ACGA Annual Conference Hartford, CT 2017 Tours

1. Worcester’s Community Gardens – A Diversity of Approaches, Benefits and Communities Involved

Worcester, Massachusetts

The Regional Environmental Council (a food justice organization in Worcester since 1971) will lead a tour to show examples of the many different styles and benefits community gardens in Worcester. We will enjoy both a walking and driving tour and explore neighborhood, youth, senior, income generation and carbon sequestration demonstration gardens.


2. Community–Based Gardening and Greening since 1857 – by Bicycle

Hartford, Connecticut

KNOX, Inc is offering a 20-mile tour of nearly flat Hartford featuring reclaimed river front, oldest municipally funded U.S. park, 45-year-old community gardens, gold leaf factory and grounds being re-developed for urban agriculture, headquarters of one of the oldest U.S. community greening organizations, and pizza lunch cooked in a wood-fired community garden cob oven.


3. Community–Based Gardening and Greening since 1857 – by Bus

Hartford, Connecticut

KNOX, Inc is offering a tour of nearly flat Hartford featuring reclaimed river front, oldest municipally funded U.S. park and a variety of community gardens.  Visit six gardens that showcase the ethnic and growing style diversity of Hartford.


4. Gardens in the Park City: Lessons in Resilience

Bridgeport, Connecticut

The goal of the Green Village Initiative’s tour is to provide a comprehensive perspective of school and community gardening in a heavily populated, post-industrial, and culturally diverse urban area.   Tour visitors will walk our path from a community-run volunteer organization to the future vision of helping Bridgeport keep its self-reliant, resilient nearly 40 gardening spaces. Exciting highlights will include: GVI’s operations, a tour of Bridgeport’s first urban farm, and a closer look at the ethnically diverse crops that represent our gardening community.


5. The Urban Agriculture Spectrum

Holyoke and Springfied, Massachusetts

Founded by migrating Puero Ricans, Nuestras Raices has promoted agi-culture in Holyoke since 1992.  Today the organization has has a network of 12 community gardens and a 30 acre inner city farm that focuses on food systems, economic development and agriculture.  The tour will both visit and provide an hour of service to the farm.  Then onto Springfield to visit Wellspring Harvest, a coop business operating a hydroponic greenhouse, growing greens for the school system, hospitals, and grocery chain.  The tour will include a “how to create a personal hydroponic system.”  Finally the Tour will visit with the youth running Gardening the Community’s sites, learning about their CSA, farmstand, and other efforts to improve neighborhood food access.


6. Coastal Gardenings: Gardens for All Ages

New London, CT

Tour hosts, FRESH New London and Eastern Connecticut Community Gardening Association will treat us to full spectrum of urban agriculture.  A community garden developed to help save a naval base.  The youth led FRESH [Food: Resources, Education, Security, Health] New London, working since 2004, to transform the food system, and more.


7. The Spectrum of New Haven

New Haven, CT

The tour will feature community gardens, school gardens, and an urban farm.

Hosts: the New Haven Land Trust manages over 40 gardens; Common Ground is an environmental charter school, farm, and summer camp; New Haven Farms runs multiple community gardens and farms to improve New Haven food security; Peels and Wheels Composting, an innovative urban kitchen compost collection and production program.


8. Exploring and Learning from Colchester’s Vibrant Agricultural Community

Colchester, CT

Description coming soon!


Tickets will be available for purchase separately from conference registration for those that only want to attend the Tours.