Guerrilla Gardens for the Homeless

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Guerrilla Gardens for the Homeless
« on: July 02, 2009, 01:49:26 AM »
We have contacted some Guerrilla Gardeners in the Orlando Area, and would like to have a virtual meeting to discuss using Guerrilla Gardens to help the homeless, not only to raise food for them, but to also show them how to grow food for themselves.

We have set up a conference call through  FreeConferenceCall.com for Wednesday,  July 8, at 8:00 p.m., and would like to invite as many  of you as are interested in joining us in that virtual conference call.  The  number you will call to get access to the conference call is:  (218) 844-8230, and the Participant Access Code is: 630339#

If you would like to be in on the conference,  you can email me,  and I  will put you on our mailing list and send you a reminder of the call.

If you have any questions,  comments,  or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. 

Greg Pettengill
Cote' Art & Engineering, Inc.
321-269-7587 - cell
321-420-9037
coteart@gmail.com
Best Regards
Greg Pettengill

321-269-7587 cell
321-420-9037

Re: Guerrilla Gardens for the Homeless
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2009, 02:39:53 PM »
Dear Guerrilla Gardeners for the Homeless,

I'm truly encouraged by your responses!  Our less fortunate brothers and sisters now face an appalling and formidable future.   While there are many good and generous people among our peers, few seem to realize the need for practical systemic solutions to the problems of malnutrition that plague our neighbors and friends.   Although we are starting with few tools and supplies in hand, our greatest assets are and will always be our minds and friendships.

Although our numbers are small at this time, our objective is huge--there are many homeless and poverty stricken people who need our help.  This letter is to urge each and every one of us to step up to the plate and become a leader in this endeavor.  Stating that we are interested is only a courageous tiny first step.  We must each take ownership of the challenge and decide for ourselves how we can best contribute to our common aims.  For example, Greg is willing to take responsibility for doing the technical facilitation of the project, i.e., running conference calls, creating web pages, etc.  Terri (a friend of Greg's) is willing to be the Secretary for the group (unless someone else really, really wants that position!).  We have surmised that Nina has great organizational skills, would she (you, Nina) be willing to be the Chief Organizer of the group (organizing who works in the garden, scheduling work times, etc.)?  Rachel has "seed bombs" and although we don't exactly know what they are, it appears to us that she has horticultural expertise, at least more than we do.  (Terri is a city girl, and even though she lives in the "Celery Capital of the World" (Sanford), has up until recently only grown houseplants successfully!)  Perhaps Rachel could be Agricultural Coordinator and plan where, when and what we will plant and grow in the garden, etc.

Andrew has said that he has contacts through his business to get significant donations from commercial interests, but will be unable to make the conference on Wednesday evening.  We have contacted him to ask when he would be available, but have not heard back from him yet.  If there is a better time for him, and if he would be willing to take on more responsibility than simply being "in the audience", for example, Chairing the meeting and being Spokesperson for the group, we could change the meeting time to another which is more convenient for him.

As you can see, there is plenty of work to go around.  The above ideas are only suggestions, and of course we would like you to tell us what you are willing to do--it may seem as though we are breaking your arm, but really, we are only twisting it--and trying to do so as gently as possible!  We are looking for commitments (you don't have to be an idealist to be a Guerrilla Gardener, but it helps!) that you feel you can make and keep.

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Best Regards
Terri Markle & Greg Pettengill
Best Regards
Greg Pettengill

321-269-7587 cell
321-420-9037

Re: Guerrilla Gardens for the Homeless
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2009, 05:28:05 PM »
Our little band of gardeners continues to grow and explore the world of the homeless.   If you are curios or would like to join in the effort, please visit our Google Group site http://groups.google.com/group/GG-4-homeless.
Best Regards
Greg Pettengill

321-269-7587 cell
321-420-9037