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!
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 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.