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Join us at the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference.

School Garden Support Organizations Unite! Networking Dinner and Meeting
Thursday,  April 26, 2018   6-9pm

at Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati (about 3 miles from Farm to Cafeteria Conference site)

Strengthening the Movement for Sustaining Regional-Based School Garden Programs

This event is open to all 2018 Farm to Cafeteria Conference registrants and requires separate registration from the Farm to Cafeteria Conference.

Register here - $30

At no other time in the school garden movement have there been so many support organizations for school garden development. Across the nation foundations, non-profit, school district, state, and university programs are working to institutionalize school gardens in their regions. Join school garden support organizations from across the nation to discuss strategies for building and maintaining multiple gardens, creating sustainable funding streams, program assessment and evaluation, school integration, and training school garden educators.

This event is hosted by the National School Garden Network, a professional network comprised of organizations and individuals that support multiple school garden programs at a regional, school district, or state level.

Registration for our Networking Dinner is being ran through Life Lab, a founding member of the NSGN.

This event will take place offsite from the Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Confirmation details will be sent to you prior to the event.




One of our goals is to create gatherings of school garden support professionals on the topic of supporting regional school garden programs.





Past Gatherings Where Our Network Organizations Have Presented/Gathered

July 14, 2017 at 1:30pm - AHS Youth Gardening Symposium - Portland, OR

March 29, 2017 - California Farm to School and Garden Conference
Networking session of CA School Garden Support Organizations - identifying common needs and networking goals for CA School Garden Support Organizations.

December 2016 - Santa Cruz, California
School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute 
A week long gathering of 18 school garden support organizations. Working group share outs coming soon.

June 2016 - Madison, Wisconsin
School Garden Support Organizations Unite! Strengthening the Movement for Sustaining Regional-Based School Garden Program
A Pre-Conference Gathering of the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, Madison, WI June 2nd, 2016
Notes from our gathering are posted on our forum.


July 2015 - Austin, Texas
American Horticulture Society Youth Gardening Symposium July 9-11, 2015 Austin, Texas


April 2014 - Austin, Texas
National Farm to Cafeteria Conference April 15-18, 2014 Austin, Texas
View notes from School Garden Support Organizations Unite!, a preconfernce gaterhing that we hosted at the 2014 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference.


July 2013 - Denver, Colorado
American Horticulture Society Youth Gardening Symposium July 11-13, 2013, Denver, Colorado
Workshops on Regional Support Model Development:
  • A2 | Cultivating a Successful School Garden Network: Notes from Washington D.C.
  • D6 | Developing Curriculum Resources and Networking for School Gardens: A Model
  • E2 | Creating Proactive Policies for School Gardens
  • G4 | Creating Sustainable Schoolyards in the Philadelphia School System







Send other suggested national or regional gatherings to gardendirector@lifelab.org.

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