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Fwd: An African American "First", Toadstools/Mushrooms & Insurance

  • Subject: Fwd: [cg] An African American "First", Toadstools/Mushrooms & Insurance
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 19:50:08 EST

In a message dated 11/7/05 6:42:14 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
cordalie_benoit@snet.net writes:

> Subj: Re: [cg] An African American "First", Toadstools/Mushrooms &Insurance 
> 
>  Date: 11/7/05 6:42:14 PM Eastern Standard Time
>  From: cordalie_benoit@snet.net
>  To: Adam36055@aol.com
>  Sent from the Internet 
> 
> 
> 
>  My sister and I went on  a mushroom walk in our woods here in New 
> Haven and saw many really cool ones.  We used the web to identify some that 
> we saw.  Try:
> http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/nathis/mushrooms/mushroom/
> 
> Children should be told  that any mushrooms found should NOT be touched 
> because some are so poisonous that touching ones fingers and then licking 
> ones fingers can KILL you!  Also of great interest is the fact that through 
> some quirk of evolution (unintelligent design?) some mushrooms that are not 
> poisonous in Europe or Asia ARE poisonous here in the new world.
> 
> Have fun,  Cordalie
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Adam:  My sister and I went on  a mushroom walk in our woods here in New 
Haven and saw many really cool ones.  We used the web to identify some that 
we saw.  Try:
http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/nathis/mushrooms/mushroom/

 Children should be told  that any mushrooms found should NOT be touched 
because some are so poisonous that touching ones fingers and then licking 
ones fingers can KILL you!  Also of great interest is the fact that through 
some quirk of evolution (unintelligent design?) some mushrooms that are not 
poisonous in Europe or Asia ARE poisonous here in the new world.

Have fun, your fan, Cordalie
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From: <Adam36055@aol.com>
To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>; <nseverance@audubon.org>; 
<kchura@nyhs.org>; <stoneedie@greenthumbnyc.com>; 
<commissioner@parks.nyc.gov>; <glenis.holder@parks.nyc.gov>; 
<nicole.moorehead@parks.nyc.gov>; <shawn.spencer@parks.nyc.gov>; 
<cybergarden@treebranch.com>; <cybergardens@treebranch.com>
Sent: Monday, November 07, 2005 1:46 AM
Subject: [cg] An African American "First", Toadstools/Mushrooms & Insurance


> Friends,
>
> Go figure - I like to deal with potential problems before they become
> problems. And while I can posit suggestions, there ARE wiser heads than 
> mine.  And I
> figure if I cast this problem on the waters, so to speak, we might come up
> with a solution and perhaps some action.
>
> So here goes....
>
> Among our garden community is a Mr. Aaron Fears, who was the first African
> American cameraman hired by CBS during the 1960's , and because he worked 
> "twice
> as hard and was twice as good," like  most African American firsts, he 
> really
> screwed up his back hauling video cameras for close to 30 years. Watching
> Aaron walk is painful to see, but as an "African American First",who 
> trailblazed
> a path for thousands of African American television techinical 
> professionals
> his painful back is a badge of honor. He's our neighborhood's unsung  Rosa
> Parks.
> I mention this, because I really love this man, who has been a great
> personal friend, garden colleague colleague, longtime Parks volunteer at 
> Hell's
> Kitchen park around the corner, who, with his wife Elka have really helped 
> make
> West 48th/47th Street a great place to live.
>
> So Aaron comes into  the garden this afternoon with an interesting 
> problem.
>
> He says, " I need a horticultural expert," to which I said," there ain't 
> one
> here now, but I know some." Aaron shows me a bag of toadstools/mushrooms. 
> And
> a photo of how they presented in his back yard. I look at the
> toadstools/mushrooms and scratch my head - hence my reaching out to you. 
> I figure someone out
> there has had to deal with toadstools/mushrooms that have appeared from
> "nowhere."
>
> To explain, Aaron has a plot with his wife in the Clinton Community 
> Garden's
> back garden, and additionally has a  back yard garden behind his home that
> abuts a shared hurricane fence with the Clinton Community Garden.
>
> On the other side of this hurricaine face is a garden plot that is 
> gardened
> by a mother and a 10 year old boy.  Aaron was trying to plant tulips in 
> his
> back yard garden and dug up about two dozen white toadstools/mushrooms on 
> his
> side of the hurricaine fence. Knowing that they could be trouble and might 
> invade
> the garden, especially the plot with a mother and child, Aaron's  looking 
> for
> a solution.
>
> And if the toadstools/mushrooms became invasive, the garden and Parks 
> could
> have an issue involving insurance exposure as in, "Gee Mom, we don't need 
> to
> buy those Campbell's mushrooms for our spaghetti sauce as we have them 
> growing
> in our plot," other more complacent types down or across town might not 
> see
> this as so.
>
> Thinking bureaucratically,  Parks and Greenthumb might  rightly say, and
> there's some logic in this, "lookit, our job is not to deal with private 
> back
> gardens and we don't want to set a precedent," So I suggested to Aaron he 
> reach
> out to the  Horticultural Society of New York where he's been paying dues 
> for a
> good while. I gave Arron  Kate Chura's name ( who should have a warm spot 
> in
> her heart for a community gardener, being an ACGA board member) as a 
> likely
> HSNY contact.
>
> So head's up, Kate! :)
>
> Aaron will be contacting Kate, but if anyone else out there has any ideas 
> on
> how Aaron Fears can best deal with a toadstool/mushroom problem that could
> very easily spread to a community garden  plot worked by a ten year old 
> kid and
> his mother, please forward them to  this listserve.
>
> Aaron is one of our local heroes and I'd like to get some good answers and
> assistance to him ASAP, please.
>
> Thanking you in advance for your advice/assistance.
>
> Best wishes,
> Adam Honigman
>
>
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