CONNecting to our Roots: Community, Food, and New Direction”

Call for Presentations

 Thursday, July 27 – Sunday, July 30, 2017

Capital Community College, Hartford, Connecticut

Submit proposals by December 16th, 2016


 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, and visits to community gardens, parks, schools, and other green space throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The 2017 conference will focus on the following themes:

  • Cultivating Community and Social Justice
  • Gardening and Running a Community Garden Basics
  • Youth and School Gardening
  • Innovative Programs, Policy, and New Directions

We want to hear about your work. We are seeking a diverse group of presenters to share a wide range of information about gardening and greening, including:

  • Community Gardeners – Horticulturists – Landscape Designers and  Architects – Arborists and Foresters – Open Space Advocates – Organizers and Leaders – Public Employees – Parks and Planning Staff – Teachers and other educators – Community Food Security Advocates – Youth – Artists and Filmmakers – Horticultural Therapists – Nutritionists – Master Gardeners

Panels and Workshops

Most sessions will be 50 minutes long. You may propose shorter or longer sessions.  Highest priority will be given to engaging, hands-on, interactive, experiential, panel and team presentations, and participant-inclusive discussions. We discourage the use of “PowerPoint” except to show pictures.  Presenters receive a $100 registration discount and are responsible for paying the remaining of the conference fee. ACGA does not cover presenters’ travel or accommodation costs. Some scholarships will be available.  Please specify how you want the $100.00 discount split. You may also opt to donate your discount to the ACGA as a tax-deductible donation to ACGA to continue to support our national efforts.

Evaluation of Proposals

The ACGA program committee evaluates proposals on five criteria:

Overall quality

  1. Relevance to community gardening and the conference themes
  2. Clarity of focus
  3. Degree of potential audience engagement
  4. Practical applicability.

Click here to submit your Proposal!

Incomplete applications or applications not adhering to word count limitations may be rejected.