The policy as instituted by Squirrel Brand is the approved City of Cambridge Policy for all new gardens on City land. The turn-over at Squirrel is exactly the turn-over needed in the densely populated area. Thank you for adhering to the policy.
Jennifer K. Letourneau, Director
Cambridge Conservation Commission
344 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
I just wanted to let everyone know that the policy of kicking gardeners out after 3 years is not the standard practice.
Many of the community gardens in Cambridge do not do this, but come up with innovative ways to welcome new gardeners.
Last year, Lauren and I were trying to organize a meeting to come up with a policy for Squirrel Brand. Unfortunately that did not happen.
Just wanted to pass that along and offer my hope that you can find a way to build community by welcoming new, committed gardeners without destroying community by kicking people out.
When the land that Squirrel Brand is located was purchased by the City over 10 years ago, the City of Cambridge Community Garden Policy was written. I explained to Dan as well as to Lauren that any changes to the policy needs to be approved by the City. Given the density of the area and large waitlist, the policy will not be altered as to tenure in the garden.
What "policy as instituted by Squirrel Brand" are you referring to?
I have been a member of the community for 5 years and have discussed plot assignment policy with Dan, the previous garden coordinator, with Lauren, the current coordinator, and with many community members. The consensus has always been to try to find a way to manage such a scarce resource fairly - to not kick out community members and to find a way to bring new gardeners into the community.