 msgs
  • From: "Kirby, Ellen" ellenkirby@bbg.org
  • Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 18:37:06 -0500

Re: Next ACGA Conference-Save the Date!

Chicago. Theme "Easy Bein' Green" (re: green infrastructure).  July
31-August 3, 2003.  

More to come.

Ellen Kirby, ACGA President

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Today's Topics:

  1. RE: fundraising, etc. (Gwenne Hayes-Stewart)
  2. RE: Slow Food (Alliums)
  3. Re: fundraising, etc. (Lekoma Akate)
  4. Re: fundraising, etc. (Deborah Mills)
  5. Re: RE: [cg] Slow Food (budge@magicaldesk.com)
  6. Bad for potlucks, folks? (Steve Smoot)

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Message: 1
From: Gwenne Hayes-Stewart <Gwenne.Hayes-Stewart@mobot.org>
To: "'Shelly Collins'" <tgrows@toledogarden.org>,
community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: RE: [cg] fundraising, etc.
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 09:15:13 -0600
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Make sure your centerpieces are spectacular.  Recruit area designers to
donate one per table.  Have a judging right there.  Auction off or sell
outright. It works. Gwenne

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From: Shelly Collins [mailto:tgrows@toledogarden.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2002 8:57 AM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] fundraising, etc.


Hello,
I'm interested in finding a creative fundraising idea to go along with a
benefit dinner for Toledo's community gardening program.  A typical
fundraiser is a silent auction, which is not out of the question, but I was
wondering if anyone had any other interesting ideas.  This benefit dinner
will take place in September 2003.  The crowd attending it will be...rather
well off.  Your thoughts would be much appreciated.
 
Also, where will the next ACGA conference be.  Thanks!
 
We are stardust  .  .  . we are golden  .  .  . and we've got to get
ourselves back to the garden. 
 
Shelly Collins
Toledo GROWs Manager
Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Drive
Toledo, Ohio  43615
419-936-2990
tgrows@toledogarden.org <mailto:tgrows@toledogarden.org> 
"Enriching you life through gardens, the arts and nature"
www.toledogarden.org <http://www.toledogarden.org> 


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face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>Make 
sure your centerpieces are spectacular.&nbsp; Recruit area designers to
donate 
one per table.&nbsp; Have a judging right there.&nbsp; Auction off or sell 
outright. It works. Gwenne</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
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  <DIV class=OutlookMessageHeader dir=ltr align=left><FONT face=Tahoma 
  size=2>-----Original Message-----<BR><B>From:</B> Shelly Collins 
  [mailto:tgrows@toledogarden.org]<BR><B>Sent:</B> Wednesday, November 06,
2002 
  8:57 AM<BR><B>To:</B> community_garden@mallorn.com<BR><B>Subject:</B> [cg]

  fundraising, etc.<BR><BR></FONT></DIV>
  <DIV><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size=2>Hello,</FONT></DIV>
  <DIV><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size=2>I'm interested in finding a
creative 
  fundraising idea to go along with a benefit dinner for Toledo's community 
  gardening program.&nbsp; A typical fundraiser is a silent auction, which
is 
  not out of the question, but I was wondering if anyone had any other 
  interesting ideas.&nbsp; This benefit dinner will take place in September 
  2003.&nbsp; The crowd attending it will be...rather well off.&nbsp; Your 
  thoughts would be much appreciated.</FONT></DIV>
  <DIV><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
  <DIV><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size=2>Also, where will the next ACGA 
  conference be.&nbsp; Thanks!</FONT></DIV>
  <DIV><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
  <DIV><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size=2>We are stardust&nbsp; .&nbsp;
.&nbsp; . 
  we are golden&nbsp; .&nbsp; .&nbsp; . and we've got to get ourselves back
to 
  the garden. </FONT></DIV>
  <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
  <DIV><FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size=2>Shelly Collins<BR>Toledo GROWs 
  Manager<BR>Toledo Botanical Garden<BR>5403 Elmer Drive<BR>Toledo,
Ohio&nbsp; 
  43615<BR>419-936-2990<BR><A 
 
href="mailto:tgrows@toledogarden.org";>tgrows@toledogarden.org</A><BR>"Enrich
ing 
  you life through gardens, the arts and nature"<BR><A 
 
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Message: 2
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 11:08:26 -0500
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
From: Alliums <garlicgrower@earthlink.net>
Subject: RE: [cg] Slow Food

Cynthia wrote:
>  So it
>seems unfair to assume that just because someone is involved with Slow 
>Food they aren't doing anything else of that nature. The community 
>gardens piece is a VERY strong component, which is why I got on this 
>listserve.

It completely depends on the local group which items get priority.  Around 
here, everyone means well, but it's just so much easier to do expensive 
meals with Philadelphia chefs that the other items don't tend to be done.

Personally, I did a garlic tasting with the Slow Food Philadelphia group 
last year.  The event was held at a small CSA farm in Lancaster 
County.  Unfortunately, the CSA farmers simply threw their produce on the 
table and did not label it or talk about it at all -- so instead of the 
interesting heirlooms I know their produce was, it just looked like a bunch 
of funny-looking vegetables.  So, folks loved me (since I talked about the 
different types of garlic and had lots of different "taste experiences" 
available), but were bored with the farmers.  So, the "Harvest Picnic" has 
been eliminated -- it's just more interesting to go to a unique restaurant 
to experience a menu one wouldn't usually find or to do "tasting" with the 
various speciality food vendors (who are jumping on board this movement 
with both feet as it means increasing sales and expanding their customer
base).

Slow Food Philadelphia also tried to sign folks up for CSA produce, but 
with insufficient education about the risks and our killer drought this 
summer, it wasn't a positive experience -- so folks dropped out 
significantly.

I'd love to be more involved (and I'm on the announcement list), but the 
events are simply out of my price range -- especially with a husband who 
was laid off and is trying to develop his own business.

The Slow Food movement SHOULD be encouraging the use of local foods, but in 
areas where the high-end folks are more plentiful and more organized, it's 
shifting to, in the words of Mark Winne, "just another gourmet eating 
club."  For those of you who are able to use this movement to your 
advantage -- go for it!  Hopefully, the Slow Food groups in the high-rent 
districts will be encouraged by your efforts and be inspired to look at 
who's growing in their own backyards.


Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden

A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA  19460



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Message: 3
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2002 10:51:41 -0600
Subject: Re: [cg] fundraising, etc.
From: Lekoma Akate <lekoma216@cox.net>
To: Shelly Collins <tgrows@toledogarden.org>, <community_garden@mallorn.com>
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Shelly,  Maybe you could get some local celebs to donate their time and
auction off a night out with each.  Good luck.  Lekoma

From: "Shelly Collins" <tgrows@toledogarden.org>
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 09:57:11 -0500
To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
Subject: [cg] fundraising, etc.


Hello,
I'm interested in finding a creative fundraising idea to go along with a
benefit dinner for Toledo's community gardening program.  A typical
fundraiser is a silent auction, which is not out of the question, but I was
wondering if anyone had any other interesting ideas.  This benefit dinner
will take place in September 2003.  The crowd attending it will be...rather
well off.  Your thoughts would be much appreciated.
 
Also, where will the next ACGA conference be.  Thanks!
 
We are stardust  .  .  . we are golden  .  .  . and we've got to get
ourselves back to the garden.
 
Shelly Collins
Toledo GROWs Manager
Toledo Botanical Garden
5403 Elmer Drive
Toledo, Ohio  43615
419-936-2990
tgrows@toledogarden.org
"Enriching you life through gardens, the arts and nature"
www.toledogarden.org <http://www.toledogarden.org>




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Shelly, &nbsp;Maybe you could get some local celebs to donate their time an=
d auction off a night out with each. &nbsp;Good luck. &nbsp;Lekoma<BR>
<BLOCKQUOTE><BR>
<B>From: </B>&quot;Shelly Collins&quot; &lt;tgrows@toledogarden.org&gt;<BR>
<B>Date: </B>Wed, 6 Nov 2002 09:57:11 -0500<BR>
<B>To: </B>&lt;community_garden@mallorn.com&gt;<BR>
<B>Subject: </B>[cg] fundraising, etc.<BR>
<BR>
</BLOCKQUOTE><BR>
<BLOCKQUOTE><FONT SIZE=3D"2"><FONT FACE=3D"Comic Sans MS">Hello,<BR> I'm
interested in finding a creative fundraising idea to go along with a be=
nefit dinner for Toledo's community gardening program. &nbsp;A typical
fundr= aiser is a silent auction, which is not out of the question, but I
was wonde= ring if anyone had any other interesting ideas. &nbsp;This
benefit dinner wi= ll take place in September 2003. &nbsp;The crowd
attending it will be...rath= er well off. &nbsp;Your thoughts would be much
appreciated.<BR> </FONT></FONT> <BR> <FONT SIZE=3D"2"><FONT FACE=3D"Comic
Sans MS">Also, where will the next ACGA co= nference be. &nbsp;Thanks!<BR>
</FONT></FONT> <BR> <FONT SIZE=3D"2"><FONT FACE=3D"Comic Sans MS">We are
stardust &nbsp;. &nbsp;. &= nbsp;. we are golden &nbsp;. &nbsp;. &nbsp;. and
we've got to get ourselves = back to the garden. <BR> </FONT></FONT> <BR>
<FONT SIZE=3D"2"><FONT FACE=3D"Comic Sans MS">Shelly Collins<BR> Toledo
GROWs Manager<BR> Toledo Botanical Garden<BR> 5403 Elmer Drive<BR> Toledo,
Ohio &nbsp;43615<BR> 419-936-2990<BR> tgrows@toledogarden.org<BR>
&quot;Enriching you life through gardens, the arts and nature&quot;<BR>
www.toledogarden.org &lt;http://www.toledogarden.org&gt; <BR>
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Message: 4
From: "Deborah Mills" <deborah@greencure.org>
To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
Subject: Re: [cg] fundraising, etc.
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 09:12:31 -0800
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We also did this with local dignitaries, for example, our Mayor took the =
person to lunch and gave them a personal tour of city hall. Another =
dignitary had a high-tea (for eight) in her English Garden. The one we = got
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Deborah


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Message: 5
From: <budge@magicaldesk.com>
To: "community_garden@mallorn.com" <community_garden@mallorn.com>
Subject: Re: RE: [cg] Slow Food
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 01:15:51 +0800
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************************************************************<br>
garlicgrower@earthlink.net wrote on 11/6/2002<br>
************************************************************<br>
Cynthia wrote:<br>
>  So it<br>
>seems unfair to assume that just because someone is involved with Slow 
>Food<br> they aren't doing anything else of that nature. The community 
>gardens piece<br> is a VERY strong component, which is why I got on 
>this listserve.<br>
<br>
It completely depends on the local group which items get priority.  Around
<br> here, everyone means well, but it's just so much easier to do expensive
<br> meals with Philadelphia chefs that the other items don't tend to be
done.<br> <br> Personally, I did a garlic tasting with the Slow Food
Philadelphia group <br> last year.  The event was held at a small CSA farm
in Lancaster <br> County.  Unfortunately, the CSA farmers simply threw their
produce on the <br> table and did not label it or talk about it at all -- so
instead of the <br> interesting heirlooms I know their produce was, it just
looked like a bunch <br> of funny-looking vegetables.  So, folks loved me
(since I talked about the <br> different types of garlic and had lots of
different "taste experiences" <br> available), but were bored with the
farmers.  So, the "Harvest Picnic" has <br> been eliminated -- it's just
more interesting to go to a unique restaurant <br> to experience a menu one
wouldn't usually find or to do "tasting" with the <br> various speciality
food vendors (who are jumping on board this movement <br> with both feet as
it means increasing sales and expanding their customer base).<br> <br> Slow
Food Philadelphia also tried to sign folks up for CSA produce, but <br> with
insufficient education about the risks and our killer drought this <br>
summer, it wasn't a positive experience -- so folks dropped out <br>
significantly.<br> <br> I'd love to be more involved (and I'm on the
announcement list), but the <br> events are simply out of my price range --
especially with a husband who <br> was laid off and is trying to develop his
own business.<br> <br> The Slow Food movement SHOULD be encouraging the use
of local foods, but in <br> areas where the high-end folks are more
plentiful and more organized, it's <br> shifting to, in the words of Mark
Winne, "just another gourmet eating <br> club."  For those of you who are
able to use this movement to your <br> advantage -- go for it!  Hopefully,
the Slow Food groups in the high-rent <br> districts will be encouraged by
your efforts and be inspired to look at <br> who's growing in their own
backyards.<br> <br> <br> Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator<br> St. John's United
Church of Christ Organic Community Garden<br> <br> A mission of<br> St.
John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA  19460<br>
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Message: 6
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 10:14:23 -0800
Subject: [cg] Bad for potlucks, folks?
From: Steve Smoot <steveshome@juno.com>

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Hi Folks,
Yes, health departments' efforts to control every aspect of food consumption
do seem a little misplaced to some of us involved in organic agriculture. A
look at many studies of the human health on this planet indicates that food
consumption is not currently a very safe activity. On the other end of the
issue stands the fact that Washington State, with one of the highest rates
of per capita income, ranks 2nd in the nation for "food insecurity" - that
means families with not enough food to eat. Those nonprofit organizations
whose primary focus is "food security" might be granted a little latitude by
the regulators who seem to be, otherwise, shoveling sand against the tide of
corporate control of our food supply. Or, perhaps a correct metaphor would
be "carrying water" for the food corporations. This isn't going to be an
easy subject for a community gardening organization to solve but we should
keep in mind that our activities are at the forefront of the individual
family's opportunity to gain some measure of food security. If the local
food police feel that they have prosecutorial power over community potlucks
today are they then not likely to come to believe that they should control
community gardening tomorrow? Perhaps this would be acceptable if there was
some measure of success in their efforts to insure public safety. However,
here in Spokane and elsewhere in the state, the government has managed to
allow city compost to be contaminated with herbicides. Besides crop loss,
the result here has been the closing down of the city sponsored composting
effort at a very significant cost to taxpayers. Remarkably, this persistent
herbicide in the compost continues to be used on agricultural land despite
having been shown capable of not only persisting in plant residue but of
passing directly through cattle and contaminating manure. A couple of years
ago, there was a local outbreak of a food born parasitic infection. Exposure
occurred during a banquet and information about this very significant health
event was published in the journal of the American Medical Association.
Remarkably, the produce company and restaurant which were the sources of
this problem was never publicly identified. One might be led to the
conclusion that regulation is a matter of politics when agencies step in
aggressively to prohibit activities that draw attention and seek to support
local food security, while failing in their responsibilities to provide
local gardeners with safe soil amendments and to inform us of other dangers
to public health.

Message: 2
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 17:17:31 -0500 (EST)
From: Jeneva Storme <jenevastorme@yahoo.ca>
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] Bad for potlucks, folks?

Unfortunately, the Health Authority in Spokane has a
history of cracking down on public consumption of
home-cooked food in any context.  I remember when they
banned home-prepared food, even sandwiches, from being
provided to youth at Crosswalk, a centre to help
street kids.  The reason given was health risks from
improperly prepared food -- but these kids often have
to resort to eating out of trash bins, are they really
in danger from a couple of homemade sandwiches or a
bowl of soup?  This type of thing is a ridiculous
abuse of authority to "protect us from ourselves", and
should be fought with every bit of power at the
people's disposal.

=====
Greening West Broadway Coordinator
"Neighbourhood Solutions for Community Change"

West Broadway Development Corporation
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phone: 774-3534  fax: 779-2203
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easy subject for a community gardening = organization=20 to solve but we
should keep in mind that our activities are at the = forefront of=20 the
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If=20 the local food police feel that they have prosecutorial power over =
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acceptable if = there=20 was some measure of success in their efforts to
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of years ago, there was a local outbreak of a food born = parasitic=20
infection. Exposure occurred during a banquet and information about this =
very=20 significant health event was published in the journal of the
American = Medical=20 Association. Remarkably, the produce company and
restaurant which were the= =20 sources of this problem was never publicly
identified.</P> <P>One might be led to the conclusion that regulation is a
matter of = politics=20 when agencies step in aggressively to prohibit
activities that draw = attention=20 and seek to support local food security,
while failing in their = responsibilities=20 to provide local gardeners with
safe soil amendments and to inform us of = other=20 dangers to public
health.</P></FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>Message: 2<BR>Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 17:17:31 -0500 (EST)<BR>From: =
Jeneva=20 Storme &lt;jenevastorme@yahoo.ca&gt;<BR>To:=20
community_garden@mallorn.com<BR>Subject: [cg] Bad for potlucks, folks?</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV>Unfortunately, the Health Authority in Spokane has
a<BR>history of = cracking=20 down on public consumption of<BR>home-cooked
food in any context.&nbsp; I=20 remember when they<BR>banned home-prepared
food, even sandwiches, from=20 being<BR>provided to youth at Crosswalk, a
centre to help<BR>street kids.&= nbsp;=20 The reason given was health risks
from<BR>improperly prepared food -- but = these=20 kids often have<BR>to
resort to eating out of trash bins, are they really<=
BR>in=20
danger from a couple of homemade sandwiches or a<BR>bowl of soup?&nbsp; =
This=20 type of thing is a ridiculous<BR>abuse of authority to "protect us
from=20 ourselves", and<BR>should be fought with every bit of power at
the<BR>= people's=20 disposal.</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D<BR>Greening West Broadway Coordinator<BR>"=
Neighbourhood Solutions for=20 Community Change"</DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>West Broadway Development Corporation<BR>640 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB&=
nbsp;=20 R3C 0X3<BR>phone: 774-3534&nbsp; fax: 779-2203<BR>website: <A=20
href=3D"http://www.westbroadway.mb.ca";>http://www.westbroadway.mb.ca</A></=
DIV>
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