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Re: fence

  • Subject: Re: [cg] fence
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2005 09:25:01 EDT

In a more traditional society, where kids are raised to call all adults Mr. 
or Mrs., to rise when adults come in the room and to give up their seats on the 
buses to any older person, where the woodshed is in regular use, where people 
leave their front doors and cars unlocked, where there is a clear vision of 
an all-seeing and just deity with a notepad, and shotguns filled with rock salt 
are sitting on nearby porches for use on nocturnal trespassers, I'd agree 
with Mr Hergesheimer.

But I opine that even then there'd be garden theft and vandalism. As my rabbi 
said over the high holidays, "The reason why the Almighty handed down the ten 
commandments to Moses was, that, left to our own devices, some of us would 
behave badly."  

And there is no reason why the hard work of a community garden volunteer, 
especially if it is food being raised to feed his, or other people's hungry 
families in a food security effort, should be stolen or vandalized by some 

People read what they want to read, and widely distributed copies of the 
posted text only go so far. How many copies of the Constitution are down in 
Washington, DC, for example?  How many pumpkins do you think Ken Delay et al. have 
pilfered ;)?

Keep the signs posted, like Mr. Hergesheimer said, but erect a good fence; 
and plant attractive perennials along its internal perimiter. so folks have 
something nice to look at, and nice thorned rosebushes, and stinging nettles in 
extreme cases,  for nocturnal fence-climbing trespassers. 

Adam Honigman
Clinton Community Garden, NYC

> Subj: [cg] fence 
>  Date: 10/23/05 12:04:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time
>  From: Minifarms@aol.com
>  To: community_garden@mallorn.com
>  Sent from the Internet 
> I suggest you try it without a fence.  Put up a sign[s] to please  respect 
> your neighbor's property.
> You can always put up one later.
> Ken Hargesheimer

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