Community Agriculture Conference

Calling all gardeners! 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!

The Keynote Presenter this year is Joyce Moore, Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver, as well as the Director and Programs Manager at Urban Patch in Indianapolis, IN. The goal of Urban Patch is to make the American inner city better. They focus in various areas including community gardens, food preservation, food forests and other environmental stewardship activities.

Join us and the urban agriculture community to learn and get excited for the 2019 growing season! The registration fee is just $15 ($20 if you register the day of the conference).


**If you feel like you may need financial assistance with attending this event, scholarships are available. Please visit to apply or email for assistance.

Breakout #1 Speakers & Topics

When registering, participants are asked to choose from one of the following Breakout #1 Sessions:

Irrigation with Rain Barrels, Albert Sanders, Sun Patch Garden, Adams Elementary School

Learn how the Sun Patch School Garden set up and uses an irrigation system for their raised beds using rain barrels. Information on materials used as well as how to set up your own system will be included!

World Cuisine in Your Backyard, International Institute Global Farm with Jean Sebunyenzi & Joel Walker, International Institute Global Farms

New Americans bring with them their culinary traditions from farm to table. The International Institute Global Farms program provides material and educational support for new American families to grow traditional crops so that they can carry on their traditions of farming and food preservation. We will explore many of the crops grown and experience some of the preserves made from those crops.

Container Gardening

Learn all about growing vegetables in containers! Growing techniques and specific varieties of well suited for containers will also be covered.

Food Preservation, Keynote Speaker Joyce Moore

Joyce will cover multiple methods of preserving your harvest and the benefits to each.

Breakout #2 Speakers & Topics

When registering, participants are asked to choose from one of the following Afternoon Breakout #2 Sessions:

Seed Saving for All Ages, Melissa Breed-Parks, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District

Growing annual plants in our gardens means we need seeds. Saving seeds from your garden not only saves money, it can lead to crops well-adapted to your microclimate. Seed saving is an excellent activity for school gardens, as it teaches the whole life cycle of the plant. Learn the basics of seed saving, including tips on how to steward a crop, the three main types of seed processing, and when to pay attention to isolation distances. Extra seeds will be available for sharing/swapping.

Orchards for Small Spaces, Dean Gunderson, Gateway Greening

Not everyone has acres to grow hundreds of fruit trees in straight tidy rows but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own orchard. Learn about some of the great fruit and even nut producing plants you can grow in small spaces like your backyard or community or school garden and some of the ways you can maximize your space by layering your plantings and using food forest principles.

Composting & Worm Farming, Crystal Stevens, Grow Create Inspire, EarthDance Organic Farm School

Build Healthy Soil with Composting & Worm Farming, Crystal Stevens, Grow Create Inspire, EarthDance Organic Farm School

Learn some simple techniques for building healthy soil, making your own compost and vermicompost, and the easy ways to integrate worm-farming into your garden.

Crystal Stevens, author of Worms at Work and Grow Create Inspire will discuss the importance of compost and vermicompost in food production and provide examples of easy to build vermicompost bins for your backyard or small farm.

Growing Food for Food Pantries, Myra Rosenthal, Garden of Eden; Karen Flotte and Wendy Bell, Central Reform Congregation Garden

What can you do with an overabundance of produce?  How can you find a pantry near you willing to take your produce?  What types of produce are best for pantries? What are best practices for food safety?  Join our community network to help provide for those who are food insecure.

Youth Garden School Integration & Maintenance Strategies; Simon Amies, Pattonville School District Youth Garden

Join the growing community network helping to provide for those who are food insecure. Learn how the Pattonville Youth Garden has integrated into classrooms, student clubs, community service and food service of the school district. Maintenance strategies of what has worked and what hasn’t will also be covered.

Scholarship Information

Click here to apply for a Community Agriculture Conference Scholarship

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