American Community Gardening Association

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Food, Environment, Water

Location: 1777 East Broad St. Columbus OH 43203 USA

Mission: To foster the creation, development, and expansion of community gardens throughout the US and Canada in order to improve people's quality of life through well-developed methods of social interaction, self-reliance, and healthy eating habits while at the same time reducing people's food budgets and neighborhood blight, and, finally, assisting community and economic development efforts by beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with ACGA almost as long as I have been involved with Community Gardening (over ten years). As the Director of a large government run community gardenening program in New York, I have found that ACGA provides great informational resources to my client gardeners as well as for me to use as a professional in advocating for more resources for my program on the local and federal level. My favorite part of ACGA has always been our national conference. Held annually, it is the best place I have ever found to meet exciting and friendly folks from diverse backgrounds who are part of the ever expanding Community gardening and Urban Agriculture movement. This year the conference will be in New York City, August 18th to 21st, and as local host I promise it will be one of the best ever!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally, professionally, and as a resource for my clients

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire a staff!

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Rating: 5 stars  

In my work in Northern Virginia I have been able to utilize the resources of ACGA and their staff to help residents develop community gardening projects. We have started up pilot community gardens in a non-English, Spanish speaking community in Arlington VA, and for an African American community in Alexandria. The materials and resources have been used by Master Gardeners, food bank volunteers, Cooperative Extension staff and urban agriculture proponents to lead residents to better nutrition, knowledge of good water and land stewardship practices, and to greater community viability. It has been a pleasure to work with the board and to share in ACGA's success.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Board members and staff of ACGA helped to put on a Growing Communities workshop in Northern Virginia that was attended by people from 5 states including Texas and Georgia and the District of Columbia. It was a great success and I am looking forward to following up with participants to see how they have utilized the training.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to funnel great amounts of money to them so that they can expand their work into more outreach efforts across all of North America.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I started out as a potential client seeking information. We were looking for information to help our community start a community garden program and was directed to the American Community Gardening Associations website. There I found "simple steps to start a community garden". That information has become the backbone of our community gardening program in DeKalb County. Since, I have become a member, attended several conferences, trainings and no serve on the Board where I seek to further the purpose of ACGA which is an outstanding community garden.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes,

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help to expand its awareness and impact.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Bobby Wilson, an Extension Agent

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Helping to sustain community gardens.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Educating and advocating the establishment and sustainability of community gardens.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I'm on the ACGA's listserv, and read the great ideas that the members post for each other. Our community garden will open in September, and one of our first official actions will be to join ACGA. I find the sharing of the members so helpful. If someone else hasn't already solved a problem, ideas will be posted for people to try. These ideas are bearing fruit all over the country, and I'm so glad one of my friends recommended this group to me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reading how postings have helped those who pose community garden questions

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

can't think of any changes

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

from someone who was already a member and contributo to the listserv

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've helped to start community gardens at my church (half English speakers, half people learning English) and in my neighborhood (growing food in public spaces that anyone may harvest). I'm a great internet researcher so feel confident in saying that the American Community Gardening Association list serve is an exceptional source of information, resources, problem solving, and more.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The American Community Gardening Association list serve is an exceptional source of information, resources, problem solving, and more. We used list members' reports on sheet mulching to build a fertile raised bed garden with very little money. The garden helped low-income refugees and also built relationships among refugees and church members.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them free publicity so even more people could benefit from their work.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The ACGA has provided numerous resources for my professional career in Extension at the University of Missouri. The depth and breadth of the organization's experience has assisted me greatly as I have provide advice on how to start and sustain community gardens to community members and other Extension professionals. I also believe that the ACGA embodies the spirit of community gardening and promotes the activity as a means for people to be directly engaged in improving their lives and finding meaning through gardening in community. Their Growing Communities curriculum is especially helpful and is full of tools to engage and include people in gardening. I have attended conferences sponsored by the ACGA and have met and learned from committed individuals from the US and Canada.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Annual conferences, the listserv, publications, topical conference calls, contacts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to help them add staff.

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Rating: 5 stars  

ACGA is as "selfless" as a non-profit can be - always keeping in mind its mission and the folks who benefit from it. As a member, I can access a wealth of information on food gardening in a variety of ways. (Non-members can as well.) I like to refer to community gardens as "sustainability made visible," and ACGA helps sustain the sustainable across the board.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the great networking that goes on at their conferences.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...get it more funding!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The ACGA provides a wonderful variety of services for people who manage or want to learn more about community gardens. They sponsor conferences that provide a great opportunity for community garden folk to network and learn from each other and from experts in the "field". Their list serve offers a wonderful exchange of information about community gardening, school gardens and general gardenening resources.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending ACGA conferences and participating in the list serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make the list serve - which comes in the forms of e-mails - less cluttered with the same information statements being repeated again and again when there is a string of responses.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Since the day I joined I was given specific information on setting up and running community gardens from members on their email forum. The members are supportive, intelligent and helpful.

They also offer free seeds upon joining, a free subscription to their magazine and an annual conference that looks like it will be amazing.

Great organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Applying the information I learn daily from members to build a school garden.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything I would change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As creating community gardens as become the rage, this organization offers over 30 years of experience in starting and SUSTAINING community gardens. Check out the material on their
website!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting ideas from others and learning community organizing and leadership development training

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have it have a larger staff; regional groups; and more influence in Washington DC.

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