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  • Subject: [cg] {Disarmed} Fwd: [NYC-GardensCoalition] NYCCGC 2006 GardenersForum report -- please distribute
  • From: adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 01 Sep 2006 20:33:20 -0400

 Please let me know if you can't get the PDF file opened, or if the ACGA
system cut off the PDF attachement.  I guess you can ask Magali Regis to send
one to you if you request it from her at megis@earthling.net.

Best wishes,
Adam Honigman

-----Original Message-----
From: mregis@earthlink.net
To: Sent: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 11:01 PM
Subject: [NYC-GardensCoalition] NYCCGC 2006 Gardeners Forum report -- please

Hope you all had a great summer...still 21 days left!
I meant to send you this earlier but I had some technical difficulties sending
from this account in Europe for the past couple of weeks.
Thanks to Jon Crow for the design and production of the enclosed newsletter.
time to read it. Most likely, it will answer the many questions you have about
York City Community Gardens.

-----Original Message-----
From: NYC-GardensCoalition@yahoogroups.com
Behalf Of Jon Crow
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 4:21 PM
To: nyC-GardensCoalition@yahoogroups.com; CyberGardens
Subject: [NYC-GardensCoalition] NYCCGC 2006 Gardeners Forum report -- please

On Saturday, April 22, 2006 the New York City Community
Gardens Coalition sponsored the second annual Panel Discussion
and Open Forum on the status of NYC Community Gardens.
Once again held at ManhattanCB"Cb,Cb"s CUNY Graduate Center, the event
featured keynote speaker Elliot Spitzer, invited speakers from the
New York State Attorney GeneralCB"Cb,Cb"s O-ffice, GreenThumb,
NYC ParkCB"Cb,Cb"s Dept, HPD, The New York Restoration Project,
Bronx Green Up, and the American Community
Gardening Association.

Attached, please find the NYCCGC 2006 Forum Report.
If you're not able to access the file, please email the address below.

More information: 212.402.1121 x7 or
email nyccgcinfo@yahoo.com

Join the discussion:


A note from Haja Worley,
New York City Community Gardens Coalition

Dear Gardeners/Guardians:

I hope you will appreciate the Forum Report, and that it will inspire ideas
plans as we go forward. The 2006 Community Gardeners Forum is an example of
how far the community garden movement has come. The questions asked and issues
explored are indicators of all weCB"Cb,Cb"ve accomplished as well as all
that lies ahead
of us.

We each need to take into account how extraordinarily valuable community
are to the social, environmental, and economic fabric of this city. As we face
politicians and policy makers it is critical that we know ourselves not only
CB"Cb,CEgardeners,CB"Cb,CB but as guardians of the land; we are
grassroots developers. Our
contribution to our cityCB"Cb,Cb"s infrastructure is huge. If one were to
assign a dollar
amount to all the CB"Cb,CEcommunity developmentCB"Cb,CB we as
gardeners have accomplished,
and the impact we have had on the development and maintenance of the
CB"Cb,CEurban forest,CB"Cb,CB
the figure would be staggering.

Our challenge, as we go forward, is to arm ourselves with the history of our
and the numerous ways in which we have positively impacted our neighborhoods
the city at large. Unity is key to our future success. We need to work toward
solidifying policies and building legislation that will secure our existance
recognize the magnitude of our contributions.

Please help us prepare for the 2007 Community Gardeners Forum. Remember that
agreement between the City of New York and the State Attorney General expires
2010. We should take advantage of the time we have to ensure our permanence.
fact that many gardens are under the auspices of Parks and Recreation does not
itself guarantee their permanence. As evidenced in the Bronx,
CB"Cb,CEeminent domainCB"Cb,CB
is being used to take over parkland for a new Yankee Stadium, and a water
plant is being imposed on Van Cortlandt Park

There is much to do. I invite you to work with us; stay in touch; come to
and other events. Give us your feedback!

Keep it green!



Special thanks to the following volunteers and organizations for their
to the 2006 Community Gardeners Forum:
Green Guerillas
CUNY Graduate Center
More Gardens!
Integral Yoga

Gardeners' Forum Committee: James Austin, Jon Crow, Efrat Eizenberg, Rebecca
Ferguson, Aresh Javadi, Magali Regis, Karen Washington, Johnese Wilson, Hannah
White, Haja Worley

Gardeners' Forum Panelists:
Tom Congdon, New York State Attorney General's Office
William Curtis-Bey, New York Restoration Project
Rebecca Ferguson, American Community Gardening Association
Todd Forrest, Bronx Green Up
Karen Hu, HPD
Jack Linn, New York City Dept. of Parks & Recreation
Edie Stone, GreenThumb

Keynote Speaker: Elliot Spitzer, New York State Attorney General

last but not least: All of the gardeners who attended, who gave us feedback,
of you who took the time to respond to the Grow Together survey. Thank you.



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