conference2013
Working for a safe, affordable, vibrant, innovative, and interconnected city.
Learn More
Seattle.gov Home Page
Seattle.gov This Department
Link to Department of Neighborhoods Home Page Link to Department of Neighborhoods Home Page Link to Department of Neighborhoods About Us Page Link to Department of Neighborhoods Contact Us Page
Bernie Agor Matsuno, Director
EventsGet InvolvedNewsResourcesCustomer Service Bureau
Historic Preservation
Neighborhood Matching Fund
Neighborhood District Coordinators
Outreach and Engagement
P-Patch Community Gardening Program
Garden Locations
How P-Patch Works
Starting a New P-Patch
Parks & Green Spaces
Levy
Community Food Security
Market Gardening
Youth Gardening
Events
Resources
About Us
Contact Us
Major Institutions and Schools
P-Patch Community Gardens

American Community Gardening Conference Workshops
The conference brings together hundreds of individuals from across the United States, Canada, and abroad who are engaged in all aspects of gardening and greening. This year's workshop themes include: Making it Grow, Making it Happen, Community Gardening & Society, Sound Mind & Body, and Food Systems.

To register for the workshops by date Ala Cart: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50272/content_item/conference2013

Friday: August 9th 11am-12:30pm
Friday: August 9th 2:15pm-3:30pm
Friday: August 9th 3:45-5:00pm
Saturday: August 10th 9am-10:30am
Saturday: August 10th 10:45am-noon
Sunday: August 11th 9am-10:15am


conference logo

Friday: August 9, 2013

August 9, 2013•Workshops – Session 1

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Support Services for Autonomous Community Gardens
Fred Conrad, Community Garden Coordinator,  Atlanta Community Food Bank (Atlanta)
Bobby Wilson, President,  American Community Gardening Association

Highlighting fifteen years of our two independent service providers that often work together to ensure the success of a huge diversity of autonomous community gardens scattered across city and county lines in metropolitan Atlanta.  Working by invitation only, we try to fulfill the unmet needs of every community garden demographic imaginable. 

City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund Program
Allynn Ruth, NMF Project Manager, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Garry Owens, NMF Project Manager, City of Seattle Department of NeighborhoodsLaurie Ames, NMF Project Manager, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

This workshop will provide an overview of the City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund program. This unique City program has 25 years of partnering with community groups in making community projects a reality.

Where to Grow? Using GIS to Identify Potential Community Garden Sites
Christopher Walter, Geospatial Director, Forterra, Matt Dressler,  Geospatial Analyst/GIS Volunteer,  Forterra
Chris Hoffer,  Management Analyst,  Department of Housing and Urban Development

This workshop will describe how to use Geographic Information Systems to identify the most suitable locations for community gardens, urban farms and food forests. Participants will learn in detail how this approach was utilized by the city of Federal Way, Washington and identify resources for conducting a suitability assessment in their own community.

Moving Forward: How to Collaborate across Depts. to achieve integrated citywide food policy
Sharon Lerman, Food Policy Advisor, City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment
Allison Schwartz,  Planner, City of Seattle Department of Transportation
Shanyanika McElroy,  Experiential Education Coordinator, City of Seattle Dept of Parks & Recreations


How can city department work together to improve urban agriculture policy?  This presentation brings together presenters from multiple City of Seattle departments to share strategies we've used to advance food policy in our city, including urban agriculture land use code changes and a municipal agriculture pilot program.

 

The Big Garden: Growing food and community across Nebraska
Nathan Morgan, Director.  The Big Garden
Matt Freeman,  Operations Manager,  The Big Garden

The Big Garden's mission is to improve nutritional health and facilitate community development in Nebraska by building the capacity of community organizations, congregations and schools through the act of gardening. The Big Garden is a network of 70 community gardens across Nebraska.

Working Effectively with City Governments: Preserving Land, Getting Water, etc.
Miriam Avins Executive Director Baltimore Green Space
Abby Cocke Environmental Planner Baltimore City Office of Sustainability

Does your municipality's government understand what community gardeners need, and how collaboration benefits everyone?  Join a Baltimore City Planner and the director of Baltimore Green Space - a nonprofit land trust that worked with City government to secure a $1 price for land - to learn how to talk so bureaucrats understands. Bring your issues!

Design in P-Patch Community Gardens: Realizing Community Aspirations
Jeff Hou Chair, Dept of Landscape Architecture University of Washington
Mark Brands/ Clayton Beaudoin,  Site Workshop
John Barker,  Principal,  Landscape Architect,  Barker LA
Eric Higbee, Landscape Architect,  Higbee Design Collaborative

A panel of experienced landscape architects and the P-Patch Levy projects coordinator who will share important lessons about building consensus for projects on limited budged, incorporating the mixed needs and desires of diverse communities and helping communities actually build their dream gardens.

Tukwila's new Namaste Community Garden: strong partnerships in a diverse community
Skye Schell,  Community Engagement Manager,  Forterra
Donna Ferraro, Pastoral Associate, St. Thomas Catholic Church
International Rescue Committee
Chris Hoffer, HUD Presidential Management Fellow,  Forterra

The Namaste Community Garden at St. Thomas Church in Tukwila offers lessons in how to start a new community garden with a wide group of partners in a culturally diverse city. We will discuss what worked and what didn't, and dialogue with audience members who are starting similar projects.

Lettuce Link and Good Cheer - Growing Gardens and Sharing Healthy Food
Nate Moxley, Manager, Lettuce Link
Cary Peterson,  Coordinator, Good Cheer Food Bank Garden
Sue McGann, Coordinator, Solid Ground

With the healthiest food costing the most, low-income individuals face great challenges in eating nutritiously.  Lettuce Link, a program of Solid Ground in Seattle and the Good Cheer Food Bank on Whidbey Island engage volunteers, build community, and provide valued fresh vegetables for food banks through education, gardening and partnerships.

Community Through the Hive
Bob Redmond, Proprietor, Urban Bee Company

Learn how to cultivate a healthy ecosystem of bees, habitats, and humans.  We will discuss how to integrate bees in community gardens, how to include forage in your garden and promote it locally.  Finally, we will practice hand-on experiences that can be easily reproduced in your community.
and
Bat's are a Garden's (and gardeners) Best Friend
Heidi Richter, Volunteer, Bats Northwest

Learn the basics of bat biology and behavior while getting an introduction to the most common species.  Discover ways to attract and retain bats in the garden, including how to increase the chances of getting bats to colonize a bat house.  Hear common questions and answers to widespread public misconceptions about bats.  The session will conclude with hands-on bat house building activates. 

Loutet Farm: Building a Farm Community on Abandoned Space
Emily Jubenvill, Community Coordinator, Edible Garden Project
Heather Johnstone, Manager, Edible Garden Project

Loutet Farm is an exciting community farm imitative in the City of North Vancouver.  After nearly 2 years of work with the municipality, a half-acre farm was built with over 200 volunteers on an abandoned plot of parkland. Loutet Farm is flourishing as a community hub, and we're working to prove the small scale urban agriculture model. Join us to learn how we got here and where we're going.
and
Reclaiming the commons: A new story of dependence
Matthew Kenshaw, Urban Agriculture Coordinator, LifeCycles Project Society

Matthew will highlight key findings from his recently completed thesis, investigating how involvement with a land reclamation and food sovereignty project influences participant's investments in the urban landscape.  Back to the top

Friday, August 9, 2013•Workshops – Session 2

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Challenges of Urban Ag in Seoul Metropolitan
Kangoh Lee, Secretary General, Seoul Green Trust Foundation
Professor Changwoo Lee , Professor Kangoh Kim, Dr. Jang

We will have 4 presenters. 'Urban agriculture policy of Seoul Metropolitan City' by Dr. Changwoo Lee, "'Community Garden Movement in Seoul' by Kangoh Lee, "Development of School Farm Program' by Dr. Jin Jang,and 'Policy, laws, and Institutions of Urban Agriculture in Korea' by Prof. Wansoon Kim. You can
understand how urban agriculture is active and aggressive in Seoul,

Mentoring for Community Gardens
Nicole Martini Coordinator Master Garden  WSU Pierce County Extension
Sharon Collman Horticulture IPM Educator WSU Snohomish County Extension

Washington State University has developed volunteer programs that train volunteer educations to work with community gardeners so that they may be more successful in growing their own fruit and vegetables. This is an opportunity to learn how to begin, or further develop, a mentoring program in your county.

Community Gardening in the Heartland: Opportunity Gardens, Food Pantry Gardens and Seeds that Feed in Mid-Missouri
Bill McKelvey, Project Coordinator, University of Missouri
Daniel Soetaert, Executive Director, Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition
Jill Lucht, Project Director, Center for Health Policy, University of Missouri
Tracy Greever, Rice Interim Director, Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, University of Missouri

Urban and rural Missouri is innovating to improve food access and build community through a variety of approaches. Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and University of Missouri will discuss projects involving public housing gardens, partnerships between local businesses and non-profits, seed distribution for food pantry clients, and food pantry gardens.

Gardening with the Indigenous
Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project Coordinator, Northwest Indian College
Miguel Hernandez, Muckleshoot Community Gardener, Northwest Indian College
Caitlin Krenn, Nisqually Community Gardener, Nisqually Tribe
Elizabeth Campbell, Garden Specialist at Northwest Indian Treatment Center, Northwest Indian College

Community gardens are sprouting up throughout tribal communities of Western Washington. In this workshop participants will be inspired to expand their theories on garden design for food production on many different scales through sharing stories of gardens led by Muckleshoot, Lummi, Nisqually and Squaxin tribal communities. Come and learn about how these growing spaces are being utilized for more than just food production, they are becoming spaces where healing can take place.

Growing Food Security: Fighting Hunger in Your Community through Gleaning & Victory Gardening
Micaela Cooley, Program Coordinator, Tacoma Pierce Community Garden Program
Emily Garofalo, Coordinator, Pierce County Conservation District

The increased need for food assistance programs in communities across the country creates a unique opportunity for community garden & urban agricultural programs to play a critical role in fighting hunger. The Tacoma/Pierce County Community Garden Program support gardeners, framers, & volunteers to help alleviate hunger in their communities though gleaning, produce sharing, and education.

"Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth", The People's Garden School Pilot Project
Brad Gaolach, Community Sustainability Specialist, WSU Extension
Kerri Wilson , Square Foot Nutrition Project and People's Garden School Pilot Project
Caroline Kiang, Extension Specialist, Community/Environmental Horticulture Program
Robin Bridges, Cooperative Extension Agent-Staff Chair, University of Arkansas

"Healthy Gardens, Healthy Youth" is a national research project led by Cooperative Extension involving 57 schools in 4 states, that examines impacts of school gardens on fruit/vegetable consumption, physical activity, science learning and other outcomes. Learn how a national project can be regionally adapted to integrate gardening into classroom learning.

Tierra de Niño's: Global Youth Garden
Jennifer Geist, The Language Link
Justine Connely, Global Workshop Manager, The Language Link

Tierra de Niňos Project is practiced in 8 countries around the world, engaging several thousand youth in garden projects that are based on the Incan philosophy of cultivating the earth: any given piece of land should be planted one third to benefit the community, one third to benefit nature and one third our one's self and family. The program encourages student ownership of the land (both literally and figuratively), a sense of responsibility, teamwork, leadership skill, art and community engagement. At this workshop, we will display the extensive, bilingual curriculum materials for our workshop attendees, should they be interested in starting their own program.

Retail Innovations to Support Local Agriculture
Carrie Ferrence, CEO and Co-founder, StockBox Neighborhood Grocery

Small business also has a role to play in supporting urban agriculture by sourcing produce, meals, and ingredients from local farmers and suppliers. StockBox Grocery is working to support communities and the regional food system with improved and hyper-local access to good food.

FEEST: Grow, Cool, Eat, Lead
Cristina Orbe, Founding Director, FEEST (Food, Empowerment, Education, Sustainability Team)
TBD, Youth Intern, FEEST

In this session FEEST explores how to turn our kitchens and gardens into strong hubs for social change. Learn how we use both growing and cooking food to empower youth to become leaders, take action, and advocate for a more just food system.
and
Art's Place: Envigorating Your Garden with Community
Nicole Kistler, Artist, Urban Agriculture Artist-in-Residence

Do you have harvest festivals, seed swaps, and music in the garden? What else? Beginning with a brief overview of Seattle's newly unveiled Urban Agriculture Art Plan, the session will move to using the opportunities at attendees own gardens to further explore strategies for incorporating\public art and cultural events as a way to build community.

What's Wrong with My Vegetable Crop
Joe Novak , Consultant, GardenPro

This workshop will review the problems that may develop in the more common vegetable crops. Plant problems caused by such factors as pest, pathogens, the environment and the gardener will be examined. Recommendations will be given for prevention and control strategies that may be used in the holistic garden.
and
Kill Them All, Insects?
Charlie Monroe Natural Resource Manager Dekalb County Gov't

Kill Them All, Insects focuses on the importance of being able to properly ID insects and their impact on gardens. All insects are not harmful - some are beneficial. Managing the insect population of your garden impacts the harvest. Participants will be instructed on the basis of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which is an environmentally friendly way to manage pests.

Creating Community through Gardening in Aging Japanese Apartment Complexes
Fujio Hirata, Professor, University of Hyogo Japan

I will make presentation about revitalization activity of aging community in old housing complex by planning and managing of vegetable project with the cultivated by residents of the housing complex.
and
Managing Flood Area by Greening
Noriko Akita, Assoc. Professor, Chiba University

At this workshop, associate professor Noriko Akita shares her case study on how community gardening and greening efforts re-energized the Japanese tsunami affected areas, and re-connected the disaster victims.
and
Strategic Trial of Urban Gardening in Densely Inhabitated Tokyo
Dr. Yoritaka Tashiro, Professor, Chiba University
Rumi Sato, Executive Director, NPO Birth

The needs for urban gardening in the high price dense Tokyo area presents many challenges. This workshop will share how an intermediary organization - NPO Birth was formed to help bring government and the people together to make urban gardening a reality. In addition, the workshop will present effective strategies that was used to sustain their urban gardening efforts.

Culturally Specific Foods: Impacts on Food Pantry Recipients' Health and Well-Being
Susie Mallard Barnes, Assistant Professor/Field Director, Campbell University

Based on Dr. Mallard Barnes' research with food pantry clients, the impacts of receiving culturally specific produce on client dignity and their sense of social inclusion are explored. Information on culturally specific food is shared. Interactive activities include a sampling of some of these plant-based dishes.

Rainier Valley Eats! How to Develop Natural Food Centers in Your Community
Becca Fong, Food and Farms Program Director

Grow, Share and Eat your way to a healthier, more food secure, and more connected community.
Back to the top

Friday, August 9, 2013•Workshops – Session 3

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Show Me the Money! (Show Them the Outcomes)
Joy Goetz, Community Health Dietitian, Open Hand Atlanta
Marcia Berlin, Health & Wellness Specialist, Atlanta Regional Commission

Measuring the outcomes of a community garden gives you a strong case when applying for grants. This session highlights the successes and "lessons learned" from an evaluation of the Senior Community Garden Initiative in Atlanta, and displays how a live cooking demonstration was an effective teaching tool for nutrition education and behavior change.
and
Raising Resources for Your Project: Need Money & Volunteers for Your Garden, Farm or Project?
Karja C Hansen, Project Recruiting Manager, ioby.org

Need money for materials, staff or programs for your farm, garden or related project? We will teach you how to successfully fundraise for your project while deepening engagement with your base. Ioby.org connects people and money to projects that make neighborhoods healthier and more sustainable. We'll teach tried and true practices from other community gardens and urban farms.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Increasing Community Engagement & Food Access through Innovative Partnerships
Claire Baker, Director of Gardening Programs, PA Horticultural Society

PHS engages neighbors and expands community gardening to increase access to fresh produce in underserved communities. This session will tell three stories from three culturally diverse and disparate neighborhoods that illustrate unique partnerships that have engaged communities to introduce or expand community gardening and education.

Inclusion: Building & Sustaining Community Gardens in Diverse Communities
Eric Higbee Owner/Landscape Architect Higbee Design Collaborative
Kenya Fredie Community Garden Coordinator DON P-Patch Program
Laura Raymond Community Garden Coordinator DON P-Patch Program
Volunteer Site Leader New Holly Youth and Family P-Patch

A panel will discuss the rewarding and challenging process of reaching out and including all members of a multi-cultural and mixed income community during the design, construction and on-going operation of the New Holly Youth and Family P-Patch in SE Seattle.

Building Additional Resources into the Community through Educational "Hub Gardens"Bill Dawson, Growing to Green Program Coordinator, Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens-Growing to Green Community Gardening Program-12 by 2012 Initiative. The intent is to establish 12 community garden educational hubs throughout the area that can act as sites for educational outreach, be examples of community garden best practices and act as mentors to other nearby gardens.

Market Gardening -- Models for Community Food Production on Public Land
Julie Bryan, Community Garden Coordinator, DON, P-Patch Program
Bunly Yun, Community Garden Coordinator, DON, P-Patch Program
Minh Chau Le, Community Garden Coordinator, DON, P-Patch Program

This presentation explores two different models of market gardening developed by the Seattle P-Patch Community Gardening Program. One employs multicultural public housing residents who operate a subscription farm and farm stand; the other leases small plots of public land to low income farmers who sell or share their produce.

Closing the Loop: Nutrient and Carbon Cycling in the Urban Ecosystem
Kristen McIvor, Community Garden Coordinator, Pierce Conservation District
Kate Kurtz, Biosolids Project Manager, King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks

Carbon and nutrient recycling is important for sustainable urban infrastructure, but also can play a critical role in healthy soil management. Organic residuals are simultaneously a waste and a resource. When managed properly, these residuals can help to grow healthy, productive gardens that are integral pieces of healthy cities.

Gardening for Wildlife: at Home, at School, and in Your Community
Courtney Sullivan, Education Manager, Pacific Region National Wildlife Federation (Pacific Region)
Laura Spehar, Community Wildlife Habitat Team Leader, National Wildlife Federation (Pacific Region)

Anyone can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and help restore habitat at home, at school, and in your community. In Washington, we have created a wildlife habitat corridor, hear from local volunteer leaders about their community efforts and learn about resources, tools and frameworks to help you create wildlife habitat.

Cultivating a Rooftop Garden: Strategies for  Successful Design and Management
Colin McCrate, Founder, Seattle Urban Farm Company
Jessica Roundy, Landscape Designer, Seattle Urban Farm Company

City rooftops will play a crucial role in the further development of urban food systems, and during this session, participants will learn design principles and management techniques for rooftop production as illustrated by Seattle Urban Farm Company's work at restaurants across the city.

Yes! You Can Grow Rice in the City
Phyllis Odessey, Director of Horticulture, Randall's Island Park Alliance
Eun Young Sebazco, Horticulture Manager, Randall's Island Park Alliance
Nick Storrs, Urban Farmer, Randall's Island Park Alliance

The Randall's Island Urban Farm's three rice paddies, the first in New York City, demonstrate how you can grow traditional rice in the city. We will discuss the methods and techniques for utilizing rice as an educational tool for students of all ages: especially in culturally diverse communities.

Garden City Harvest: Building Community through Agriculture
Genevieve Jessop Marsh, Community Outreach Director & Community Garden Director, Garden City Harvest

Learn about an innovative model featured in critically acclaimed boo, Growing a Garden City, of urban agriculture that centers on community. From the PTA to the Missoula County Public School's Central Kitchen, from the Youth Drug Court to the local Catholic Cemetery - this session will teach how to Garden City Harvest makes partnerships all over the place, working with and for local food in Missoula, and how you can do the same - drawing examples from urban farms, community gardens, school gardens, teen job skills training, and education programs in the classroom and on the farm.
and
Garden City Harvest Documentary
Seth Friedman, Education Coordinator, Cloud Mountain Farm Center

13-minute documentary video about a unique community/educational farm that is a partnership between a non-profit organization (Garden City Harvest) and an educational institution (Univ. of Montana). This farm is called the PEAS Farm (Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society), and it involves students from elementary to college, as well as community members through a vibrant CSA, and even involves the elderly through volunteer programs and the Mobile Market, which brings the produce directly into senior and low-income communities.
Back to the top

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013•Workshops – Session 4

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Urban Agriculture in the Wild West: "Pardnering" with Local Government
Susan Finlayson, Network Coordinator, Wasatch Community Gardens
Julie Peck-Dabling, Program Manager, Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation
Bridget Stuchly, Outreach Program Mgr, Division of Sustainability & the Environment Salt Lake City Corporation

Although many cities across the U.S. have community garden programs, Utah has innovative ways of leveraging limited local government and non-profit capacity to nonetheless expand support for community gardens and urban farms. By focusing on partnerships, community garden advocates in Utah are growing stronger than ever!

Roads We've Taken: Stories of Sustainability from Seattle Area Youth Garden Programs
Emily Bishton, Director/Lead Instructor , Owner/Garden Educator Magnuson Community Center Nature Programs / Green Light Gardening
Lisa Taylor, Program Manager, Seattle Tilth
Amelia Swinton, Garden & Nutrition Educator, Lettuce Link
Brenda Running, Director of the Nature & Art Explorers Program, Shadow Lake Elem School
Liz Bullard Executive, Director & Founder, Seattle Play Garden

The goal of this panel discussion is to inform and inspire volunteers and staff with a wide variety of "avenues for success" in creating and developing a youth program, thinking "outside the box" in the collaborations, partnership, and funding opportunities to reach for, and ways to sustainably grow a program.

Best Practices in Community Garden Management: examples from Urban, Suburban & Rural NJ
Luke Drake, Research Associate, Rutgers University

Community gardening involves a range of benefits, but it also means addressing a variety of challenges. Learn what has worked for others, what hasn't, and what other community gardens are doing to resolve some of the common issues we all face. This session is intended for garden managers and/or coordinators.

Edible Neighborhoods: Cooperative Growing
Michael Seliga, El Presidente Cascadia, Edible Landscapes
Natalie Thompson, Coordinator, Edible Neighborhoods

Imagine your neighborhood as one interconnected gardening this interactive workshop with Cascadia Edible Landscapes.You'll discuss the concept of an edible neighborhood, learn about edible and medicinal shrubs, herbs, vegetables, and trees, and leave with an understanding of how to organize and implement a community of growing food collaboratively with your neighbors.

Bridge Over Summer-Keeping School Gardens Thriving
Zsofia Pasztor, President, Farmer Frog

Learn innovative solutions for the 'summer garden death' challenge. In schools summer is the toughest time for gardens-we solved this problem and created a solution people can't wait to participate in. Families are eager to garden and share the crops while they keep the garden going for the school.
and
Developing Food Literacy & Community Partnerships through Youth Gardens
Philip Lee, Co-Founder, READERS to EATERS
Rick Swann, Author - Our School Garden

Explore garden education through books. A publisher and an author will discuss books that promote gardening through growing, cooking, and eating. We will also explore ways to partner with libraries, parks, and community gardens with schools and youth programs to promote food literacy and grow a community through food.

Mapping Urban Orchards in the Digital Age
Kristen Ramer Liang, Board Member, City Fruit
Matt Pope, Secretary/Board Member, City Fruit

City Fruit has long used web mapping tools to display orchard steward site and tree data; in this workshop we will share information about how we created a mobile friendly tool for orchard steward site visitors to learn more about urban fruit trees and sign up to volunteer on-site.
and
Tree Fruit in Parks-Sustainable Bounty or Impossible Dream
Bob Baines Park Maintenance Crew Chief, Seattle Parks & Recreation

For 50 years, park planners and administrators have discouraged or banned fruit growing in parks for a variety of reasons, citing high maintenance costs, pest management issues, and legal liability. Bob will describe the transition in Seattle Parks and the key components of a program that now accepts and promotes fruit growing on parks property.
and
Making the Jungle a Garden Again
Craig Thompson Green Seattle, City Fruit, Dr. Jose Rizal Park

The natural landscape poses public safety challenges in our cities. By understanding how to meet those challenges, stewards of urban forests, orchards, and gardens can meet sustainable restoration and agricultural goals while creating cross-cultural ties and community-base solutions.

Produce Empowerment: Addressing Hunger & Nutrition Through Urban GardeningKathy Pryor, Co-founder, South Park Fresh Starts
Todd Hunsdorfer, Co-founder, South Park Fresh Starts
Dianne Garcia, Volunteer, South Park Fresh Starts

This session will examine the creation and continue success of South Park Fresh Start, a program that empowers low-income communities to grow healthy, nutritious food in their homes and neighborhoods. Through a greenhouse attached to a food bank, volunteers distribute organic vegetable plant starts for families to take home to grow. To date, the program has distributed over 12,000 plant starts.
and
Grow, Share, Prepare: SFC's Integrated Food Systems Approach to Cultivating a Healthy Community and a Strong Local Food System
Susan Leibrock, Community Relations Director, Sustainable Food Center
Sari Albornoz, Co-Director, Sustainable Food Center

Sustainable Food Center's new Training Center features gardens, a community kitchen, and a farmers' market, and is a place where community members can learn experientially about growing, sharing and preparing healthy food and participating in their local food system. Learn how to replicate this food systems approach in your community!

Elder Farm Program Serves Refugee and Immigrant Elder
Katie Penke Programs Manager Seattle Tilth - SE Programs
Michael Neguse, Organizer, Seattle Neighborhood Group

East African elders improve health, increase access to fresh, healthy foods, and create community through elder food and farm programs.
Back to the top

Saturday, August 10, 2013•Workshops – Session 5

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Growing your Social Media Presence and Influence Beginning with Facebook
Kathleen Warren, President Kathleen, Warren Communication
Nicole Logan, Social Media Manager, Social Werks Communications

Most people understand the importance and value of a vibrant social media presence. But most small non-profits have a difficult time offering both the best content and staying atop the always changing world of social media. This is an opportunity to learn practical ways to keep your Facebook page visible, relevant and engaging to your audience and to better understand how to measure results.

Empowering Adult Learners through Garden Education: Oregon Food Bank's Seed to Supper program
Ali Abbors, Learning Gardens Program Coordinator, Oregon Food Bank
Jemila Hart, Resident Services Coordinator, Housing Authority of Clackamas County
Denissia Withers, Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University

Effective, adult-focused garden education programs can increase resiliency, community connectivity and self-confidence - empowering learners and increasing individual and community food security. OFB's Seed to Supper is a mobile, basic gardening course designed for food-insecure adults. Learn about the program and come away with ideas to replicate it in your community!

Digging Economic Sustainability into the Urban Food Movement
Peter Ladner, Author - The Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner will look at what community groups, anti-poverty advocates, cities and entrepreneurs around North America are doing to put the urban food movement onto a more secure financial footing.

Grow Food: Growing Great Food & Cohesive Community through Food System Programming
Shanyanika McElroy, Urban Food Systems Program Coordinator, Seattle Parks & Recreation Sophia Sasaki, Volunteer Coordinator, Miller Community Center Garden

Our workshop will highlight Seattle Parks and Recreation's efforts to create equitable access to healthy food, opportunities for culturally-relevant recreation, and environmental awareness. Participants will get a short overview of Good Food Program, engage in a hands-on activity that will help illustrate the tools it takes to develop successful programs, and participate in the group discussion.

Asset Based Community Development: Identifying Resources for your Community Garden & How Your Community Garden is a Resource for the Community
Betsy Johnson, Board Member, ACGA

Based on the workshop in ACGA's Growing Communities Curriculum, learn how Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) brings a whole new perspective to identifying resources and gaining support for a community garden, farmer's market, or other community endeavors.

Reaching All Communities: Use of Interpreters and Translators in Community Gardens
Julie Bryan, Community Garden Coordinator, DON, P-Patch Program

By looking at the Seattle P-Patch Community Gardening Program, we will have a conversation about how interpreters, translators, and bilingual staff are and how they are used to encourage community members with Limited English Proficiency actively participate in this community-focused program. Bring your ideas and experience working in other community groups. Let's share!

Functional Biodiversity: Managing Mini-Livestock (Bugs) in an Urban Setting
Rex Dufour, West Coast Regional Director, NCAT (National Center for Appropriate Technology

This session will cover simple, ecological approaches to better manage the mini-livestock (bugs) that can either benefit your garden, or damage your crops. Learn how to create more habitat, above-and below-ground, for the good bugs, and less for the not-so-good ones, and why these approaches work.

Growing Youth Growing Food Growing Cleveland: Urban Farming & the Fight Against Food Deserts
Kelly Barrett, Farm Manager, Cleveland Botanical Garden

With over half the population gone, urban blight is overwhelming neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. However, through urban farming, an effort is being make by numerous organizations and community members to not only beautify vacant lots, but also provide affordable, local, organically grown food in low income neighborhoods.

Schoolyard Habitats
Courtney Sullivan, Education Manager, National Wildlife Federation (Pacific Region)

To help reconnect today's children to the outdoors, the National Wildlife Federation assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms called Schoolyard Habitats, where educators and students learn how to attract and support local wildlife. Learn about resources, curriculum and school case studies.
and
Creating Sustainable Environmental Education Gardens at Schools - The Lake George Elementary School Project
Bert Weber, Resource Educator and Community Garden Coordinator, Cornell Extension

Power Point presentation on the development of an environmental garden at the NY Elementary School. The focus of the garden is sustainable practices in gardening to protect the watershed and encourage wildlife. The garden Features a green roof, permeable hardscape, native plants, composting bins and vegetable gardening. The entire garden is contained in an interior courtyard of the school.

Back to the top

Sunday, August 11, 2013•Workshops – Session 6

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Dirt and Determination: Building a Sustainable Giving Garden Community
Judith (Jude) Berman, Co-Coordinator, Interbay P-Patch Food Bank Garden
Deb Rock, Co-Coordinator, Interbay P-Patch Food Bank Garden
Monica Diaz, Co-leader, Interbay P-Patch Food Bank Garden
Meghan James, Co-leader, Interbay P-Patch Food Bank Garden

Learn how to create a successful giving garden by building a strong, vibrant, sustainable community of volunteers. Great stories and practical advice from the team that has developed the model everyone in Seattle is emulating.

Corporations & the Workplace as Catalysts for a Successful Community Garden
Stu Vannerson, Director, Intel DuPont Community Garden

This presentation will describe the formation and growth of Intel's community garden in DuPont, WA with advice to others who would like to establish closer ties between their businesses and community, as well as utilize the land at their workplaces for crop production.

Hands on Activities and Demonstrations to Support Organic Gardening Education
Cara Ianni, Program Manager, Seattle Tilth, Resource Conservation Program
Carey Thornton, Educator, Seattle Tilth

Seattle Tilth's gardening education programs emphasize experiential education. This session will provide an overview of select programs as a model for community outreach. In addition, we will highlight hands-on activities and demonstrations to enhance learners' understanding of organic gardening principles and techniques, including soil building, water conservation and promoting biodiversity.

Planting the Seeds of the Future: Inspiring Children & Youth through Garden-based Learning
Lisa Taylor, Children's Ed Program Manager, Seattle Tilth
Falaah Jones, Eastside Program Coordinator, Seattle Tilth

Learn time-tested activities, games, songs and recipes that invite youth into the garden. Explore activities that promote peaceful interactions, build self-esteem, teamwork and community in this fun, hands-on workshop. Learn how to facilitate garden projects that support peace themes such as helping and cooperation, care of home, interconnections and friendship, and biodiversity.

Strategies for Creating and Managing a Successful Volunteer Program
Brien Darby, Horticulturist, Denver Botanical Gardens

Tackling obstacles to creating a successful volunteer program is as easy as recruiting, empowering, and rewarding good volunteer behavior. In this session, strategies will be presented for activating current garden members, planning effective work days, providing a wide-range of volunteer tasks, and celebrating accomplishments in the garden.

Land Analyses & their Contribution to Community Garden Siting & Farmland Preservation
Megan Horst , Student & Instructor, University of Washington

This session highlights foodshed analyses completed at various scales across the county. The utility of foodshed analyses in advocacy, planning and policy efforts is explored. Participants will collaboratively initiate a foodshed analysis for a pre-selected city/region, providing opportunity to become familiar with key questions, potential data sources and approaches.
and
Measuring and Monitoring Urban Agriculture Activities for Policy Developmen
Rebeccah Maskin, Senior Planner, Puget Sound Regional Council

This session will present on work conducted by staff of the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council performed for Seattle on how communities can measure and enable urban agriculture activities. Measures include tying food policy into comprehensive planning, and creating monitoring schemes to assess amount and types of urban agriculture activities to aid policy development. Concepts are illustrated with local and national examples and recommendations for best practices.

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Composting, Community & Corporate Responsibility
Scott Jenkins, VP Ball Park Operation, Seattle Mariners
Susan Thoman, Director of Communication & PA, Cedar Grove Composting

In this presentation, we will discuss how companies, organizations, venues, individuals, factors and benefits come into play in order to enable the responsible management of organic waste streams and the development of healthy community gardens and landscapes that benefit our local region, environment and economy.

Back to top

Neighborhoods Home | About Us | Contact Us | Events | Get Involved | News
Resources | Customer Service Bureau