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Atlanta, Georgia
September 7 - 11, 2000

Each year the American Community Gardening Association's  (ACGA) national
conference gathers people involved in all aspects of community gardening and
greening to share experiences and learn from each other. The conference
program will include slide presentations, panel discussions, keynote
speakers, hands-on workshops, networking, walking/bus tours of Atlanta's
historical sites, green spaces, and a post-conference trip to Callaway
Gardens. Get more information on the conference by  contacting:
Bobby Wilson or Cathy Walker at (404) 762-4077 or email:

ACGA is a national non-profit membership organization of professionals,
volunteers, and supporters of community gardening and greening in urban,
suburban, and rural communities. ACGA seeks to promote community gardening
and greening as a means for improving the quality of life for people and
their communities. Visit the ACGA website at www.communitygarden.org.

The local partner organizations include: The University of Georgia
Cooperative Extension Service (Fulton/DeKalb Counties), the Atlanta Urban
Gardening Program, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Skyland Trail, and Atlanta
Urban Gardening Leadership Association.

The Fairfield/Courtyard Marriott located at 175 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta,
Georgia (404) 659-7777 have reserved rooms for the conference attendees.
Loudermilk Center
40 Courtland Street «Atlanta, Georgia 30303 « 404 507-1690


5:00 pm -   9:00 pm		ACGA Executive Board Meeting


9:00 am -   5:00 pm		ACGA Board Meeting


 8:00 am - 12:00 noon		ACGA Board Meeting

10:00 am - 7:00 pm 		Registration
Fairfield Marriott 175 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta
Hospitality Room

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 		Pre-Conference Workshops

A.  Circular Gardening/Three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) Workshop
B.  Visit/work with a community gardening group
C.  Visit/work an organic garden
D.  "From Apples to Zucchini: A Comprehensive and Participatory Look at
Community Gardening          Impacts and Challenges"  From the Roots Up

 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm		Get Acquainted Reception
 					Loudermilk Center
Icebreaker - Ms Dorothy Mants from Tobie Grant Community Garden
       		 	Vegetable puppet show (Planet Earth)


8:00 am -   4:00 pm		Registration  - Lobby

8:30 am - 10:15 am		ACGA Millennium Conference Invited Guests
Opening Session
George Hadley,  Fulton County Extension Coordinator
Bill Campbell,  Mayor of Atlanta
Gale Buchanan, Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Science,
University of Georgia
Tom Tyler,  President, American Community Gardening Association
    		Tommy Irvin, Commissioner, Georgia State Secretary of Agriculture
Dan Glickman, Secretary, US Department of Agriculture

10:30 am - 12:00 noon		Morning Sessions

" Therapeutic Value of Gardening - Saving Money from the Garden - Benefits
of Community Gardening and the Leadership Training Program"  Atlanta
Leadership Association - Helen Mason, Mary Kemp, Martha Glenn and Gladys

"Kids Gardens from Coast to Coast"
Jim Flint, National Gardening Association, Burlington, Vermont

"Empowering Youth through Community Gardening"
San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG)

"Community Development through Gardening: State and Local Policies
Transforming Urban Space"
M. Elizabeth Nowinski, University of Baltimore School of Law

"Spreading the Seeds: Asset Based Community Building"
From the Roots Up

"Teaching Gardening in Elementary Schools"
Sharon Heit (PTA President), Charlene Baker and Verdelle Paxton (Teachers),
Demarcus Brown (Student)

"Grow Lab 2000"   How to build your own grow lab unit for $60
Michele K. Firkus, Youth Garden Advisor, Penn State Urban Gardening Program

Horticulture/Gardening Workshop**

12 noon -   2:00 pm		LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
2:15 pm -   4:15 pm	Afternoon  Sessions

"Workshop on USDA Millennium Gardens Initiative"
 Joel Berg, USDA Gardens Initiative

"Community Garden Best Practices for Community Development Corporations
Julia Schneider, Program Director for Employment, the Enterprise Foundation,
"Partnering with Community Development Corporations on Neighbor Open  Space
Carl Haefner, Deborah Hall, Shannon Nec, Philadelphia Green

"Wholesale and Alternative Markets" Jennifer-Claire Klotz, USDA, Washington,
"Community Food Project Offers Funding Opportunities for Gardens"
 Zy Weinberg, USDA

"Collective Gardens as the Keystone of a Community Food Security Network"
Jean-Marie Chapeau and Martha Stiegman, Eco-initiatives, Montreal, Canada

"Food Circles Networking Project"
Thomas Kerr, Kansas City, Mo.
"Healthy Farms, Healthy Kids: Improving the Quality of School Meals through
Local Foods"
Andrea Azuma, Occidental College CFS Project

"Branching Out: Utilizing Assets Beyond the Garden"
From the Roots Up

"The Better Urban Gardener Project - Teaching Diverse Populations  Organic
Erik Foley and Sally Anne Sadler, Washington State University Cooperative
"Urban Centers Become Home to Diverse Populations"
Marco T. Fonseca, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension

Horticulture/Gardening Workshop**

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm		Evening Events		Atlanta Botanical Garden
Reception, Seed Exchange and Silent Auction
*****Don't forget - Bring your seeds and items for silent auction *****


8:00 am -  4:00 pm		Registration  -  Lobby

8:30 am - 11:30 am		Tours of Atlanta's Community Green Space

8:45 am - 10:00 am		Morning  Sessions A

"Organic Gardening Technique and Practices"
Wayne McLaurin, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension

"How to Design a Barrier Free Garden"
Lisa Schrader, Skyland Trail Health and Education Center,  Atlanta, Georgia

"Growing Heirloom Seeds with Youth"
 Kay Grimm, Kids in Bloom, Indianapolis

"Gardeners as Stewards of Our Landscape"
Harold Herbert, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program

"Appreciating the Bounty: Cultivating Diversity to Enrich Community Building
and Personal Empowerment" Part 1
From the Roots Up

Horticulture/Gardening Workshop**

10:10 am - 11:25 am			Morning Sessions B
"Funding a Community Garden Project"
Joan Marsh, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension

"Community Gathering Places"
Milenko Matanovic, Pomegranate Center, Issaquah, Washington

"Urban Orchard Project"
Scott Harris, Tree Folks, Inc., Austin, Texas

"Gardening and Community Development"
 Solomon Boye, Toronto Parks  and Recreation, Canada

"Appreciating the Bounty: Cultivating Diversity to Enrich Community Building
and Personal Empowerment" Part 2
From the Roots Up

"Involving Youth and Young Adults in the Development of Our Community
through Community Gardening"
 Kendra Williams, Helena Community Garden, Montana

Horticulture/Gardening Workshop**

12 noon -   2:30 pm		ACGA Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Loudermilk Center

2:30 pm -   5:15 pm		Tours of Atlanta's Community Green Space

2:45 pm -   4:45 pm		Afternoon Sessions

"How Would a National Urban Agriculture Policy Agenda Look?"
Andy Fisher (Community Food Security Coalition), Betsy Johnson (Garden
Futures), and
Martin Bailkey (University of Wisconsin Department of Urban  Planning)

"The Struggle for Space: Preserving Community Gardens in New York City"
Ximena Naranjo, Green Guerillas, and Karen Washington, La Familia Verde
Garden Coalition

"Cooking Stone Soup: The Benefits and Challenges of Coalition Building"
From the Roots Up

"Garden Project and Garden Angel Program - Volunteer Service/Master Gardener
Program Growing Food for the Elderly and Inform"
Jim Call, Assurance System for the Aging

"Plant a Row for the Hungry"  Presentation and Slide Show
Jacqui Heriteau, Garden Writer Association of America

Horticulture/Gardening Workshop**
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm			Georgia Style Cookout		Camp Truitt 4-H Camp


9:00 am - 10:30 am			Morning  Sessions

F "The City-wide Community Gardening Mapping Project"
Lenny Librizzi and Gerald Lordahl, Council on the Environment, New York City

"Gardening Mosaics: Youth Participatory Research of Multicultural Gardening
Veronique Lambert, Cornell Cooperative Extension, NY

"The Square Foot Nutrition Education Project - Teaching Nutrition through
David Eson, WSU Cooperative Extension - Pierce County, Washington

 	"The Proof is in the Pudding: Using Participatory Evaluation Strategies to
Build Strong Programs"
From the Roots Up

Horticulture/Gardening Workshop**

11:00 am - 12 noon	ACGA Millennium Conference Invited Guest
Closing Session
Dr. Fred Harrison, Dean of Agriculture Fort Valley State University
Bobby L. Wilson,  County Agent University of Georgia/
 Vice President, American Community Gardening Association

**All horticulture/gardening  workshops will focus primarily on basic
gardening skills, such as soil preparation, proper planting methods, insect
and disease control, etc.  These topics will be listed in the program


Post-Conference Tour  Cost not included in registration packets.

8:30 am	Load vans for departure - Bus will depart from hotel
9:45 am	The University of Georgia Experimental Station, Griffin, Georgia.
		Visit demonstration gardens and grape orchard
12 noon	Arrive Calloway Gardens.  Lunch on your own.
2:30 pm	Depart Calloway Gardens
4:30 pm	Arrive at Hotel

**Don't forget to bring your slides for the Friday night slide show.**
******Remember only three slides******


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