Community Agriculture Conference

Community Agriculture Conference Sunday, February 23, 2020, 12:00 – 5:00 pm

For the 2020 Community Agriculture Conference, we welcome Katherine Kelly as our Keynote Speaker. Katherine is the Executive Director of Cultivate KC, a nonprofit working to grow food, farms, and community in support of a sustainable and healthy local food system for all. The Community Agriculture Conference is an annual gathering for those from the gardening and urban agriculture communities. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend!

Keynote Presentation: Growing Food for the Future
Katherine will share a powerful vision for local food- from backyard gardening to sustainable farming- that looks to the massive changes we will see in our climate, in our urban communities, and in our growing methods as opportunities for positive developments in our relationship to food. More than ever, people who grow food will need to be educators, community leaders, and climate and environmental advocates. She will invite us to join her in envisioning the future and call on all of us to grow a healthy and sustainable community

Registration: Registration: $15 per person, $20 day of event.  Many school districts offer Continuing Education credit for attending. Email for more information.

Breakout Sessions

The Impact of Climate Change on Gardening & Farming
Katherine Kelly, Cultivate KC
The keynote speaker, Katherine Kelly, will give an overview of how rising temperatures and CO2 levels will affect us as gardeners, farmers, and food suppliers and some strategies for managing the impacts.


How to Create an Inclusive Community Garden

Ro Kicker, Feed the People Community Garden                                        

Any program that brings the community together should do its best to center inclusion. Creating a space where all are welcome and appreciated across race, class, gender, ability status, sexual orientation, religion, and age makes all the difference. This session will give some tips and tricks and provide an opportunity to work with others to think through some action steps you can take.


Permaculture Design for Humankind

Jason Gerhardt, Director, The Permaculture Institute

Permaculture is a design practice that provides for human need by regenerating ecosystems, creating justice and peace, and thereby increasing permanence in human culture. In this session, we will learn about examples of successful Permaculture Design in the urban context around the country. We will discuss urban agriculture, neighborhood revitalization, watershed management, and the principles and ethics of Permaculture as applied to social and community needs.


Growing for Every Season

Jackson Hambrick, Community Education Manager, Gateway Greening Learn how to have your garden produce food all year-long. We will cover using your garden space effectively, how best to use planting calendars, spring and fall season extension, annual crop rotations, plant spacing and more. There will be multiple examples of bed plantings for all seasons to get the most out of your garden for both community and school gardeners.

Local Food & Food Justice Work in St. Louis
Tosha Phonix & Jenn DeRose, Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Missouri Coalition for the Environment’s Tosha Phonix and Jenn DeRose will discuss with the audience current efforts to advance access to healthy food, help urban farmers grow their farms, and increase awareness about environmentally-responsible products grown in the St. Louis Foodshed – the 150-mile radius around the City. They will also discuss opportunities to get involved in food policy advocacy.

More sessions will be added as they are available.

Click here to apply for a Community Agriculture Conference Scholarship

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