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RE: land options

  • Subject: RE: [cg] land options
  • From: "John Verin" jverin@pennhort.org
  • Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 15:55:33 -0400
  • Content-class: urn:content-classes:message
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  • Thread-topic: [cg] land options

Paraphrasing Einstein, problems cannot be solved with the mindset that created them.
Thus, how are we to have land that serves Earth and humans, when those who "own" it want it to serve as a profit generator. In the end, can't really.
I encourage people to realize and promote the idea that not ever square inch of land needs to be taxed and/or earning dollars, particularly if that land serves wellness of ecology and humans. That service IS the profit. Doubly so if that land is being maintained by volunteers, that is, unpaid labor. Put a dollar value on that labor and suddenly the land has "paid for itself."
So, if a piece of land is feeding people 17,000 pounds of food, why the heck does someone have to pay for the land? If the food weren't being grown, somehow money would have to be spent to feed the people.
Free your head, your tail will follow. So let's drop the old school land ownership scam and really start living.

Paco John Verin
City Wide Coordinator - Philadelphia Green
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 North 20th Street, 5th floor
Philadelphia, PA  19103-1495
Phone: 215-988-8885; Fax 215-988-8810

-----Original Message-----
From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com [mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Richmond Fruit Tree Project
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 1:51 PM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] land options

Hi Folks,

I work for a nonprofit organization in Richmond, BC(Canada). Just to give you some background: We are a nonprofit organization that finds people/farms that have surplus fruit and vegetables and matches them with volunteers who have the time and energy to harvest it. All of the produce goes to the food bank and community kitchens. This year we have harvested over 17,000 lbs. We have a vision for next year of attaining our own land to grow food for the food bank. Ideally we would like to see us growing the 100,000 lbs of produce that the food bank distributes each year so the food bank no longer needs to buy it(part of this would consist of a small orchard, we would like 1-5 acres). So I have a few questions, does anyone know of any similar projects that we may want to gain some advice from? Also we are thinking that we will have a small farmers market to help raise funds and use the farm/market as a training and educational site for youth/low income individuals. The city h! as also approached us to act as stewards for their community gardens. We would like to see this happen, if people in the gardens grow a small portion for the food bank, is this unrealistic? We are also trying to find the best way of attaining the land. Leasing? Donated(wishful)? Any suggestions or contacts would be welcome Thanks!

Erin Mullett
Project Coordinator
Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project

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