According to the Department of Agriculture, 45,183,927 people participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (data as of August 30, 2012). Food insecurity is a growing concern for Americans everywhere. The current drought, uncertain economic growth and soaring food prices have hit neighborhoods like Camp Curtin the hardest.
The Green Urban Initiative obtained permission from the City of Harrisburg to start a garden under the Adopt-A Lot program. The garden provided an economically and environmentally sustainable food source for the residents of Camp Curtain. Under the agreement, 30 days notice must be given to either party detailing any changes to the plot. No such notice was provided. Residents were not given the opportunity to harvest the vegetables they worked so hard to grow this season. The City of Harrisburg violated the terms of the Adopt-A Lot program by bulldozing the garden without providing the proper notification to the Green Urban Initiative.
Wanda Williams, City Council President, sited a list of alleged complaints as the direct cause of the demolition. The complaints remain unsubstantiated and members of the Green Urban Initiative were not allowed to speak at the City Council meeting.
Please stand behind the Green Urban Initiative and petition for a remedy of grievances. Please see http://punkrockgardens.com/2012/09/community-garden-bulldozed/ for more information.