Call for Articles

American Community Gardening Association
2013 Community Greening Review Focus:


Community gardening is present in urban, suburban, and
rural landscapes. Tell us about your community garden program.



Founded in 1979, the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a 501(c)3 membership organization serving individuals and organizations that support community gardening and greening in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the US and Canada. The vision of ACGA is a sustainable community in every garden.  ACGA works toward this vision through its mission, which strives to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening.

The ACGA Community Greening Review is published annually for its members. Each issue addresses a theme, based on a broad relevant concept or idea affecting community gardens. ACGA encourages submission of articles and art work representing diverse perspectives and to highlight large and small projects that demonstrate this theme. 

Submissions can be in the form of (1) a feature article proposal, (2) shorter articles in the form of reports, essays, case studies, interviews, or how-to pieces, or (3) photography and/or original artwork.

Feature article proposal, completed article, and art submission deadline is May 20, 2013.   Deadline for completing accepted feature articles is June 7, 2013.

Dynamic Writers and Artists Sought Who Are:
•    Researchers,  students, teachers, and program educators
•    Community gardeners, leaders, organizers, and fund raisers
•    Government and non-profit personnel in parks, planning, environment, youth development, conservation, and land trusts
•    Advocates for community food security, farmers markets, and local food systems
•    Horticulturists, landscape designers, architects, arborists, and contractors

Format
Feature Article Proposal: Feature articles will fully describe one or more of the focus components (listed below) in the context of a mature/established community garden and/or program. Suggested completed length is 500 to 1500 words, as required to develop article subject. Proposal deadline is May 20, 2013 if accepted full articles will be due June 7, 2013.

Requirements:
•    Proposal narrative 300 words or less, including the following:
•    Main points and goals of your article
•    Description of what readers will learn
•    Examples of any how-to aspect of your article
•    Biographical sketch of each writer, artist, or photographer - 25 words or less
•    Description of article for Table of Contents - 50 words or less
•    Additional documents to support proposal (optional)

Articles:  Shorter articles submissions will address one or more of the focus components (listed below).  Suggested completed length is less than 500 words. Shorter articles do not need proposals and are due by May 20, 2013.

Highest priority will be given to engaging, well-written articles that demonstrate thorough understanding of ideas and projects. Articles may be reports, essays, case studies, interviews, or how-to pieces.  The Community Greening Review also will accept submissions of shorter essay, poems, etc.

All submissions are to be in Microsoft Word, 12 point Times New Roman font, left justified only, simply formatted, with one-inch margins on all page sides. Double space all text. The Community Greening Review will follow manuscript preparation found in the Chicago Manual of Style.

Photographs and original art:
All photographs and original art submitted with articles or independently must be a minimum of 300 dpi. All photographs MUST include identification of all persons appearing in the photograph and a signed release indicating approval by the person -- or by a responsible adult in the case of children -- for publication in the 2013 ACGA Community Greening Review.

All submissions will be subject to editing for clarity, appropriateness, and length.

Evaluation of Proposals
The ACGA Community Greening Review Committee evaluates editorial and art proposals on five criteria: overall quality, relevance to the theme, clarity of focus, degree of potential reader engagement, and practical applicability.

2013 Community Greening Review Focus: Community Garden Organizations and their work
Researchers and practitioners are encouraged to address the broader focus from a variety of perspectives. 
Sustainability: Submissions about mature/established gardens should demonstrate one or more of the four components shown below and should specify which component(s) it addresses. Each should demonstrate how a local community garden program or organization makes a difference / operates in your city / region.
•    Community: how community gardens / programs involve the community – how does your community garden make you feel, what have you observed in your garden
•    Economics:  has community gardening contributed to a community as a stimulus of revitalization, or created farmers market opportunities
•    Environment:  how does your community garden / organization address environmental issues, conservation, remediation, recycling, composting, garden observations, etc.
•    Policy: what policy is needed or in place so that more community gardens can be created – what has been done in your city to address this
In preparation for making submissions, applicants may ask themselves the following questions:
•    Community: Is the organization responsible for a community garden able to maintain itself? Do gardeners know how to manage the garden so it’s accepted or valued in the community? How is the political framework being set? How does the organization get people involved in the garden? How is access to gardens addressed? Are important community players -- neighbors, PTA, politicians -- involved? Who and how many gardeners take active roles in the garden? How are gardeners educated? Who will assume leadership when current leaders aren’t available?  What roles can non-gardeners and support organizations play?

•    Economic: Does the organization have access to funding or resources both for beginning the garden, ie. infrastructure, and for long-term maintenance?  What happens when funding runs out? Can several people write grant proposals or approach potential funders? Who owns the land? What is the relationship between landowner and gardeners? Are there good public/private partnerships? Does your garden offer job training or sell produce from the garden?

•    Environment: Are the plots the right sizes and spaces for the gardeners? Have the appropriate plants been chosen? Do the gardeners know how to maintain the plants/garden? Are they improving the soil? Are they making sure the garden is an asset to the community? Are resource conservation methods practiced, including water conservation?

•    Policy: What is the political climate in the area – encouraging or challenging? Do local politicians know what’s going on? What happens when political administrations change? What land use policies are in place? How does policy assure longevity of the gardens?  What community garden networks are in the area? How are policies implemented concerning school gardens?


Format
Feature Article Proposal: Feature articles will fully describe one or more of the components (listed below) in the context of a mature/established community garden and/or program. Suggested completed length is 500 to 1500 words, as required to develop article subject. Proposal deadline is May 20, 2013 if accepted full articles will be due June 7, 2013.

Requirements:
•    Proposal narrative 300 words or less, including the following:
•    Main points and goals of your article
•    Description of what readers will learn
•    Examples of any how-to aspect of your article
•    Biographical sketch of each writer, artist, or photographer - 25 words or less
•    Description of article for Table of Contents - 50 words or less
•    Additional documents to support proposal (optional)

Articles:  Shorter articles submissions will address one or more of the focus components (listed below).  Suggested completed length is less than 500 words. Shorter articles do not need proposals and are due by May 20, 2015.

Highest priority will be given to engaging, well-written articles that demonstrate thorough understanding of ideas and projects. Articles may be reports, essays, case studies, interviews, or how-to pieces.  The Community Greening Review also will accept submissions of shorter essay, poems, etc.

All submissions are to be in Microsoft Word, 12 point Times New Roman font, left justified only, simply formatted, with one-inch margins on all page sides. Double space all text. The Community Greening Review will follow manuscript preparation found in the Chicago Manual of Style.

Photographs and original art:
All photographs and original art submitted with articles or independently must be a minimum of 300 dpi. All photographs MUST include identification of all persons appearing in the photograph and a signed release indicating approval by the person -- or by a responsible adult in the case of children -- for publication in the 2013 ACGA Community Greening Review.

All submissions will be subject to editing for clarity, appropriateness, and length.


Feature article proposal, completed article, and photo/art submissions must be
received by June 7, 2013


Complete this form and email to info@communitygarden.org with Community Greening Review in the Subject.



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