Starting May 02 2013, 08:00 AM
Ending May 03 2013, 04:00 PM

Hernando, Mississippi Growing Communities Workshop

Join us in Hernando, Mississippi at Gale Center for a two-day interactive workshop.  The workshop gives participants the tools to enchance community building and leadership development through gardening.  Meet other people in your community interested in doing the same, leave with new ideas, and have fun!

Thursday May 2 and Friday May 3, 8am-4pm
Gale Center
2601 Elm Street
Hernando, MS 38632

Registration is $75, scholarships are available.
Space is limited so register now!
Advance registration is required, deadline is April 26 (no refunds after deadline).
Snacks and light lunches will be provided.


Bobby L Wilson

Bobby L. Wilson, President and CEO of Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, founded this five acre property to use as a teaching tool, economic empowerment zone, and as a food production site for the southwest Metropolitan Atlanta area.  With a strong belief in getting back to basics, Bobby uses this farm to promote the benefits of urban agriculture in food and job insecure areas.  In addition to running the farm, he is a retired Extension Agent for The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension/Atlanta Urban Gardening Program (AUGP); offering gardening instruction and support to some three hundred gardens located at public housing complexes, shelters, schools, churches and elder care facilities in metro Atlanta. He also serves as President of the American Community Gardening Association, a bi-national organization. 

Bobby has experienced twenty years of professional development and service promoting, developing and sustaining the work of gardening and greening.  Bobby’s high standards of professionalism and his ideals attract local, regional national and international notice in that he serves on many boards and committees; frequently speaks to civic, business and church groups and has received numerous awards and commendations. Bobby’s leadership in issues of research, food security, and volunteerism all have practical expression in such activities as developing demonstration gardens, increasing production in community gardens to provide for donations to shelters and large community feeding programs, facilitating formal training of gardeners at the University of Georgia Food Science Department and the development of nutrition education sequels with school gardeners and the members of the AUGP Leadership Development Association.

Bobby is ambitious, for his continued personal and professional development.  He has a vision for comprehensive response to issues facing Atlanta Urban Gardening Program and Cooperative Extension as a public serving entity.  Creative program development and funding, staff development, viable local, regional and national partnerships and curriculum development and participatory planning are challenges that he identifies and desires opportunity to address.

Cathy Walker

Cathy Walker is currently serving as the senior educational specialist at Metro Atlanta Urban Farm.  She also serves as a Garden Specialist for The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension/Atlanta Urban Gardening Program (AUGP); offering gardening instruction and support to some two hundred gardens located at public housing complexes, shelters, schools, churches and elder care facilities in metro Atlanta. She is also serving as a board member of the American Community Gardening Association.

Ms. Walker is one of the leading females in Urban Agriculture and has spent the last thirteen years pioneering inter-city agriculture in the metro Atlanta area. As one of the driving forces in the Atlanta Urban Gardening Leadership Association monthly meeting, she organizes, plans, implements professional workshops and skillful agendas. These meetings are designed to give inter-city gardeners an opportunity to learn more about community gardening, leadership skills. There is also a chance to fellowship with others who have the same interest and most of all an outreach to the homeless community that feeds about three homeless men once a month.
Ms. Walker is a true pioneer in the Urban Agriculture/Greening Movement.

Charlie Monroe

Charlie Monroe is a Veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and currently serves as an American Community Gardening Associations Board Member and Chair of its Membership Committee. Charlie earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia along with a Masters in Agricultural Leadership. He is a retired Extension Agent, Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist.

Growing up in Bainbridge Georgia Charlie spent many hours playing and learning on the farm. Whether at a relative's or a friend-of-the-family's farm, many hours were spent on or around a farm planting, weeding, harvesting, and selling fruits and vegetables. Charlie has been conducting Environmental Educational Classes for over 15 years along with conducting National presentations, gardening workshops and assisting with garden installations at Schools, Churches, Parks, and Communities.   Additionally, Charlie serves as the point person for DeKalb County (Metro-Atlanta) Community Gardens Program which has over 155 parks.  

Charlie treasures his “country” experiences and motivating others to grow SUSTAINABLE communities through SUSTAINABLE gardening is a passion that he loves to share.





Event Location

Gale Center
2601 Elm Street
Hernando, MS 38362

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