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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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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