Conferences are some of the best ways to meet other youth gardeners and organizers, and find out what is happening regionally and nationally in the field of community and urban gardening. Check this page often for updates of new conferences in your area. If you have any to add to this listing, please contact us.
American Community Gardening Association's Annual Conference
The ACGA Annual Conference brings together hundreds of individuals from across the United States, Canada, and abroad, who are engaged in all aspects of gardening and greening. The conference includes hands-on workshops, keynote speakers, a film festival, and visits to parks, school gardens, community gardens, and other green spaces. The topics and location of this conference change every year. Visit our website for more information.
American Horticultural Society (AHS) National Children & Youth Garden Symposium
This conference is designed for youth, garden designers, educators, community leaders and youth garden advocates. The topic of the conference changes each year, as does the location. Contact the AHS for more information at (703) 768-5700 x 132.
2010 full symposium brochure for July 22-24, 2010
2009 conference brochure
2008 conference brochure
2007 conference brochure
2006 conference brochure
Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) Conference
This conference designed to bring together farmers, scholars, non-profit workers and others to discuss the future of community food security. The BLAST youth initiative of The Food Project (Massachusetts) brings a group of youth to the conference every year. The youth are able to learn from others, as well as inspire others with their own creativity and energy!
Food and Security Conference
Hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation this conference is a networking and learning opportunity for those who have received grants through the foundation, as well as those who have interest in community-based food systems. The BLAST youth initiative of The Food Project (Massachusetts) has worked to bring youth to the conference in the past.
Read about this year's conference that will take place in New Orleans in October, 2010:
14th Annual CFSC Conference
Rooted in Community (RIC) Annual Meeting
One of the most popular youth gardening conferences, the Rooted in Community Annual meeting is truly geared towards youth and shaped by youth. This conference was first held in 1999, and was co-hosted by the American Community Gardening Association and The Food Project as a way to provide for youth who were not having their needs met at other large national conferences. The conference is held in a new location every year; with local hosts the Urban Nutrition Initiative. The 2010 RIC Annual Meeting will take place July 21-25, 2010, in Durham, NC. To learn about upcoming conferences, contact RIC at firstname.lastname@example.org.