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Mid-July Urban Gardener Newsletter

Hello Gardeners! 

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We recently partnered with the amazing folks who manage Rooting DC, DC's Annual Urban Ag Festival, to increase the number of people receiving this free, solicitation-free, all volunteer managed, newsletter.   

Rooting DC and DUG Network both share a common goal to promote, support and grow through building connections, the DC urban Ag movement.  Since Rooting DC only focuses on one amazing event a year, we decided to partner and continue Rooting DC's mission by combining our email lists for the DUG Newsletter to continue promoting, supporting and connecting people in the Urban Ag movement all year long.

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We send a newsletter out every two weeks, and 1-3 times a year (3 is our self imposed max) we highlight an urgent and important cause or program (never a solicitation).  We're very sensitive about not overloading anyone's inbox.  Also the DUG Network is managed by an all volunteer cooperative that does not try to profit in any way.

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DC Coronavirus Updates
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The Food Policy Council is Proud to Present: The Assessment of a Central Food Processing Facility for Washington, DC:
You can read the Executive Summary and Full Report by clicking the links, or visit our website at

Food for the People Spotlights Those Working for a More Equitable Food System

The Case for a No-Till Garden

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens are in bloom. How to make the most of this hidden gem.

This Man Documented 5,000 Trees Being Killed By Vines In Takoma Park

Virigina 2021 Beehive Distribution Program
Provides VA residents 18+ with equipment for assembling up to 3 new hives
Have a Swarm of Bees? Here's What To Do
As nerdy as it may seem, “swarm” means something different to a beekeeper than it does to a normal person, but we are still here to help you out. Please email, call (202)255-4318 if you have a swarm like this, and we will try to collect it.
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Newly-elected Wisconsin state representative Francesca Hong is fighting for a living wage for restaurant workers and economic justice for all.

The Food System’s Carbon Footprint Has Been Vastly Underestimated

New research highlights a shifting priority at food banks: tackling the root causes of food insecurity


Food Justice


Highlighted Causes

Join Project NIA and Interrupting Criminalization on July 22 for an introduction to Hope Praxis Collective's new "Rape Culture Intervention Toolkit."
ASL Interpretation & Live Closed Captions Available


Urgent Needs

Sign petition to save the Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden in Baltimore 
Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden, a farm in the Cherry Hill community, is being actively threatened with closure by the landowner, Housing Authority of Baltimore City. Sign this petition in support of the farm staying where it is currently located.

Trader Joe's Crew Members Demand No Cuts to Wages and Healthcare Coverage be Returned! (Petition)

Tell General Mills to close their Pillsbury factory in occupied Palestine!

A Reparations Map for Farmers of Color May Help Right Historical Wrongs
Follow these accounts and newsletters for lists of daily actions, frequent updates, and urgent protests needs in Greater DC Area
Individual Events

DC Peace Team Offering New ONLINE Courses
  • 7/17 We will offer an ONLINE Introduction to Restorative Justice Circles from 10am-2pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • 7/18 We will offer an ONLINE Anti-Racism 101: Identify, Challenge, and Dismantle from 12pm-4pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • 7/21 We will offer an ONLINE CNVC++ Workshop on Being In Collaboration with Others from 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • 7/24 We will offer an ONLINE Introduction to Active Bystander Intervention from 10am-3pm EDT with a 1 hr. break. REGISTER HERE
  • 7/28 We will offer an ONLINE CNVC++ Workshop on The Law of Attraction, Feelings & Needs from 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • 7/31 We will offer an ONLINE Compassionate Nonviolent Communication Training for Trainers from 1-5:30pm EDT with a 30 min. break to train those who would like to facilitate the Introduction to Nonviolent Communication module. REGISTER HERE
SURJ DC From Reform to Abolition Series

Creative reaction Lab Workshops

"From Gerrymandered to Gentrified" Part 4 of the JXN Project Summer Lecture Series
The JXN Project celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Jackson Ward neighborhood with a year-long sesquicentennial celebration. Join the Library of Virginia as we partner with The JXN Project and Richmond Public Library to offer a six-part summer lecture series on Jackson Ward history. In this fourth lecture, moderator Allan Charles Chipman (Initiatives of Change) leads a discussion with Duron Chavis (Black Space Matters), Zenobia Bey (Community 50|50), Iman Shabazz (Beyond Containment), and Sheba Williams (Nolef Turns) exploring the arc of Jackson Ward as a neighborhood that was gerrymandered in the 1870s, redlined in the 1950s, and gentrified in the 2000s, as well as its subsequent disruption of families, communities, and businesses.[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

An Introduction to the Rape Culture Intervention Toolkit
Thu, July 22 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Join Project Nia & Hope Praxis Collective for an introduction to their new Rape Culture Intervention Toolkit.
Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum
Centering Community Experience in the Climate Narrative
Past WEL webinar recordings

Urban Displacements And Contemporary Capitalism
Saturday, August 14, 2021 At 2 Pm Edt – 4 Pm
Susanne Soederberg argues that historical and geographical configurations of monetized governance, including landlords, employers and inter-scalar state practices, have served to reproduce urban displacements and obfuscate their gendered, class and racialized underpinnings. The outcome is the everyday facilitation and normalization of urban poverty and social marginalization on one side, and capital accumulation on the other. Berlin, Dublin, and Vienna are case studies.

Recurring Events

DC Grassroots Planning Coalition
Gathers every second Saturday
A network of DC residents & organizations from all 8 Wards committed to pursuing racial, economic, and environmental justice through equitable development.

ONE DC Right to Housing Committee Meeting
Every Thursday - 6 PM to 8 PM
ONE DC - 614 S St NW, Washington D.C. 20001
Join the Right to Housing Committee every Thursday at our Shaw Office! Come together with other ONE DC members to discuss our tenant rights, and build power to fight displacement and gain community control of land and housing for low-wage, long-standing Washingtonians.

ROC-DC Member Orientation / Orientación para MiembrosMonthly orientation every last Monday of each month from 1pm-2:30pmAre you a restaurant worker who has been affected by COVID-19? Do you want to make changes in the restaurant industry for the better? Do you believe in justice and equity for all workers? The Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC (ROC-DC) is a worker-led organization that is fighting for better wages and working conditions for restaurant and food service workers across the DMV.
The Hunger for Justice Series
The COVID-19 crisis is exposing an enduring and extremely dangerous problem – the inequities within our food system. In honor of a global response, A Growing Culture (AGC) is announcing The Hunger for Justice Series, a weekly live broadcast about how we feed everyone in a Post-Covid World. AGC will showcase the stories and voices of our global network, highlighting local solutions to feeding the world on a changing planet. Each week, we will be hosting an hour long, candid conversation with activists at the frontlines of the global food movement. Themes like gender equality, farmworker rights, trade policy, seed patents, climate change, and land grabs will be explored through the lens of food sovereignty.
Recent Recorded Series and Events

DC for Democracy Housing Working Group Presentation on Community Land Trusts and Limited Equity Housing Co-ops

Food Solutions New England Winter Series
View their wrap-up and recordings on food policy, narrative strategy, the power of the network, and racial equity leadership all online.
More Information and Links

National Museum of Women in the Arts & DC Mutual Aid ApothecaryIn this new series, please join our in depth interviews with the Curative Collective, a group of Women, Arts, and Social Change partners working at the intersection of food, art, and social change
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DC Food Policy Council: Racism, Racial Equity, and the Food System Recordings
The DC Food Policy Council, in its role as a convener, invites those who are engaged in the DC food system (as a professional, student, or resident) to this 8-week conversation to reflect, learn, and hold ourselves accountable. Following sessions have been recorded
  • The History of DC’s Grocery Gap
  • Land Access and the Racial Wealth Gap
  • How Racism and White Supremacy Influence Nutrition Education
  • Racial Injustice and Workers in the Food Supply Chain (recording coming soon)

2020 Intro to Racism and White Privilege Webinar Course
July 2020 to February 2021
The People’s School of DC 2019 “Introduction to Racism and White Privilege course” has been converted to a webinar format, that will be recorded and publicly shared, starting in July. This is a FREE 24-class course, (3) 2-hour classes a month, on the many different forms of racism and white privilege in the US, specifically focusing on forms beyond the “explicit” and “easy to see”, through a multi-media lecture series presenting hundreds of anti-racism concepts, perspectives, strategies, resources, speeches, quotes, videos, books, articles, and ways to get involved in modern day efforts to dismantle white supremacy.
Current Webinar recordings available Now

Local Resources
People's School of DC Anti-racism Resources
Advocacy for COVID-19 Essential Workers
Essential workers have continued reporting to their physical places of employment during the pandemic. COVID-19 has cost the lives of people who have had to continue to work throughout the pandemic—often with low pay and limited benefits—while also putting their families and communities at greater risk. In this link, we provide information that can help you advocate for and create a safer workplace.
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DCFPI: A Resident’s Guide to the DC Budget

Educational Webinars

US Botanic Gardens
Find the list of upcoming webinars below. Registration closes prior to the event so sign up today:
  • 7/16 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Seasonal Vegetable Gardening (Online Q&A)
  • 7/22 12:00 PM Choice Cukes (Online Cooking Demo)
  • 7/30 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Summer Tomatoes (Online Cooking Demo)
  • 8/5 12:00 PM Tantalizing Tomatoes (Online Cooking Demo)
  • 8/12 at 12:00 PM Eggplant Extravaganza and Ending the Summer (Online Cooking Demo)
  • 8/19 at 12:00 PM Bean Bonanza (Online Cooking Demo)
  • 8/26 at 12:00 PM Summer Harvest Online Cooking Demo)

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia - Upcoming Webinars

Full List of Events Here: 
Green Spring Garden Gardens Events 
4603 Green Spring Road Alexandria, Virginia
  • 7/17 10:00 am - Backyard Composting Basics
  • 7/24 10:00 am - Garden Tour and Ice Cream 
  • 7/31 10:00 am Tropical Teas Tasting 
  • 8/14 10:00 am Garden Tour: Green Spring Up and Down

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Cultivate the City
We’re always looking to host fun events at our rooftop including classes, workshops, cooking demos, happy hours, potlucks and volunteer opportunities. See the upcoming list of events here, and sign up at the link below:
  • July 17th - Plant Propagation 101 
  • July 25th - Indoor and Container Gardening 101
  • August 7th - Grow Your Own Microgreens!
  • August 14th - Hydroponics and Vertical Gardening 
  • August 21st - Plant Propagation 101 
  • August 29th - Indoor and Container Gardening 101

DC Master Gardener Fall Basics Training
Applications due July 18, 2021
Applications to the DC Master Gardener Fall Basic Training are open! Please click HERE for more information. We will offer financial aid for to up to 10 percent of the students. Please contact Patricia Bon at (202) 941-7923 or for more information.

Fox Haven Organic Farm

Calendar of Events

Sankofa Series: The People's Demand for Land Reparations in Baltimore City
Tue, July 20th 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT
Black Yield Institute (BYI) and Farm Alliance of Baltimore (FAB) have released a report, Community Control of Land: The People's Demand for Land Reparations in Baltimore City. In this session, BYI and FAB organizers will share the context of Baltimore City land use (and non-use) in primarily poor and Black communities (also known as the Black Butterfly). Presenters will also share the organizing process, themes of the community dialogues, and post-report organizing efforts.

University of Maryland Extension

School Garden Support Organization Network Peer to Peer Solution Session-Building School Culture
July 21st at 1 p.m
Join your fellow school garden peers to workshop school garden challenges and provide solutions in small facilitated breakout groups. The focus will be on challenges related to building school culture in and around the school garden, especially as we gear up to go back to school in the fall.
Register here.

Speaking Out for Climate & Environmental Justice
Wed, July 21, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Telling your story--whether to friends and family, the media, or Congress--is one impactful way to advocate for change. On July 21st at 7pm ET, hear from environmental justice advocates in DC about how they have used their voices to fight against pollution, the lack of affordable solar, and more while promoting healthy, livable communities. This virtual event will also include a storytelling training for people interested in telling their own stories to help work toward a more sustainable and just DC. Everyone is welcome! You do not need to come with a story in mind, and the training will help people with many different experiences build these skills and apply them to environmental justice, climate, and other advocacy work.

Montgomery County Food Policy Council

Bloom Webinar Schedule
Find the list of upcoming webinars below:

  • July 22 - Fermentation with Lacey Walker
  • August 5 - Incredible Edible!, edible flowers of different latitudes with Yuré Calvo Santana
  • August 10  - Cheesemaking Class (chevre) with Sade Musa
    August 17 - Traditional African Farming - A Return to Regeneration with Saphan Pickett
  • September 2 - Stealth Health: Kitchen Herbs to Promote Wellness with Teri 'Cricket' Owens
  • September 7 - Medicinal Plants and Emotional Wellness with Yuré Calvo Santana
Click on link for many more classes throughout year

Creative Root Upcoming Classes

Small Business 101: Preparing to Use a Commercial Kitchen
Thursday, July 22 from 3 pm to 4 pm
We will cover the first steps you should take to prepare your business before you work in a commercial kitchen, how to consider your business space and kitchen needs, and what you need to know about your budget when considering potential shared kitchen spaces. This workshop will be highly interactive and will focus on getting you the information you need to prepare for cooking in a commercial kitchen. Learn more and register for the event here.

Merrifield Garden Center

  • Thursday, July 22, 12:00 pm Containers for Pollinators: Summer to Fall
  • Thursday, August 19, 12:00 pm Fall Vegetables

Anacostia Community Museum
Centering Community Experience in the Climate Narrative
Past WEL webinar recordings

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Soil Health and Storage at Cutfresh Organics
Monday, July 26, 2021 - 9:00am to 11:00am 
This workshop is the first half of a 2-Part Grain Series exploring what it will take to make local, organic grains a viable industry in the Chesapeake region. Join us at Cutfresh Organics -- a 365-acre organic farm growing food and feed-grade grain and beans -- to learn about their grain rotations, soil health practices and goals, and storage considerations. Owner/operator Aaron Cooper is a fifth-generation grain grower. Since Aaron began taking over the farm in 2006, he has steadily transitioned it 50 acres at a time from conventional to organic production and has been a constant innovator in the process - diversifying crops and rotations, exploring new market opportunities, and trialing his own equipment alterations to make the tools he owns work better for his aims.

A Community Conversation Series about Food in DC Jail
July 28, 2021, 12PM - 1PM
Anyone concerned about mass incarceration in general as well as the impact of food in prison on physical and emotional well-being. Lastly, we are collecting stories and information from those who have been incarcerated in DC about their experience eating in DC-based correctional facilities (Central Detention Facility and Correctional Treatment Facility). The goal of this survey is to gather testimonials on the experiences and impacts of eating in confinement in DC from the experts--those who have eaten the food themselves and their loved ones. The results will inform organizing work and prioritize efforts based on the top needs of those directly impacted. Please complete the SURVEY HERE if you want to share your experiences and opinions. Responses are anonymous and will not be published or shared publicly with any identifying information. 


Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon
1 hour webinars, Cost is FREE
  • 7/28/2021: Principles of Biological Control
  • 8/11/2021: Basics of Pond Management
  • 8/25/2021: Principles of Agronomy
  • 9/8/2021: Managing Farm Family Finances
  • 9/22/2021: Smart Phone Videos: Top 10 Tips for Awesome Videos from Your Smartphone
  • 10/13/2021: What is Fruit Quality and Factors That Affect it?
  • 10/27/2021: Managing Your Finances Resiliently
  • 11/10/2021: Wildlife management on the farm
  • 11/24/2021: No webinar, Thanksgiving week
  • 12/8/2021: Helping Farmers to be Good Neighbors

Full Schedule

Get ready for our biggest pop up yet! We are collaborating with @collectivehealthinitiative + @swapdc to bring you a full health, wellness and joy filled event! @collectivehealthinitiative will be offering free health services, massage, blood pressure checks and more! We’ll be featuring their practitioners in the days leading up to the event! @swapdc is gonna be setting up shop with us! Come out with clothes to drop off, swap, or just come pick up what draws you. Help us close the textile loop and adorn your body with items you love! We will also have yoga (thanks to!), one on one herbal consultations (@klcccollective + @districtherbs + @ultravivre) and reiki sessions (@highpriestessherbalwellness). Shout out too to @cityblossoms for offering kid friendly garden based activities during every single one of our pop ups!

VSU College Of Agriculture Field Day
Friday, July 30th 7:00 AM  11:30 AM
Join us for an educational field day at VSU Randolph Farm. Learn about: 

  • Goat & Sheep Management
  • Vegetable & Berry Productio
  • Plant Disease Prevention
  • Hydroponic, Aquaponic & High Tunnel Crop Production
  • Cattle Grazing

For more information, contact Tina Cabrera at (804) 524-6971 or  If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Small Farm Outreach Program office at or call (804) 524-3292 / TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8 am. and 5 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.

FARM (and Other F Words) Book Signing and Q&A with Author Sarah Mock 
Saturday, July 31 at 5:00pm
Join Slow Food DC and author Sarah Mock at one of DC's favorite dive bars to discuss our food/farm system, and what the f*&! we can do to improve it. Farm (and Other F Words) explores the state of farming today, and how we might approach farming differently to grow more good food, create good jobs, and achieve good environmental outcomes.Sarah will read an excerpt from her book, followed by a moderated Q&A. Afterwards, there will be plenty of time to hang out with the author and each other! Copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase. This event is free and open to the public, although please be advised that The Pug is a bar and relevant age restrictions will apply.

DC Bilingual PCS Garden Work Day Volunteers Needed!
We need help with garden maintenance (weeding, mucling, planting, art, etc.). Tasks will be explained closer to the date. Kids and whole families are welcome! Also Reference our Volunteermatch posting here and here. Any questions please email Lola Bloom at


This lecture series will take place entirely online, with a new speaker on the second Wednesday of the month from October 2020 to September 2021.
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Renovation Celebration at Tenleytown Ace from August 2nd to 8th

OSSE Summer Training Series

  • Models of Meal Service: Aug. 3; 1-2 p.m. This session will outline recommendations for serving meals in the classroom and outdoors.

DC Food Policy Council Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, August 4th from  5-6pm
The DC Food Policy Council meets on the first Wednesday of every other month, with a total of 6 meetings per calendar year. All Food Policy Council meetings and working groups are open to the public. 

Eat Your Ethics: Four Courses of Empowerment
Aug 15, 2021 01:00 PM
Oct 24, 2021 01:00 PM
Food Empowerment Project is hosting a four-part series that will help you eat your ethics. Do you love animals? Do you despise child labor? Do you believe workers should have rights? We are here to help ensure your values are reflected in your food choices. Each one-hour event will be packed with morsels of information about veganism to help you better understand the realities of animals raised and killed for food, along with other issues of injustice within our food system. We will also be answering questions, giving helpful tips and suggestions to support you going and staying vegan.

Save the date for Future Harvest's annual conference!
January 13-15, 2022
The Hotel at UMD in College Park, MD

The Chesapeake region's premier three-day event of workshops, inspiring speakers, and farmer and foodpreneur learning and networking will take place January 13-15, 2022 at The Hotel at UMD in College Park, MD. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned farmer, an agricultural service provider or an ag-tivist, a sponsor or exhibitor, or someone concerned about the environment, or a foodpreneur, this conference offers you something special.  Submit a Proposal: The conference increases each year in diversity. While the topic of each session proposal is important, it is also important that workshop presenters reflect the gender, race, ethnicity, religious, and class differences of our audience. We seek voices that reflect a variety of operations from small (may or may not be urban), to mid to large-scale. In short, the program should be as vibrant and diverse as our farms! The deadline for proposals is August 30th. Learn more and submit here.
Recent Recorded Classes

DUG Network Online Learning Page
Comprehensive list of locally made digital workshops, webinars, and podcasts, etc. covering many topics of interest including gardening, farming, herbalism, food, and food justice.

DPR Urban Grower Webinar Courses Recordings
Online classes and courses taught by DC Parks and Rec and dozens of other local teachers.
Class List:
  • DPR Urban Grower Webinar Course
  • DPR Basics of Urban Growing Webinar Series
  • DPR Advanced Grower Webinar Series
  • Food Justice Webinars

Free Food Safety Online Courses
For 30 years, ServSafe has been at the forefront of preparing restaurant and foodservice workers to deliver safe dining experiences for their guests, while also keeping themselves safe. Every day, we train the restaurant and food service industry on topics like cooking temperatures, safe storage, and cross contamination, as well as hygiene, sanitation, and other risk mitigation activities. Because of the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have developed a number of free resources aimed at keeping our workers and the dining public safe.

Botany Everyday: Online Classes
6 day online class about plant botany and foraging
Mycologos Online Mushroom Classes
  • Mushroom Identification: Basics & Beyond
  • Everything’s Connected: Fungal Ecology from the Sea to the Sky
  • The Many Ways of Fungi: First Steps Into the World of Mycology
  • Growing Mushrooms for Food, Fun, & Profit
Good Gardening Videos
Learn to garden and be inspired by over 1,000 gardening videos curated for accuracy and quality. Use the Search Box, Browse by Topic, or go to Best Videos for each month in the sidebar. Good Gardening Videos is pro-science, pro-environment, ad-free and nonprofit

P.S. Rate Your Garden Teachers!
There have been many garden workshops citywide this year.  Please help shape these classes by rating your teachers here:

Program Highlight

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The newly released FoodPrints Curriculum brings academics to life and connects students to their food
The UDC Bertie Backus Community Garden (BCBG) in Fort Totten is accepting applications for garden plots from Ward 5 residents.
The garden space is located at the UDC Bertie Backus Campus. The Community Garden consists of twenty-six (2) 3.5' x 7' raised garden boxes. The Community Garden's Board of Directors, in conjunction with UDC's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) assigns plots to applicants on a first-come, first-served, and waiting list basis. The garden is currently free and does not collect any type of membership dues or fees.  Applicants to the Bertie Backus Community Garden must be Ward 5 residents. One application per household, please.  Upon completing the application, immediately send proof of identification with current address (Washington D.C., Driver's License, Voter Registration, etc.) and residency (utility bill, lease, etc.) to Your application is not complete until we have received all of these materials. No gardening experience is necessary. New, amateur, and experienced gardeners are welcome! Apply here by the priority deadline of June 30 for earliest consideration: (We recommend using a Google account to apply.)

GMU Organic Gardening Association Seedling Sale
"It's time to plant your garden! Get started by purchasing seedlings from your local student gardening club.We have organic tomatoes, peppers, medicinal and culinary herbs, and edible flowers! All proceeds go to the Greenhouse & Gardens Program, which provides educational and volunteer opportunities in sustainable agriculture for students and the community at large. Go to to view the Greenhouse & Gardens' secure George Mason University online marketplace store. You can pay online and choose your contactless pick-up time or stop by our greenhouse to browse the plants and pay cash. The Seedling Sale lasts until everything is gone!"

Extension Master Gardener Help Desk
Our Help Desk operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk operates from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the VCE office at the Fairlington Community Center 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 Contact us at 703-228-6414 or, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers.  It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.

Join the DC Urban Grower Network Google Group!
This group is a platform for urban growers in greater DC to ask questions, partner on projects and bulk purchases, and share resources and events about urban growing in greater DC.
To join a google group you need a google email or a google account link to a non google email.
See instructions to join here

Local Monthly Garden Podcasts
The Farmers I Know
A new podcast that gives farmers a platform that honors their role as thought leaders in environmental and social justice issues. If you are interested in hearing from the dedicated people growing your food, you can check out the first episode and subscribe on Apple or Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also check it out on instagram @thefarmersiknow.
Newest Episode
Hear from experts in land sovereignty talk about the social, political, and environmental issues that intersect with land. Featuring Eric Jackson with the Black Yield Institute, Kyla and Kandeaux hosts of the Farm Plug podcast, Dr. Maria Lawrence a professor at Rhode Island College, Holly Rippon-Butler with the National Young Farmers Coalition, and Eric Cassetta with The Land Institute.

Edible Activist Podcast
Edible Activist is a podcast where dynamic people of color in the food and agriculture space share personal food journeys, stories and perspectives that stem from the land. Hosted by Melissa L. Jones, she interviews a diverse group of everyday growers, farmers, artists, healers, and other extraordinary individuals, who exemplify activism in their own edible way.
Newest Episode
#112: Eester Farms Legacy with Bryan Epps 
Bryan Epps, New Jersey native, is a returning farmer with an extensive background in organizing and community building. In this episode, Bryan shares the legacy of his family's land: Eester Farm, held for 200 years and how he's been called back to the agricultural grid and what the transition has been like. He also shares his perspectives on food and nutrition and his devotion to disrupting food apartheid. Tap in!

All about gardening in the greater Washington, DC, and Mid-Atlantic area. Hosted by Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine (www.
Newest Episode
GardenDC Podcast Episode 65 - Annuals A to Z
In this episode, we talk with Paul Westervelt, Annual & Perennial Production Manager; Director of New Plant R&D with Saunders Brothers, Inc., all about annuals. The plant profile is on Astilbe and I share what's going on locally and in the garden.
The Garden Thyme Podcast
A monthly podcast where we help you get down and dirty in your garden, with timely gardening tips, information about native plants, and more! The Garden Thyme Podcast is brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension.
Newest Episode
S2:E7 Worms!
In this month episode, we are chatting about the wonderful world of worms. Yes, worms. Although worms are slimy and wiggly, they play a vital role in our ecosystem. Earthworms increase air and water into the soil horizon, and usually, their presence is an indicator of a healthy soil system rich in nutrients and organic matter. Think of them as tiny tillers that incorporate organic matter, air, and water into the soil.

Volunteer Opportunities
DPR Communal Farms
In 2020 DC Parks and Rec (DPR) started a new program called Communal Farms, which are communal production farms, managed by DPR staff and community volunteers, with the purpose of providing various ways for community members to receive free food, volunteer, and participate in hands-on educational opportunities.  We're currently looking for volunteers to help during our open hours. 
2 DPR Communal Farms
Lederer Gardens
  • Location: 4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE (ward 7)
  • Open Hours: Every Monday and Wednesday from 10-2pm
Edgewood Rooftop Farm
  • Location: 4300 Evarts St NE (ward 5) 
  • Open Hours:  Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-2pm       
Email if you want to volunteer, have questions, or want to receive updates.

Volunteer With the Farm at Kelly Miller
Wednesdays 10am - 2pm and Fridays from 10am - 2pm
301 49th St NE, 20019
Are you looking for a fun socially distant outdoor activity? Look no further. The Farm at Kelly Miller is the spot for you and your crew!
Starting this week, volunteer hours at the farm are now on
Wednesdays 10am - 2pm and Fridays from 10am - 2pm. Email for more details.

Horace Mann Elementary School - Spring and Summer Gardening Volunteers
Horace Mann Elementary School in Ward 3 is looking for volunteers for their spring and summer gardening seasons.  Mann has nine learning gardens from land to the rooftop. We are committed to teaching children about the importance of native plants and raising food, and we maintain nature play areas with sustainable landscaping to support their environmental literacy. All work is socially distanced and masked. Come work in a group (Thursdays & Saturdays 11-2) or work on an independent project. Contact Amy, the School Garden Coordinator at to sign-up.
Volunteer with DC Mutual Aid Apothecary
The DC Mutual Aid Apothecary is a community based project that provides free herbal medicine, education and a network for local herbalists and herbal enthusiasts to come together to make herbal medicine and share herbal traditions. In 2020 we provided free herbal medicine, medicine making sessions and apothecary Pop-Ups in DC. We are currently looking for volunteer leaders who can commit 8-10 hours a month to help support this project during the 2021 growing season (May-September). BIPOC Herbalists encouraged to apply!
Help with Food Access!
Volunteer with Joyful Food Markets and Increase Food Access in DC!
Joyful Food Markets are run exclusively in elementary schools in Wards 7 & 8. In each school, colorful tables are filled with baskets of fresh produce and piled high with healthy non-perishable food, while festive music plays. The markets are joyful community events, where families and children can mingle with volunteers and school administrators while selecting from fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples, totaling 23 pounds of food per enrolled student. In addition, our markets feature kids’ cooking activities, recipe samples, and chef-led culinary demonstrations, designed to get children excited about healthy eating and cooking. To volunteer please create an account here on our Volunteerhub website. After creating an account, you should be able to see all of our upcoming shifts for the next three months in a calendar view format. Finally, you can find more information about the impact of our JFM’s by watching this video.
GetGroceries - Be an early Adopter
We are bringing the first zero-waste grocery delivery service to the Washington DC Metro area. We are a values-driven organization that believes:
A) Food should not be packaged in toxic packaging;
B) A zero-waste kitchen is our best defense to protect Earth’s land, water and air;
C) It’s time to bring compassion back into the grocery shopping experience.
Become an early adopter and sign up today:

Help Rescue Food for People In Need During COVID-19!
These are very challenging times for many, but one silver lining of all this is the many organizations and individuals who are working tirelessly to help those in need in their communities. Food assistance organizations are already facing higher demand for food. However, as restaurants close or alter their menus, events and catering orders are canceled, and offices are moving to 100% telework, there is a large amount of excess food that could be donated and needs to be placed with a food assistance organization very quickly. Food Rescue US- DC’s network of volunteers is ready to rescue that food and get it to the organizations who need it. Please, spread the word to restaurants, cafes, caterers, event spaces, offices, and any other businesses who may find themselves with excess food to donate that Food Rescue US - DC can rescue that food and make sure it gets to the right place. If you have food to donate or would like to volunteer to rescue food, you can:
Sign up via the Food Rescue US app

Stretch your SNAP dollars at 20 Healthy Corners stores in DC
Healthy Corners supplies fresh produce and healthy snacks to corner stores in DC’s low-income communities. Products are sold at below-market prices, making them affordable options for shoppers. Find a store here:
At select Healthy Corners stores, shoppers who earn SNAP/EBT benefits can participate in the "5 for 5" coupon program to earn $5 in free fresh fruits and vegetables. The SNAP/EBT purchase must contain at least 1 fresh fruit or vegetable.
More information and participating stores at:

Local CSA
DC Local Grown CSAs
Click on photo for more info

Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie)

flowers x flores (Flower CSA)

Common Good City Farm
Vegetable CSA

Full Information and Pickup Times Here
Fox Haven Farm Winter Dried Herb CSA
Full Information Here

C.R.I.S.P. CSA  (THEARC and Kelly Miller Farms)

DC UrbanGreens, Greens-to-Go! CSA

Little Red Botanicals Herbal CSA

Little Wild Things Salad Share Program

Community Foodworks Market Share CSA

Up Top Acres Rooftop Farm Membership

Find a Local Farmer Outside DC
Humane DC
Looking to avoid factory farms but not ready to go vegan?
Check out, a resource list of local (Mid Atlantic) pasture-raised meat and dairy farms, with higher animal welfare than most factory farms, and serve Greater DC area with CSAs, Buyers Clubs or home delivery.  There's also a lot of great vegan resources for DC too!

Future Harvest CASA: Find-A-Farmer or Market Map

Local Harvest: Find a Local CSA

COG: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Listing for DC area

Order Locally Grown Rice, Wheat, Oats, Buckwheat, and Flours from Purple Mountain Organics

SEYLOU Bakery & Mill // Flour club

Aunt Bertha
Aunt Bertha’s network connects people seeking help by zip code. (Food pantries, shelters, free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, etc.)

Job and Apprenticeship Openings

Montgomery County Food Council Open Positions

FRESHFARM Food Prints Lead Teachers
FRESHFARM's FoodPrints program is growing and we hope you can help us find more amazing teachers to join our team and put our new curriculum to work in DC Public Schools! We are currently hiring new FoodPrints Lead Teachers. Both are written to be part-time positions, but for the right candidate, we could make a full-time position work. We are committed to finding team members to join us that reflect the communities we serve and would like your help in finding candidates you feel would be a good fit for our work. Interested candidates can email their resume and cover letter to:
Foodcorps Service Member 
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders that connects kids to food and helps them grow up healthy. We do that by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service.  Service member positions run from August 9th, 2021-July 8th 2022 and will be full time in person in schools this fall. We're looking for candidates who are passionate about supporting food education and more nourishing food in DC schools and communities, especially looking for BIMPOC leaders, local candidates, and leaders with diverse lived experience.

Latin American Youth Center - Food & Nutrition Coordinator 
The Food & Nutrition Coordinator is a part-time position based in Washington, DC. The coordinator will assist in the development and lead day-to-day maintenance of a new food pantry at LAYC, which will serve hundreds of families a month with food, diapers, and toiletries. The coordinator will maintain the pantry, order food, solicit and integrate donations, and assist staff in planning and implementing food and diaper distributions off-site. They will work with youth and volunteer groups in the pantry. They will also create food & nutrition content to support the pantry, such as recipe cards and cooking demo videos on social media. 

Alveole - Urban Beekeeping Assistant
You’re interested in bees and would like to work producing local urban honey? Alvéole has a sweet deal for you! We’re presently looking to fill 1 position on our team in Washington, DC, for the 2021 harvest. This is a temporary contract position for the harvest season only, 30 hours per week from July 19th, 2021 to August 16th, 2021. Click here to see a video of honey extraction.

Mundo Verde Bilingual PCS - Nutrition and Compliance Coordinator 
The Nutrition and Compliance Coordinator will serve as a key member of the Food Service Team. The position will work collaboratively with the Chef, Sous Chef, and Food and Wellness Program Manager to create menus, oversee compliance for the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs, and provide technical and logistical support for the JF Cook campus kitchen.
Visit to access the full job description.

Brooksfield School - Organic Gardening Teacher 
The Gardening Teacher position at Brooksfield School is three days a week from 9:00am-12pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from September to June. From June to August, the Garden Teacher works Summer Camp one day a week from 9:30am-3:00pm, working with students ages 3 to10. We are flexible with days. The Garden Teacher takes classes in small groups (5 to 11 students) out to learn in our beautiful organic gardens and woodland area. The Garden Teacher develops lessons in tune with the garden season, and has the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers to provide an interdisciplinary curriculum. We have an indoor room, outdoor classroom, greenhouse, and sheltered benches for rainy days or shade when needed.  The Garden Teacher manages our raised garden beds, and promotes outdoor and food safety, health and nutrition, stewardship and pride in our school habitats. In addition, we are looking for a year-round care taker of our raised garden beds (once or twice weekly as needed to weed and water herbs, vegetables and flowers). 

Ward 8 Woods Conservancy - Part-Time Community Outreach Coordinator
The Ward 8 Woods Conservancy is a grassroots environmental justice organization that works to advance the health, beauty, and public benefit of the more than 500 acres of forested parkland in our section of the District of Columbia. With local residents - paid staff and volunteers - we work to restore the woodland ecology, build trails, and promote healthy and sustainable living.  We use the woods as a tool for healing and empowerment. The Community Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director to grow our audience and share our environmental justice message with the 80,000 residents of Ward 8.  The position is a part-time, 20-hour-a-week position.

Brooksfield School Gardening Teacher (McLean, VA)
The Gardening Teacher position at Brooksfield School is three days a week from 9:00am-12pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from September to June. The Garden Teacher takes classes in small groups (5 to 11 students) out to learn in our beautiful organic gardens and woodland area. The Garden Teacher develops lessons in tune with the garden season, and has the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers to provide an interdisciplinary curriculum. We have an indoor room, outdoor classroom, greenhouse, and sheltered benches for rainy days or shade when needed. The Garden Teacher manages our raised garden beds, and promotes outdoor and food safety, health and nutrition, stewardship and pride in our school habitats.  In addition, we are looking for a year-round care taker of our raised garden beds (once or twice weekly as needed to weed and water herbs, vegetables and flowers). We are a Montessori School with about 95 students during the school year and 130 students during the summer for camp. Our ages start with toddlers and go through age 6. We are located in McLean, VA. Applicants can apply by sending a cover letter and resume to 

Grown@Pope Food Production and Donation Coordinator


  • Are you passionate about food systems and sustainable agriculture
  • Do you enjoy collaborating and working with partners in the community
  • Are you creative and strategic in your approach to problem-solving?  

If this sounds like you, The Montgomery County Department of Parks is the place you want to be!  We are currently seeking a dynamic, highly organized Grown@Pope Food Production and Donation Coordinator. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner.  Behind the vast and diverse Montgomery County Department of Parks system is a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, 424 parks and almost 37,000 acres of park land that serves a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington, DC area. The Horticulture, Forestry, and Environmental Education Division has an exciting opportunity focused on food production and food donations. Reporting directly to the Community Gardens Program Manager, the Grown@Pope Food Production and Donation Coordinator will lead the Montgomery County Department of Parks in managing a parcel of .2 acres dedicated to producing vegetable crops to increase access to fresh food in the county. If anyone has questions, they can contact Michelle Nelson at

Montgomery County Food Council is Hiring 

  • Coordinator and/or Manager roles focused on Food Economy, Food Security, Advocacy, Agriculture, and/or Environmental Impact priorities (rolling)
  • Agriculture, Food Economy, and Sustainability Programs Coordinator/Manager

Please contact with any questions!

George Mason's Gunston Hall - Horticulturalist
Gunston Hall is a small museum with a highly collaborative, energetic staff dedicated to the power of place, historical objects, and storytelling to create meaningful experiences for visitors of all ages.  We offer an exciting opportunity for an energetic and action-oriented professional to join our team in the development, management, and interpretation of gardens and historic landscapes on our 550-acre historic site. Having recently adopted a twenty year Campus Master Plan and reconstructed the historic river-side garden at Gunston Hall, we are seeking a passionate and collaborative horticulturist with the vision, expertise, and ability to inspire, develop, and implement an active program of landscape restoration, maintenance, and education. The ideal candidate will possess expertise in horticulture and landscape management, a compelling vision for the educational potential of gardens and landscapes, an enthusiasm for their work, a commitment to collaboration, a strong belief in the importance of ongoing personal and professional development, and knowledge of 18th-century horticulture.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is Hiring a Grassroots Fellow 
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is currently seeking a Grassroots Fellow for 2021-2022, beginning in August 2021 and ending in May 2022. This approximately ten-month fellowship position is a fixed term, full time, non-exempt position that offers benefits as per the employee handbook and is located at NSAC's DC office on Capitol Hill. All staff are currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly prefer that candidates be able to work regularly from our Washington, DC office when public health and safety guidelines allow for office reopening. This role will be compensated at a rate of $19/hour. We offer excellent benefits, including generous vacation and time off policy, health, dental, and long-term disability insurance, financial support for professional and personal development, and more. Please use this form to complete and submit application materials by July 12, 2021. Candidates who match 75% of the qualifications are encouraged to apply! No phone calls, please. 

Fairfax County Park Authority is Hiring a Farmers Market Program Assistant 
Fairfax County operates 10 farmers markets across Fairfax County under the Fairfax County Park Authority. By providing access to locally grown foods, our farmers market program strives to improve the health of Fairfax County citizens, support local food producers, and protect the environment. This position include administrative, marketing and event planning duties.

Calvary Women’s Services is Hiring a Head Chef 
Calvary Women’s Services offers housing, health, education, and employment programs that empower homeless women in Washington, DC, to transform their lives.   We believe that providing residents of our transitional housing programs with high-quality, nutritious meals not only promotes the health and well-being of residents but also demonstrates our commitment to treating our community with dignity and respect. The Head Chef ensures a fresh, healthy dinner is provided to women Monday through Thursday evenings. The Head Chef also serves as a resource and advocate for healthy eating. The Head Chef is also responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of the kitchen, menu planning, inventory control and ordering food and supplies. This is a full-time position, and offers medical, dental, vision insurance  and portable life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan and generous paid vacation and sick leave. 

DC Greens is Hiring a Produce Prescription Program Manager 
DC Greens, a non-profit organization that advances health equity by building a just and resilient food system in the nation's capital, is currently seeking a Produce Rx Program Manager. The Produce Rx Program is designed to integrate healthy food access into the healthcare system. It allows medical professionals to prescribe fresh fruit and vegetables to patients experiencing diet-related chronic illnesses and participating patients receive a weekly coupon to spend on produce, as well as wrap-around nutrition education. The Program Manager is responsible for leading the implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of the Produce Rx program. 

DC Greens is Hiring a People & Human Resources Manager 
DC Greens, a non-profit organization that uses the levers of food education, food access, and food policy to advance food justice and health equity in the nation's capital, is currently seeking a People & HR Manager. The People & HR Manager is a new position designed to co-create key talent processes, organizational culture initiatives, and human resources practices in order to enable the organization to achieve its mission. This position is responsible for furthering the human resources initiatives within the organization, leading the milestones of the employment cycle and supporting the implementation of policies and procedures.

Montgomery County Food Council is Hiring 
Coordinator and/or Manager roles focused on Food Economy, Food Security, Advocacy, Agriculture, and/or Environmental Impact priorities (rolling)
Agriculture, Food Economy, and Sustainability Programs Coordinator/Manager
Please contact with any questions!

Food Empowerment Project is hiring a Marketing/Communications Associate 
We are looking for an incredible individual to join Food Empowerment Project as our Marketing & Communications Associate! This full-time position can be done remotely and comes with benefits including fully-paid health insurance. 

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is Hiring a Maryland Agriculture Projects Coordinator 
​This Maryland-based position will work directly with farmers and landowners on a wide range of water quality improvement projects focused on agricultural best management practices, agricultural community engagement, riparian and upland reforestation, and more. The Maryland Agriculture Projects Coordinator is a fast-paced, full-time position working under supervision of the Agriculture Program Director to help advance the Alliance’s Agriculture Program in Maryland and throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The position will assist with farmer and partner relations, project management, grant writing, payments, invoices, reimbursements and programmatic and financial reporting. This position will involve extensive fieldwork.

City Blossoms is Hiring a Volunteer & Communications Intern 
City Blossoms fosters healthy communities through innovative, community-engaging programming and green spaces. 
Each season, City Blossoms hires interns to assist with its programming and operations. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with staff, children, and community members. All of our internships are project based and can be tailored to your specific interests and goals. Experience how a grassroots organization executes program evaluation, fundraising, and grant management. 

Assistant Farm Manager at Koiner Farm (Silver Spring, MD) 
CKC seeks to engage an individual with farming experience to help manage the vegetable operation at Koiner Farm. As an independent contractor, the Assistant Farm Manager will determine their own hours, provide their own transportation, and provide their own personal computer and/or communication equipment.

City Blossoms School Garden Partner Coordinator
City Blossoms is looking to hire a full-time, entry-level School Garden Coordinator to manage our garden partnerships with elementary and middle schools. The position is based in Washington, DC and has a start date in mid-July.

Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif) Job Openings

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (FMGG) – Part-time Volunteer Bookkeeper and Volunteer Admin Assistant
We are seeking a part-time (5-8 hr/wk) volunteer bookkeeper and a part-time (5-8 hr/wk) volunteer administrative assistant to assist our volunteer CEO/Director of Project Management to manage the day-to-day operations of our urban farm which since 2014 has donated gratis 27 tons of vegetable produce to non-profit organizations for those who need food in the metro DC area. If interested, please email to receive a complete list of responsibilities. (Email subject title “Bookkeeper” or “Admin Assistant).

ECO’ City Farm's Apprenticeships
ECO’s apprenticeships present an immersive, hands-on opportunity to learn about sustainable urban agriculture by working directly with experience farm staff. Apprenticeships are for those who are dedicated to coming to the farm in all weather to get real hands-on farm experience. The program is a 3 month season with a time commitment of at least 60 hours for this time period, averaging to about 6 hours per week. We’re flexible in the exact scheduling of how you complete those hours. Apprentice hours on the farm are between 9am and 3pm, Monday-Friday. There is also an opportunity to continue working with us after the season commitment. Apprentices have access to produce and other educational opportunities at ECO. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Urban Farmer at Little Wild Things City Farm 
Little Wild Things City Farm is looking for someone enthusiastic about growing local food with at least one year of experience in sustainable agriculture, controlled environment agriculture, or hydroponic agriculture. This position will directly help our microgreen and edible flower production and assist with our new CSA-style Salad Share program, online ordering, and outdoor edible flower production, with potential to grow with us and take on more responsibility over time. This position will support the work of the entire team and report to the Production Manager.

Farm Assistant at The Farm at Pin Oak
The Farm at Pin Oak is a family-owned and operated pastured livestock operation in Southern Md. Our sheep and pastured chickens are co-stewards of the land. We intend to improve the health of the soil, our local ecosystem and the community we serve through managed rotational grazing and silvopasture.  This position requires prior farming experience and familiarity with livestock management. You must have a valid driver's license, work authorization, and be able to work outdoors in all weather.  You should be able to lift 50 pounds and have prior experience operating basic farm machinery. Limited local driving of the farm's truck/van are required to pick up feed and supplies and occasionally deliver eggs.  The position is full-time.  We will consider a farm couple or job share.

Program Management Transition Consultant 
The Foundation developed the Food Learning Locator in 2017 (FLL) as an online map of more than 100 food-related education and job training programs offered throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We created this site with the goal of facilitating collaboration between food-related education providers and to improve community participation and awareness of these programs. This contractor position will support the FSI team by managing the maintenance and transition of the Food Learning Locator to a yet to be determined host organization. The consultant will also provide recommendations to the Foundation on the best method of support for the new host organization to ensure the ongoing management, usability and engagement of the site. The consultant should use existing FSI research, their knowledge of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and the food education space. Send a resume/CV and statement of interest summarizing your ability and approach to accomplish the stated scope of work to no later than Friday, June 4, 2021. Inquiries will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis until a contract is finalized.

LAYC Summer Youth Food Leadership Coordinator
Based in Washington, DC, the Summer Youth Food Leadership Coordinator for the Food &Nutrition Program will develop and lead a six-week virtual summer program for 12-14 teens all about food. Under the supervision of the Program Manager,the coordinator will design and implement a program that will develop young people’s workforce skill.

Hortiki Plants Job Openings

  • Executive Assistant
  • Production and Fulfillment Associates - multiple openings

View position descriptions here:

Common Good City Farm is hiring a Youth Program Educator 
We are looking for a creative and energetic individual to join our LEAF after-school program team (8-10 hours per week). LEAF (Learning for the Environment, Agriculture, and Food) is a drop in youth program designed for elementary age students that live in the surrounding area of Common Good City Farm. The program offers hands-on learning including garden science, working in our youth garden, nutrition, making art for the farm and each class involves preparing a snack using fresh produce. The program is currently virtual one afternoon a week on Wednesdays and will be in-person on our farm on Sundays with Covid-19 safety precautions starting in June 2021.  The LEAF Youth Program Educator will take part in curriculum planning, procuring needed supplies, facilitating lessons, data tracking, and managing volunteers. See additional details in the full job description on our website: 

Capital Area Food Bank is hiring a Food Growing Education Specialist 
The Food Growing Education Specialist maintains, executes, and develops educational programming for the CAFB’s Urban Demonstration Garden. The Urban Demonstration Garden is an on-site, half-acre, hands-on educational space that helps build knowledge around wellness, nutrition, and food growing for the food bank’s partners, clients, and the general public. The garden and adjacent Urban Food Studio are used in tandem to show how to grow food in an urban setting, highlighting low-cost gardening techniques. The Food Growing Education Specialist is responsible for managing all food-growing activities, including the gardening education curriculum, garden maintenance and planning, the garden volunteer program, and any associated grants. The Specialist serves as the primary organizational representative for food growing internally and externally but has opportunities to contribute more broadly to the food bank as a member of the Nutrition Education Department.

UDC is hiring a Graduate Assistant in Urban Sustainability  
CAUSES seeks a Graduate Assistant to join its Professional Science Master’s Program in Urban Sustainability ( The Graduate Assistant will work with a group of researchers to assess the current condition and survival of oak trees in the District of Columbia. Work will include evaluation of the presence of pests and pathogens, and measurement of abiotic factors that may negatively impact urban trees. Oak trees experiencing decline will be identified, mapped and sampled for pathogens and insect pests. Field work will be coordinated with public, private, institutional, and federal property owners across the District. The Graduate Assistant will collaborate with federal and District government agencies on the analysis, summary, and interpretation of data for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and for the general public in the form of blog posts and other publicly-available formats. The Graduate Assistantship position carries a stipend of $22,500 for 12 months. Upon successful completion of the first year, a second year of funding will be available (i.e. $45,000 over 24 months total). Non-DC area residents will also be eligible for in-District graduate tuition rates for the master’s program (currently $4,100 per semester).

Montgomery County Good Council Open Positions
Love & Carrots Open Positions
  • Installation Crew Member

FRESHFARM is hiring 
  • Assistant Food Educators in FoodPrints Schools
  • Pop Up Food Hub Community Delivery Drivers
  • Pop Up Food Hub Operations Associate
To learn more, check out the Job Listing on the FRESHFARM website. Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to 

DC Central Kitchen is hiring 

  • Director, Cafes and Retail Sales 
  • Instructional Services Manager

Dreaming Out Loud Openings
Dreaming Out Loud -- an organization established to create economic opportunities for marginalized communities in DC through building a healthy, equitable food system -- needs your help finding the best candidates! Please review the open positions below and share with anyone that may be interested.

We're relying on our community to help us find our new team members. Applications and referrals can be sent to Full Job Posting List Here:

ECO City Farms Apprentice Application
Finding a match between the farm and apprentices is extremely important to the success and satisfaction of both parties. We ask that you fill out the application carefully. This process will assist both of us in determining if ECO City Farms is the right place for you. Our apprentices should be reliable, timely, creative, passionate, detail-oriented, flexible, eager to learn and have a positive attitude and sense of humor!

Piedmont Environmental Council - Production Assistant 
The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a part-time, seasonal Farm Production Assistant in 2021 to play an integral role in supporting farm operations and assisting with volunteer groups. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in sustainable vegetable production. The Farm Production Assistant will report to PEC’s Community Farm Manager, providing assistance to and coordination with the Farm Manager in regard to all farm operations.

Casey Trees is Hiring 
  • Farm Crew Virginia, Berryville
  • Farm Crew & Driver Virginia, Berryville
  • Farm Maintenance Technician Virginia, Berryville
    Tree Operations
  • Senior Farm Crew Virginia, Berryville
  • GIS Technician District of Columbia, Washington
  • Horticulturist District of Columbia, Washington
  • Tree Planting Crew District of Columbia, Washington

Vegetable & Produce Assistant 
Immediate opening in our organic certified market garden for an assistant. Job description includes bed prep, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, prepping produce for market, bagging, and occasional delivery of produce to customers. Outstanding opportunity to work with and learn from our vegetable and produce specialist.

OutTeach  - National Director of Philanthropy AND Director of School & District Partnerships

  • Landscape Architecture Project Associate
  • Grant Writer 
  • National Director of Philanthropy 
  • Director of School & District Partnerships

Job Listings:

Deep Roots Farm - 2 Field Crew Positions Open 
Deep Roots Farm is a small, regenerative, woman of color owned and operated farm located in Upper Marlboro and Brandywine, Maryland. We are looking for highly self-motivated individuals to join our field crew. Responsibilities include: transplanting, harvesting, seeding, irrigating, cultivating, operating machinery, trellising and more. Must be able to work in all weather conditions outdoors and in a greenhouse.
Job Posting Here

Shenandoah Seasonal - Farmers Market Representatives & Delivery Driver 
Shenandoah Seasonal is searching for two farmers market positions. They are seeking a friendly and hardworking person based in DC as a Farmers Market Representative to represent their vegetable farm at the Saturday Mt. Vernon Triangle Farmers Market. They are also seeking a Farmers Market Representative and Delivery Driver to help bring vegetables from the farm to the city on Thursdays. This position must be local to the farm in Clear Brook, Virginia. View the job description here, and apply by emailing or call 571.447.8556.

Building Bridge is Hiring a Farm Coordinator & Development Manager 
The Farm Coordinator is responsible for growing food at THEARC Farm, keeping track of ongoing expenses & revenue for BBAR Farms, keep a log of food produced at BBAR Farms, coordinate periodic volunteer opportunities and update the BBAR Farms website. The 11th Street Bridge Park (a project of the Ward 8 non-profit Building Bridges Across the River) is searching for an Equitable Development Manager to help implement the park’s Equitable Development Plan (EDP.) This critical position builds on work of the last several years as the organization ensures that the thousands of residents who have helped shape this new civic space can continuously benefit from it.
Development Manager -

Food Chain Workers Alliance Strategic Campaigns Coordinator
The Strategic Campaigns Coordinator (SCC) will support the capacity of the FCWA Co-directors and staff teams in developing, implementing, and evaluating FCWA programming in support of our organizing vision, goals, and objectives as laid out by our member base, including strengthening organizing infrastructure, external alliances, and developing strategic campaigns.

Arcadia Farms Market Managers and Education Program Assistants 
We are looking for two more market managers and 5 or 6 market associates. It's generally part time -- about 25 hours per week of hustling hot but good work with great food and people. Here are the job descriptions, and is the right point of contact.

DC Greens - NEW Open Positions
DC Greens is hiring several positions. See links to information below.

ReFED Open Positions
ReFED is a national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste across the U.S. food system.

  • Vice President, Data and Insight Products
  • Research Analyst

Capital Area Food Bank Food Growing Education Specialist 
The Food Growing Education Specialist maintains, executes, and develops educational programming for the CAFB’s Urban Demonstration Garden. The Urban Demonstration Garden is an on-site, half-acre, hands-on educational space that helps build knowledge around wellness, nutrition, and food growing for the food bank’s partners, clients, and the general public. The garden and adjacent Urban Food Studio are used in tandem to show how to grow food in an urban setting, highlighting low-cost gardening techniques.
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank 

  • Chief Collaboration Officer – Click here for the position profile
  • Digital Communications Manager – Charlottesville or Verona, VA
  • Director of Programs (NEW) – Charlottesville or Verona, VA
  • Food Sourcing Specialist (NEW) – Verona, VA
  • Grants Manager – Charlottesville or Verona, VA
  • Manager of Child Nutrition Programs – Verona, VA
  • Campus Compact AmeriCorps Member – Verona, VA

Compost Crew Open Positions

Director, Department of Public Works (DPW)
The Department of Public Works (DPW) provides municipal services in two distinct program areas: environmental services/solid waste management and parking enforcement. Both contribute to making District streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible.

Food Recovery Network Open Position

Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School - Lead Instructor
Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School is seeking experienced wilderness instructors to lead expeditions in the summer of 2021 and continue into the fall. This position requires extensive wilderness experience and the ability to safely and effectively manage risks in the backcountry. Instructors would engage in a variety of trainings to support their transition into a leadership role.
Job Information Here

Montgomery Food Council - Partner Job Openings
Below are job openings with our partner organizations and other local organizations and offices, listed in order of newest to oldest. Click the linked text to learn more about the job listing and how to apply:

Please check back every few weeks for updates!

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
Fellows gain vital first-hand experience through placements with community-based organizations across the country as well as policy-focused organizations in Washington, D.C. The program bridges gaps between local efforts and national public policy, as fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects. 

The Environmental Law Institute, five full-time positions
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is looking for several talented individuals to fill the following open jobs:

For more information and to apply, please visit

Community Forklift - Open Positions Job Listing:

Open Positions at the Climate Reality Project
The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore, is dedicated to leading a global cultural movement demanding immediate action on the climate crisis by using cutting-edge communications and grassroots strategies to educate the public about the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis.

  • SVP of Diversity and Justice 
  • Human Resources Director 
  • Regional Organizer: Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region
    Advancement Associate

Job listing: 

Center for Science in the Public Interest

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) Job Openings
Positions Open Volunteer Opportunities

For inquires about the career page, please email

For more food-related job opportunities, check out these links:

Green America Open Positions

Multiple Capital Area Food Bank Open Positions

DC Central Kitchen

NO KID HUNGRY: Share Our Strength Open Positions
Numerous job listings at this link

CAUSES: (The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences) Open Positions
Numerous job listings at this link

DOEE Green Pathways
Are you interested in a career, fellowship, internship, summer job, or volunteer experience in the field of energy and the environment? The goal of DOEE’s Green Pathways is to provide students, young adults, and those interested in energy and the environment with jobs and opportunities in this field.


Grants and Funding

DSLBD has partnered with Kiva, a platform for financing your business using crowdsourcing tools. To learn more about how you can take advantage of this amazing opportunity to raise capital, especially if you have struggled to find financing through traditional routes, visit for more information.

Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Grant 
Deadline July 16th 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of up to $2 million for local governments to host Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot projects for fiscal year 2021. The cooperative agreements support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans and they are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture. USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (Office) will accept applications on offsite link image     until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 16, 2021. Projects should span two years with a start date of September 25, 2021 and a completion date of September 25, 2023.

District of Columbia Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program
Friday, July 16, 2021 at 6pm EST
The Chesapeake Bay Trust is excited to announce a recently formed partnership with the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment on the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program.  The goals of this Request for Applications (RFA) are to protect and enhance, directly or indirectly, the District’s water bodies or watersheds.  Another goal is to create new community partners and strengthen existing relationships with community-based organizations and small businesses.  This program will support community-oriented and inspired projects that are designed to increase knowledge and lead to behavior change as it relates to watershed and stormwater-related issues.
Philanthropy News Digest - Published RFPs
Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for U.S.-based grant-making organizations and nonprofits. To have your RFP considered for publication, please email with a Word document, text-only file, or link to a Web site explaining the program scope, grantee qualifications, application instructions, and deadlines. We require notice of funding opportunities four weeks in advance of their deadlines.
New RFPs include: 
Full List

Community Grant Program
Various deadlines
Each year Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration distributes $7 million dollars in funding to qualified community-based organizations (CBOs) in the District of Columbia through the outreach offices of the Mayor’s Office on Community Affairs (MOCA).  These outreach offices manage community grant programs and work with grantees to implement programs focused on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Priorities for District residents.
More Info and Available Funding Here

DOEE Notice of Funding Availability

On-going Grants (no deadlines)

Serve DC Funding Alert
Full list of funding opportunities and resources found here. Recently updated on Sept. 11:

GreenWrench Technical Assistance Program
This fall, DOEE will be releasing a Request for Applications (RFA) for the GreenWrench Technical Assistance Program. This RFA would be to provide technical assistance services to auto body and repair shops and coordinate giving shops an opportunity to try out products that contain safer chemicals. DOEE launched the GreenWrench Technical Assistance Program to work with and educate District automotive repair shops on the effects of pollution and the benefits of source reduction.

Chipotle Capacity Building Grants
Chipotle announces funds to support educational programs for youth, food agriculture, community improvement and capacity building.  Eligibility: Public and state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, Local Educational Agencies and State Educational Agencies  Deadline: None Funds: Awards are available up to $350 Contact: Chipotle Philanthropy Website:

Costco Wholesale Foundation.
Costco Wholesale Foundation provides Grants and in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations for programs in the areas of human services, health, education, and children. This program is open to organizations operating in communities where Costco has a business presence.

GFFA Mini-Grant Application
The purpose of GFFA mini-grants is to enable members of communities that have been historically excluded from federal food and agriculture negotiations to generate, refine, and advocate for their policy priorities and innovations. Projects funded through the grants will be used to increase member collaboration and channel the expertise, skills, and knowledge of the GFFA coalition to strengthen its capacity to inform the policy making process. Applicants for mini-grants must provide answers to a series of questions developed by the Funding Advisory Board and may not receive more than 2 grants per cycle or 3 per fiscal year.

Costco Wholesale Foundation
Costco Wholesale Foundation provides Grants and in-kind donations to nonprofit organizations for programs in the areas of human services, health, education, and children. This program is open to organizations operating in communities where Costco has a business presence.  For an organization to receive a grant or an in-kind contribution the decision is based on several factors, including: type of program; identified community need not otherwise available; indication that evidenced based data will establish measureable results of intended outcomes; community collaboration; broad base of financial support; project budget and operating expenses.  For more information visit

Nature Works Everywhere School Grants
The Nature Conservancy announces funds to support school projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. The goal is to support young people who work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation Eligibility: Independent school districts and Local Educational Agencies  Deadline: None Funds: Fifty awards are available up to $2,000 Contact: The Nature Conservancy at Website:

Empowering Families and Individuals Funds
Deadline: None
James M. Cox Foundation announces funds to support programs and projects in the areas of conservation and the environment, early childhood education (birth to five years), empowering families and individuals for success and health.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations  Contact: James M. Cox Foundation at Website:

Value Added Producer Grants
The USDA Rural Development's VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and or marketing of new products. Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, are eligible to apply. Learn more and apply here.

Initiatives Addressing Climate Change and Inequality
Nathan Cummings Foundation announces funds to support the four focus areas that together advance the vision of a healthy planet and a healthy democracy. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations  Deadline: None  Contact: Nathan Cummings Foundation  Website:

SBIR Funding Opportunities

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture awards AFRI research, education, and extension grants to combat childhood obesity, improve rural economies, increase food production, create new sources of energy, mitigate the impacts of climate variability, address water availability issues, ensure food safety and security, and train the next generation of agricultural workforce.

DOEE RiverSmart Rewards and Clean Rivers IAC Incentive Programs
Apply for RiverSmart Rewards and receive discounts on your DC Water bill. District residents, businesses, and property owners can earn a discount of up to 55% off the DOEE Stormwater Fee when they reduce stormwater runoff by installing green infrastructure (GI) such as green roofs, bioretention, permeable pavement, and rainwater harvesting systems.

Fair Food Fund
Provides financing & business assistance to good food enterprises that are growing vibrant local food systems.

The Pollinator Project
On-going grants for social change

The Cornell Douglas Foundation
Environmental, Health and Justice. Cornell Douglas Foundation announces funds to support environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and financial literacy. Introductory of letters are required and are reviewed throughout the year.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations  Deadline: None  Funds: Awards are available up to $10,000  Contact: Cornell Douglas Foundation at (301) 229-3008  Website:

USDA/NRCS Conservation Programs
(Funds for High Tunnels for Urban Farms)
Financial Assistance Programs, Easement Programs,  Partnership Programs and funds for High Tunnels
Environmentall Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
AMA (Agricultural Management Assistance Program) (Irrigation System can be financed through this program.

ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grants
Timeframe: Ongoing — No Deadline
The ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies dedicated to the prevention and elimination of animal cruelty throughout the United States (animal agriculture included).

The Awesome Foundation DC 
The Awesome Foundation gives out a $1,000 monthly grant every month to fund any awesome idea.

Join FarmRaiser:
Your student Champions (and their parents) sell great products and good prices, earning an average of 53% profit for the cause, while learning about the importance of a healthy local food system. Join these successful organizations who are revolutionizing school fundraising and make your next fundraiser a FarmRaiser.
Online source for lots of government grants in many areas


Gardening Tips of the Month


Common summer weeds!


Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program

You might spot these weeds outside right now. Remember to weed unwanted plants out before they set the seeds that will remain in your landscape for next year!

Crabgrass - Although smooth crabgrass typically acts as an annual, it may persist as a perennial. Typically, smooth crabgrass germinates in spring, grows during the summer, sets seed in the fall, and dies in the winter. Smooth crabgrass can withstand close mowing heights and is highly competitive with desirable turfgrass

Bermudagrass - A wiry perennial grass with creeping stolons and rhizomes. Foliage is gray-green to bluish green and forms dense mats. As a desirable turfgrass, bermudagrass is typically maintained at less than 1 inch mowing height. Plants grow during summer and produce seedheads through mid to late summer.

Japanese stiltgrass - Stiltgrass readily invades disturbed shaded areas like floodplains that are prone to natural scouring, and areas subject to mowing, tilling and other soil disturbing activities.

Wild violet- Flowers are the typical violet type and are white with yellow and purple markings. Flowers are born on long stalks. The plant is more stemy than other violets and grows to over 10 in tall. Roots smell like wintergreen gum when crushed.

Smooth pigweed - The small greenish flowers occur in terminal spikes. The male and female flowers occur in different places, the males on the terminal spikes, and the females in smaller spikes of flowers at the leaf axils.

Common purslane - Common purslane is an annual that grows rapidly in spring and summer. It thrives under dry conditions but also competes well in irrigated situations. Plants prefer loose, nutrient-rich, sandy soil.

Strong scent is emitted from leaves and stems; fruit is a spiny capsule, and a white trumpet shaped flower. A major weed of many agronomic crops this plant also has a reputation of being toxic and having narcotic effects when ingested.

Japanese knotweed - The stems are smooth and swollen at the joints where the leaves grow. The stem above each joint has a thin membranous sheath (ocrea).

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