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American Community Gardening Association’s 38th Annual Conference

July 27 -30, 2017 Hartford, Connecticut

Excerpts from the conference website:

Themes:

1. Cultivating community, sustainability, policy and social justice (CC)

2. Gardening and running a community garden basics (B)

3. Youth and school gardening (YSG)

4. Innovative programs and new directions (I)

Thursday, July 27, 2017 – Intensives 1 – 5 PM

Starting a Community Garden: Pittsburgh’s intensive course, helpful for those starting a community garden as well as program managers hoping to teach others how to focus on the PEOPLE when starting gardens {LIMTED TO 12 – Send an email to info@communitygarden.org to register} (B)

Policy: Hartford’s First Lady Sara Bronin & Hartford Food System Executive Director Martha Page will lead a discussion on community gardening advocacy and the changing of Hartford’s zoning (CC)

School Gardens: (1) Curricula, including interactive activities to learn about early childhood education best practices and key strategies for educators who teach in the school garden setting led by FoodCorps Connecticut, and learn about the SEEDS program, a hands-on garden curriculum that links to Common Core principles, and (2) Management and Sustainability, including KidsGardening’s “Kids Gardening Guide” showcasing best practices of ways to optimally utilize and manage a school garden to ensure success and sustainability, and learn about a variety of community-based strategies for sustaining school gardens during the peak growing season. (YSG)

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