Call for Proposals

is now closed.

  Thank you for submitting!

Come and share your work! We are seeking a diverse group of presenters to share a wide
range of information about community gardening and greening, including:

  • Community Gardeners
  • Horticulturists
  •  Landscape Designers & Landscape Architects
  •  Arborists and Foresters
  •  Open Space Advocates
  •  Organizers and Leaders
  • Public Employees
  •  Parks and Planning Staff
  •  Teachers and Educators
  • Food Security Advocates
  • Master Gardeners
  •  Artists and Filmmakers
  •  Horticultural Therapists
  •  Nutritionists
  •  Researchers
  •  Public Health
  • Professionals
  •  Policy Makers
  • Urban Farmers

Panels and Workshops

Sessions will be 45 minutes. Panel and Workshop formats may include presentations,
discussions, interactive activities, poster panels, audio-visual presentations, etc. Highest
priority will be given to engaging, hands-on, interactive, experiential, panel and team
presentations and participant-inclusive discussions.

Guidelines for Proposals

In order to submit your session proposal, please complete the Panel/Workshop Proposal
Submission Form at The numbered sections below explain in
more detail the information needed for a complete submission. Incomplete submissions will
not be reviewed.

  1. Primary Contact: Name, Title, Organization, Mailing Address, Phone, and Email
    2. Co-presenters: Name, Title, Organization, and Email
    3. Biographical Sketch: Please include a brief biographical sketch for each author – 75
    words maximum
    4. Audio Visual Needs: please let us know what equipment you require (e.g., LCD
    projector, slide projector, Flip chart stand, TV/DVD, etc.)
    5. Desired Session Length: Please choose either 45 minutes, 1 hour, 1 hour 15 minutes
    6. Theme: Please choose a theme that best fits your proposal (see Workshop Themes
    7. Session Title: Please choose a concise title for your session
    8. Distribution of $100 Conference Discount for Workshops: see NOTE below
    9. Session Overview for the conference brochure – 50 words maximum
    10. Proposal Narrative: Please describe your session, including main points and goals, key
    learning objectives, and interactive elements of the session (see Evaluation of Proposals
    below) – 300 words maximum

The descriptions, summaries, and biographical sketches may be edited for inclusion in the
conference brochure. All presenters are expected to register for the conference. A conference
registration discount of $100.00 per session (not per presenter) will be applied to the
registration of session presenters. Please specify how you want the $100.00 discount split if
your session includes multiple presenters. You may also opt to redirect your discount to the
ACGA as a tax-deductible donation. Compensation will not be available for vendors or poster

Evaluation of Proposals

The ACGA program committee evaluates proposals on five criteria: overall quality, relevance
to community gardening, clarity of focus, degree of potential audience engagement, and
practical applicability. Incomplete applications or applications not adhering to word count
limitations may be rejected. Submissions are due by 1/15/2016. Applicants will be notified by
2/19/2016. Proposals not selected for sessions may be offered the option to present their
work in poster format.

Workshop Themes

Applicants are encouraged to use the following themes or related topics:
Planting the Seeds for Future Gardeners the next generation of gardeners and farmers begins
with you! How do you educate and connect with youth through urban agriculture?
Cultivating Community An urban agriculture project is only as strong as the community that
supports it! Creating community trust and strong partnerships keep a project going. In what
creative ways do you work with your community?
Measuring Success is different for every urban agriculture project. But how do you effectively
measure positive project outcomes? Share your research on the impact and worth of urban
The Whole Picture does your research or urban agriculture project address food, educational,
or health systems? Let us know how your work has influenced these areas either locally or
Policy and Asset Mapping Policy, regulations, and zoning can all influence urban agriculture
projects. How has your urban agriculture project been impacted? How has your organization
or project impacted local policies or regulations?
Garden Basics and Beyond from seed saving to weeds, share your urban agriculture
knowledge! What tips and tricks have you learned while growing your project?
Growing Green whether it’s a market garden, farmers market, or value added products share
what you’ve learned about producing a profit from your urban agricultural project.



Download the Workshop/Panel Submission Form.

Check back soon for all the conference schedule details, including key note speakers, pre-conference theme, and post-conference location!