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A Research Guide to North American CG Resources for Public Space Professionals

  • Subject: [cg] A Research Guide to North American CG Resources for Public Space Professionals
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2004 00:01:32 EST

A Research Guide to North American Community Garden Resources for Public Space Professionals.

Compiled by Adam Honigman, Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden, NYC



2) Go to the American Community Gardening website ( American Community Gardening Association  ) read carefully and print all the material. The community garden links section is amazingly filled with information:  (http://www.communitygarden.org/).

3) A short list of Community Gardening Studies is listed here
( http://www.communitygarden.org/links.php#Studies  ) .

4) Another source of information is the archive of the American Community Gardening Association list serve maintained by Mallorn Computing -

()http://www.hort.net/lists/community_garden/ )

5) Here is a link to the Whitmire Study on the Gateway Greening Community Gardening website. It is a magesterial study of community gardens and their effect on St. Louis Communities, a very big thing for the community gardening community - QUANTIFIABLE STATISTICS.  (http://stlouis.missouri.org/gatewaygreening/WhitmireStudy.htm )

6) Probably the best early book on Boston's Community Gardens in the early years is by Boston University's Sam Bass Warner, Jr's. "To Dwell is To Garden", Boston, Northwestern University Press, 1987, (ISBN: 1-55553-007-9)

7) The best written, one volume treatment of community gardening remains,
Jobb, J.  (1979).  The Complete Book of Community Gardening.  New York: 
William Morrow and Co. Every time I get the bug to write one, I just pick
Jobb's book and realize that even after 23 years, it's hard to beat for
historical context and down to earth, practical advice. Because this book is
so good, it's usually missing from most public libraries (i.e.,  "Steal this
Book!" ) I obtained my copy from Amazon.

8) Another fine cg book

A Handbook of Community Gardening
By Boston Urban Gardeners - Edited By Susan Naimark
Charles Scribner's Sons - New York 1982
SB457.3.H26 635  81-23302

ISBN 0-684-17466-9  AACR2

10) This is the Amazon link to "Grace from the Garden : Changing the World One Garden at a Time" by Debra Landwehr Engle which you must read, as it has in-depth pieces on community gardens and the people who make them happen from all over the USA. A Rodale Publication,  is in print.

(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1579546854/102-9894196-7707321?v=glance )

11) Malve von Hassel's "The Struggle for Eden: CommunityGardens in New York" by Malve von Hassell, Bergin & Garvey; Greenwood Publishing Group. 2002" which was reviewed in the latest issue of "HortIdeas." It's an expensive book, but it might be in the reserve collection at UB. I'm sure that Cornell has a copy - see if it's available by Inter-University loan. Von Hassell's other book, , "Homesteading in NYC, 1978-1993: The Divided Heart of Loisaida" Bergin & Garvey 1999 ISBN: 0-89789-651-3 provides a good cultural background on the lower east side neighborhood. Both should give you a sense of context for your planning study. Of course can find both books at a good University library or the Greenwood Publications website http://www.greenwood.com , searching under author.

12) Some homework for anyone who wants to understand how we can have 800 community gardens in NYC, on some of the most overvalued real-estate in the world.

a) Here is the website of the NYC Dept of City Planning ("NYDCP") which has a number of highly valuable links.  You may have to download Adobe Acrobat to print sections that you want, but that program is usually available free of charge ( http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/dcp/home.html)

b) Here  is the Web version of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York which includes all text amendments approved by the City Council up to September 25, 2002. Please note that there is an interim period between the date when the City Council adopts a text or mapping amendment to the Zoning Resolution and the date that this web site is updated.  These are the "rules of baseball" and it's best to make yourself a pot of tea and read. If it makes your eyes glaze over, not to worry, it does that to $500 an hour real estate attorneys.  Low rent volunteer   http://www.ci.nyc.ny.us/html/dcp/html/subcats/zoning.html

c) This is Article IX: Special Purpose Districts, Chapter 6 "Special Clinton District" as amended 12/19/01. What is written ( and isn't written) in Article IX, Chapter 6 explains why the creation of third of an acre Clinton Community garden was possible in the midst of midtown Manhattan.  

d) This is the website of the Clinton Community Garden , http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org - the historical section can give you some of the reason why this small piece of "citizen managed public green space" (a definition that some folks belive that I coined - been saying it so long, it might be true ;) ) is the only community garden listed in the NYS attorney general's settlement memorandum as permanent parkland. 

e) From NY State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer's web page:

The Community Garden Settlement:


f) The list of gardens covered under the settlement by borough:


g) You need to also read posting made to this listserve by Lenny Librizzi, myself and others on this community garden settlement, the NYS parkland issue, etc.  In fact, if you go back through 2000 and read forward on this issue, you will have an interesting archive on how this land use issue was resolved.

h) In formation: you  should try to contact the nice folks at Green Thumb ( Edie Stone and crew)http://www.greenthumbnyc.org/ ; the Council for the Environment ( Lenny Librizzi and Gerard Lordahl) http://www.cenyc.org/ ; The Trust for Public Land in NYC ( go to New York, then NYC programs - Joanne Morse) http://www.tpl.org/ ; The New York Restoration Project ( Joseph Puppello)  http://www.nyrp.org/ ; Green Guerillas ( Steve Frillman, Ximena Naranjo) http://users.rcn.com/ggsnyc/ ; The Neighborhood Open Space Coalition ( Dave Lutz and Toby Brandt) http://www.treebranch.com/nosc/ ; Brooklyn Greenbridge Director and ACGA President Ellen Kirby is an important source: http://www.bbg.org/gar2/topics/urban/greenbridge/index.html ; Carolyn Ratcliffe at La Plaza Cultural is an excellent person to contact re LES community gardening: http://www.laplazacultural.org/ ;  More Gardens! ( Aresh Jahadi /Mark Leger - I don't always see things the way that they do, but their take is legitimate and both are advocates for community gardens) http://www.moregardens.org/moregardens/ .

i) The Cornell University Garden Mosaics program has collected a great deal of information that could be key to your understanding of what community gardens do in NYC:


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