Saturday, February 7, 2009


Thursday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9, 2009

Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

All proposals must be postmarked by March 1, 2009

We prefer submissions by e-mail to

The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a non-profit organization of professionals and volunteers who seek to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.

The ACGA annual conference brings together hundreds of individuals from across the United States, Canada, and abroad, who are engaged in all aspects of gardening and greening. The conference includes hands on workshops, keynote speakers, a film festival, and visits to community gardens, parks, schools, and other green space in the Columbus area.

We want to hear about your work. We are seeking a diverse group of presenters to share a wide range of information about gardening and greening, including:

Community Gardeners


Landscape Designers and


Arborists and Foresters

Open Space Advocates

Organizers and Leaders

Public Employees

Parks and Planning Staff

Teachers and other educators

Community Food Security



Artists and Filmmakers

Horticultural Therapists


Master Gardeners

Panels and Workshops

Session length is 75 minutes long. You may propose shorter or longer sessions. Highest priority will be given to engaging, hands-on, interactive, experiential, panel and team presentations, and participant-inclusive discussions. We discourage the use of “PowerPoint” except to show pictures. A conference registration discount of $100.00 (divided among presenters) per session will be applied to the registration of the presenters. Please specify how you want the $100.00 discount split. You may also opt to donate your discount to the ACGA as a tax-deductible donation to ACGA.

Evaluation of Proposals

The ACGA program committee evaluates proposals on five criteria: overall quality, relevance to community gardening, clarity of focus, degree of potential audience engagement, and practical applicability. Incomplete applications or applications not adhering to word count limitations may be rejected.

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