RE: farm or garden?
Adam and company-
thank you for your response- i am familiar with the clinton community
garden and have visited your website several times. i appreciate you
showing us what your garden is, but i guess the purpose of my question was
to get into a deeper discussion of what we all see as the value of our
gardens. i know it is kind of like preaching to the converted, but i am
trying to get an overview of what community gardeners see as the unique
values that they offer.
for example, i know that in the garden we started this year,
the focuses were food security within the housing projec we were located,
empowerment and community building, as well as education through our
learning garden. what do you all see as the purpose and function of your
so please, keep the information coming and thank you for your
Hands on the Earth
we remember where the source
of our power lies.
-Terry Tempest Williams
On Tue, 9 Nov 1999, Honigman, Adam wrote:
> Urban commuity gardens fulfill in spirit the function of the old unenclosed
> "Common". Although the last so-called "Common" I can think of in the US is
> Boston Common, it is really a park run and administered by the municipality.
> A community garden in NYC is usually an empty rubble and garbage strewn lot
> that has been abandoned for many years. The neighborhood takes it over in a
> kind of defacto eminent domain action ( usually ignored at first by the
> government, supported in the early stages because community gardens become
> city property where sociopathic activities are abstained, and then
> undermined when the surrounding area's property values rise.)
> The garden that I'm involved with most intimately (
> clintoncommunitygarden.org) was the first community garden to be transferred
> to the NYC Parks Dept. It is run and maintained by neighborhood residents
> for the Hell's Kitchen/Clinton community at large. The Clinton Community
> Garden is also an organic garden with a bee hive literally 2 1/2 blocks
> away from Times Square. Please check out our website and our links to ACGA,
> Green Guerillas and other organizations.
> Best wishes,
> Adam Honigman
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Kirsten Walter [SMTP:email@example.com]
> > Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 1999 2:07 PM
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > Subject: [cg] farm or garden?
> > Hey folks,
> > i was discussing community gardens as they deal with issues of social and
> > environmental justice when my friend asked me how people within the
> > community garden/urban ag. field distinguish between a farm and a garden.
> > For example, could a large community garden be classified as a community
> > farm or are there other components besides the scale? (such as ownership,
> > use of the harvest, purpose of the garden/farm). We were thinking about
> > justice issues that tend to have to do with farming, such as pesticide
> > use/exposure, farmworkers' rights, organic ag., CSA farms, etc. Then we
> > tried to think of justice issues associated with gardens such as poverty
> > alleviation, social organizing, food security, community building, etc.
> > My questions for you are, what do you see as the difference between farms
> > and gardens, especially community-oriented ones? Also, what do you see as
> > some of the justice issues surrounding the two? Or, what do you see as
> > the value of different types of community agriculture projects? I am
> > working on this as a senior thesis and would love to hear your critical
> > responses, as well as your inspiring ones. Also, i'd love to see more
> > discussion of some of the deeper themes of cg's to keep all of us engaged
> > and motivated.
> > thank you so much, and i apologize for the lengthy note,
> > kirsten walter
> > lewiston, ME
> > Hands on the Earth
> > we remember where the source
> > of our power lies.
> > -Terry Tempest Williams
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