Workshop Schedule


8:00-9:00am – Breakfast

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

 Workshops begin


– From Vacant to Vibrant, The Story of PHX Renews, Room MC 136

– Creating Wealth in the Form of Jobs in an Urban Environment, Room MC 134

11:00am-12:00pm –  

– Building Partnerships for Successful Community Gardens in Culturally Diverse Areas – Room MC 136

– Building a Community Garden from the Ground Up – Room MC 134


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


1:30pm-2:30pm –  

– Sustaining a Community Garden through their Lifecycle – Room MC 136

–  Composting 101 and Beyond – Room MC 134

–  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? USLI

–  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



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, Room MC 302

– Cultivating Public-Private Partnerships to Strengthen Communities, Room MC 305

Teaming with Microbes: Healthy Food without use of Chemicals, Room MC 306A

– Sustaining a Community Garden – Vision, Community Readiness, and Effective Guidelines, Room MC 307A

Abundant Community: Cultivating Community through Asset Mapping, Room MC 307B



– Rooted in Community: Growing a Community Garden, Room MC 302  

– Cultivating Veterans: Engaging Veterans in Community Gardening, Room MC 303

Creating an OASIS in a Food Desert, Room MC 305

How a Community Garden Started an Entire Urban Agriculture Revolution in a Rust Belt City, Room MC 306A

Land Trusts and Community Gardens, Room MC 306B

– Using Hands On Experiences to Educate Youth About Gardening & Nature, Room MC 307B


5:00-9:00pm –     

Barnyard Bash    




8:00-9:00am – Breakfast



 Gardens in Urban Construction: Experiences from the Federal Allotment, Room SC A

– Changing the Community, Room SC B

Sharing Your Story Through the Arts, Room SC 313

– A County Wide Community Garden Effort that is Transforming Lives, Improving Health, Economy and Environment, Room SC 315



– Cultivating Community in Public Housing, Room SC A

Sowing Seeds of Success, Room SC B

Developing Gardens One Phase at a Time, Room SC 313

Building a Stronger Community through the Ypsilanti Farmers Market Place,  Room SC 315



– Growing Collaborative Partnerships, Room SC A

Growing Successful Families and Community Cohesion, Room SC B

What if Ice Cream Trucks delivered Veggies? Room SC 313


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.