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America's Community Gardening Leaders Come to Atlanta

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Saving green space is on the minds of many Georgians. When the American Community Gardening Association members gather in Atlanta Sept. 7-11, they'll be looking for ways to keep America's urban centers greener.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman will deliver the keynote address to open the 21st annual conference. Workshop topics for the meeting include raised-bed gardens, community gardening and leadership-training programs, kids' gardens, teaching gardening in elementary schools and the therapeutic value of gardening.

Participants will learn more about finding funding for community gardening projects, as well as organic gardening, heirloom seeds and urban orchards.

Register Early

Early-bird registration is $175 for members or $200 for nonmembers. After July 28, fees are $200 members and $225 for nonmembers. Special student and youth rates are also available. To learn more, contact Bobby Wilson or Cathy Walker. You can reach them by phone at (404) 762-4077 or e-mail at (uge1121E@arches.uga.edu).

ACGA is a national, nonprofit group of people who support urban, suburban and rural gardening and greening. They see their effort as a way to improve the local quality of life. Visit the ACGA Web site at www.communitygarden.org.

The University of Georgia Extension Service in Fulton and DeKalb counties sponsors the 2000 annual conference. Other sponsors are the Atlanta Urban Gardening Program, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Skyland Trail and the Atlanta Urban Gardening Leadership Association.

(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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