Any piece of land gardened by a group of people.

We at the ACGA have a broad definition of what a community garden entails. It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can grow flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot, or can be many individual plots. It can be at a school, hospital, or in a neighborhood. It can also be a series of plots dedicated to “urban agriculture” where the produce is grown for a market.

Benefits of Community Gardens:

  • Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulates Social Interaction
  • Encourages Self-Reliance
  • Beautifies Neighborhoods
  • Produces Nutritious Food
  • Reduces Family Food Budgets
  • Conserves Resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces Crime
  • Preserves Green Space
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots

Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections.

Check them out, they do good work.

Plant a Row for the Hungry!

Plant A Row, There are over 84 million households with a yard or garden in the U.S. If every gardener plants one extra row of vegetables and donates their surplus to local food agencies and soup kitchens, a significant impact can be made on reducing hunger. There are over 84 million households with a yard or garden in the U.S. If every gardener plants one extra row of vegetables and donates their surplus to local food agencies and soup kitchens, a significant impact can be made on reducing hunger. Since 1995, over 16 million pounds of produce providing over 60 million meals have been donated by American gardeners. All this has been achieved without government subsidy or bureaucratic red tape — just people helping people.

Pitch in and spread the word, http://www.gardenwriters.org/

Farmers Veterans Coalition’s mission is to mobilize veterans to feed America

The Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC) was founded by farmers and food industry leaders with long histories in overcoming the agricultural, managerial, financial, and marketing obstacles to be successful in their work. The coalition seeks to simultaneously assist the farming community by developing a new generation of farmers and to help our returning veterans find viable careers and means to heal on America’s farms. The goal of our work is to share our experiences with recent military veterans and to assist them in using their many relevant skills to create a new generation of innovative, ecological, and financially successful young farmers. Our program has the ability to help veterans reduce risk and become successful farmers by utilizing the many specific and unique resources available to help military veterans starting businesses, buying land, or overcoming disabilities.

Michael Gorman and his dedicated team are doing the work. Contact them if your are an interested veteran of send a donation to assist this worthy mission. http://www.farmvetco.org/


Communities regain a figurative “town square”, experiencing connecting with other farmers markets nationally.

We applaud the explosive proliferation of farmers markets in the USA. In 1994, there were approximately 1,755 farmers markets in the United States. In 2010 their numbers have more than tripled — to approximately 7,100. In excess of 3 million consumers shop and more than 60,000 farmers sell at these markets annually. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that these markets generate at least $1.3 billion in consumer spending each year. The Farmers Market Coalition is driven by three complimentary goals. We call it our triple bottom line. Farmers earn fair prices for the fruits of their labor by selling directly to consumers. Consumers gain access to fresh, nutritious, local produce.



Farm Aid: 26 years of great music, supporting farmers, and strengthening America.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $39 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid accomplishes this mission by: 26 years of great music, supporting farmers, and strengthening America. We know that to keep family farmers on the land we have to increase the number of people buying their good food. From our annual concert event that features family farm food and unites farmers, artists, and concerned citizens, to our inspiring and informative tv, radio, mail and web campaigns (including our HOMEGROWN.org website), we are building a powerful movement for good food from family farms. http://www.farmaid.org/,


FOOD DAY 10/24/12, seeks to inspire community action in every city and state in the country, with individual and organizations coming together on October 24 to learn, debate, and mobilize to improve our food system and the American diet. Coming two weeks before Election Day, Food Day is a perfect time to invite congressional and other candidates to debates on foor and farm issues.

Go to http://www.FoodDay.org/, to learn how to organize of attend a Food Day event, or volunteer to be a lead organizer in your community.

Follow @CSPI on Twitter, tweet about us using #FoodDay, and like Food Day on Facebook to receive the most current campaign news, policy developments, and tips for “Eating Real.” Time for Action.

FOOD CORP, Changing the minds, bodies and way of thinking, of youth across America

FOOD CORP, Changing the minds, bodies and way of thinking, of youth across America

FoodCorps places motivated  leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. Working under the direction of local partner organizations, we implement a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids. Our Service Members:

Deliver hands-on nutrition education

Build and tend school gardens

Bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias

They take pride in having been a part of the growing and harvesting process, which is really the most beautiful part to me, when I can help them reconnect with the direct source of their food.”       – Service Member Christopher Chemsak

Our approach is based on three interventions:

  • Knowledge: Nutrition Education that teaches kids what healthy food is
  • Engagement: School Gardens that engage kids and community volunteers
  • Access: Farm to Cafeteria programs that put local food in school lunch

Our first 50 FoodCorps Service Members are setting out to 41 sites across 10 states! More than 1,200 emerging leaders applied for the positions, demonstrating remarkable skill, passion, and commitment in areas related to improving school food. Our focus is, K-12

SINCE AUG 15, 2011, 46,833 CHILDREN REACHED, 396 GARDEN PROJECTS, 8,301 lbs. Produce Donated, 1,404 New Community Volunteers.

Started with UEPI, Urban & Environmental Policy Insitute @ Cooidental College (LA). http://foodcorps.org/,

FOOD CORP, VIDEO, http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zu1HamLuSow,


“Meatless Monday” Who’s going Meatless Monday?

Oprah Winfrey

This Week’s Meatless Monday Featured Recipes

Join Oprah Winfrey,Sir Paul McCartney & people in 21 nations across the globe. (http://www.meatlessmonday.com)

Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. We provide the information and recipes you need to start each week with healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives. Our goal is to help you reduce your meat consumption by 15% in order to improve your personal health and the health of the planet.

Presidents Wilson, Truman and Roosevelt galvanized the nation with voluntary meatless days during both world wars. Our intention is to revitalize this American tradition. We’re spearheading a broad-based, grassroots movement that spans all borders and demographic groups. By cutting out meat once a week, we can improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in the race to reduce climate change.


Gary Openheimer “No Food Left Behind”

What Gary Does

Enable one to use the Internet to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in their own community.
AmpleHarvest.org connects 40+ million Americans with excess food in their garden and local food pantries.

Garden by garden, home & community gardeners and other growers are fighting hunger and malnutrition in America.

Their core mission: No Food Left Behind.

Listing and working with food pantries Nationally. http://ampleharvest.org/

Listen to -Gary Oppenheimer speaking at