8th Annual Community Garden Conference

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension are teaming up to present their Annual Community Garden Conference for the eighth year in a row.

This year’s keynote speaker is Charlie Monroe, President of the American Community Gardening Association. He will be speaking about the state of community gardens in the US. Mr. Monroe is a native of Bainbridge, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Biology and a Masters in Agriculture Leadership. He is a US Veteran, former University of Georgia Extension Agent, a Master Gardener, a Certi ed Arborist and an all- around “Nature-Geek”. He is currently the Natural Resource Manager for Cobb County Government (Metro-Atlanta) and was newly elected President of the American Community Gardening Association. He began his community outreach effort with the Boys & Girls Club over 25 years ago and has continued conducting Agriculture and Environmental Sciences programs for youth and adults alike. He is a die-hard Georgia Bulldawg Fan and a life-time 4-H’er.

The impressive list of session speakers, all experts in their fields, will cover topics both relevant and pertinent to community gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden. The topics for the 2018 conference include:

  • Weedless Gardening with Lee Reich,
  • Seedy Business with Barbara Melera from Harvesting History,
  • A Seed Starting Workshop with Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gardener Jeanne Lardino,
  • Growing Strawberries with Peter Nitzsche of Rutgers Cooperative Extension,
  • A Community Garden Model of Sustainability with Carolle Huber of Grow It Green Morristown,
  • Pests and Diseases of Vegetable Crops with Kris Holmstrom of Rutgers Cooperative Extension and more.

It’s a full day of education, exhibitors, networking, and camaraderie. Lunch is provided, and the snow date for this conference is Sunday, March 4.

This program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s. Please bring a donation for the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County.

Cost: $50 per person before February 1, $60 per person on or after February 1

9:00a - 4:30p
Haggerty Center
See above.
Saturday, March 3, 2018