A community garden converts an unused plot into green, productive space where people can gather together to grow fresh produce and flowers. There are many benefits of starting a community garden including promoting a healthier lifestyle, fostering a cleaner environment, and creating educational opportunities for community members of all ages. Community gardens are popping up at libraries across the country, and at this workshop Fred Conrad, a Community Garden Coordinator with over 23 years experience, will share information and resources to put your library on the path towards creating a community garden.
Fred Conrad has been managing Community Garden programs in the Atlanta area since 1997. Through his work at Food Well Alliance, Fred helps to coordinate funding, technical support, mechanical support, workshops and trainings, in-kind donations, and an extremely robust volunteer program for 125-150 community gardens each year. Fred currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Community Gardening Association, has a certificate in Horticultural Therapy, and is a Certified Organic grower.