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2011 Board of Directors

Executive Committee:
Bobby L. Wilson, President
Bill Maynard, Vice President
Christine Pardee, Secretary
Betsy Johnson, Treasurer

Kirsten Conrad Buhls
Kristin Faurest
Maree Gaetani
Rasheed Hislop
LaManda Joy
Karen Landry
Susan Leibrock
Zazel Loven
Chris Lowe
Monika McCurdy
Charlie Monroe
Christine Pardee
Edie Stone
Cathy Walker
Sandra Zuniga

News from the
American Community Gardening Association

July 2011

In This Issue

A Message from Beth Urban: Invitation to the August Conference

Greetings to all ACGA members:

Photo of one of the garden tour sitesCommunity Gardening Works!  It’s a thought that we all share, which is why you will want to make plans to join your fellow ACGA members on August 18 to 21 in New York City for the ACGA annual conference. The conference features keynote speakers: Mary Northridge and Erika Svendsen, as well as workshops, garden tours, networking events, film festival and silent auction, and a garden bookshop.  The registration fee includes a membership to ACGA (which I am sure we all can agree is priceless!). The first 200 registrants receive a free copy of the book Restorative Commons: Creating Health and Well-being through Urban Landscapes, edited by Lindsay Campbell and Anne Wiesen.

Please help the ACGA by bringing items for our Silent Auction event with you. (See article below).  Check out our website to get all of the details about the conference.  Go to http://communitygarden.org and click on the link for the Annual Conference. 

I look forward to seeing you there!

Beth

July Experts Panel Conference Call for ACGA Members

The ACGA teleconferences are now named "Experts Panel Conference Calls"
These conference calls, which are open to all ACGA members,
are about one hour long, and offer a
very easy, comfortable, enjoyable and informative opportunity to connect with other ACGA members.
 
To become an ACGA member,  click here.   
 Join us for
the July Experts Panel Conference Call

Why should I come to the
2011 ACGA conference in New York?


With Edie Stone

Director, GreenThumb Program,

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Thursday, July 14, 2011
4:00pm Eastern
3:00pm Central
2:00pm Mountain
1:00pm Pacific

Join us as we get a preview for our 32nd Annual Conference in New York City.  “Community Gardening Works!” will be held August 18-21st at Columbia University with tours on Saturday throughout New York City. 

Edie Stone is the Director of GreenThumb, the largest community garden organization in the nation.  GreenThumb provides programming and material support to over 500 community gardens in New York City.  Additionally, Edie is an ACGA Board Member and has been actively involved with the growing community garden movement since 1992.  

TO REGISTER FOR FOR THE CONFERENCE CALL:

The office is currently staffed part-time, so it‘s important we have all your information early to make sure you don‘t miss the conference call. Email the following information to share with other participants at least one week before the date to info@communitygarden.org. Please put the conference call 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.)

-Name:

-Organization:

-City:

-Email:

-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.

2011 Annual Conference - Register Now!

ACGA Annual Conference:
Community Gardening Works!

 

Spread the word! 

Encourage local community gardeners to attend the ACGA Annual Conference. 

August 18-21, 2011 in New York City.  

What: The American Community Gardening Association‘s 32nd Annual Conference,
"Community Gardening Works!"
When: August 18-21, 2011
Where: Columbia University in New York City, NY.

DON‘T FORGET TO REGISTER BY JULY 15 TO SAVE $50!!

Registration: https://secure.lenos.com/lenos/acga/ACGAConference2011/registration.asp

For more information: https://secure.lenos.com/lenos/acga/ACGAConference2011/home.htm

2011 Conference Logo

 

Going, Going.....Gone!...to the ACGA Conference Silent Auction

While it may be silent, there is a great deal of enthusiasm for the ACGA Conference Silent Auction. Here is an opportunity for each and every member to make this fundraiser a success.

If you are creative, bring something that you have made, or bring a book, a piece of pottery, a garden tool, a gardening apron - any item you think your fellow gardeners would like to have.

As long as it fits in your suitcase and gets through security - we welcome all donations.

If you plan in advance, please me know what you will donate to the auction, please, at zazelloven@yahoo.com. Or just bring the item with you.

So put on your creative thinking cap, and thank you all for helping to make the Silent Auction a successful crowd-pleaser.

Growing Communities: Save the Date

Growing Communities Workshops

The next workshops will be September 15-17, 2011, Broward County, FL

For more information on these and other upcoming Growing Communities workshops, visit http://communitygarden.org/ 

Spotlight on Community: The Harlem Success Garden

This month‘s spotlight is on the Harlem Success Garden with an interview with Hans Bernier. Each month, we are highlighting a different community garden, focusing on how community gardening builds community. If you are interested in having your community garden spotlighted you may email web@communitygarden.org.

Harlem Success Garden Harlem Success Garden  
Q1.)  What is The Harlem Success Garden?

This garden opened in 1991 on 134th Street between Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X Boulevards. Activities included the study of gardens, mapping projects, weed collection identification, mounting studies, story-telling workshops and community picnics. Dedicated local residents tended an extensive selection of fruits and vegetables including cherry, apple, and pear trees. They grew greens, watermelon, squash, and variety of herbs in addition to keeping this garden, which became a park in 1997, clean for learning and relaxation.  Unfortunately the space was not maintained and eventually the garden spaces and programming were lost.

Harlem Success GardenThat is until this year, when the abandoned space became the inspiration for Harlem Grown. A non-profit organization whose mission is to increase to create increased green space access to traditionally under-served communities. Under the guidance of the its founder Tony Hillery the restoration process began in October 2010. Harlem Grown in collaboration with P.S. 175, which is located directly across the street from the garden, has been able to get children planting again culminating in a re-opening ceremony which took place on June 8th 2011.
 
Q2.) How do people in the community participate in the garden? 

Harlem Success GardenSince October we have held several volunteer days where teams have helped remove debris, build raised beds and started the planting process. In addition students and staff from P.S. 175 regularly participate in activities during the school year. We will continue to work this summer with The Mission Society who will be running full day programming throughout the summer out of the P.S. 175 campus to ensure that the children and community stay connected between now and the start of the school year.

Q3.) How is the NYC Parks Department involved in the garden? 

We have worked closely with Green Thumb to procure the needed paperwork to re-register the space. In addition their workshops have provided resources like compost, soil, lumber for raised beds and fire hydrant conversion materials. The Parks Department has also assisted in the maintenance providing a wood chipping team on three separate occasions to help with disposal.
 
Q4.) How long have you personally been gardening in New York?  How did you get involved with community gardening?

For Tony and I this is our first gardening experience. We have hired an experienced carpenter and farmer to help in the process but we really became involved through the school. Tony worked as a volunteer at P.S. 175 and kept looking at this abandoned garden and saw the potential. We are friends and he knew I had a background in non-profit administration, so he presented the concept and I was all in and it sparked from there.

Harlem Success GardenQ5.) This August, ACGA‘s annual national conference will be held in New York City.  Conference attenders will take tours of community gardens around the city.  In your opinion, what are some of the things that people will enjoy seeing and learning about community gardening in New York City?

The great thing about community gardening is that anyone can do it. We obviously need professionals to guide but these gardens are open doors for all to enjoy. People can also participate on varying levels, just having the a green space in the middle of crowded block changes the way a community feels.
 
Q6.) Where can people find more information about the Harlem Success Garden?

We are still working on our official web page but in the meantime you can check us out on CrowdRise at http://www.crowdrise.com/harlemgrown.  You can view more photos on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/harlemgrown/

ACGA Highlighted in Martha Stewart Magazine

ACGA was highlighted in a recent article in Martha Stewart magazine.  The article, which features a potluck gathering at the Bodine Street Community Garden in Philadelphia, recommends ACGA as the "first stop" for people who want to join or start a community garden!  The article appears on marthastewart.com, at: http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/community-garden-potluck-party

Article on marthastewart.com
Read the article on marthastewart.com:
http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/community-garden-potluck-party

Nourishing North Carolina: One Garden at a Time

North Carolina BCBS Garden Project BCBSNC Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Kathy Higgins, examines different vegetables with Winterfield elementary students.

North Carolina BCBS Garden Project BCBSNC president and CEO, Brad Wilson, puts his green thumb to use during the Nourishing NC kick off in Charlotte.

North Carolina BCBS Garden Project BCBSNC president and CEO, Brad Wilson, and BCBSNC VP of Corporate Affairs, Kathy Higgins, dig in with local students at the Nourishing North Carolina kickoff on June 7.

North Carolina BCBS Garden Project Brad Wilson and Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners chair, Jennifer Roberts, take a tour of the Winterfield/Sheffield Community Garden with local elementary students.

 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and the North Carolina Recreation & Parks Department (NCRPA) partnered together to launch an initiative titled Nourishing North Carolina. Nourishing North Carolina is a statewide community gardening program making local, healthy food more accessible to communities across the state.  The program will provide resources to create or enhance existing community gardens in North Carolina’s 100 counties within the next three years.

Many North Carolinians have limited access to fresh produce in their community and it’s much easier and cheaper to access high-fat, high-calorie food from fast-food restaurants than to find a fresh apple. “The obesity rate among our children in North Carolina is alarming.  And, more than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese,” said Mack McLeod, NCRPA president.  “Nourishing North Carolina gives us an opportunity to address unhealthy eating trends head on by getting healthy foods into our communities and into the hands of our citizens.  All North Carolinians should have access to a local source of healthy foods.”  

One way to help reverse these unhealthy trends and increase access to healthy food is by creating more community gardens.  “The long-term benefit of this effort will extend well beyond the growing season,” said Brad Wilson, BCBSNC president and CEO.  “By increasing access to healthy foods, we can all eat better, lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, and ultimately reduce the impact that unhealthy lifestyles have on our healthcare system.”  Over the next three years, the Nourishing North Carolina initiative is expected to provide 190,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, enhance the nutritional value of at least 150,000 meals, and direct 10 tons of produce to shelter and rescue organizations.

Nourishing North Carolina began accepting 2011 applications in April through parks and recreation departments, health departments, cooperative extensions and master gardeners across the state.  Applications were reviewed by the program committee, comprised of master gardeners and representatives from organizations including the North Carolina Community Gardener Partners, NCRPA, and BCBSNC.  Applications for 2012 funding will be available spring 2012.

Nourishing North Carolina was launched Tuesday, June 7th in Charlotte, NC at the Winterfield/Sheffield Community Garden. This garden is a great example of a partnership between the community, Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, the parks and recreation department, and the health department, and serves as a model for Nourishing NC. Residents in the selected community volunteer to participate in upkeep of the gardens, and about 25 Sheffield residents and 80 Winterfield elementary students tend this garden weekly.

Community gardens not only provide fresh produce, but they also provide venues for physical activity and education, opportunities for community development, and protected green space. Nourishing North Carolina will help build a healthier, stronger North Carolina because healthy foods build stronger communities.

Research Study finds community gardeners eat more fruit and veggies than home gardeners

Overall, community gardeners eat more fruit and vegetables than home gardeners and people who do not garden, reports a new Denver-based study from the American Journal of Public Health.  Since 2004, Denver Urban Gardens and the Colorado School of Public Health have worked together through the Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities community-based research initiative to explore how gardens, as neighborhood places, support healthy living.  To view read more about Dr. Litt‘s most recent publication, go to http://www.apha.org/about/news/ajphreleases/2011/aug2011ajphnewsrelease.htm.

Screenshot linking to videoAdditionally, in "A Garden in Every Neighborhood," a video describing the research, community gardeners tell their stories about the positive impacts that community gardens have had on their lives and in their communities.

View the video: http://vimeo.com/21818738

To learn more, please visit the website of Denver Urban Gardens at http://dug.org

 

Featured Event: Will Allen to Visit Columbus, Ohio

Growing Power Founder Will Allen
to Visit Columbus, Ohio July 15-17, 2011

 

Celebrated urban food garden pioneer Will Allen, chosen as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010, will share his urban agriculture expertise with Columbus during two public workshops and a keynote speech.

Allen is a national advocate for sustainable, localized food systems. He founded Growing Power, a Milwaukee urban farm and training center, to encourage low-income, urban residents who often don’t have access to fresh food to grow their own, in gardens built from inexpensive materials. Allen gained national acclaim in 2008, when he was awarded a prestigious “genius” grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Allen is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, founded by former President Bill Clinton to address the world’s most pressing problems, including sustainability and health.

“If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community,” Allen said. “I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system.”

Allen will speak about urban agriculture during a keynote address at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2011 at Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203. Columbus residents will get a chance to meet Allen prior to the keynote, at a meet-and-greet session at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35, or $40 at the door. Meet-and-greet reception are $50, and will include the keynote. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/174498.

In addition to the keynote address, Allen will also share his expertise during two hands-on training seminars from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 16th and 17th at his latest ROTC , the Stiletto Gardener at 6147 Olde Orchard Drive, Columbus, Ohio. Allen will lead workshops on hoop house building, composting, aquaponics, vermiculture, and microgreen production. Tickets for these seminars are $170 per person, including lunch and a free pass to the keynote address, and can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/174498.

Upcoming Events

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

Chicago, IL * Durham, NC * Albany, NY * Ghent, NY * Milwaukee, WI * Eugene, OR * Philadelphia, PA * Port Townsend, WA * Santa Cruz, CA * Hayward, CA * * Yakima Valley, WA * Walnut Creek, CA * San Antonio, TX * New York, NY

ACGA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

What: The American Community Gardening Association‘s 32nd Annual Conference,
"Community Gardening Works!"
When: August 18-21, 2011
Where: Columbia University in New York City, NY.

Registration: https://secure.lenos.com/lenos/acga/ACGAConference2011/registration.asp

For more information: https://secure.lenos.com/lenos/acga/ACGAConference2011/home.htm


JULY EVENTS

July 9

Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture

New York City

Learn about multiple approaches to growing food on rooftops through design and maintenance principles, and case studies drawn from across North America.

For more info or to register please go to:  http://www.cvent.com/d/vdqhyj

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July 15 (Hayward)

July 30-21 (Walnut Creek)

Earn a Living as a Farmer

Hayward, CA

Earn a good living as a neighborhood farmer is a nine-week course presented by SCUFI program and ACGAN. A team of commercial and urban farmers will show how to start and run a multi-plot sub-acre farm business that earns full or part-time income.

Information and registration: http://achscufiorientationclass.eventbrite.com  or  http://www.scufiwalnutcreek.eventbrite.com
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July 15-16

Teach Out! With the Community Alliance for Social Justice!

Yakima Valley, WA

The overnight Teach-Out will be hosted by CAGJ member and farmer Jerry Beardsley who recently organized a Growers Cooperative, RicOrganics. Connect with farmers and community organizers, learn about CAFO‘s, water issues in Eastern WA and issues facing immigrant farm-workers. Help out with harvest for the markets on Friday evening and Saturday morning. 

Email: fjp@seattleglobaljustice.org



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 Sunday all-day workshops - July 17, Sept 18

Nutrient Dense Farming Workshops
Ghent, NY

Sunday all-day workshops at Hawthorne Valley Farm, The Learning Center, Ghent, NY.  Learn about systemic solutions toward building vitality in our soils, crops, bodies.  Solutions as using minerals, biological inoculants, foliar sprays and nutrient drenches.  As well as soil conductivity, brix, cover cropping, and adding composts and manure.  Get comprehensive soil test analysis and consultations.

INFO: Louise Johnson, 518 234-1942 or maherjohnson@gmail.com  
REGISTRATION:  http://realfoodcampaign.org   and   doug@realfoodcampaign.org  
SEVEN OTHER SITES:   See our website for other workshop locations in NY, MA, CT, VT.

http://realfoodcampaign.org

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July 9-24, 2011

Sustainability and Permaculture Design Certificate

Eugene, OR

Permaculture is a sustainable design system inherently rooted in nature, applicable virtually everywhere: gardens, homes, businesses, communities, and relationships.

Information at: http://www.commoncircle.com/

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July 10-22, 2011

12th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse 

Santa Cruz, CA

Agroecology and the Transformation of Food Systems: The California Model

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the transformation of food systems to the agroecological model from field to table, utilizing California food systems as a working case study of challenges and successes. California is a place where most investment in agriculture has centered on increased production as the main priority, and where local food systems, urban access to healthy food, and labor, water, and poverty issues are often considered to be secondary. At the same time, the state is also home to an incredibly diverse and vibrant sustainable food movement, full of people seeking to change how food is produced and consumed. The course will bring together the various components of the California food system to mobilize its transformation to an inclusive system that addresses multiple needs and goals. We will also learn from similar models of change from around the world. 

View the Shortcourse Flyer at http://www.agroecology.org/Shortcourse.html

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 July 27-31, 2011

Youth Empowerment Summit

Philadelphia, PA  

The Rooted in Community summit will amplify the voice of youth through trainings in advocacy, organizing, and creative activism. Participants will design campaigns for policy change, movement building, and shifting the national food culture.

Read more at: http://www.rootedincommunity.org/news/Rooted+In+Community++2011+Summer+Conference+Announced%2521+July+27-31st+2011+Philadelphia%252C+PA

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July 30 through September

Sustainability in Motion Bicycle Expedition

Eugene, OR

Cycle to organic farms, in Oregon, Hawaii, and California.

Information: http://www.commoncircle.com/sustainability-in-motion

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SEPTEMBER EVENTS

September 7- 11, 2011

Growing Food and Justice For All Initiative
Milwaukee, WI

The vision for this initiative is to establish a powerful network of individuals, organizations and community based entities all working toward a food secure and just world.

For information go to: https://www.growingfoodandjustice.org/Home_page.html

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September 12-13

Farm and Food Leadership Conference

San Antonio, TX

Speakers on critical issues facing food and agriculture in Texas and beyond will be at this gathering of activists, farmers & ranchers, consumers, and nonprofits who care about the state of our food and food choices.  Learn about the latest developments in agriculture and food, and get the tools you need to help make a difference!

Information: http://farmandranchfreedom.org/conference-2011 

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September 15-18

Northwest Earth Institute Sustainable Food Conference

Port Townsend, WA

Entitled ‘If Not Me, Then Who? Building Healthy Communities and Local Food Systems One Conversation at a Time‘, this year‘s event includes workshops on sustainable food, edible landscaping, community organizing, networking and community building, along with hiking and yoga. With Keynote Speaker: Will Allen.

For details, go to http://www.nwei.org 

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October 12-16, 2011

Growing Food and Justice Initiative
Chicago, IL

GFJI Gathering Theme:  Relationship between Earth and Communities 

Pre- Gathering: Intensive Leadership Facilitator Training

For information go to: https://www.growingfoodandjustice.org/Home_page.html

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November 11-12, 2011

It Takes a Region - 2011 A Conference to Build Our Northeast Food System 

Albany, NY

Work groups will address distribution logistics, research, messaging, access & nutrition, and policy advocacy (how do we influence the 2012 Farm Bill?). We will welcome new participants -- especially emerging food system leaders and community activists. Issues to be addressed include food system worker equity and growing biomass versus food. Explore scale, size, geography and cross-sector partnerships.  

Visit http://www.ittakesaregion.org 

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November 11-13, 2011

Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Durham, NC

Workshops, speakers, local food banquets, networking and tie-ins with local universities, plus farm visits.

http://carolinafarmstewards.org/sac11.shtml

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November 2011

Connecticut Beginning Women Farmers
Whole Farm Planning Course for 2010-2011
Connecticut

This program is sponsored by CTNOFA and includes:

  • One-on-One Mentorships
  • On-Farm Field Visits
  • Business & Financial Planning Training
  • Network of Women Farmers
For more information and locations, please visit: http://ctnofa.org/News/September2010%20BWF%20notice.html 

ACGA Member Discount Partnership

Our garden friends at Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply, a long time promoter of sustainable and organic seeds and agricultural supplies, have given ACGA members a gift for the 2011 growing season. Take a look at their selection of organic seeds, starts and fertilizers, weed & pest controls, cover crops, and all manner of season extenders. 

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply offers a 10% discount on first-tier items featured in the main catalogue. For larger purchases (generally 10 or more of the same item) there is 5% off second-tier pricing. A few items are exempt from this offer.

To start your discount, please fax (530-272-4794) a copy of the American Community Gardening Association membership card. A discount will be subtracted from each order, and your card will be on file.

Thank you Peaceful Valley!

Funds Available for Gardens

September Deadlines

NEW GRANT

NewTKF Foundation National Awards Initiative for Integrated Design and Research

What: Open Space Sacred Places: The Healing Power of Nature Awards

Who May Apply: Teams with the intent to study and communicate the impact of urban public greenspace on users

Amount: Funding pool of $5 million

Deadline: Planning grant Sept. 1, 2011, awards grant deadline Feb. 2012

Contact: http://www.opensacred.org/grants 

 

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The Green Thumb Challenge 

What: Green Education Foundation and Gardener‘s Supply Award

Who May Apply: Schools and youth groups who submit chronicles of their garden projects. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: September 30, 2011

Contact: www.greeneducationfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=712:5000-gef-grant&catid=139:contests

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GRO1000 Grassroots Grants

What: The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has established GRO1000, a commitment to install 1,000 gardens and green spaces in the United States and select international sites by 2018. 

Who May Apply: Garden and green space beautification projects that incorporate the involvement and engagement of neighborhood residents and foster a sense of community spirit. Applications are invited from U.S. organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and from groups and projects with an eligible nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Amount: $1,500, consisting of monetary and in-kind support from ScottsMiracle-Gro.

Deadline: March 31st for 2011 and ongoing each year.

Contact: http://thescottsmiraclegrocompany.com/GRO1000/index.html

FUNDRAISING WEBSITE

What: DonorsChoose.org
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
Contact: http://www.donorschoose.org

GRANTS LIST

For: National/Massachusetts/New England

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 elsewhere.

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

Deadline: Various 

Contact: To read more, visit www.ConservationCommon.org.

 

OPEN DEADLINES

For: International
What:  Ambassadors of Caring Awards from Profiles in Caring
Who May Apply:  Small community-based nonprofit organizations
Amount:  $10,000 (appear on TV)
Deadline:  Open
Contact:  Profiles in Caring 1959 South 4130 West, Unit I, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104; (801) 972-9472
Email:  contact@profilesincaring.org;
Web: http://www.profilesincaring.com/ambfaq.asp

For: Open-International
What: Groups that provide services to disadvantaged persons and work for meeting basic human needs.
Who may apply: NGO groups
Amount: $25-50,000
Deadline: Open
Contact: PWF, 1200 U Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009, 202-965-1800, 202-266-8851 fax, http://www.publicwelfare.org

For: National

What: Brita FilterForGood Eco-Challenge

Who May Apply: Colleges, students, teachers and schools with ideas to turn green ideas into action.

Amount: $1,000 Grants

Deadline: Open

Contact: Tell Britta your idea through http://www.filterforgood.com/ecochallenge/


For: National
What: America the Beautiful Fund
Who May Apply: Non-profit groups receive seed donations from major seed companies
Amount: Sets of 50 packets of vegetables, flowers and herbs are available for the cost of postage/handling.
Deadline:  Ongoing
Contact: http://www.america-the-beautiful.org/free_seeds/index.php

For: National
What: Pepsi Refresh Project grants
Who May Apply: Any citizen or group with an idea that has a positive impact on society
Amount: $5,000 to $250,000
Deadline: Ongoing
Contact: http://refresheverything.com

For: National
What: Lowe‘s Charitable and Educational Foundation
Who May Apply: Funding to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies in communities where Lowe‘s operates stores and distribution centers.
Amount: $5,000 to $25,000 grants
Deadline: One grant can be submitted per year with no deadline
Contact: Visit Lowe‘s stores for an application or visit http://www.lowes.com/cd_Corporate+Citizenship_674540029_

For: National
What: Youth Garden Grants Program/ National Gardening Association and Home Depot
Who May Apply: Schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs.
Amount:  $500 to $1,000
Deadline: Ongoing
Contact: http://www.kidsgardening.com/ygg.asp

For: National
What:  Donations of products
Who may apply:  501(c)(3) organizations
Amount:  Computers, software, office
supplies, clothing and personal care products
Deadline:  Open
Contact:  GIKI, 333 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314; (703)836-2121; fx (703)549-1481;
Email: mailto:feedback@giftsinkind.org
Web: http://www.giftsinkind.org

For: National
What:  Strengthen non-profit environmental organizations in areas of fund raising, organizational development and planning.
Who may apply:  regional, statewide, or local nonprofit organizations serving low-income or minority constituencies with environmental issues as significant part of organization‘s agenda
Amount:  No amount shown
Deadline:  Open
Contact:  ESC, 1500 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Suite 25, Washington, D.C. 20005; (202) 331-9700; fax (202) 331-8592;
Email: general@envsc.org
Web: http://www.envsc.org

For: National
What: Do Something grants are funds to promote youth activism. Do Something is a national nonprofit organization that inspires young people to believe that change is possible, and trains, funds, and mobilizes them to be leaders who measurably strengthen their communities.
Who May Apply: Available to U.S. and Canadian citizens, age 25 or under, who want to create a community action project, or further the success of an existing program.
Amount: One grant of $500 will be awarded each month.
Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and stay active for consideration for two months after submission.
Contact: Visit the Do Something website to create a project posting and submit an online application:
http://www.dosomething.org/grants

For: National/Central and Eastern Europe, Russia or South Africa
What:  Grants for civil society, environment, poverty and projects local to Flint Mich.
Who May Apply:  501(c)(3) organizations; International only from above countries with equivalent tax exempt status
Amount:  $15,000 to $250,000
Deadline:  Open - September 1 to December 31 will be considered for next calendar year
Contact:  CSMF, Mott Foundation Building, 503 South Saginaw Street, Suite 1200, Flint, Mich.  48502 (810)238-5651; fax (810)766-1753;
Email: info@mott.org
Web: http://www.mott.org/grantseeker.aspx

For: Arkansas, Nevada, Oklahoma
What: Organizations that need resources for a capital project
Who may apply: 501(c)(3) organizations located or operating in above states
Amount: $50,000
Deadline: Open
Contact: Reynolds Foundation, 1701 Village Center Circle, Las Vegas, NV 89134;  702-804-6000; http://www.dwreynolds.org

For: California
What:  Projects protecting & preserving ecosystems, plants, natural landscapes, wildlands and wildlife
Who May Apply:  501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) w/budgets $100,000 or less
Amount:  $5,000
Deadline:  Open
Contact:  CWGF, The Presidio, P.O. Box 29903, San Francisco, CA  94129-0903; (415)561-6400; fax (415)561-6401;
Email: info@calwildlandsfund.org
Web: http://www.calwildlandsfund.org

For: California, Florida, North Carolina
What: Grants for civic affairs, youth, education, social services
Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) organizations in above states
Amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Deadline: Open - no deadline
Contact: Dunsbaugh-Dalton Foundation, 1533 Sunset Dr., Suite 150, Coral Gables, FL 33143, 305-668-4192, 305-668-4247 fax

For: Georgia
What:  Grants for promoting healthy lifestyles among youth
Who may apply:  neighborhood groups, nonprofit organizations in Atlanta metropolitan area
Amount:  $500 TO $3,000
Deadline:  Open
Contact:  Shawn Finnell, CFGA, 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 449, Atlanta, GA  30303, 404 688-5525, fax 404 688-3060, Email: sfinnell@atlcf.org
Web: http://www.atlcf.org/GrantsScholarships/Grants/Resource-Center.aspx

For: Baltimore area
What:  Support community involvement/improve health and welfare of children and families
Who May Apply:  501(c)(3) organizations
Amount:  Not given
Deadline:  Open
Contact:  Dion Cartwright, BCF 2 East Read Street, Ninth Floor, Baltimore, Md. 21202; (410) 332-4171; fax (410) 837-4701
Email: dcartwright@bcf.org
Web: http://www.bcf.org/ourgrants/grantprograms.aspx

For: Maryland
What: Non-profits in Maryland that provide direct services to poor people in Maryland
Who may apply: 501(c)(3) groups
Amount: Up to $100,000 over two years
Deadline: Open
Contact: HJWF, 7 Park Center Court, Owings Mills, Md. 21117,
410-654-8500, 410-654-4900
fax, http://www.hjweinbergfoundation.org

For: Memphis, TN

What: environment education, literacy and critical community needs. Limited funding is provided on a short term basis for new critical community need projects.
Who May Apply: 501(c)(3) organizations and certain municipal, county, state and federal entities, such as school districts and fire departments within a 20-mile area of Memphis.
Amount:  in-kind donations of paper and packaging
Deadline:  Open
Contact: International Paper Foundation, 6400 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38197; 800-236-1996
Email: ipfoundationfeedback@ipaper.com
Web: http://www.internationalpaper.com/US/EN/Company/IPGiving/CommunityGiving.html 

For: Riegelwood, NC
What: environment education, literacy and critical community needs. Limited funding is provided on a short term basis for new critical community need projects.
Who May Apply: Civic and nonprofit groups within a 50-mile radius of the International Paper mill.
Amount:  not given
Deadline:  at least 45 days before funding/materials are needed
Contact: International Paper Foundation, 865 John L. Riegel Road, Riegelwood, NC 28456; 800-236-1996
Email: ipfoundationfeedback@ipaper.com
Web: http://www.internationalpaper.com/US/EN/Company/IPGiving/CommunityGiving.html

For: Minn., Wisconsin, N. Dakota
What: 501(c)(3) organizations that are involved in the right to food, environmental rights, right to participate in cultural affairs of the community.
Who may apply: 501(c)(3) organizations in Minn., Wisc., N. Dakota
Amount: No amount shown
Deadline: Open
Contact: Bremer Foundation, 445 Minnisota St. Suite 2250, St. Paul, Mn 55101, 651-227-8036, 651-312-3665 fax, http://www.ottobremer.org



For: PA, NJ
What:  Community stabilization and revitalization
Who May Apply:  Non-profit Organizations in metro Philadelphia region
Amount:  Not given
Deadline:  Open
Contact:  WPF 2 Logan Square, 11th Floor, 100 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103; (215) 988-1830; fax (215) 988-1823
Email: moreinfo@williampennfoundation.org
Web: http://williampennfoundation.org  

For: San Antonio, TX
What:  Community Garden Starter Grants
Who May Apply: Non-profit organizations
Amount: some funding and advice
Deadline: December 2010
Contact:  Green Spaces Alliance, P.O. Box 15677, San Antonio, TX 78212, 210-222-8430, http://www.greenspacesalliance.org

Support ACGA This Year

As the plants in our gardens settle in for a strong growing season, now‘s the time to plan your group‘s trip to the ACGA‘s annual conference in August in New York City.

Please support the ACGA in 2011!

  • 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
  • Encourage colleagues to attend the August 2011 ACGA Conference

Contact Information

ACGA Staff:
Beth Urban, Executive Director, burban@communitygarden.org
Laura Lavid, Programs Manager, llavid@communitygarden.org
Vicki Garrett, Project Coordinator, vgarrett@communitygarden.org
ACGA Toll Free number: 877.ASK.ACGA (275.2242)
Website: http://communitygarden.org

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