Antioch student coordinators and faculty just returned from the North American Association for Environmental Education annual conference in Oakland, CA. We travelled across the country to teach other educators about CGC and to share ideas with similar organizations. We hosted two successful panels where we facilitated conversations about food justice and environmental education, using our work with CGC as a model. We collaborated with educators from around North America on issues such as cultural understanding through gardening, student empowerment and food system economics.

We were also able to attend many interesting panels on topics ranging from educating through film to cultural proficiency and indigenous knowledge in environmental education. Perhaps one of the best parts of the conference was visiting with Antioch alums who are now working in a diverse array of environmental roles.  It was really encouraging to see how highly regarded Antioch University is within the international environmental education community.


Antioch students, faculty and alumni unite at NAAEE conference

Highlights include:

**Keynote speeches by Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff and Julian Agyeman, who is credited with over 150 publications, notably Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability and Environmental Inequalities Beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Environmental Injustices.

** Learning about interesting gardening projects including:

Means of Production Garden, Vancouver, BC- urban garden project that harvests art materials for use in educational workshops on jewelry making, natural dyeing, weaving and crafts.

Chinese Market Garden, Vancouver, BC- Youth education program that teaches the social history of Chinese immigrants in China through use of a Chinese market (vegetable) garden.

Green Corps, Cleveland Botanical Garden- HS agricultural service learning program that provides early college credit to students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

** Fresh California strawberries from the Oakland Farmers’ Market.

About cgcstaff

Keene Community Garden Connections (CGC) is a collaborative initiative involving Antioch University New England's (AUNE) students, faculty and staff. Partnering with non-profits and service agencies in Keene, NH, we support organizations in the development of community gardens throughout Keene. We aim to use community gardens as a vehicle to increase food access, community wellness and landscape restoration. By doing so, we hope to complement other community efforts to develop a more resilient community that is working to mitigate our climate footprint and adapting for the future.
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