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American Community Gardening Association Conference Comes Home to Chicago for 35th Anniversary

Date Posted: June 11, 2014

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener American Community Gardening Association Conference
Comes Home to Chicago for 35th Anniversary
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CHICAGO – The gardeners are coming home to roost, as the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) returns to Chicago for its 35th annual conference. From August 7-10, 2014, community gardeners from around the globe will convene in ACGA’s birthplace of Chicago for a series of workshops, tours of Chicago gardens, networking events, and a Garden Soiree at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

ACGA is a nonprofit coalition dedicated to building community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening in the United States and Canada. The organization got its start in Chicago following two conferences organized by the City of Chicago Department of Human Services in 1978 and 1979, and expanded across the U.S. and into Canada. This year, the conference returns home for the first time since its inception, with thousands of members and membership organizations dedicated to its mission.

ACGA 2014 conference attendees will connect with community gardening experts in more than forty workshops and roundtables on topics including:

  • Advocacy & Social Justice
  • Community Garden Management
  • Conservation & Green Infrastructure
  • Food Gardens & Urban Farms
  • Gardens & Culture
  • Youth & School Programs
  • Urban Animals & Others

Outside the classroom, tours of local community gardens include visits to a variety of Chicago neighborhoods, school gardens, and even a trip to gardens in President Obama’s neighborhood. These hands-on activities will allow conference attendees to experience Chicago’s robust urban ag scene firsthand.

The conference will feature keynote addresses on community gardens and neighborhood resiliency from Dr. Marianne Krasny (Friday), on “play gardens” for young children from Dr. Roger Hart (Saturday), and a performance of garden stories by community gardeners (Sunday).

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Attendees will also meet and network with gardeners from around the world. The three-day conference kicks off with a pre-conference welcome dinner on Thursday, August 7, 2014. Friday night, August 8th, guests at the conference’s Garden Soiree and silent auction will dance under the stars and the greenhouse glass at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. The program includes a retrospective in honor of the ACGA’s 35th anniversary and its return to its roots. Food and drink will feature local and international flavors, including beer from Chicago’s own Revolution Brewing.

The ACGA is offering a variety of conference packages are available, including an All-in-One Value package that include all pre-conference, welcome dinner, and conference activities. Early bird pricing is offered on all conference registrations before July 7th. All conference packages include a ticket to the Garden Soiree, but individual Soiree tickets are also available for purchase.

To learn more about each day’s activities, view the conference schedule, and register on the ACGA website:

About the American Community Gardening Association:
The American Community Gardening Association is a bi-national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to building community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada. Community gardening improves quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.

ACGA and its member organizations work to promote and support all aspects of community food and ornamental gardening, urban forestry, preservation and management of open space, and integrated planning and management of developing urban and rural lands. ACGA also supports community gardening by facilitating the formation and expansion of state and regional community gardening networks; developing resources in support of community gardening; and, encouraging research and conducting educational programs.

American Community Gardening Association Conference
Comes Home to Chicago for 35th Anniversary

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