Schedule Overview



Key Note Speakers


Friday Key Note

Gary Oppenheimer of


Aware of the increasing hunger problem in America and, in 2009, after seeing the amount of wasted food in the community garden as well as other gardens around the country, Gary Oppenheimer created – a nationwide non-profit to enable America’s 42 million home gardeners who grow food to be able to easily find a local food pantry eager for their excess garden bounty.






Sunday Key Note

Ann Cooper of the Chef Ann Foundation


Chef Ann Cooper is an internationally recognized author, chef, educator, public speaker, and advocate of healthy food for all children. In a nation where kids are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents due to diet-related disease, Chef Ann has been a constant champion of school food reform as an important avenue through which to improve childhood nutrition.






Join us on August 13th from 1 to 5:30pm before the official conference kicks off for our pre-conference event.  The theme of this year’s pre-conference is the Intersection of Health and Community Gardening.  We will be joined by Dr. Jill Litt of the Colorado School of Health who will be presenting her work on this topic.  The event will also include a screening of the documentary A Garden in Every Neighborhood, round-table discussions and presentations from community leaders working to incorporate the garden/health relationship into their school and medical settings.  The Welcome Dinner will be served shortly after the close of the event.


Interested in seeing more of Colorado?  Join us after the conference for the post-conference tour to Colorado Springs.  We will visit community gardens, school gardens, and a hospital garden.  Lunch provided.