DUG Network
November Urban Gardener Newsletter

Hello Gardeners! 

Welcome to the bi-weekly DUG Network Urban Gardener Newsletter created by the all-volunteer DUG Network.  There are so many amazing programs, events and resources happening in the DC urban gardening world! In this newsletter, we try to highlight as many of these resources each month as possible so that we can connect YOU with all that is going on.   

If you know of any garden, food and environmental events or opportunities that the community should know about, please email us the details (you can just respond to this e-mail) to include in the next newsletter.  

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D.C.’s food deserts get a $3M investment for new grocery options

New Urban Farm in D.C. Is About More Than a Food Desert

Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program

Cottage Food Act Has Regulations Going into Effect Mid December!!!


Harvest Without Violence: Wendy's Boycott Action in DC
Sunday, November 12 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
3900 Georgia Ave NW

Act in solidarity with farmworker women and demand that Wendy's join the Fair Food Program! 80% of farmworker women experience sexual violence at work, Wendy's is currently purchasing from farms where sexual violence goes unchecked and continues to be endemic.
For more info follow this link

Help Pass the Healthy Schools Act Amendment 2017

Oppose Delay of the Updated Nutrition Facts Label
The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed delaying the updated Nutrition Facts label until January 2020 for large companies (with annual sales over $10 million), and until January 2021 for smaller companies. This decision to cave in to the food industry’s demands harms the public’s health and denies consumers vital information.

How you can help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

Humane DC
a local resource for improved animal welfare options for the greater Washington, DC area

The Responsible Consumer
Want to learn about more causes and how to make a difference? Check out the Responsible Consumer, an online resource guide on how to change the world with your purchases and actions by connecting people with knowledge, resources, organizations and campaigns around a large variety of issues that currently need support.


Educational Workshops

D.R.E.A.M. How to Start and Grow a Food-Based Business Without a Storefront
Nov 1, 10AM -12:30PM
Malcolm X Opportunity Center 1351 Alabama Avenue SE

Join Dreaming Out Loud and the Washington Area Community Investment Fund for a workshop titled: D.R.E.A.M.: How to Start and Grow a Food-Based Business Without a Storefront. Come and learn about the DC Cottage Food Law, how to use it, how to start your own business, and get introductory advice on becoming a food entrepreneur. The workshops are being offered on two different dates for those unable to make one or the other. This event is free to attend.

School of Food
1309 5th St NE 
School of Food is a year-long educational curriculum for food and beverage small business owners. They partner with industry experts to lead discussions around outlined semester themes, and break into interactive activities for students to walk-away with tangible next steps.
November 15 — Set Up Legal Foundations, Employee Relations
December 13 — Packaging + Label Legalities 
January 24 — Financial Forecasting + Recipe Costing
February 7th — Food Safety for Production: DC Health Regulations
March 14th — Small Business Accounting
April 4th — Crafting the Perfect Pitch
April 25th — Distribution Opportunities
May 16th — Sales and Social Media Tips + Tricks
**Each class is $20 

DC Greens Food Education
DC Greens uses existing infrastructure and partnerships to provide support for teachers looking to infuse food systems education into their curriculum. In its seventh year, the Trellis Program has served teachers from over 100 schools in all eight wards in the district. 
Nov 30th Workshop for Farm-Based Educators at Rocklands Farm featuring Shelburne Farms and Soulful REGISTER HERE
Dec 1 - School Food 201
Jan 19th - Food Justice
March 17th & 18th - LifeLab Growing Classroom Workshop at Oak Spring (for MD and VA teachers only) REGISTER HERE
April 27th - Digging Deeper
May 25th - Cooking with Kids

DPR Youth Garden to Table Challenge
October 3rd- December 14th
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm
Deanwood Rec Center - 1350 49th st NE

A ten week gardening and culinary program for youth. In this after school program, youth not only learn how to grow food in some of Ward 7's gardens and farms, but they'll learn how to prepare healthy and delicious meals with their harvests too.  This program is a free opportunity for youth ages 5 to 15 to engage in cook-offs, grow in gardens and a greenhouse and much more.  
10/3-11/6 session
11/21-12/14 session

Cultivate the City Workshops and Events
910 Bladensburg Rd. NE, Washington, District of Columbia
Nov 11 - Propagation & Cloning
Nov 18 - Tea Blending
Nov 18 - Hydroponics 101

Wellness & Nutrition Certification Courses
Every Wednesday from November 1st - December 13th at 6PM
Union Temple Baptist Church, 1225 W Street Southeast 

The 11th Street Bridge Park along with the University of the District of Columbia is offering a six-week, 15-hour "Nutrition and Wellness" series designed for individuals who desire to make or maintain healthful lifestyle changes among themselves, and the environment around them.

Slow Food DC
Nov 15 - Season's Olive Oil Tasting

Beginning Farmer Training Program
Every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm, starting January 10th, 2018
6010 Taylor Road, Riverdale, Md. 20737

While there is no simple step­-by­-step method to become a farmer, ECO City Farm’s Growing Urban Farms and Farmers program is designed to help an aspiring, new, or beginning farmer learn the information and practice the skills they need to farm– from the ground up.

NFI's Kitchen Garden Education Program
Mamie D Lee community garden at Fort Totten, NE DC
NFI's year-long, hands-on program will help you get started growing some of your own food. You will receive a small garden plot with tools & materials and instruction & support in growing a wide variety of food crops over an extended growing season. Right now, there is a limited opportunity to join the program in mid-season, with still enough time to plant some quick growing cool weather crops and get a good early jump on your 2018 garden. Learn more about the program here: http://neighborhoodfarminitiative.org/adult-garden-education/
Or email us at Grow@NeighborhoodFarmInitiative.org

US Botanical Gardens
100 Maryland Ave SW
Mon, Nov 06 - Tour: Medicinal and Poisonous Plants at the USBG
Wed, Nov 08 - Tour: Phenomenal Plants: The USBG Medicinal Plants Collection
Sat, Nov 18 - Tour: Fall Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

US National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
November 4-12 - Exhibit: Autumn Bonsai: Falling into Winter
November 4, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm - Aki Matsuri Autumn Festival: Bonsai and Beyond

Smithsonian Gardens: Family Program: Urban Gardening Project
Nov 18 - Part III
Anacostia Community Museum - 1901 Fort Place Southeast, Washington, District of Columbia 20020
Participate in an urban gardening project at the museum and be part of a larger project the museum hopes will become a “permanent” museum garden! This 3-part series of hands-on workshops will be lead by gardening expert, landscape designer, educator and entrepreneur, Derek Thomas.
For more info follow this link

Virginia Market Ready Farm to Restaurant Workshop
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 9AM-3PM
Fairlington Community Center & Park 3308 S Stafford St Arlington, VA 22206

Interested in what restaurant chefs and retail managers are looking for in purchasing food products directly from Virginia producers? Topics include: exploring current food policy legislation, building relationships to better communicate with managers & chefs, designing effective packaging and labeling, and more! Register ($15) by December 1st.

The Behnkes Nurseries Workshops
11300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville MD
November 4th, 2PM - Bonsai Hands on Beginner Class
November 11th - 12th, 9:30AM - Orchid Diagnostic & Repotting Clinic 2017

Merrifield Garden Center Workshops
November 4th - Plan and Plant for Spring: Trees and Shrubs
November 11th - Color and Interest in the Winter Garden
Thursday, December 7, 6 PM - Create & Sip: Fresh Greens Workshop

Community Forklift
4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston, MD 20781
November 24th & 25th - Green Friday and Small Business Saturday

Knowledge Commons DC

Casey Trees
3030 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
For more info and to view volunteer tree planting events: http://caseytrees.org/events

YMCA Cooking Classes
The Georgian Table
Grocery Store Tour
A Taste of African Heritage
Simple Cooking with Heart
Kids in the Kitchen
Seniors in the Kitchen
Wellness Wednesday
For more details and registion for all classes at the front desk or online at ymcadc.org! If you have any questions please contact Tessa.Mork@ymcadc.org.
More details at : http://www.ymcadc.org/m/page.cfm?p=52

Hill Center DC
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Cooking Class Lists
November 2nd - The Whole Beast: Curing Meat & Fish
November 4th - Freezable Appetizers
November 5th - Holiday Workshop: Make-Ahead Casseroles & Comfort Food
November 7th - Street Food: Dumplings
November 9th - Table with Chef Gérard Pangaud
November 11th - Master Class: Greek with Kapnos’ George Pagonis
November 15th - The Whole Beast: Duck Boot Camp
November 18th - The Art of French Cooking with Chef Géfard Pangaud
November 20th - Frenchie's: Thanksgiving Pies

1131 14th Street NW
Check the link for a huge list of cooking classes

Unique Workshops Outside Greater DC

Finding Your Niche: Wholesale for Farms of All Sizes
Wed, November 15, 2017 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Ida Lee Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr NW, Leesburg, VA 20176

Is the wholesale marketplace right for you? Join Future Harvest CASA for a panel discussion with both sides of the wholesale relationship.

Ginger and Tumeric Field Day
November 16, 2017 | 8:00am - 12:00pm
VSU RANDOLPH FARM - 4415 River Road • Petersburg, VA

Ginger and turmeric have been used widely throughout history in many different types of cuisines for their spice and flavor, and these spices may also provide a number of health benefits. Learn more about the production and marketing of ginger and turmeric and see how to harvest, clean and package these spice crops. 

Charm City Farms Workshops
Baltimore, MD
November 3rd - Dandelion and Chicory Coffee
November 4th - Gourd Bowls & Bottles
November 11th - Deer Processing
November 4th - Gourd Bowls & Bottles
November 5th, 10am-12pm Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant Walk
November 18th, 10 am- 4 pm - Deer Processing  Round #2 
November 19th, 2 – 4 pm - Fire Cider 101
December 2nd, 5 pm – 7 pm - Low Tech Mushroom Growing
December 3, 6, 8, 9, 10 - Brain-Tanning Buckskins

Summer Events at the Accokeek Foundation
Accokeek Farm (3400 Bryan Point Rd, Accokeek, MD)

Centro Ashe Grassroots Herbal Apprenticeship Programs
Centro Ashé Farm, Bryans Road, MD
November 11-12 - Intro to Herbal Medicine Weekend Intensive
November 18, 1-4PM - What the Land Tells Us: A Racial Justice Liberatory Healing Experience
Birthkeeper Apprenticeship
Herbal Apprenticeship Year 1
Herbal Apprenticeship Year 2
(ask about worktrades)

Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center
3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755
Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - A Taste of African Heritage: Cooking & Nutrition
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Botany for Beginners: November 11th
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - A Taste of African Heritage: Cooking & Nutrition
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - FOOD WASTE: IMPACT & SOLUTIONS
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - A Taste of African Heritage: Cooking & Nutrition
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Cultural Cookie Exchange and Story
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm - 3rd Annual – Winter Solstice Celebration at Fox Haven

3507 Enterprise RoadBowie, MD 20721
Enjoy an evening tour of the forest garden, see productive and ecologically functional plants working together, and taste some seasonal fruits and herbs.
November 17: Evening Tour


Webinars and Online Courses

Preventing Food Waste Upstream: A Source Reduction Approach
November 16 - March 16 (Webinar is offered several times, see link for details)
The top tier of EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy is source reduction, which is reducing the volume of surplus food generated. Source Reduction can be challenging to understand, quantify and implement. Businesses and organizations can learn to effectively prevent wasted food by taking source reduction steps such as inventorying supplies, changing processes and buying less. Looking through a a Sustainable Materials Management lens, preventing wasted food provides the greatest potential for cost savings and resource conservation relative to the other Food Recovery Hierarchy activities, as demonstrated by the US EPA Waste Reduction Model (WARM). This webinar will introduce progressive examples from a state agency and the business community that prevent wasted food at the source.

Movable Low Tunnel Workshop
Fri, November 17, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Calliope Farm - 5000 Stock Creek Lane Salisbury, MD 21801

Learn to build a low-cost low-tunnel from the tunnel designer herself! Lisa Garfield of Calliope Farm will share design plans, materials lists, cost estimates, and provide a short demonstration of the construction process. Farm Owner Lisa Garfield will provide an overview of the many benefits to using a movable low tunnel, from mitigating salinization of your soil to preventing plant diseases and more! All participants will receive a copy of the low tunnel building plans.

Illuminating Growth in Composting Access and Processing Through Data
November 15, Wednesday - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Join the Composting Collaborative in the second installment of our monthly webinars.

Mid Atlantic Women in Ag Webinars
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST
11/8/17: Crop Insurance Programs for 2018
12/13/17: What is Annie's Project

China’s Green Sword: Impacts to State and Local Governments
Dec 8th - April 26th (Webinar is offered several times, see link for details)
In a July 18, 2017 filing with the World Trade Organization (WTO), China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection announced that the country will prohibit the importation of some grades of recovered paper and plastic by the end of 2017. The WTO filing highlights the Chinese government’s efforts to clamp down on the quality of recovered material imports into the country. What is the impact of this filing, since China is a primary destination for materials from U.S. material recovery facilities? Join this webinar where we will discuss the impact of this “Green Sword” to State and Local Governments. 

UMass Sustainable Food and Farming Program Online Courses
You are invited to take one or more of our online classes in Sustainable Food and Farming, either individually or toward completion of the UMass  15-credit Certificate Program  or our 60-credit Associate of Science degree. These credits also transfer to other universities and colleges.
Fall Online Semester 


New College Level Agriculture Courses Offered for Southern MD
The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) through a partnership with the University of Maryland's Institute for Applied Agriculture (IAA) and SMADC, are offering two agriculture classes will be held at SMADC, located in Hughesville during the Spring of 2018.
There are two courses offered in Southern Maryland during the Spring of 2018:

  1. INAG 205: Analyzing Alternative Enterprises (3 credits): 

  2. INAG 132: Agricultural Leadership and Communication (3 credits): 

To enroll in the Ag Class Partnership and register for one or both of these courses, complete the UMD IAA registration process and mail no later than December 15, 2017. Once enrolled, SMADC scholarships are available (apply here).
Read the full details at www.SMADC.com/ageducation. For questions, contact us at 301-274-1922 x.1 or email us at info@smadc.com.

An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health
(John Hopkins online course)
A food system encompasses the activities, people and resources involved in getting food from field to plate. Along the way, it intersects with aspects of public health, equity and the environment. In this course, we will provide a brief introduction to the U.S. food system and how food production practices and what we choose to eat impacts the world in which we live. We will discuss some key historical and political factors that have helped shape the current food system and consider alternative approaches from farm to fork.

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: http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/


Featured Programs

Cultivate the City Monthly Volunteer Opportunities
- Every Sunday - 12:30 - 4:30 PM - Volunteer at H. St. Farms 
- 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month - Volunteer Happy Hour
- second Saturday of every month - Volunteer at Barracks Grow
- every Wednesday from 6-7 PM - Volunteer at Miner Elementary School Garden
- every Sunday from 8:30-10:30 AM -  Volunteer at JO Wilson Elementary School Garden
- every Thursday from 6- 7 PM - Volunteer at C.W. Harris Elementary School Garden

DC’s First Food Runner Program "Food Rescue US"
One of the biggest barriers to donating food is transportation. Food Rescue, a national food rescue platform, is a FREE food runner app that coordinates volunteers to help transport food that would normally be thrown away (40% of all food ends of in the dump!) from a donor (restaurant, grocery, caterer, farmers market, event, etc.) to a place that feeds people in need. Food Rescue US is looking for volunteers, food donors, receiving organizations, and anyone who wants to lend a helping hand. Please email Kate Urbank, the DC Site Director, at kate@foodrescue.us with any ideas or questions and sign up at www.foodrescue.us to volunteer or receive more information

Chip-N : Volunteer Based Social Economy App
Chip’N is an app that rewards people who volunteer at registered events with rewards ranging from products from popular brands to tickets for a broad range of events and experiences. If anyone has events that need volunteers and would like to join Chip-N to register your event(s) as a place people can earn rewards by volunteering with you, please email darryl.perkins@gmail.com for more details.

Community Compost Cooperative Network
The DPR Community Compost Cooperative Network uses new critter proof and smell proof compost bins designed by Urban Farm Plans to allow trained community members to compost food scraps with garden waste from DPR and partner DPR gardens to responsibly create high quality compost. To join each member must take an hour training and help process compost 1-hour a month.  For more information and a map of the 50 DC sites follow this link.

DC Local Grown CSAs
Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie or seedlings)


DC Urban Greens Farm to Front Door CSA
(Must leave within zip - 20019.  Will deliver to your door)
Accepts WIC, SNAP (EBT), Cash or Credit

Common Good City Farm Market CSA

Little Red Botanicals Herbal CSA

Good Sense Farm Wild Food CSA

Ecocity Farms CSA

Cultivate the City (Produce & Seedlings)


Food Workers Resist
30 October, 5:30PM - 8PM
25 Louisiana Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

FOOD WORKERS RESIST will include a panel and resistance fair highlighting worker justice campaigns from across the country and world.  A networking session will follow with food, refreshments, and Halloween goodies. 

DC Food Policy Council
Nov 1, 1-6PM - Sustainable Food Procurement Working Group Meeting
Nov 6, 6-8PM - Local Food Business & Labor Development Working Group Meeting
Nov 8, 6-8PM - Food Equity, Access, and Health and Nutrition Education Working Group
Nov 14, 6-8PM - Urban Agriculture & Food Systems Education Working Group Meeting

A Sense of Wonder: The Life and Works of Rachel Carson
Saturday, November 4 at 7 PM - 10 PM
Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center & Marina
155 Holiday Dr, Solomons, Maryland 20688

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) is bringing to Solomons actress Kaiulani Lee (Law and Order, The Waltons) and her one-woman play about Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder. The play is the story of a woman's love for the natural world and her fight to defend it. It is also the story of the extremely private Rachel Carson thrust into the role of controversial public figure
Click for more information

The National Food Recovery Dialogue 2017
Nov 4-5th
University of District of Columbia

Last year, over 450 student leaders and professionals from across the food recovery, food justice, policy and environmental spaces  came together at the home of the first FRN chapter, The University of Maryland. The National Food Recovery Dialogue 2017 seeks to engage our diverse student network with the policymakers, organizations, and individuals making a change in the food waste realm. Our goal is simple: to highlight the intersectionality of the food waste realm, learn about the cutting-edge food justice initiatives taking place across the country, and have an amazing time doing it! 

Solar Focus Job Fair 2017
November 7th 9AM - 1PM
Renaissance Hotel: 999 9th Street Northwest 

MDV-SEIA and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic are hosting the second annual Solar Focus Job Fair on November 7th at the DC Downtown Hotel during the 2017 Solar Focus Conference. Connect face-to-face with employers from solar and energy-efficiency related companies and organizations who are actively seeking candidates for open positions. Employers from nationally-recognized to local organizations from across the region will be on site. Job-seekers can network with employers while learning about these organizations and the specific jobs, internships, and volunteering programs that are available. 

Meet the Maker
Nov. 7th 6PM-8PM
1330 19th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Sip and shop while putting faces behind your favorite #madeindc products! Check out their latest inventory, sample cafe goods and learn more about this round of Shop Made in DC producers. RSVP to win a #madeindc Gift Bag filled with delicious products!

Sustainable DC 2.0: IOBY (In Our Backyards)
Nov 8, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
2719 13th Street NW, Unit #1, Washington, DC
IOBY mobilizes neighbors who have good ideas to become powerful citizen leaders who plan, fund, and make positive change in their own neighborhoods. So far, ioby has helped neighborhood leaders raise more than $3.8 million in small donations. Since lasting change takes more than just money, we also help leaders recruit volunteers, grow and strengthen support networks, connect with local decision-makers, and start conversations around key issues in their communities that lead to long-term, broad-scale change.
RSVP and Questions to Events Manager Dana Schneider, dana@ioby.org or 917.817.2070

2017 NOVA Conference "Urban Forests for Your Health:  How Trees Can Save Your Life"
November 9, 2017
Algonkian Regional Park, 47001 Fairway Drive, Sterling, VA 20165-6480
The purpose of this bi-annual conference is to present research relating to urban forests and human health and how it has been used, how it has been implemented.

Harvest Without Violence: Wendy's Boycott Action in DC
Sunday, November 12 at 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
3900 Georgia Ave NW

Act in solidarity with farmworker women and demand that Wendy's join the Fair Food Program! 80% of farmworker women experience sexual violence at work, Wendy's is currently purchasing from farms where sexual violence goes unchecked and continues to be endemic.
For more info follow this link

Transforming Communities for Clean Land, Safe Water & Healthy Lives
Nov 16th - 9-3pm
The 11th Annual Trash Summit will bring together hundreds of community members, business leaders, elected officials, non-profit partners and municipal staff to explore local to regional solutions.

Capital Food Fight Charity Event
November 16, 2017
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (Atrium)
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

DC Central Kitchen is proud to present its signature fundraising event, the Capital Food Fight™ on November 16, 2017. The event draws over 1,000 guests to taste offerings from over 80 of DC’s best restaurants while watching four local top chefs compete in a live onstage battle hosted and judged by the biggest names in the culinary world. Admission includes tastes at every booth — no one-taste-per-ticket system like many other food events! (So you can even go back for seconds.)

What the Land Tells Us: A Racial Justice Liberatory Healing Experience
November 18, 2017 1-4pm
Centro Ashé Community Herbal Center: 1620 Chester Avenue
Bryans Road, MD 2061

This experience is rooted in land-based storytelling to help us learn about mechanics of systemic racism, our participation in these systems, and ways we are re-creating ourselves and systems away from violence and legacy, and toward wholeness and mutuality. We intend to learn more about white supremacy and racial justice through land histories through words, media, and each other. Together, we'll "record" our intentions onto the land, with embodied meditation and movement, to support our racial justice vision and healing across the web of life. Pre-Registration is required.

Women in Agriculture Conference
Dec 9th 9AM - 3PM
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 

To bring together women in agriculture to learn, empower, and encourage.  Women are the backbone of the family farm and help in multiple ways, often running their own operations.  We encourage and celebrate the role of women in agriculture. The Women in Agriculture Conference is designed for anyone interested to come learn in an atmosphere where all questions are good questions & welcomed! We encourage anyone (male or female) to attend that is seeking knowledge! We have a diverse agenda that we hope offers something for everyone! We are especially honored to have Dr. Megan Seibel, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry, as our keynote speaker! 

Job and Apprenticeship Openings

DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Community Gardens Specialist (Part-Time)
Worked with the DPR Urban Garden division to build new community gardens and urban farms while develop and implementing urban Ag, urban composting, food security, food justice, food recovery, and environmental programs and projects. 

Shop Made in DC Part-Time Cafe Associate
Shop Made in DC is seeking creative, energetic part-time cafe associates for a new retail, food + beverage concept coming to Dupont Circle, October 2017 . Hospitality experience required.  We are open 7 days a week, some weekend availability is necessary.  Please submit your resume, your overall availability (days/hours) and a bit about why you’re interested in working with us to info@shopmadeindc.com

Common Good City Farm Executive Director
The Executive Director is the primary steward of the organization’s mission, vision, programmatic direction, and resources. The ED works in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff to advance the organization’s mission, with strategic priorities of: ensuring sustainable management and production of our half-acre urban farm; fostering inclusive and equitable community engagement, creatively using the farm-site to promote community building; and upholding organizational capacity.
Little Wild Things Seasonal Farm Hand and Delivery Driver
Little Wild Things City Farm is looking for someone enthusiastic about growing local food with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture. This position will support our indoor microgreen production, outdoor farm production, assist with weekly deliveries, with potential to grow with us and take on more responsibility over time. 
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.

Assistant Farm Manager at Two Boots Farm
The ideal candidate will be able to start working with us part time for the rest of the 2017 season (until mid-Dec.) to begin training for a full time position in 2018.Two Boots Farm is a small, intensive farm raising sustainable grown produce and flowers in Carroll County, Maryland.  Our goods are sold at Baltimore City farmers’ markets, as well as to restaurants, florists and area grocery stores.  We use intensive farming techniques on one acre implementing no till practices. We also grow shiitake mushrooms and have a pawpaw orchard.

Urban Farmer Assistants & Farm Educations at Real Food Farm
Urban Farmer Assistants
 will participate in all daily tasks, food production, and market activities at Real Food Clifton Park and Perlman Place Farm sites.The Urban Farmer Assistant will also participate in training activities throughout their year-long term in order to improve their skills and understanding of sustainable urban farming practices. We are looking for applicants interested in sustainable farming, local food, nutrition, and/or environmental sciences. No degree is required.  
Farm Educators will assist in planning and facilitating educational programming at Real Food Farm, including youth and adult field trips, our high school Youth Crew program, and summer youth jobs program, Mission Thrive Summer. In addition, the Farm Educator will help maintain educational growing spaces on the farm, record data about lessons and participants, and write entries for farm newsletters. We’re looking for an educator who is great at both serving alongside youth (especially teens) and knowledgeable about food justice and food system topics. No degree is required.


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


Grants and Funding
Cedar Tree Foundation Funding for Urban Ag in DC
This program places emphasis on projects and organizations that focus on youth development and low income communities of color.  LOIs are reviewed on an on-going basis.  The Cedar Tree Foundation will reach out with any questions or to ask for a full proposal.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Cedar Tree's Grants Manager, Dana Campion.

Common Threads: SY 17-18 Partnership Application
Granted Programs:
Preference for granted programs will be given to prior partners of Common Threads who still meet our qualifications (80% or more of students qualify for FFRLP or Community Eligibility provision applies) and have exemplified what it means to be a program partner with Common Threads. Any remaining funds will then be distributed based upon partnership history, followed by if you are a new partner.

In addition to offering our programs through grants, we also offer them on a Fee-for-Service basis to those partners that either do not qualify for our granted programs or for those partners that have the resources to purchase our programming. Purchasing our programming allows us to offer more fully-funded programs to more partners that have the greatest need and allows us to continue to innovate and provide the best nutrition and culinary education programming we can to our partners across the country. You can find our SY 17-18 Fee-for-Service pricing here: http://bit.ly/CT-Fee-for-Service-Pricing

For any questions, please reach out to Patrick McDermott, DC Program Manager (pmcdermott@commonthreads.org)

Parks for Inclusion Micro Grant Application
Deadline: November 1, 2017 
With the support of Lakeshore Foundation, NRPA is hosting an innovation challenge for park and recreation agencies to create and expand opportunities for inclusive health and wellness programs and activities for those with physical and cognitive disabilities. The implementation of these unique projects will increase opportunities for all community members to engage in health and wellness programs, regardless of physical and cognitive ability.

OSSE Farm Field Trip Grant
Deadline: Nov. 3, 2017, at 4 p.m
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Health and Wellness is soliciting applications for the District of Columbia Farm Field Trip Grant (FFT). The purpose of this grant is to increase the number of District students from schools and child development centers and homes who visit local farms. 
For more information, click here.  

School Garden Grant Program
Deadline: 11/2/2017
Whole Kids Foundation announces funds to provide support for edible gardens at K-12 schools. Eligibility: Independent school districts, nonprofit organizations and Local Educational Agencies  Funds: Awards available up to $2,000 Contact: Whole Kids Foundation  Website: https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/landing-pages/school-gardens-landing

The Nature Conservancy Grants for K–12 schools
Due Date: November 3
The Nature Conservancy wants to support projects that involve students in developing nature-based, green infrastructure solutions to an environmental challenge in their community. The Conservancy will be accepting applications from public and charter schools across the country to build or maintain a Nature Works Everywhere school garden, greenspace or green infrastructure project. Up to sixty (60) grants will be given in the amount of $2000 during the 2017/18 school year.

Shade Structure Program
Deadline: 11/17/2017
American Academy of Dermatology Foundation announces funds to support the installation of permanent shade structures where children learn and play. The shade structures should support a sun-safety awareness program.  Deadline: 11/17/2017  Funds: Awards are available up to $8,000  https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/programs/shade-structure-program/eligibility-application

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (DOA)
Deadline: 12/4/2017
Department of Agriculture announces funds to meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to: equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project; planning for long-term solutions; or the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers. 

USDA Farm to School Grant
Deadline: 12/08/2017
Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, or Training grant. Planning grant awards will range from $20,000-$50,000 and implementation grant awards will from $50,000-$100,000. Funding for training grants is expected to range from $20,000-$50,000. For all three types of grants, the federal share of a project cannot exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the project, as required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. 

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EPA)
Deadline: 12/15/2017
Environmental Protection Agency announces funds to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field.  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

Community Investment Giving
Deadline: 12/15/2017
CSX Corporation announces funds to support programs in the areas of the environment, community, wellness, and safety.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations  Deadline: 12/15/2017  Funds: Awards are available up to $5,000  Contact: CSX Corporation  Website: http://www.beyondourrails.org/index.cfm/community/giving-gateway/  

Home Depot Community Impact Grants
Deadline: Dec 31st
The Home Depot Foundation offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.

Environmental Education Mini Grants
Deadline: January 1st, 2018
The Chesapeake Bay Trust announces funds to support meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects and schoolyard habitat projects.  Eligibility: Independent school districts, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, private institutions of higher education, community-based organizations and Local Educational Agencies.

The GCA Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Application Deadline: January 31st
To advance the field of urban forestry by encouraging students to study the planning, management, horticulture and ecology of urban forests and the effect of healthy urban forests on people and the environment. Funds one or more students annually at $5,000 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of urban forestry and increase the number of scientists in the field. A recipient may apply for an additional year. Open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions studying urban forestry, environmental studies, horticulture, forestry, or related courses of study with a special interest in urban forestry. Students must be enrolled during the academic year following the award decision.


On-going Grants (no deadlines)

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. Now requesting 2017 applications.

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: http://www.cornelldouglas.org/

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) https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/md/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcseprd416254
AMA (Agricultural Management Assistance Program) https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/md/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcseprd416254 (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:
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Online source for lots of government grants in many areas


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