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President's message

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Remember to put joining an ACGA committee on your Holiday to-do list. Check out our Volunteer page to find out how you can make a difference. And, if you aren't yet a member, it's time to join. We are stronger and do more good when we grow together. Visit Membership, and join ACGA today! Best of luck to everyone as you work on your fall gardening and organizing tasks.

Cathy Walker, ACGA President


ACGA's November 2023 newsletter is available here 

In this issue: Winner of the 2023 "Best Community Garden" contest - A virtual celebration of our Houston Conference - Community garden tips for fall - and much much more. Check it out!

ACGA invites you to
join our Board of Directors

ACGA is an all volunteer organization, meaning that we rely 100% on YOU our members to help advance the cause of community gardening across North America. We invite all ACGA members with interest and willingness to work hard to run for our Board of Directors in 2024. The election will be held this coming winter. Candidates must be paid members of ACGA; you may nominate yourself or someone else. Directors serve a term of three years. This is a wonderful opportunity to support community gardening and work with a terrific group of people.

Download an application form here


Questions? Please contact Charlie Monroe and Lara Fahnestock of our Nominating Committee via Please include “Board application” in the subject line. The updated deadline for applications is Saturday, December 2, 2023.

Host the community garden conference in 2024

The American Community Gardening Association invites communities and organizations with strong community gardening programs to apply to host our annual conference in 2024. This unique gathering brings together community gardening organizations, sponsors, organizers, and gardeners from literally around the world. Conferences feature speakers, workshops, garden tours, networking opportunities, and fun. To access the RFP application form, please contact Fred Conrad and Lara Fahnestock at Be sure to include “Conference host” in the subject line. Deadline for submitting an email of interest is Friday, December 1, 2023.


Since the 1980s, ACGA’s magazine has been the voice of the community gardening movement. We invite you to contribute community gardening stories and perspectives to our 2024 issue of ACGA’s Community Gardening magazine. Our 2024 theme is Land Access: How does your garden or program find places to garden and how do you sustain them? No matter if you grow in a tiny curbside pocket plot,  or on school or church grounds, or on public land in a park, or in a large urban farm, or somewhere else, we want to hear your story. We are looking for articles of 500-1000 words, with two or three high-quality photos.

To learn more, please contact our co-editors Terri Carter and Rob Bennaton via Include “Magazine 2024” in the subject line. A short one-sentence description of your basic story idea is all we need at this time. Deadline for inquiries is Friday, December 1, 2023. To see examples of past issues, please visit

CALL FOR ARTICLES:   ACGA's Community Gardening magazine

2024 theme: Land access for community gardens

Community gardening questions?

Send a note to

ACGA is a great place to ask questions and share perspectives about all aspects of community gardening. You can ask us directly via our contact form, buy copies of our annual magazine addressing different community garden topics at our Shop, or visit our Resources page for links and references.  Last but not least, you can post your garden or find a garden using our interactive garden map.

Photocredit: Marilú Lopez-Fretts. Photos from ACGA's Houston conference September, 2023

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