Edie Stone, Director of NYC Greenthumb Speaks....Finally.
- Subject: [cg] Edie Stone, Director of NYC Greenthumb Speaks....Finally.
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 00:36:26 EDT
This is Adam Honigman speaking as an individual community gardener.
I must say that I am delighted that the NYC Community Gardening fraternity
has finally been informed by Ms. Stone, Director of Green Thumb, about our new
However, the period between when Ms. Stone knew about NOSC's discontinuation
of our insurance, in July/August of this year, and mid-October, when she
finally decided to let us all know, albeit with some prodding from concerned and
vocal community gardeners, is extremely troubling.
Again, this observation is by me, as an individual community gardener.
NYC's community gardeners are out there, keeping our community gardens
clean, safe and welcoming, shovelling snow, hauling garbage, running events, doing
alot of stuff that makes our gardens and Green Thumb look good.
The very least I would like, as an individual gardner would like is for the
Green Thumb, the community gardening organization that I'm involved with to,
pretty please, disseminate information on a key issue like insurance to its
gardeners, in a timely matter.
I don't like hearing about an adult matter like public space liability
insurance the way teenagers used to learn about sex - via the grapevine.
To not have received timely information on our community garden liability
insurance seems, on the face of it, to be awfully negligent on the part of
Greenthumb. Of course, I'm speaking as an individual here. Others may be less
As an individual, I like making Green Thumb look good - they gave me a plaque
and all, (see, http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org ) and I am a longtime
supporter of NYC Parks Gardens because I believe that under Parks our gardens
will always be accessible to the communities we serve - not private garden
clubs functioning under the community garden label.
However, timely communication on key safety information, like liability
insurance coverage, is essential.
As an individual, I got more timely events information from Lily's Bar, in
Red Hook, Brooklyn, ( an establishment that Ms. Stone has or had an ownership
interest ) than I do, or the Green Thumb garden that I'm associated with got,
on its liability insurance.
A matter of priorities, methinks.
Again, speaking as an individual gardener, it seems that community gardening
organizations, like Gateway Greening in St, Louis, or Seattle's P-Patch,
have managed to do a better job, especially in organizing and keeping gardeners
informed of issues essential to them, than we have managed to do here in NYC.
And Gateway Greening and Seattle P-Patch Publications manage to reach me, via
snail mail, faster and in a more timely fashion than those from Green Thumb.
I know that we involved in community gardening in NYC can do better - and
perhaps in the future, will.
I know that Ms. Stone and NYC Parks Green Thumb has worked very hard for
NYC's community gardens and gardeners - this gardener, again, speaking as an
individual, just believes that this city's gardeners deserve a bit more
transparency in governance and communication, from a community gardening organization
funded by our federal tax dollars, via federal block grants, please.
speaking as an individual,
Volunteer, Clinton Community Garden
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