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Conference quick review

  • Subject: [cg] Conference quick review
  • From: Don Boekelheide <dboekelheide@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Oct 2004 10:25:23 -0700 (PDT)

Hi, all,

A quick review, even though I had to come back before
the end of the conference and the board meetings.

Sharon, we missed you. It was great.

The Canadian team did an absolutely fantastic job. The
Toronto gardens are spectacular, the tours great, even
the weather was prize-winning.

Hot topics included whether or not urban agriculture
is a viable strategy and whether or not we should
change our name to better reflect our Canadian
membership (for instance, the North American Community
Gardening Association; or (following the lead of the
former 'Garden Writers of America', now the 'Garden
Writers Association'), simply the Community Gardening
Association.

No consensus yet on either of these, but a lively
exchange of ideas.

The training day before the conference was also a
success, with the Parks Director of Toronto delivering
the best community garden talk I've ever heard from a
public official.

Biggest attendence yet, over 400!

Spring Gillard was the keynote speaker, and, wow, she
was fantastic. She read aloud her 'Oh, Shit...' essay
(from her book, Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator),
one of the great essays in the English language, in my
book. Somehow, she manages to say 'Shit' so it doesn't
sound like a 'dirty' word. That's the sure sign of a
writer who deeply understands her subject - and she
became a master hard way, out there turning the pile.

I could go on and on, hopefully I'll be able to
include something in the next Greening Review (it's
name for the coming issue, at least).

Next year, it will be mid-summer (July) in
Minneapolis, St. Paul, so everybody who missed this
year, circle your calendars now.

Don Boekelheide
Charlotte, NC

-just got back-


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