Growing Communities Workshop

Who: Gardeners, leaders, educators, volunteers, supporters of community gardening and greening, master gardeners, and others seeking to use community gardening to meet their program objectives and create healthy communities.
What: Multi-day leadership workshop on community building, leadership, and organizational development through community gardening.
When: Dates:  Must attend all three days April 5, 6 & 7 

First Day: 11:30 -5:00 pm; Second Day: 9:00 am-5:30 pm; Third Day: 9:00 am – noon.  (See schedule)

Where: Ursuline Retreat & Convention Centre; Great Falls, MT
Cost: $140 per individual. Includes ACGA membership, Growing Communities Curriculum ($35 value), 3 days of workshop. Pre-registration and payment due by April 1, 2011 (unless other arrangements are made).


Join the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA), Montana State University Extension, Western SARE, and AERO for an in-depth, hands-on workshop based on the ACGA’s curriculum for leadership development, “Growing Communities: Community Building and Organizational Development through Community Gardening.” Learn proven strategies that community organizers use to develop dynamic leaders and create strong communities through a participatory approach to community building. You will learn the principles and practices of community building, and how to pass these techniques on to others in your community by conducting your own workshops.

This multi-day workshop will cover these topics:  Community Organizing, Leadership Development, Grassroots Fundraising Basics, Asset-Based Community Development, Communications Planning, and Coalition Building.

Participants receive the “Growing Communities Curriculum,” a 352 page resource workbook, which includes curriculum materials that walk the reader through the process of conducting training workshops. The Curriculum also addresses Diversity, Meeting Facilitation and Group Decision-Making, Developing a Board of Directors, and Grassroots Fundraising – Specific Strategies.


Rene Kittle, MSU Flathead Reservation Extension (406) 275-2756 or (406) 675-2700 ext 7378

[email protected] or [email protected].

Contact [email protected] to request an application.


Day One – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lunch — Eat lunch before arrival

Registration   11:30 AM – Noon

Session 1         Noon – 1:00 PM

Welcome and Icebreaker


Growing Communities Workshop Overview and Learning Outcomes


Session 2         1:00  – 3:00 PM

Community Organizing 101 Workshop

Hook – “Uncovering Organizing”

Workshop Purpose and Learning Outcomes

Why Organize? Approach/Philosophy

Community Organizing Guidelines

Rules of Thumb for Starting a Garden


Reality Bites

Review Outcomes


Break 2:50 p.m. with snack (veggies & chips/dip) sponsored by AERO

Session 3         3:00 – 4:00 PM

Starting a Community Garden Discussion

10 Steps

Governance & Rules


Session 4         4:00 – 5:00 PM

Growing Communities Curriculum


Facilitation exercises

Dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Day Two – Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Breakfast 8:00 -9:00 a.m.

Session 5         9:00 – 10:00 AM

Workshop Instructions and Preparation

How adults learn

Growing Communities Workshops overview

Workshop selection

Break – 10:00 a.m. – Coffee & Snacks Sponsored by MSU Cascade County Extension

Session 6         10:00 – 12:30 PM

Workshop Preparation

Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m Sponsored by Montana Farmers Union

Community Gardening & Preventing Childhood Obesity Discussion

Session 7         1:30 – 3:30 PM

Participant Workshops


Group Evaluation

Break 3:20 – Apple-Cherry Fruit & Strudel sponsored by Steve Siegelin, MSU Extension, Western Region

Session 8         3:30 – 5:30 PM

Participant Workshops


Group Evaluation

Dinner 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Day Three – Thursday, April 7, 2011

Breakfast 8:00 -8:30 a.m.

Session 9         8:30 – 10:30 AM

Participant Workshops


Group Evaluation

Break 10:20 a.m. – Coffee & Snacks sponsored by MSU Flathead Reservation Extension

Session 10       10:30 – 11:45 AM

Closing and Evaluation

Review Learning Outcomes

Next Steps



Sack Lunch 12:00 p.m.

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