We Dig Ohio


Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9am–4:30pm

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Growing to Green program hosts this one-day summit focusing on urban agriculture and community gardening topics.

What’s happening in the field of urban agriculture and community gardening? Become versed in relevant topics that will expand your gardening expertise. Attend sessions and workshops in a variety of subjects. Network, share and celebrate with individuals involved in projects across Ohio and beyond.

Download the printable 2017 We Dig Ohio flyer.


2017 Keynote Speaker: Clara Coleman


Clara Coleman is a second-generation organic farmer, consultant, writer, and TEDx and keynote speaker on sustainable four-season farming. She is the daughter of renowned farming pioneer Eliot Coleman.

In 2008, Coleman created Divide Creek Farm – an organic, two-acre, four-season vegetable farm located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Like her father, she is a proponent of the ‘small is better’ model of farming, advocating business growth through improved efficiency, innovative production methods, farmer collaboration and direct customer marketing, rather than physical expansion.

Clara resides in Portland, Maine with her two sons and is focused on building the ARC Farm – an innovative & collaborative four-season farm model for young farmers. Coleman is currently writing a book on four-season farming for the next generation, working on family farm grant projects with land trusts, promoting the work of Slow Tools and Farm Hack, and leading farming workshops nationwide as a means to inspire and encourage the next generation of farmers.


2017 Presenters & Topics

Clara Coleman (Keynote) – Creating Sustainable Farming Legacies for Generations to Come
Sarah Lenkay – Extending the Growing Season
Elizabeth Harris – Steps Involved in Place Making in a Community
Cheryl Rice & Jessica Wilbarger – Best Practices for Safer Urban Soils in Your Community Garden
Clara Coleman (Keynote) – Successful Four Season Gardening
Julialynne Walker – Food Deserts
Pam Bennett – Don’t Just Plant Peppers and Tomatoes – Plant These Too!
Ken Stern – Beginning Farmer Winter Income and Apprenticeship Training
Hannah Halfhill – Garden Gurus
Elizabeth Roche – Plant Pathology              
Dave Smith – Fish in Urban Aquaponics 
Paula Penn Nabrit – Spiritual and Cultural Connections to Gardens
Joshua Jones – Wildlife Fencing



$60 • $45 Students with valid ID


Scholarship Program

A limited number of scholarships are available to cover 2017 We Dig Ohio admission costs. Click "Apply Online" (below) to complete a scholarship applicaiton. Qualified applicant responses will be reviewed and awarded by March 1, 2017.