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American Community

Gardening Association
Growing Community Across the U.S. & Canada

August 6-9, 2009 A

Columbus, Ohio A
The local host organizations welcome all Welcome to Columbus and the 30th annual ACGA conference.
attendees of the conference Putting Down Roots.
Franklin Park Conservatory The 2009 conference is being held at our new headquarters at the
Five Rivers Metro Park beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory, home of the Chihuly Glass
Community Food Initiatives
Collection. Over 3 and a half days, there will be over 40 engaging
The Green Grocer
Local Matters—Local Ohio Foods workshops, thematic tours — by bicycle and vans to Columbus’
Ohio State University Extension-Master Gardeners diverse community gardens and other green sites, a welcome
reception, keynote speakers, a film festival, banquet featuring
locally raised food, networking, silent auction, and more.
SPONSORS In addition, pre- and post-conference offerings include a workshop
on Food Security, a service opportunity to help plant the new
community garden campus, and a docent-let tour of the
Conservatory’s Chihuly collection. During the conference,
attendees can take advantage of networking, brainstorming, and
connecting to others on the beautiful grounds of Franklin Park.
We aim to make the conference accessible to as many community
gardeners as possible with an early registration fee of $200. Some
scholarships are available.

ACGA is a bi-national, not-for-profit membership organization of
professionals, gardeners, 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

“Putting Down Roots”
ACGA 2009 Conference Schedule At a Glance
12:30 PM—2:00 PM 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM
THURSDAY LUNCHEON Adventure Center & Various Rooms
Plenary Panel: ACGA Past, Present and or AM TOUR
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
REGISTRATION 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Networking Lunch
Franklin Park Conservatory Adventure Center & Various Rooms
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Adventure Center & Various Rooms
See page 3 for details. Break & Networking or PM TOUR (Repeat of AM Tours,
Pre-Conference Tours: except Bicycle Tour)
 Chadwick Learning Garden Tour
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
 Chihuly Glass Collection Tour
Adventure Center & Various Rooms 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop: WORKSHOP SESSION C Franklin Park Conservatory
 Food Security & Community TASTE OF OHIO
Gardening Dinner, Silent Auction & Social
 Dinner on Your Own
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 8:30 PM—9:30 PM Silent Auction
Grand Atrium of Conservatory Film Festival - The Veridian Room A tradition of the ACGA conference is the
WELCOME RECEPTION  “The Garden” Saturday evening silent auction to benefit
Garden organizations display tables in  Other Community Garden Films ACGA. Please bring an item to donate.
The Veridian Room

August 7, 2009 SUNDAY
August 8, 2009 August 9, 2009

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
REGISTRATION  Workshops—Session H
Franklin Park Conservatory  Tour—Shepherd’s Corner
Franklin Park Conservatory
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM 10:45 – Noon
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
 Workshops / Tour 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
9:45 AM—10:45 AM
 Tour / Workshops Post-Conference Tour:
Plenary Keynote Speaker
 Workshops / Workshops  Kayak Trip
Laura Lawson,
 Tour / Tour
Community Gardening’s Diversity
Adventure Center
10:45 AM—11:00 AM See pages 3 to 6 for workshop & TUESDAY
Break & Networking tour listings. Tour selection is August 10-11, 2009
required with conference
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM registration
Adventure Center & Various Rooms
WORKSHOP SESSION A Board of Directors Meeting
ACGA Members are welcome
Thursday, August 6, 2009 Sunday, August 9, 2009
Chadwick Arboretum Tour Darby Creek Tour
1:00 - 4:30 PM Departs 1:00 PM from Franklin Park Conservatory
Cost: $25/person Returns 6:00 PM (or later depending on participants desire and experience)
Tour the Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens at Transportation: car pool or vans. Limited to 20 persons.
Ohio State University. The tour begins with the Vegetable Cost: $25, includes all needed equipment and shuttles
Varieties Trials Garden. The Lane Avenue Gardens are next, Dress: Comfortable clothes and shoes that can get wet.
with stops at the Chadwick Labyrinth and the Phenology Consider bringing and sharing bug repellent and sunscreen.
Garden. We’ll end with the Learning Gardens, which
include the Adults with Development Disabilities “Explore the flora and fauna of the Big Darby Watershed by
Horticultural Therapy Garden, the Annuals and Containers kayak or canoe”
Trials Gardens, the Bamboo Garden, the Arthur Shade
Garden, the John Minton Rose Garden, the Van Fossen Bill Dawson, FPC community garden coordinator and avid
Wildflower Garden, the Kleinmaier Garden, and the Steven kayaker will lead a 6 mile relaxed paddle down the Big
M. Still Garden. Darby Creek .
Franklin Park Conservatory Community Big and Little Darby Creeks are noted nationally for their
Garden Campus Service Project tremendous diversity and abundance of both aquatic and
terrestrial plants and animals. They are home to 86 species of
10:00 AM—noon & 1:00 - 3:00 PM
fish, five of which are endangered in Ohio. The creeks banks
are flanked with native vegetation varying considerably in
Come participate in a service project — a way ACGA can thank
width; from only a narrow line of trees to deep and extensive
Franklin Park Conservatory for their generosity in hosting forests. Both streams were included in the national scenic
the conference. Bring gloves and be prepared to help with rivers program in 1994. Unwind and reflect on your
planting and other activities to ready the new community conference experiences while immersed in nature.
gardening campus for its September grand opening.
Help seed the new library at the
Chihuly Glass Collection Tour Community Garden Campus at
1:00 PM & 3:00 PM Franklin Park Conservatory Bring a
Cost: $10/person
new or gently used book to donate.
Franklin Park Conservatory’s newest exhibition, Chihuly Reimagined,
features the vibrant glass art of Dale Chihuly. This docent-
let tour will provide a knowledgeable introduction to the
wonders of the Conservatory and to Dale Chihuly’s art.
Scholarships - Thanks
Food Security & Community Gardening
For a scholarship, submit the scholarship form by
Workshop June 1, 2009. Scholarships made possible thanks
1:00 - 4:30 PM
to Gardener’s Supply Company and
Cost: $30/person
Introduction to several major strategies that can be used to
Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi.
build on community gardening work to promote broader
food system change, including community food assessment, Special thanks to Franklin Park Conservatory
food policy councils, farm to institution, and/or healthy for donating all of the facilities for the ACGA
corner stores. Discussion of funding and policy initiatives conference.
supporting these strategies.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Pre-selection not requested. Additional workshops being scheduled.
(Go to for schedule & workshop updates.)


Al Renner & Teague Weybright, Los Angeles Community Garden
‘Bronzeville Garden" Community Building Future with Our Past Council, Los Angeles, CA
Dana Moessner, King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood
Habitat for Beneficial Organisms, Insects & Wildlife in
Association, Columbus, OH
Urban & Small Spaces
How to Start a Community Garden Christof Bernau, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food
Sally McCabe, Pennsylvania Horticultural Soc., Philadelphia, PA Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
Putting Community in Community Gardens Holistic Approach to Building Sustainable Communities
David King, Venice High School—the Learning Garden, Bobby Wilson & Cathy Walker, Atlanta Urban Gardening
Los Angeles, CA Program, Atlanta, GA
Hope Drive Gardens: A Successful Model of Community Gardens in a How to incorporate ornamental edibles into landscape
Public Housing Complex Virginia Oswald, garden designer, Columbus, OH
Liz Shaw & Rhonda Clark, Community Food Initiatives, Athens,
Keeping Bees at Community Gardens
Taggart, Cuyahoga County, OH
Keeping it Simple: The St. Cloud State University Community Garden
Rainwater Harvesting Systems
as a Model for Building Community in the Changing Heartland Chris Luers, Little Square Farm, LLC, Columbus, OH
Tracy Ore, St. Cloud State University Community Garden, St.
Cloud, MN Rainwater Harvesting: Design Solutions for Community Gardens
Jonathan Meier, Rain Brothers, LLC, Columbus, OH
PROGRAMS Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology,
Shavertown, PA
Diversifying your Fundraising
Gary Goosman, Corp. for Ohio Appalachian Develop. Athens, OH PLACE & PURPOSE
Developing a CG Network in your State/Province Community Gardenings on the World Wide Web
Jim Flint, Friends of Burlington Gardens, Burlington, VT Miller, Columbus, OH
From Casita to Gardenhaus Creating Garden Policy for America with the Obama Administration
Carolin Mees, Berlin Univesity of Arts, Berlin, Germany Neil Hamilton, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, IA &
From Detroit to Baltimore: Replicating Resource Networks Livia Margues, People’s Garden, USDA, Washington, DC
Kari Smith & Ashley Atkinson, Greening of Detroit, Detroit, MI From Seed to Salad Bowl
and Chrissa Carlson & Sarah Krones, Parks & People Foundation Peggy Murphy, Dan Downing, Michael Leach, Green On “GO”,
& Maryland Cooperative Extension, Baltimore, MD Columbus, OH
Preserving Community Gardens & Land Trusts Garden as a Spiritual Place
Betsy Johnson, South End/Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust, Ginny Salamy, Bexley, OH
Boston, MA
Growing to Give - Christian Response to Local Hunger
Small Garden Communities of Dresden, Germany Nikki Myers, ECO Ministry-Vineyard Church of Columbus,
Ardine Nelson, Ohio State University Dept. of Art, Columbus, OH Columbus, OH
Starting Community Gardens in Parks Gardening as Therapy
Bill Maynard, Sacramento Area Community Gardens, Sacramento, Christie Nohle, ECO Ministry-Vineyard Church of Columbus,
CA & Charlie Monroe, DeKalb County Parks & Recreation Dept., Columbus, OH
Lithonia, GA,
How to Sell What you Grew at a Farmers Market
GARDENING, DESIGN, NUTRITION Louise Mikesell-Wireman, Center for Innovative Food
Technologies, Toledo, OH
Culturally Appropriate & Nutritionally Dense Crops for Community
Nourishing the Nation one Tray at a Time
Gardens & School Gardens
Debra Eschmeyer, National Farm to School Network Center for
Christof Bernau, Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food
Food & Justice, New Knoxville, OH
Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
Garden Design w/ Habitat & Soil in Mind The Urban Kitchen Garden-The Seed to Table Experience
Lia Webb, Plant It Green, Bayside, CA Magdiale Wolmark, chef Dragonfly neo-v, Columbus, OH

YOUTH Friday Evening, August 7
Art Gardens to Create Sacred Earth Connections
Jim Embry, Sustainable Communities Network, Lexington, KY Free Time to Explore Columbus
City Beets: Growing Food & Empowering Teens Dinner on Your Own
Kat Cline & teens, Five River Metro Parks, Dayton, OH
Developing a Meditative Nature Trail w/ HS Students
Amy Kaspar & students, Capitol Square Rotary Club, Columbus,
OH See Page 6 for Wine Festival information
Engaging Youth in Gardening Projects,
Susanah Evans et al., Ever-Green Gardening, Columbus, OH OR
Grow for the Goal: Best Practices in the Development of Youth Film Festival
Gardening Programs for a Diversity of Goals At Franklin Park Conservatory, attend our fifth
Chrissa Carlson, Ariel Demas & students, Maryland Cooperative Community Garden Film Festival, including show-
Extension, Food for Life Program, Timonium, MD
ing Academy Award-Nominated “The Garden.”
Importance of Place in Designing a High School Community Garden
Ed Ingman, Charles School at Ohio Dominican University,
Columbus, OH
Local Matters—Local Food to School Program
Michael Jones, Local Matters, Columbus, OH

Coming & Staying in Columbus Conference code is B262000670.

Airport Rate: $104 for room with king bed or for rooms with 2 queens
The Columbus Airport is 5.3 miles from the Franklin Park which can accommodate up to 4 people. Price includes taxes.
Conservatory. Rental cars are in the airport terminal. Parking: $10/day.

Parking For those driving to Columbus or renting a car, there

Parking is FREE at Franklin Park Conservatory. are numerous other hotel options within a 20 minute
drive to Franklin Park Conservatory
ACGA has reserved blocks of hotel rooms at two Best Western Columbus North
downtown Columbus hotels that are 2.5 miles from 888 E. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 866-539-0036
Franklin Park Conservatory. These hotels are walking 10.8 miles to Franklin Park Conservatory
distance to the Short North District. When making
reservations, mention the ACGA conference. western-columbus-north/
RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BEFORE JULY 6. Rates start at $59, including taxes, for rooms with 2 doubles.
(We will be organizing carpools and will have bicycles SpringHill Suites Columbus Airport Gahanna
available to get from the hotels to Franklin Park 665 Taylor Rd., Columbus, OH 614-501-4750
Conservatory.) 7.7 miles to Franklin Park Conservatory
Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center
88 East Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, OH springhill-suites-columbus-airport-gahanna/
614-221-7008 Rates: 98-$116 including taxes, for studio & 2 bedroom suites. TownePlace Suties Columbus, Gahanna
PropertyOverview.aspx?Property=0107 695 Taylor Rd., Columbus 614-861-1400
Rate: $104 for room with king bed and $116 for room with 2 7.7 miles to Franklin Park Conservatory
queens which can accommodate up to 4 people. Price includes
taxes. Parking: $12/day. Staying through Sunday night may not
be available. towneplace-suites-columbus-airport-gahanna/
Rates start at $92, including taxes, for room with 2 double
Red Roof Inn – Nationwide Arena-Columbus beds.
111 E. Nationwide Blvd. Columbus, OH Explore for
800-733-7663 other Columbus hotel options.
On Saturday, August 8, conference participants have options of going on tours or staying at Franklin Park for workshops.
All tours, except the bicycle tour (morning only) will be occur in both the morning and afternoon.
These tours are included in the conference fee.
All participants who wish to go on a tour, must pre-register.
Saturday, August 8
9:00 AM - Noon and 2:00 - 5:00 PM Bicycle Tour
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Church / Pantry Gardens Join us for the first ever Gears and Gardens: Annual Columbus
This tour will take you to several communities, churches and
gardens that provide fresh produce to food pantries and soup Community Garden Bike Tour! Riders will ride on city streets to visit
kitchens. In the last few years, Columbus has seen an increased six of Columbus's wonderful community gardens. At each garden,
number of these types of gardens that are growing food for their riders will enjoy learning from a garden guide and exploring the
local communities and for those in dire need. Many are church led grounds. The interactive garden tour will culminate at Surly Girl
and are utilizing the gardens not only for food donations but for Saloon to hear a guest speaker and celebrate the day with delicious
youth and senior programs, nutritional programming and as foods made with local produce from community gardens. What
outreach to bring new members into their fold. you need to know before you sign up: you do not need a bike,
helmet, or water bottle to participate, but if you do, you are
Newly Developed Gardens encouraged to bring them. Borrowed bikes and helmets can be
reserved for out of town guests. Special clothing is not required.
This tour will give you the opportunity to offer input to local
You do not need to be an expert rider to join in the fun, but you
community groups who are just beginning the process of building
must be extremely comfortable riding a bike, have experience
community gardens. Bring your expertise and design skills with
riding on city streets, and be able to ride 10 miles. On the day of the
you and be ready to offer insight to these new or expanding
ride, participants must be present for a tour training session.
projects in Columbus. Many of these projects are now realizing the
trials, tribulations and successes of first year gardens, while others
may still be an empty lot or field that has yet to break ground.
Sunday, August 9
School & Youth Gardens
How do schools deal with summer garden maintenance? What Shepherd’s Corner Farm & Ecology Center
will the you learn in these outdoor environments? How are
teachers, parents and community involved not only in the garden
Farm, Labyrinth & Meditative Trail Tours
but the process of creating it? Learn how these gardens can
Time: 8:30 - 10:45 AM
become experiential playspaces, learning labs, outlets for creativity
in the arts, offer lessons in nutrition and increase the opportunity Location: Blacklick, Ohio
to hone math, science, reading and writing skills. Besides all that,
youth just simply find the gardens fun!
Please join us for one of three concurrent Sunday morning tours:
Farm: Stroll our 3 acres of vegetable gardens. We use a raised-
Corporate Gardens bed system, drip tape irrigation and bio-intensive/ square-foot
The days of the Victory and War Gardens brought vegetable gardening methods.
gardens to nearly every large factory and many small businesses
throughout America. New corporate gardens are emerging again to Labyrinth: Enjoy a peaceful morning by walking our turf laby-
provide employee perks, health and wellness opportunities and rinth. 1 mile total distance.
often mandate a portion of the produce be donated to food banks. Meditative Trail: Be among the first to explore our interactive
These gardens offer their associates free space to grow their own trail. Each of 8 stations has signage that includes site context,
food, flowers and herbs, to bring their families in on weekends to a contemplation piece, and an activity.
garden and to give back to the community. This tour will take you
to two large corporate headquarters on the outskirts of Columbus
who are creating a model for other large companies to follow.

Friday and Saturday: Wine Tasting Event*

Also happening at Franklin Park Conservatory August 7-8, 2009 is the first annual Columbus Wine Festival presented by Giant
Eagle. The two day festival features more than 200 domestic and international wines from more than 30 exhibitors. The afford-
able $30 entry fee ($25 in advance) includes a souvenir wine glass, festival program and wine tastings. The $10 designated driver
ticket includes all of the activities at the festival with the exception of tastings.
Telephone: 888 210 0074
$25 in advance, $30 at the door, $10 designated drivers ticket * This is not an ACGA event

ACGA’s 30th Annual Conference
Conference rates are for ACGA members only. Non-members will be charged an additional $50 fee for
membership, so renew or join ACGA with your registration. Organizational members are entitled to 4
individual memberships for conference registration purposes.

Basic/Student $30 Professional $60 Corporate $1200

Organization $120 Sustaining $600 Sliding Scale $15-$25

Use this Information to Complete Registration Form on Page 8
Chadwick Arboretum Tour $25
Chihuly Glass Collection Tour $10
Food Security Workshop $30
Kayak Trip $25

Thursday evening August 6 – Sunday noon August 9, 2009
Full conference fees include: Thursday evening reception, Friday Opening Plenary , Workshops, Networking Lunch,
Film Festival, Saturday Tours, Saturday Taste of Ohio and Silent Auction, Sunday Workshops/Morning Tour, and Closing Plenary.
EARLY BIRD, By June 30 REGULAR LATE, After August 1
ACGA Members $200 $250 $300
Non-Members $250 $300 $350
Students $100 $150 $200
Youth (<18 years) $75 $100 $125

Friday Plenary, Workshops, Lunch, & Film Festival $100 $125
Half Day Saturday Tour or Workshop (x2 for full day) $50 $65
Saturday Banquet & Silent Auction $45 $60
Full Day Saturday Workshops/Tours & Banquet $125 $150
Sunday Workshop & Plenary $40 $50
Welcome Reception $20 $25
All prices are in U.S. dollars. Only checks in US dollars can be accepted.
On your own - See recommendations on Page 5.

QUESTIONS? Contact ACGA’s Office: 877-275-2242
ACGA’s 30th Annual Conference
Please complete a separate for each person who will be attending.
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Organization (if applicable) ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Address (indicate if home or work) _________________________________________
City State/Province Zip/Postal Code
Phone (indicate if home or work) ____________________________________________ Fax ___________________________________
Email __________________________________________ Member #, if known ________________ Exp. Date _________________
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Please circle one: Regular Attendee Presenter Student Youth

ACGA Membership $ _________ membership type _____________________________________

Full Conference Fee $ _________ SEE PAGE 7
Pre-Conference $ _________ selection: _____________________________________________
Kayak Trip $ _________
Separate Activities (if NOT paying for the FULL CONFERENCE.)
$ _________ selection: ____________________________________________
$ _________ selection: ____________________________________________
$ _________ selection: ____________________________________________

Discount $ -________ Presenter or volunteer

TOTAL $_________

Make Checks in U.S. dollars payable to the American Community Gardening Association
Send to: ACGA, c/o FPC, 1777 East Broad St. Columbus, OH 43203


Credit Card Number: ____________________________________ Expiration Date: _______________________________

CVV # _______________ Signature: ____________________________________________________________________________
Mailing address for credit card if different from address above: ______________________________________________________________

Saturday Tour: Do you wish to go on a Tour in BOTH the morning & the afternoon? __________
Choice: AM _________________________________ and/or PM ___________________________________________
For Bicycle Tour, do you need a bicycle or helmet? ____________________________________________________
Sunday Tour: Do you plan to go on the Shepherd’s Corner Tour? _______________
Please indicate dietary restrictions or accessibility requests: ___________________________________________