Community gardeners are invited to attend the Growing Communities Workshop, March 5 & 6, a 2-day leadership workshop from the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA). Gardening Matters is very excited to have Amanda Edmonds of Growing Hope in Ipsilanti, MI joining us as lead facilitator!
This hands-on workshop based on the ACGA’s curriculum for leadership development, Growing Communities: Community Building and Organizational Development through Community Gardening. Participants learn proven strategies that community organizers use to develop dynamic leaders and create strong gardening programs through a participatory approach to community building. As a “train the trainers” session, attendees learn the principles and practices of community building, and how to pass these techniques on to others in your community by conducting their own workshops.
At the workshop, participants will learn about working successfully with different groups, fostering democratic decision-making in the garden, recruiting gardeners and community support for the garden, and making the community garden an asset to the surrounding community. Benefits of this training include: improving the ease of garden coordination, developing a commitment to the garden by the community and volunteers, building a garden group that works together more effectively, and more!
Growing Communities will be held Saturday and Sunday March 5-6 at the House of Hope Church 761 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105. The cost of the workshop is $250 per person that includes continental breakfast and lunch both days, all materials, and an ACGA membership. Space is limited, and full and partial scholarships are available. A registration form will be available on the Gardening Matters homepage shortly, or contact Margaret at email@example.com with questions, scholarship inquiries, or to register.