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News from the
American Community Gardening Association

January 2011

In This Issue

ACGA Announcements

Help spread the word about the following opportunities!


Deadline for Executive Director applications. For more information visit


Teleconference, "Working Toward a Garden-Friendly City"
For ACGA Members. 
See details in this newsletter


Growing Communities Workshop
Charlottesville, VA.
For more information visit

APRIL 1 & 2

Southwest Regional Conference
Phoenix, AZ:
"Growing Communities - One Garden at a Time."
For more information visit

January Teleconference for ACGA Members

To become an ACGA member,  click here.   

Join Us For:
January Teleconference with Susan Leibrock and Jess Guffey
Monday, January 27, 2011 

Title: Working Toward a Community Garden-Friendly City: Strategies and Lessons Learned.
Description: For over 35 years, Sustainable Food Center has been working to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food in Central Texas. The recent establishment of a Sustainable Food Policy Board in Austin has led to City Council arriving at policy decisions which are positively affecting community gardening in our city, and SFC hopes to share some of the challenges and successes with our counterparts across the country.
About the presenters:
Community Relations Director
Upon graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Susan lived in New York City for seven years, working in both the restaurant industry and marketing.  As she researched supermarket industry trends, she realized that she wanted to help solve the issues caused by the Western Diet. Susan attended French Culinary Institute and read many books on local food systems and sustainable agriculture before returning to Austin in summer ‘07. An avid traveler, Susan has most recently been to Japan, Israel, Turkey and Greece. She enjoys cooking for others whenever possible.
Grow Local Co-Director
Originally from St. Louis, Jess has spent time exploring many different regions of the country, including working on an organic farm in central Washington and managing a community garden in Tucson.  Her great-grandparents emigrated from Italy to southern Illinois, where they started a farm that is still family-owned and serves as a central gathering place for family get-togethers.  Jess has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Brown University, and enjoys spending time cooking, making art projects, and playing ultimate frisbee.


The office is staffed part-time, so it‘s important we have all your information early to make sure you don‘t miss the teleconference. Email the following information to share with other participants by Janary 20, 2011 to Please put the teleconference title you‘re registering for in the subject line.

 -ACGA membership number: (if you‘ve just joined, please call the office and let us know, toll-free - 877-275-2242.)





-Description of your garden/program (25 words or less):

After registration you will receive an email from ACGA with instructions to join the call.  Conference calls typically last 60-90 minutes and involve time for discussion among the guest speaker and audience.

Save the Dates - Upcoming Teleconferences

Save the dates for upcoming ACGA Teleconferences:

February Teleconference with Rasheed Hislop
Title: Community Gardening: A Solution to Childhood Obesity
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Support ACGA This Year

Make it a New Year‘s Resolution: support ACGA this year!

  • Join ACGA or renew your membership
  • Tell a friend about ACGA
  • Invite fellow gardeners to join ACGA
  • Participate in a teleconference or conference
  • Make a donation to support the work of ACGA

Calling All Kids!

Garden innovators of the future! Check out The Volvo Adventure, an educational programme that rewards environmental activities and the decisionmakers of the future, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme. To enter, just form a team of 2 to 5 members aged 13 to 16. Perform an environmental project in your local community and submit the project via our online submission tool before the competition deadline, January 31st, 2011. Here is a great opportunity for teachers as well as garden educators and leaders to get the creative juices of our young gardeners flowing. Brainstorm!

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On the ACGA website

Are you curious about the Growing Communities workshops? Read more on the ACGA Website.

Go to: to read what past participants had to say.

Go to to learn about the upcoming workshops.

Upcoming Events

CLICK THE READ MORE LINK BELOW to read more about these upcoming events:

  • Food Project Winter Institute
    Boston MA
  • TEDxManhattan: "Changing the Way We Eat"
    New York City and via webcast 
    Columbia County, New York
    Springfield, MO.
  • Spring 2011 Permaculture Design Certification Course
    Phoenix, AZ
  • 2011 Come to the Table Conferences: Communities of Faith Relieving Hunger and Supporting Local Farmers
    North Carolina
    Portland, Oregon
    Asheville, NC
  • Connecticut Beginning Women Farmers Whole Farm Planning Course for 2010-2011, Locations in CT
  • Food for Thought: Food System Literacy in Classrooms, Cafeterias and Communities,
    Simsbury, CT
  • Free Conference: Brownfields 2011 Sustainable Communities Start Here,
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Growing Food and Justice,
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Growing Food and Justice Initiative,
    Chicago, IL
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Funds Available for Gardens


New Listing: Letter of Intent Due January 14, 2011. 

Arrow for new listingWallace Center at Winrock International Announces
2011 Request for Applications

 Wallace HUFED Center will fund one-to-two year grants to establish and develop food enterprises bringing more healthy food to underserved communities across the United States

Application Details:

It is our pleasure to announce the 2011 request for applications for the Wallace Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development (HUFED) Center. The Wallace HUFED Center, supported by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, was created to respond to the growing need to reorganize, rethink and transform the way food is grown, sourced, distributed, marketed and consumed in the United States in order to better meet the need of historically underserved communities. Specifically, the HUFED Center will focus on the need to make more healthy and affordable food available in low-income areas; to increase market access for small and mid-sized agricultural producers; and to promote positive economic activities generated by attracting healthy food enterprises into underserved communities.

The Wallace HUFED Center will apply market-based solutions with a business orientation to the problem of food access by providing technical and financial assistance to enterprising and innovative projects that directly address and resolve food access issues. Through grants, technical assistance and other activities, the Wallace HUFED Center will seek to build local capacity to serve food needs inurban and rural low-income, historically excluded and underserved communities.

By way of this announcement, we are launching the 2011 request for applications and are seeking submissions of letters of interests (LOIs), as the first step in the application process. Grants range from one-year grants up to $25,000, or two-year grants up to $60,000. Technical assistance will also be available to selected grantees. We will fund a range of innovative strategies and organizations seeking to increase healthy food access to underserved communities. LOIs should be brief, but carefully thought out concept papers that provide our technical review panel sufficient information.After review, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. LOIs are due Friday, January 14, 2011 and should be submitted through our online submission form

To review or download the full set of Grant Guidelines, which contain instructions for writing and submitting an LOI, further information about the purpose and goals of the Center, and greater detail on grant types, please see You may also contact us via the Wallace HUFED Center Help Line: (703) 531-8810 or via email:


Who May Apply: Public school teachers post classroom project requests and interested individuals sign on as sponsors.
Amount: Sponsor may give any amount to a project.
Deadline: Ongoing



What: Putnam Conservation Institute

Who May Apply: Website lists funding opportunities for groups protecting the distinct character of our communities and inspire a commitment to our special places in Massachusetts and around the country.

Amount: Generally range from $1,000 to $10,000

Deadline: Ongoing  
Contact: To read more, visit or find a list of funders at  

For: National

What: Fruit Tree Planting Foundation‘s Communities Take Root orchard program

Who May Apply: Communities compete in a nation-wide vote to win a complete community orchard.

Amount: The first 125 qualified applicants will be in the running to win a free orchard, including free community workshops on planting, pruning and caring for fruit trees.  Deadline: Application for 2011 is open.   Contact: Visit to apply.

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