Community Gardening on the Cutting Edge Workshop Themes

Workshop Themes

Good Bones:  Sustainable Construction in the Garden and Open Spaces: forward-thinking city planning, energy and resource conservation, solar and wind energy, density reduction, climate change mitigation, gardens as wildlife corridors, utilizing native plants, permaculture, edible front yards.

Critical Elements:  Effective Water and Soil Practices for 21st Century Gardens: Responsible water management, water catchment, mineral balancing for optimal soil health, use of cover crops, erosion control, soil toxicity and testing, maintaining healthy soils, composting, habitat creation and conservation, season extension, organic growing methods, edible landscapes, bio-intensive gardening, permaculture.

Let it Grow.  Saving Seeds, Protecting Heritage Crops, and Starting Seed Banks: Biodiversity and seed banks, seed saving and swapping, organic farming practices

Think Locally, Link Globally:  Cutting-edge food policies can revitalize people, neighborhoods and the planet: Federal, State and local legislation and garden policies, advocacy process, local initiatives to preserve gardens, land trusts and other garden preservation models, urban agriculture.

Gardens that Make Green, Green Collar Jobs: Garden micro-enterprises, workforce development, economic impacts of gardens and open space, community gardens and farmer’s markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) marketing, canning and preserving for added value products.

Let’s Get it Started: Best practices in Community Organizing and Neighborhood Greening Social Cohesion and Organizing: staff development, community garden management, coalition building, organizing, fundraising, in-kind resources, media, networking, volunteer programs, event and recreational programming, utilizing social networking and new technologies.

Needles in the Haystack: Finding and using land creatively to expand green space:
Nontraditional spaces, vertical farming, rooftop gardens, mobile/movable gardens, container and patio gardens, and mini-gardens for urban apartment dwellers.

Bunnies and Bees: The Case for Small Animal Production in the City Livestock: small scale animal husbandry in your garden: beekeeping, chickens, goats, aguaculture.

Let’s Play:  Gardening for Recreation and Health: obesity and diet-related disease prevention (especially in children), nutrition education, cooking from the garden, school food, rehabilitative and therapeutic gardening, school gardens and partnerships, teacher training, curricula, youth-led presentations, environmental education and action, job training, and gardening for recreation and exercise.

The 100 Mile Run:  Models of Locavore Living and Eating in the SF Bay Region. chef/restaurant & garden/farm collaborations, community food security, food preservation, local food systems, locally based self reliant food, Community Supported Agriculture  (CSA’s), Farmer’s Markets, food/wine pairing, Foodies, Localvores.

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