This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Friday, July 24, 2009

community garden bill in congress

A bill to fund Community Gardens has been proposed in Congress. Here are a couple of letters that were forwarded to me.

Dear Gardener,
Please lend your support and encourage your congressional representatives (House and Senate) to support both of the bills referenced below. With over 150 active, vibrant community garden sites in Boston's city limits (and over 200 in the metro area), please cite the important role community gardens play (providing fresh economical nutritious food, building community, recreation, green space, and more) for our citizens! Jo Ann Whitehead, Garden Educator, Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN)
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Congress has just introduced 2 Community Garden related measures. One is a bill (HR 3225 - The Community Gardens Act), which creates a grant program to fund community gardens. Another is a resolution (the text is here) praising community gardens.

You can read the bill (HR 3225) on the Library of Congress website. You can find your local representative here. If you want to voice support for these, send your representative an email and either thank them if they are already a co-sponsor or ask them to co-sponsor HR 3225. Or write your senator and ask them to sponsor a companion bill in the Senate.

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