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Don - Sorry for the delay in my reply but I have been away from the office.
We did not mean to imply that we were excluding technical gardening issues
from the call for presentations for the ACGA Conference in Atlanta and would
encourage anyone who would like to propose a presentation on any innovative
gardening techniques for the community garden to send in their prosals for
consideration. We did not mean for the suggested subject areas to be
exclusive, and welcome presentation proposals that relate to any creative
ideas for the development, maintenance, promotion, protection and
sustainance of community gardens and green space projects. The original
proposal deadline was March 31, but we are extending the deadline until
April 15th. Please submit any proposals ASAP so that they can be fairly
considered in our choice of workshops for the conference in time for us to
put together the full conference agenda and get the registration materials
out in a timely fashion. Thanks for your comments and look forward to seeing
you at the conference. - Ben Long

-----Original Message-----
From: Dboek@aol.com <Dboek@aol.com>
To: jeanie.abi-nader@frontiercoop.com <jeanie.abi-nader@frontiercoop.com>;
community_garden-admin@mallorn.com <community_garden-admin@mallorn.com>;
community_garden@mallorn.com <community_garden@mallorn.com>
Date: Monday, March 20, 2000 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: [cg] CALL FOR PROPOSALS

>Hi, Jeanie,
>Thanks for posting the CFP. I really look forward to attending, hopefully
>with others from Charlotte, NC. I do have a couple questions: Did I not get
>the entire workshop list? Does the workshop list suggest the appropriate
>subjects for papers?
>I can't help noticing that there are no technical gardening issues-nothing
>urban soils or composting or partnering with environmental groups
>in native plants (a potential area for skill and enterprise building in low
>income neighborhoods). I'm not saying that ACGA _should_ address such
>horticultural and agro-ecological issues. ACGA does invaluable and
>work. That said, for the dirt gardeners among us, it does seem a bit odd to
>head off to a gardening meeting where the entire focus is on organizing,
>political, economic and marketing issues, with nary a flower, veggie or
>compost pile in sight. At the official sessions, that is-I imagine away
>the organized meetings, gardeners will talk about things we love doing at
>least as much as the things we ought to be doing.
>Don Boekelheide
>Charlotte NC
>In a message dated 3/20/00 10:13:28 AM, jeanie.abi-nader@frontiercoop.com
>>ACGA is a national non-profit membership organization of professionals,
>>and supporters of community gardening and greening in urban, suburban, and
>>communities. ACGA seeks to promote community gardening and greening as a
>>of improving the quality of life for people and their communities.  Visit
>the ACGA
>>website at www.communitygarden.org.
>>Each year the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) national
>>gathers people involved in all aspects of community gardening and greening
>to share
>>experiences and learn from each other. The conference program will include
>>presentations, panel discussion, keynote speakers, hands on workshops,
>>visits to Atlanta's historical sites, and a trip to Callaway Gardens.
>>1. Food Security
>>a.     Farmer's Markets
>>b.     Food Banks
>>c.     Entrepreneurship
>>2. Management
>>a.     Community Gardens
>>b.     Public Space
>>c.     Community Gardening Leaders
>>3. Community Building
>>a.     Kid's Gardens
>>b.     Volunteers
>>c.     Leadership
>community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com

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