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Call for Presenters - Community & School Gardening Conference 2001

Call for Presenters
The conference planning committee for the Southwestern Region Community &
School Gardening Conference invites you to submit a proposal to present at
4th Annual Southwestern Region Community & School Gardening Conference
February 22-25, 2001 In Phoenix, Arizona.
Deadline for Submission: October 20, 2000
We are looking for engaging, dynamic presenters to share your expertise and
knowledge in the areas of community or school gardening, wildlife habitats,
gardening in the southwest, hands-on workshops and greening the community.
This includes educators, city, county, regional employees from extension,
parks & recreation and other government agencies, landscape and urban
planners, horticulturists, gardeners, academics, neighborhood organizers,
community garden clubs and anyone who can share their knowledge.
Presentations/workshops will take place February 22-25, 2001 in Phoenix,
Arizona. Presentations should be 60 minute workshops /presentations that
will engage and educate conference attendees.  Presenters will receive a
complimentary registration to the conference. Travel and hotel expenses are
not provided and will be the responsibility of the presenter.
About the Conference
“Growing Awareness” is the only community & school/youth gardening
conference of its kind in the Southwest.  Last year 389 participants came
from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

This non-profit conference brings together community and school gardening
professionals to participate in workshops, hands-on activities, discussion
and networking.
Conference Fee is $125.00.
Check out our website to see what happened last year:
Sponsored by:
Arizona Chefs Supporting Sustainable Agriculture
Arizona Community Action Association
American Community Gardening Association
Arizona Department of Education
Arizona State University
Donna Atwood Design
Gardens for Humanity
Heard Museum Library and Archives
Let’s Get Growing
Maricopa County Master Gardeners
National Gardening Association
NK Lawn and Garden
Osborn School District
The Farm at South Mountain
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
Whole Foods Market

The audience includes K-12 educators, professionals and volunteers from
community gardens, public/private and charter schools, public and botanic
gardens, cooperative extension staff, horticultural therapists, community
and youth leaders; child development and education specialists, youth and
other interested adults.
Presentation Topics: (suggested but not limited to)
Art in the garden
Case Studies - community and school gardens
Community garden management
Community gardening as a community building tool
Community Supported Agriculture linked to community or school gardens
Connection between gardening, nutrition and exercise
Creating and sustaining school and community gardens
Cultural education and preservation in garden programs
Curriculum - How to layer the garden in Math, Science, English
Environmental education and action through gardening
Entrepreneurial programs
Examples of partnerships formed between schools & community programs
Farmer’s Markets linked to community or school gardens
Food Security - connection to urban agriculture
Gardening in the Southwest
Heritage Gardening
Horticulture Therapy
How to get started
How to get change to happen in school and community gardens
Interdisciplinary education through gardening
Overcoming adversity - keeping community and/or school gardens alive
Research findings relating to impact of school and community gardening
Securing land for community and school gardens - successful partnerships
School food programs linked to school gardening
Specialty gardens to learn and grow by
Teacher training and resources
Technology and school and community gardening
Theme gardens
Volunteer management
Vegetables, beneficial insects, and environmentally safe garden management
Working with city planners to incorporate green space/garden space

Complete and Return the following by October 20, 2000
Presentation Proposal Information
Presentation Title:

Presentation Summary:

Please indicate the type of knowledge depth of your presentation:
Introductory    Intermediate    Advanced

Presentation Method:
Classroom workshop/lecture           Hands-On workshop                Other:

You will be required to submit a written overview of your presentation one
month in advance for the conference proceedings.

Presenter Name:                                 	Title:

Mailing Address:
Telephone (daytime):   (     )          		    Fax: (    ) 		       Email:
Please list names, titles and affiliations of any co-presenters:

Please return the requested information by October 20, 2000 to:
Emma Figueira email to emmaf@azcaa.org or via mail
ACAA, 2627 N. 3rd Street, Suite 2, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Questions? - Contact Emma Figueira at:  Phone 602-604-0640 Fax:

The conference committee will review your proposal and respond no later than
October 25, 2000.

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