Re: 6th Street & Avenue B Garden responds
- Subject: Re: [cg] 6th Street & Avenue B Garden responds
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 19:48:39 EDT
I'm glad I managed to get a rise out of you on this accessibilty issue, Bill.
I ain't the only keeper of the garden -we have 4,999 + others too. :)
I know, as a community gardener who has visited 6B on days when gardeners are
inside and the gates are locked, to come in and be told, "when the gates are
closed, we're closed," myself ,for years (and I helped dig the place out with
Liz Christy) and kept my mouth shut about it - for the cause, that it's been
our "dirty little secret,"
The exception has been, when a great gardener, who respects other visiting
gardeners, like Carolyn Ratcliffe has been inside those garden gates, and
graciously showed folks about the place.
Honest injun - over the years we've hasd garden visitors at the CCG who've
said, in reference to 6B, and some other LES gardens, that they "couldn't get
in, and there were gardeners walking around inside who ignored us."
So when a Californian community garden visitor, lets the listserv know about
yer "when the gates are closed, we're closed," attitude, I figured maybe we
can change this perception and practice, for good, by airing the issue.
Now - If your garden membership decides to change this perception of being
closed, private clubs, by " start[ing] with a sign, like we have at the Clinton
Community Garden that says," If you want to visit our garden when the gate is
closed and a gardener is inside, please ask to be let in, " then I certainly
will not have to listen to beefs from visiting gardeners, many as far flung as
Eastern Europe or Japan, or have any myself.
FYI - The CCG isn't open at 3 am, but then CCG is available and open by one
of our five thousand plus garden keys from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.
When there is a rare safety emergency, and the night lock is on during the
daytime - like when ice has made the brick paths really dangerous, we do have
the grace to go to the gate and explain to someone who wants to build a snowman,
that we're dealing with the ice and that we'll be open as soon as it's safe.
Which is usually in about an hour. And the neighborhood comes in, with keys,
or if one of us is inside we open it, and we build snowmen, or make snow
angels in pristine snow.
Please feel free to visit our steering committee meetings, which take place
during the first Tuesday evening of the month, at Fountain House, posted on
the our website -
Clinton Community Garden . Per Robert's Rules, we would be delighted to see
you during the visitors section of the meeting. I'll be around the garden
this weekend, and we're doing a garden clean up on Saturday, October 15th - come
on up, we always welcome an extra pair of hands to work with our compost bin,
tote in soil amendments, and other end of season chores.
At any other time, if the gate isn't open, and one of us is inside, we'll be
sure to let you in - if one of our 5,000 keyholders hasn't read the sign on
the door, you tell 'em to get their fanny to the gate and let you in. If you
bike uptown, we have two bike racks in front of our garden gates for you.
Also, thank you for you information re garden insurance. Your news of
NOSC's alleged discontinuation of CG garden insurance is, if true, is troubling.
I'll have to call them on Monday to get the dope on this, because like every
other community garden in NYC, we'll have to scramble to find a new carrier.
Green Thumb has certainly not spread the word, but then they're often the last to
let us gardeners know.
Volunteer & Steering Committee Member
Clinton Community Garden
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