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Arboretum to host Community Garden Conference

February 22, 2011

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is hosting an all-day Community Garden Conference March 3. This is probably the first conference of its kind in NJ. Register at www.arboretumfriends.org/events.
Thu Mar 3
9:00a - 4:30p
Calling All Community Gardeners -- 2011 Community Garden Conference

In the past 5 years, interest in and demand for Community Gardens has exploded. The American Community Gardening Association estimates that there are currently over 1,000,000 active community gardens. So, we thought it was high time to offer a program focusing on Community Gardens.

Our Keynote Address is entitled, Community Gardens, Trend or Fad by Laura Lawson. Dr. Lawson is Professor and Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers. Her research includes historical and contemporary community open space, with particular focus on community gardens. She is author of "City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America."

Following the Keynote address, the conference will feature several breakout sessions including:

"Rainwater Harvesting and Sustainable Water Use in Community Gardens" with Lenny Librizzi, Assistant Director, Open Space Greening, Grow NYC.
"The Five Essentials of Composting" with speaker Gray Russell, Environmental Coordinator for the town of Montclair and former compost project manager at NYBG.
"A Case Study -- One Town's Trials and Tribulations" with Marta McDowell who lives, writes and gardens in Chatham.
"Attracting Beneficial Insects" whith Dr. George Hamilton, Extension Specialist in Pest Management, Professor of Entomology and Chair Department of Entomology, Rutgers.
"IPM for Vegetable Gardens" with Pete Nitzsche is County Agricultural Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County.
"Organizing a Community Garden" with Jan Zientek, Sr. Program Coordinator for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Essex County, NJ
"The Community Garden / Food Pantry Connection" with Rev. Lisanne Finston, Executive Director Elijah's Promise, New Brunswick, NJ
Whether you're an experienced or new community gardener, a Community Garden manager, coordinator, or activist trying to get a Community Garden started, you will want to attend this program. Review the detailed program by clicking on the image on the left. Important: Use the coupon in the brochure for registration since you must pick the programs for each breakout session.

Lunch will be provided by A Better World Cafe. The Landreth Seed Company and many of our Retail Partners have generously donated door prizes.

Cost: $45 members / $50 non-members if registered before February 4
$55 for members / $60 non-members if registered after February 4

Location: Haggerty Center.

Sponsor: Friends

$55.00 Members / $60.00 Non-members

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