Join us at the Growing Communities Conference of the American Community Gardening Association
Friday, September 26 – Saturday, September 27, 2014
San Diego Community Garden Network, The San Diego Peace Garden & Peace Center, andThe San Diego Master Gardener Association
Conference Location: San Diego Peace Garden, 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105
Making a successful community garden requires building physical infrastructure (such as raised beds, water systems, & compost bins), but it also requires building the human infrastructure– the community that will keep the garden growing for years to come. For decades, the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) has been facilitating training on how to develop the “community” within a community garden, and now facilitators will be coming to San Diego to offer this in-depth, 2-day training. Through this event, we hope to broaden the community-building skills of new and experienced garden leaders and strengthen the emerging community garden scene in San Diego County to further enrich our neighborhoods, increase food security, and foster environmental stewardship.
We seek to gather a diverse group of community gardeners (including people looking to start a community garden) in order to learn from each other as facilitators from the ACGA lead our 2-day discussion on September 26-27. The 2-day Conference will be $100, and for those with limited incomes, we will be offering reduced pricing and scholarships to qualified applicants. Due to the limited size of the conference we urge you to register early to secure a spot.
On Saturday evening we will host a dinner and community garden roundtable “Getting to Know Our Community Gardens” that will be open to attendees and other registered guests. It will be held at 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA 92105 (in the Church Sanctuary), starting at 5:30pm. We will be accepting donations for the dinner, via PayPal on SDCGN.org OR by cash/check at the event. Register here to reserve your place at the panel and candlelit dinner.
We are accepting sponsorships for Conference attendees and fresh food donations to make the Conference a success.
For more information contact us at TheNetwork@sdcgn.org.
SDCGN Mission Statement
“Our mission is to help create, support and grow community gardens that enrich their neighborhoods by enhancing food security, promoting a sustainable environment and fostering community based educational opportunities and community building.
We focus on developing long-term partnerships to create community gardens that meet these goals through service-learning projects, workforce capacity building, and through intergenerational and multicultural outreach.”
San Diego County Community Gardens to register your community garden with the Network or to update an existing map entry, click here:
To view map in full screen, click here.
Tell us about your garden so that we can connect with community gardeners across the county to . . .
- Identify where community gardens currently exist
- Gain better information on when the garden is open to the public, size, eligibility requirements, plot availability, unique qualities, needs and resources.
- Make community garden information available through a community garden map and contact list (we’ll ask permission to publish information before posting it on the web).
- Connect local residents with community gardens that need of resources, provide educational opportunities, or have plots available.
If you are involved with a community garden or garden that is routinely open to the public, please complete the following survey: