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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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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  

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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