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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Seattle hosts national conference on community gardening and urban agriculture, August 8-11
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8/7/2013  2:20:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Bill Maynard, ACGA (916) 508-6025
Rich MacDonald (206) 255-1769
Onsite Contact: Laura Raymond (206) 818-6583 (phone or text, or visit registration at Gould Hall to receive credentials)
Lois Maag  (206) 615-0950


Seattle hosts national conference on community gardening and urban agriculture, August 8-11
Workshops and tours feature urban farms and gardens throughout King County

Seattle will host the 34th Annual American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) Conference to more than 250 attendees from nonprofit organizations, governments, and businesses from across Puget Sound, the U.S., and the world. Seattle Tilth, University of Washington/College of Built Environments, and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program are the hosting organizations.

WHEN: August 8 – 11, 2013

WHERE: University of Washington; Gould Hall is Conference Center

SCHEDULE: Details on each day’s activities can be found here. Themes of the conference include:

  • Horticulture, permaculture, and city livestock
  • Health, prevention and therapy
  • Garden/farm to table to compost to garden/farm
  • Cultural, social, and environmental justice
  • Policy, implementation, and management

Thursday, August 8Preconference (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Growing a New Economy

Friday, August 9: Opening session (9 – 10:30 a.m.) and Workshops (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Keynote: Valerie Segrest, Community Nutritionist and Native Foods Educator for the Northwest Indian College’s Cooperative Extension Department

Saturday, August 10: Morning workshops (8 a.m.-12 noon) and afternoon tours (12:30 – 5:30 p.m.)

Sunday, August 11: Morning workshops (8 a.m. – 12 noon) and closing panel

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