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Re: Need some advice

don't know that you can convince them, melody. looks like a church-state issue to me, and i think the extension service might be very charry about any kind of formal relationship.

At 07:15 AM 12/20/02 -0500, you wrote:
Dear friends: As you might know, I am in the middle of conceptualizing and planning a new garden for our church/community which revolves around the praying of the Rosary and contemplative prayer/meditation. Late in January I am going to be meeting with our Church's Parish Committee to talk more fully about this idea. One of the things that I have been thinking about trying to incorporate into this project is getting our local Master Gardener's involved in this...it is way too big a project for me to pull off by myself and I really need their expertise. The problem with this is that in our county, there are a couple of pet projects that tend to get all of the attention...So my question for you guys is...how do I convince the Steering Committee of our County Master Gardener Program that this would be something worthwhile for us to commit to. Obviously, I need to convince them of the value of this to our community and I have given much thought to this...the fact that our !
Church is a very open place, easily accessible would make this more of a community garden than just something that belongs to the Church. The elderly who live in the nursing home just adjacent to the Church could have a beautiful space, with a bed reserved for their use. The children at our local elementary school who currently have no school based garden of their own, and many of whom are enrolled as students in our Catholic education classes, could have a bed reserved for them as well. Many more ideas, too many to list, are going through my head. Does anyone out there think this sounds like a project that would qualify for Master Gardener volunteer hours? If so, why do you think that--could you give me examples of similar programs in your communities that do? Any help/advice you could give is going to be greatly appreciated...**all** comments, both pro and con, are eagerly welcomed. Thanks so much.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
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