Re: community gardens, city planning
could you please tell me where was the community garden
Emanuele J Gelsi
On Sun, 18 Aug 1996, Warwick Rowell wrote:
> Look carefully at the area, its population, and their characteristics.>
> I ran a community garden for three years which had over 200 flats and
> units within three minutes walking distance of the garden, and never
> had more than twelve people involved, which dwindled rapidly to a
> average three or four.
> It is now just about rampant, as the present person in charge also
> has a small house block and two kids to attend to, and the local
> primary school now has its own garden and a massive rebeautification
> program for its P&C after a major building program.
> This inner city suburb was/is discovering the delights of the cafe
> life-style, with capaccinos and croissants, rather than organic veg
> you've grown yourself, and birds picking your hair for their nests!
> So, doing it again, I would
> 1. Go for the NEED.
> Look for the people older, or disabled in some way, who have a
> garden, a fruit tree, a lawn they can no longer maintain, and build
> community around helping them while sharing the produce.
> 2. Do a neighbourhood inventory.
> Particularly in the older suburbs, there will be things like lemons,
> figs, mulberries, oranges, mandarins, almost going to waste.. You could
> well find some heirloom varieties that you could propogate.
> Since when you could make policy for motivation, awareness and interest?
> The policy is to get out of the way of people taking charge of themselves.
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Emanuele John Gelsi
Dept of Anthropology and Sociology
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