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RE: 23 cities funded back in eraly 80's for food gardening

  • Subject: RE: [cg] 23 cities funded back in eraly 80's for food gardening
  • From: "Jack N. Hale" <jackh@knoxparks.org>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 12:10:20 -0400
  • Importance: Normal

Regarding the Millenium money, the State of Connecticut used about $1,000 of
its allocation to build a fence at a new garden.  They also took seriously
the general message from above that community gardening is important.
Mohamed Dhinbil, an old 23-cities guy from Bridgeport, was appointed state
community garden coordinator, although I suspect he has no job description
and no support.  The most tangible result of that initiative was the first
ever Connecticut community gardening conference held on September 15 this
year here in Hartford.  Excellent cooperation from the University of
Connecticut Cooperative Extension Service and Master Gardeners with help
from USDA Farm Services Administration and Natural Resources Conservation
Service.  It appears that awareness of community gardening has increased
significantly among federal and state folks here.  There is talk of a state
directory and regional how-to guides that point to local resources in
various parts of the state.  My hope is that the committee will soon be
reconvening to discuss planning for the next state conference and perhaps a
bid for the national conference in a few years.

-----Original Message-----
From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
[mailto:community_garden-admin@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Lenny Librizzi
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2001 11:41 PM
To: Sadler, Sally-Anne; 'community_garden-admin@mallorn.com ';
'community_garden@mallorn.com '
Subject: Re: [cg] 23 cities funded back in eraly 80's for food gardening

Sally, Tiffany and all,
One of the early Community Greening Reviews, I think it was 96 or 97 did an
in depth article about the 23 cities program. I am writing from home as we
are still phoneless
in our office or I would have the right year. I don't know if there are any
copies to be had. Sally Mc Cabe may know.  My recollection is that it
started as a much smaller
program- 4 or 5 cities then expanded to the 23 cities. Funding ended when
Rep Fred Richmond retired and there was no champion for the program. The 23
cities money
was real dollars that funded programs thru the land grand universities
cooperative extention programs in the selected cities (bonus points to any
one who can name the
23). The latest money was a USDA Millenium gardening allocation of $250,000
to fund community garden coordinators in all 50 states. We tried to talk
them out of it. Not
much that a coordinator can do on a statewide level for $5000. Mostly it was
dumped on  someone who had many other jobs to do. I haven't heard of
anything that
came out of this money and I don't think the funding was for more than one
Lenny Librizzi

9/23/2001 12:05:27 PM, "Sadler, Sally-Anne" <Sally-Anne.Sadler@METROKC.GOV>

>   Dear Tiffany,
>   Hi.  I could be getting some of these facts wrong, perhaps Tom Tyler,
>   ACGA Pres and an ag. agent can correct me.  But my understanding is that
>   that USDA back in the early 80's funded 23 (26?) cities around the US to
>   start food gardening projects.  That money paid for an agent/faculty
>   member for WSU Coop. Extension King County. (Seattle)   That funding
>   up and some of the projects continue, like ours in Seattle, the Urban
>   Gardeners.
>   I think that is the background.  Details, I am not so sure about.
>   Sally Anne Sadler
>   thaMessage: 1
>   Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2001 12:06:49 -0600
>   From: Tiffany Bucknam <tbucknam@du.edu>
>   To: community_garden@mallorn.com
>   Subject: [cg] policy question
>   Hello. I am a social work student interning in a community
>   gardening agency. My supervisor asked me a question about
>   policy that I'm having a hard time answering. Maybe you can
>   help.
>   He mentioned to me that in the late 1970's/early 1980's
>   legislation was passed that funded the start of community
>   gardening organizations in each state. Then, more recently,
>   another bill was passed that provided funds for community
>   gardening as well. I'm having a booger of a time hunting down
>   the exact bills, but I think that the recent one is the Community
>   Food Securities Act of 1995.
>   My question is twofold. First, what are these bills? Second, did
>   the funds provided in the first bill get replaced by the funds
>   provided in the second, or is that money still available?
>   If anybody has any info on this, I would love to hear from you.
>   Thanks!!!
>   Tiffany Bucknam
>   tbucknam@du.edu

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