Example Email for Your CGW Friends

Hello fellow people who care about Community GroundWorks. Here is a sample email you can send to your friends to let them know what’s going wrong at Community GroundWorks. Just cut from here and paste into the body of your email. Feel free to modify in whatever way you think best.

Go here to sign the petition and share stories about Claire.


Subject: Something is wrong at Community Groundworks!
bcc: Remember, it’s probably good practice to blind carbon copy (bcc) people so you don’t share their emails with the whole list. You can do this by sending the email to yourself and bcc everyone else. (sorry if everyone already knows this)

Something is Wrong at Community GroundWorks!

In a head-scratching move, the Community GroundWorks (CGW) Executive Committee made our CSA farmer Claire Strader leave at the beginning of the farming season and won’t let anyone talk about it, including Claire.

To get rid of our award-winning, founding, CSA “White House Farmer” at the beginning of a new season is bizarre and does not bode well for the CSA. But to do it without transparency is even worse…and does not bode well for CGW.

  1. Read and sign this petition calling for a return to transparent communication and the values of Community GroundWorks
  2. Forward this email to others you know who care about CGW (a copy of which is online here)

What happened to CGW’s mission & values?

(1) The Executive Committee has dishonored our community by refusing to answer calls for open and transparent communication under the guise of protecting Claire, a claim that is not credible for those who know her.

source: Madison Magazine

(2) The Executive Committee has dishonored core values of CGW

“We are committed to collaborative decision-making. We partner with and support the efforts of others who share in the work of building enduring communities.”

(CGW Mission & Values, as of 5/5/13)

(3) The Executive Committee is not holding itself accountable to community members and staff

Action: What You Can Do?

Let the CGW board know that you support the mission and values of

Community GroundWorks:

  1. Read and sign this petition calling for a return to transparent communication and the values of Community GroundWorks
  2. Tell others who care by forwarding this email (a copy of which is online here)
  3. Share your stories, support, and testimonials with Claire and the CGW board for 12 years of amazing dedication and hard work (do this by adding a comment below)
  4. Come to the next CGW Board Meeting to share your views: Monday, May 20, 6:00 p.m. at Warner Park
  5. Consider joining the CGW Board of Directors (there are openings!)

Submitted by your friends and neighbors who love and support the values and people of Community GroundWorks:
•    Todd Cambio, CGW Volunteer and Troy Farm neighbor
•    Lily Hoyer-Winfield, CGW Volunteer and Troy Farm neighbor
•    Wayde Lawler, Recent Troy Community Farm intern
•    Sarah Luetzow, Recent Troy Community Farm intern
•    Donal MacCoon, CSA Member and Troy Cohousing home owner
•    Jim Powell, CSA Member, former Northside Planning Council facilitator and Friends of Troy Gardens fiscal agent
•    Maria Powell, CSA Member
•    Sierra Powell, Troy Community Farm Worker Shareholder and Apprentice Beekeeper, 2012 Community Shares of Wisconsin Backyard Hero (for her work at the farm)
•    Emily Sanford, CSA Member and Troy Farm neighbor
•    Maury Smith, Co-founder of CGW, long-time Troy gardener, and Troy Farm neighbor
•    Marcia Yapp, Co-founder and former CGW Board Director, long-time Troy gardener, and Troy Farm neighbor