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It’s my pleasure to have San Francisco host our 33rd Annual Conference, “Gardening on the Cutting Edge.” The last time we were in Northern California was our 1983 conference, held nearly thirty years ago in San Jose. Historically one of the strongest supporters of urban agriculture in North America, the Bay Area has a deep tradition of community gardening that goes back to the days of World War II and community-led victory gardens. Today San Francisco has over 50 community gardens, an average of more than one community garden per square mile of land! The majority of these are on City property, with local government lending strongsupport to the growth and main tenance of community gardening. Of course, the greater Bay Area has a rich interest in community gardening as well. The famed People’s Park in Berkeley has included community gardens since the 60’s, and the Edible Garden in Berkeley continues the tradition today. The number of plots in Oakland has exploded over the last decade thanks to tireless efforts by community members to expand community garden opportunities. This dedication to community gardening in the Bay Area is what excited us about hosting our conference inSan Francisco. So join us this August for what will be an amazing conference in San Francisco, to learn about the past 30 years and what the next 30 years hold in the community gardening world. We expect this to be the highest-attended conference to date, with participants from almost every state, several Canadian provinces, and international as well. The Bay Area is welcoming us with open arms to share its bounty, so don’t miss out on the gardening event of the year this summer!

San Francisco

ACGA 2012

ACGA 1777 E. Broad St. Columbus, Ohio 43203

Year Up Bay Area is especially grateful to City College of San Francisco for their continuing collaboration and support of our students in reaching their potential.

Community Gardening on the Cutting Edge

Community Gardening on the Cutting Edge


San Francisco


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Beth Urban Executive Director

Hilton Financial District 750 Kearny Street San Francisco

August 9-12, 2012

Registration is ava ila ble now!
Full $350 registration includes: • • • • • Preconference workshop day Two breakfasts, two lunches Movie Night Silent Auction Celebration City-wide tours, and much more!

The ACGA Conference in San Francisco is a
gathering of hundreds of passionate individuals from across the U.S., Canada, and abroad, who are engaged in all aspects of contemporary gardening and greening. This inspiring conference includes state-of-the-art, hands-on workshops, provocative keynote speaker, cooking classes, networking opportunities and guided visits to cutting-edge urban community gardens in many of the San Francisco’s famous neighborhoods, parks, schools and green spaces.

Visit to register, sign up to volunteer, and learn more about the conference.

Community Gardening on the Cutting Edge will be held at: Hilton Financial District 750 Kearny Street San Francisco, CA 94108
Special room rate of $110 per night plus tax for those who book before July 18th. Call 415-433-6600 to reserve your room or reserve online

Workshop Tracks
Good Bones: Sustainable construction in the garden and open spaces Critical Elements: Effective water and soil practices for 21st century gardens Let it Grow: Saving Seeds, protecting heritage crops, and starting seed banks Think Locally, Link Globally: Cutting-edge food policies that can revitalize people, neighborhoods and the planet Gardens that Make Green, Green Collar Jobs: Garden micro-enterprises, workforce development, and the economic impacts of gardens and open space Let’s Get it Started: Best practices in community organizing and neighborhood greening Needles in the Haystack: Finding and using land creatively to expand green space Bunnies and Bees: The case for small animal production in the city Let’s Play: Gardening for recreation and health, bringing youth into the fold

Community Gardening Tours
• Bike and walk to see the best of the Bay’s city-owned community gardens and green spaces • See how natural outdoor spaces impact the urban landscape • Visit an inmate-operated farm • Youth empowerment through gardening • San Francisco’s cityscape greening efforts • School garden curriculums • Visit growers, producers, and food businesses

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Conference Extras
“Think Outside the Plot” Pre-Conference Workshop Day Silent Auction celebration at SF City Hall Movie Night at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park Community Info Fair and networking opportunities
Cover: Alemany Farm, SF’s largest urban farm.

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