Encouraging community gardening and greening is at the core of ACGA’s mission. We advocate at all levels of government and society to help community gardens flourish across North America. Below you will find information about the various ways that ACGA actively works on issues of advocacy, and the various local initiatives that we are following across the continent.
The ACGA Advocacy Committee
The ACGA Advocacy Committee is open to all members. The committee keeps up with current national and local community garden and urban agriculture policy issues, and recommends action for ACGA and its members. To join the committee contact committee chair Justin Garrett Moore.
Community Gardens face impermanence due to a variety of factors such as the length of your lease, your city’s interests in the land for alternative uses, etc. Vigilance is required to keep a community garden permanent. Refer to the two documents below for help in understanding how to keep your garden safe.
As an added benefit of membership in ACGA, you may also receive a letter of support from us that you may use in persuading your local community to protect your interests. See “Take Action” for further information.)
Community Garden Local Legal Initiatives
Below are links to resolutions, draft legislation, zoning, and city plan language from a number of cities in the United States and Canada.
5-year strategic plan for expansion of community gardens
Community garden zoning
- Portland, OR
Diggable City Plan
Some other information from British Columbia municipalities – a very progressive place.
- Community Food Security Coalition’s Federal Policy Advocacy Handbook
- Comprehensive Plans, Zoning Regulations, Open Space Policies & Goals Concerning Community Gardens & Open Green Space from Cities of Seattle, Berkeley, Boston, & Chicago, Lenny Librizzi, Council on the Environment of NYC
- Municipal Research & Services Center of Washington community garden resources
- Drake University
State food policy council resources