$65 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$75 General Registration 
Fee includes Arboretum admission, lunch
and coffee breaks.  

Announcing the 2018 Conference
Keynote Speaker!

Amanda Maria Edmonds
Executive Director and
Founder, Growing Hope
Mayor, City of Ypsilanti, Michigan 

Amanda Maria Edmonds is the founding executive director of Growing Hope, a 15-year-old nonprofit dedicated to helping people grow and access healthy food.  Since 2014, she has also served as the Mayor of the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she co-founded a nonprofit called Snail while in high school, and served on her school board at age 16.  She has lived in Michigan since the mid 1990s, and is a twice alum from the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources & Environment. Growing Hope's farmers markets, home vegetable gardening program for low-income families, leadership training for community gardens, urban farm, and policy work are showing people that they can be the healthy change they wish to see in the world.  Growing Hope believes in giving people-- across lines of class and race and ability that usually divide us-- that chance to participate in positive change. She has served as a policy leader both as a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Food Policy Council and as Vice Chair of the Washtenaw Food Policy Council.  Edmonds travels nationally as a speaker and trainer in community food systems, organizational development, policy, program evaluation, and being a changemaker.


Extension educator and two students inspecting climbing bean plants in a schoolyard garden


Gardening with Class
Source Magazine, Fall 2017  "Schoolyard gardens plant seeds of better health and active learning" 

Rachel Beehler, Extension Master Gardener volunteer, says showing students they can grow food is her passion.
Source Magazine, University of Minnesota Extension, Fall 2017

Gatewood Elementary School,
Minnetonka, Minnesota
1st Annual Innovator Garden Award Winner!

Watch for Kara's Presentation at the 2018 Schoolyard Garden Conference and submit your proposal to be a part of the 2018 Innovative Problem Solving Showcase!





For more information about schoolyard gardens
Email: ArbEdu@umn.edu
Visit the Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Coalition Facebook page for more information

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

A certificate of completion for continuing education contact hours will be available to participants upon completion of the day.


Financial Sponsor:
Please contact Carrie Stowers at cstowers@umn.edu to discuss options and benefits for your organization.
Sponsoring Organization Guidelines

Endorse: This no-cost option shows your support by helping to promote the program to your constituents. Contact Carrie Stowers at cstowers@umn.edu to confirm your endorsement.
Endorsing Organization Guidelines

University of Minnesota Extension
Master Gardener Volunteer Program
Minnesota Department of Education
Youth Farm


Civic League Day Nursery
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Edina Public Schools
Harvest Moon Edible Landscapes
Jeffers Foundation
Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers
Midwest Food Connection
MN Action for Healthy Kids
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
Minnesota Association for Environmental Education
Minnesota Children and Nature Connection
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Green Schools Coalition
Pollinate Minnesota
Seeds for Success
Synergy & Leadership Exchange
University of Minnesota Ramsey County Master Gardeners
University of Minnesota Extension Hennepin County Master Gardeners



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