Registration: open from 9am-3pm

1:30pm-4:30pm  –  A Pre-conference Panel Discussion

Our Changing Foodscape: from Roots to Fruit

The discussion will cover what has changed in the food industry over the past 10 years and how organizations are meeting the needs of those they serve. Topics covered will include nutrition to children through the Cleveland Municipal School District, immigrant populations and accessing culturally appropriate food, delivering services beyond the food pantry, integrating food services for the aging population and more.

A segment of the film that was produced for this year’s conference, Cleveland Growing Strong; A Collection of Food Stories, will get the conversation started, followed by brief panelist presentations and discussion, concluding with Q&A.

4:30-6pm Happy Hour reception

Join us at the Cleveland Public Library-Main Branch

525 Superior Ave, Louis Stokes Wing, 2nd Floor



8-5pm – Registration Open

8:00-9:00am – Breakfast

9:00am-10:00am – Welcome, Keynote Speakers

 Workshops begin


– From Vacant to Vibrant, The Story of PHX Renews

– Creating Wealth in the Form of Jobs in an Urban Environment

11:00am-12:00pm –  

– Building Partnerships for Successful Community Gardens in Culturally Diverse Areas

– Building a Community Garden from the Ground Up


12:00pm- 1:30pm – Lunch, Annual Meeting, Regional Networking


1:30pm-2:30pm –  

– Sustaining a Community Garden through their Lifecycle

–  Composting 101 and Beyond

–  Choosing, Growing, Harvesting and Storing Vegetables for Maximum Nutrition

–  Container and Vertical Garden for Urban Poor

–  Havens for Pollinators: Creating and Enhancing Habitat for the Community Garden

–  A Saturday Morning Gardening School: The Children’s Vegetable Garden Program

–  Full Circle Food Systems


2:30-3:30pm –         

– How do you protect a Community Garden Association?

–  Campus/Community Collaboration to Encourage Gardening Among Youth

– Proximity, Consistency, and Shared Goals: Building a Strong Gardening Community

– Cultivating Community

– Transforming oneself by transforming the Landscape: The World of Prison Horticulture

– All Together Now: Managing the Community Garden in a Co-op Fashion

– Garden Station: Growing Community in Dayton, OH


3:30-4:30pm –      

– Boots to Bees: Saving Heirloom Seeds, Saving Bees and Helping Veterans

– A Team Effort: How a Private-Public Partnership has Secured Gardens in Boston

– Taking Your School/Garden to the Next Level

– Cultivating the Commons: Building Community Trust in the Garden

– Using Green Manure and Secession Cover Crops to Develop Soils in the Community Garden

– Donation Gardens: Reflections on a Broken Food System

– Insects – Kill Them All!


4:30-5:30pm –        

– Growing Urban Policy: How to Help Urban Leaders Think Outside the Box       


–  Brownfield to Community Assets: Best Practices for Reclaiming Brownfield sites for Urban Agriculture & Greening Reuses

– Bringing Food and Agriculture to the Table: Garden-based Curriculum for Middle School Educators

– Building a Network, Growing a Movement: Lessons Learned from the First Year of the Rochester, NY Urban Ag Working Group

– “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”- What Hippocrates and Hospital-based Farms have in Common

– Herbs & Spice and Everything Nice: That’s What Healthy Homes are Made Of

– Asset Mapping For Community Garden Resources

– Food Secure Kids



Registration Open: 8am-3pm

8:00-9:00am – Breakfast

9:00-12:00pm – Garden Tours

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch


1:00-2:00pm –        

– Bionutrient Association Presentation (goes until 3pm)

– Building a Foundation to Steward Community Gardens

– Laying the Groundwork for Farm to School

– Grow Together, Anywhere

– Mercy Garden: Growing Farmers, Food and Job Skills in the Inner City

– Mapping the Local Food Network in Akron, OH

– Waste to Wealth: A Story of Food Waste

– Community and School Gardens in Urban America: Addressing Childhood Obesity through Education



– Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, and Sustainability

– Cultivating Public-Private Partnerships to Strengthen Communities

Teaming with Microbes: Healthy Food without use of Chemicals

– Sustaining a Community Garden – Vision, Community Readiness, and Effective Guidelines

Abundant Community: Cultivating Community through Asset Mapping



– Rooted in Community: Growing a Community Garden

– Cultivating Veterans: Engaging Veterans in Community Gardening

Creating an OASIS in a Food Desert

How a Community Garden Started an Entire Urban Agriculture Revolution in a Rust Belt City

Land Trusts and Community Gardens

– Using Hands On Experiences to Educate Youth About Gardening & Nature


5:00-9:00pm –     

Barnyard Bash    




Registration Open: 8am-noon

8:00-9:00am – Breakfast



 Gardens in Urban Construction: Experiences from the Federal Allotment

– Changing the Community

Sharing Your Story Through the Arts

– A County Wide Community Garden Effort that is Transforming Lives, Improving Health, Economy and Environment



– Cultivating Community in Public Housing

Sowing Seeds of Success

Developing Gardens One Phase at a Time

Building a Stronger Community through the Ypsilanti Farmers Market Place



– Growing Collaborative Partnerships

Growing Successful Families and Community Cohesion

What if Ice Cream Trucks delivered Veggies?


12:00-1:00pm – Closing Keynote Speaker

1:00-2:00pm – Pack up 

2:00-5:00pm – Post-Conference Boat Ride


Workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be presented in the following categories:

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 agriculture.
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 nationally.
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.