ACGA Annual Conference Atlanta, GA 2018 Tours

Welcome to Georgia!  We are offering seven unique tours to choose from.  Seats are first come – first served.  Tours for the 2018 American Community Gardening Association conference will explore community gardening and urban agriculture in Atlanta and the surrounding areas!

Tours are concurrent on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00AM – 2:00PM.  Meet all of the bus tours at the GICC.  The bike tour starts at the Edgewood-Candler Park MARTA Rail Station.  Lunch will be served as close to noon as we can accommodate.

Please select only one tour when registering.


Tour A: Families Grow (bus tour)

Includes the North Marietta Community Garden, Park Street Elementary School Garden,
Marietta Square Farmers Market, Historic Mableton Community Garden and the Giving
Garden. Traditional style family friendly community gardens and a progressive
school garden in our northwest suburbs.


Tour B: Tour de Resurgens (long bicycle tour, includes bikes and helmets)

Full route is approximately 10 miles, includes bike and helmet.  Take MARTA to start the tour at the Candler Park Station (Blue line, E4).  Stops include the Lake Claire Land Trust, Mulberry Fields Community Garden, Edgewood Learning Garden, Gilliam Park Community
Garden, Historic Oakland Cemetery, and the Grant Park Community Garden before
ending at the King Memorial MARTA Station.  Highlighting conservation,
preservation and repurposing of urban land and includes diverse garden
management approaches.


Tour C: Cultivating Equity (bus tour)

Visit the HABESHA Community Garden at the Dunbar Neighborhood Center, the
Gangsta’s to Growers garden at Four Corners Park, Holy Comforter Garden, the Tapestry Garden, and ending at the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.  Engage the leaders of our urban garden movement!


Tour D: Refuge Hotlanta (bus tour)

Visit the North DeKalb Mall Community Garden, Jolly Avenue Community Garden, Clarkston Community Center Garden, Global Growers Network at Forty Oaks and Columbia Theological Seminary.  Large-tract gardening opportunities provided by the International Rescue Committee, Friends of Refugees, and Global Growers Network.


Tour E: Tour de-Catur (bus tour)

All of these Decatur gardens are in one zip code.  See the Wylde Center’s Oakhurst Garden, Scott Park Community Garden, Decatur Kitchen Garden, Academe of the Oaks Garden, Decatur Square Farmers Market and the Decatur Christian Tower.  Bring your camera, you’ll want to take pictures (and notes)!


Tour F: Farming with an Eye for Conservation (bus tour)

Visit three farms that are highly integrated into the Atlanta local food movement and our ecosystem and one historic farm property hosting a community garden.  First stop is Aluma Farm, part of the Atlanta Belt-Line Project, then to Patchwork City Farm’s beautiful new space and then off to McEachern Farm where Permaculture techniques are utilized and lastly Hyde Farm Park Community Garden. Meet farmers who use conservation practices and participate in NRCS research programs.


Tour G: Aglanta Grows-A-Lot (limited seating bus tour)

Meet the growers piloting the City of Atlanta’s new municipal adopt-a-lot program.  The AgLanta “Grows-A-Lot” program invites entrepreneurs, non-profits and residents to apply for a 5-year renewable license to adopt vacant, city-owned property to start an urban garden or farm in AgLanta.  The Grows-A-Lot tour will visit the Campbellton Garden, the Five Points MARTA Garden, Carver’s Market and the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill where a budding community garden and orchard is forming.