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RE: Columbia, SC Community Garden Project

  • Subject: RE: [cg] Columbia, SC Community Garden Project
  • From: Timberland RC&D timrcd@iserv.net
  • Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 15:05:35 -0400
  • Encoding: 122 TEXT

Columbia should have an extension office from the land grant university. In 
Michigan, Michigan State University Extension sponsors a program called 
Master Gardeners which gives a certfiicate, and one of the requirements is 
a certain number of community service hours. These master gardeners, though 
frequently focusing more on flowers than edibles, should be able to help 
plan a garden and then help work to establish it. In addition, until 
recently the Kent County extension office had a full-timer helping 
community gardens throughout Grand Rapids. Funding for that position fell 
through, but they still have a commitment.

I guess I assumed all land grant universities would have some version of 
Master Gardeners, but maybe not. However, they still should be able to help 
you with referrals.

Cynthia Price
Timberland RC&D

P.S. Come to think of it, a lot of RC&Ds (a nationwide program where 
locally-led conservation 501c3's have a cooperative working agreement with 
the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service) are involved with 
community gardens. All of them would have access to the NRCS info and 
contacts about community gardening. I can find out what RC&D covers your 
area if you want.

-----Original Message-----
From:	Honigman, Adam [SMTP:Adam.Honigman@Bowne.com]
Sent:	Thursday, October 17, 2002 1:24 PM
To:	'community_garden@mallorn.com'
Cc:	'Samuel Feinson'
Subject:	RE: [cg] Columbia, SC Community Garden Project

Some really fast suggestions, Sam:

1) Set an evening aside at your computer. Make a pot of coffee ( or 
adult beverage you drink) fill your printer with paper and read everything
on the American Community Gardening Association web page and links.
Seriously, the amount of free content on this page is scandalous
http://www.communitygarden.org <http://www.communitygarden.org>  .

2) Make yourself another pot of coffee, etc, etc. and go to the community
garden archive of Mallorn.com ( the ACGA list serve) which has discussions
on every CG topic under the sun:

<https://secure.mallorn.com/mailman/listinfo/community_garden>   In 
to subscribing to the listserve , the hits you can get via "string" or
subject can be pretty remarkable.

3) After all of this, you should have even more questions. Send these this
listserve and to the community gardens in your area that might have
regional insight and leads on possible horticultural assests you might be
able to access:


4) Outside of screening your group leaders for criminal records and 
instances of pedophilia ( sigh - it's a sad world), for sustainability 
I think you should have some public meetings in which neighbors, project
participants and local organizations ( churches, the staffers of local
politicians, the cops, schools) can learn about your project and possibly
buy into it at the grassroots level.  It is helpful to try to judge the
potential level of support  before you sink too much dough into a project.

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden, NYC

-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Feinson [mailto:SFeinson03@cityyear.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 11:50 AM
To: 'community_garden@mallorn.com'
Subject: [cg] Columbia, SC Community Garden Project


I'm a member of the Columbia, SC chapter of City Year.  While our primary
focus is on education and service learning with youth, we work on a host of
other service projects each year.  One of the legacy projects we'd like to
start this year is the creation of a community garden in an economically
depressed area of the city.  While we have connections to potential
sponsors, the largest obstacles in our project will be finding individuals
or organizations to help plan the garden and help teach gardening courses
there.  Could anyone on this list help me by suggesting local/regional
contacts that might be able to help us?

As far as specifics, City Year is a program involving 17 to 24 year olds,
doing a wide variety of service, centered around children.  Some of us 
a character education and citizenship program to elementary school 
others lead a service learning program in middle schools, one team creates
and presents seminars and classes on public health issues, and we all take
part in general community service ranging from helping in set-up for
community events to assisting preschoolers with computers.  I'm a member of
the Civic Engagement team, which is involved with recruitment, planning
service events, and coordinating volunteers and sponsors.  While we're 
in the planning stages with this project, we'd like the community garden to
be an ongoing project for the Civic Engagement team as well as the entire
Columbia corps.

Any help or suggestions that you could provide will be greatly appreciated. 

Yours in service,

Sam Feinson
Civic Engagement Team
City Year Columbia

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