ACGA’s unique annual conferences bring together community gardening leaders from around the world to learn best practices, share great ideas, and celebrate with gardening friends old and new. This in-person conference is open only to those vaccinated against COVID 19. Click on our workshop descriptions to see what's in store.
If you work with community gardens, sponsor gardens, want to start a garden, or simply love working with your neighbors in your own community garden, this gathering is for you! Conference registration is just $205 for ACGA members. To register, and to find out more (including about our Saturday garden tours) visit our registration page.
ACGA conferences offer a chance to meet and share ideas with other gardeners and garden organizations. Relationships and collaborations that started decades ago through ACGA are still strong and productive.
Maybe the most valuable things aren't the “best practices” workships or cool new ideas (though these are great,) but simply sharing perspectives in honest conversations with people involved in the same struggles at the grassroots level.
Visiting gardens in another city, you are sure to pick up worthwhile ideas for everything from working with volunteers to making better compost.
Conferences are also a good way to learn about what's out there in terms of support and funding, including grants, in a way that's almost impossible on the Internet. At the same time, discussions and networking help us as garden leaders to move beyond a fundraising-centered mindset and back to focus on mission, and on mobilizing local support and assets that are more deeply rooted and sustainable than grants and donations.
Hampton and surrounding communities host thriving community gardens, and boast a long list of historic and outdoor attractions (did I mention the beach?) Hampton is easy to reach by road, on the scenic coast about 3 hours south of Washington, DC, and 3 hours north of Raleigh, NC. Major airports in Norfolk and Newport News offer a convenient travel option.
For registered conference goers, accommodations are available at a special discounted rate at the conference host site, Hilton’s The Landing at Hampton Marina (call for rates.)
Join us and your fellow community gardeners in Hampton!
For more information, contact Conference Chair, Wendy Iles, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2021 theme is “Gardening In Challenging Times.” Workshops will cover eco-friendly food growing and eating; managing successful and sustainable gardens; fundraising; and community-building, as well as share stories of how gardens made a difference during the pandemic and earlier times of crisis.
Our host city, Hampton Virginia, is an interesting ocean-front town, and beautiful during the fall. Our conference runs September 23 - 26, Thursday through Sunday. The host hotel is offering a special discount. Click on our register and accommodations buttons, and visit our 'Just the facts' page for more details.