DUG Network
April Urban Gardener Newsletter

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DC Area Food Learning Locator
Your one-stop resource for finding food-related education and job training programs and organizations throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

FONA: Horticultural Therapy and Therapeutic Horticulture: Plants and Nature Enhancing Human Health and Wellbeing

A Garden to Grow the Community: Washington D.C.’s Hustlaz 2 Harvesters

25 Food and Agriculture Leaders to Watch in 2019

What the New Green Deal Means for the Food on Your Plate

The Woman Refusing to Let Palestine's Farming Roots Die

The world's watersheds, mapped in gorgeous detail

See a Bee Swarm?  Please don't Spray!!!

Please email dcbees@dcbeekeepers.org, call (202)255-4318 if you have a swarm like this, and we will try to collect it.



Council Hearing To Request to Fully Fund School Breakfast

It is critical that the DCPS community come out in full force to ask DC Council to fully fund school breakfast as called for in the Healthy Students Amendment Act. Your opportunity to do so is at the Budget Oversight Hearing on the Office of the State Superintendent on April 9th at 10:30AM. You can sign up to testify in person HERE. And while it is most impactful to testify in person, there is also the option to submit written testimony to Ashley Strange, the Committee Assistant at astrange@dccouncil.us.


Donate to the The Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden

Anti-Racism Work
Powerful way to support food justice is learning about and dismantilng systemic racism

Liberation Logic Workshop
April 5-7th
In this 2.5 day workshop, Rebecca Mintz and Aaron Goggans of Insight-Cite Consulting offer a framework of "Liberation Logic." The central goal of this workshop is to offer ideas and tools to organizers, activist and change agents from across social movements. The workshop seeks to refine and add to the Liberation Logic framework by learning from the experiences, insights, and genius of participants.

Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) Sustainable Agriculture 
Tuesdays, 6 PM – 7 PM
Institute of Applied Agriculture
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742

Tune in Online: go.umd.edu/SATfarmstress

  • April 9 - An Introduction to Anti-Racism Principles for Food Systems
  • April 23 - Urban Agriculture, Food Justice, and Economic Empowerment

Racism in the animal rights movement and what we can do about it
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM
750 9th St NW Ste 650 Washington, DC, 20001
In this 90-minute in-person interactive presentation, we’ll explore ways racism operates and apply it to the animal rights movement. We’ll look at how racism manifests--ideologically, institutionally, interpersonally--and how this affects our abilities to advocate effectively for animals. We’ll conclude with things we can be doing and additional challenges that need attention.

The Anacostan Native Peoples of DC - An Untold History
Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
6908 Belair Rd, Baltimore, MD 21206-1122, United States
Come hear Armand Lione's presentation on "The Anacostan Natives of Washington, DC - A Rich History That's Been Left Untold". Armand's story was published in the Washington Post on Friday, November 23, 2018 "An archival hunt uncovers part of Washington’s lost Native American history." The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Business meeting is at 7:00 p.m.

A Reparations Map for Farmers of Color May Help Right Historical Wrongs

Fighting Food Apartheids
"What I would rather say instead of “food desert” is “food apartheid”, because “food apartheid” looks at the whole food system, along with race, geography, faith, and economics." Karen Washington, Rise & Root Farm

WUSA9 Is gentrification good or bad for DC?

A Right to the City Exhibit is visiting DCPL Libraries
The Library is proud to partner with the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum to bring their exhibition A Right to the City to neighborhood libraries. Starting in March 2019, special satellite exhibits will come to Anacostia, Mt. Pleasant,  Watha T. Daniel/Shaw and Woodridge Neighborhood Libraries exploring the history of neighborhood change in six D.C. neighborhoods. Stop by these libraries to learn more of this history and join us for a series of community events that will take you deeper into the content of these exhibits right in your neighborhood.

Dog Parks and Coffee Shops: Film and Discussion with Dr. Sonya Grier
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Mount Pleasant Branch DC Public Library

Part of the exhibition film series for A Right to the City, this 2014 short film by Sonya Grier examines gentrification, consumption and diversity among both old and new residents in Washington DC Neighborhoods including U Street and Shaw. Film was co-directed by Vanessa Perry. A Q&A with Grier follows the screening. Image courtesy Sonya Grier.

Environmental Gentrification: the Case of Anacostia
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Foundry United Methodist Church
1500 16th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

The Anacostia River—one of the most polluted rivers in the US for decades—has long been the dividing line of income inequality in DC. In the past few years, the city has invested heavily in cleaning up the river, bringing development to its shores – in fact, the banks of the Anacostia are currently DC’s fastest-growing area. But as housing prices increase, those who have lived along the banks of the river and suffered its environmental effects are being pushed out, just as the river is finally getting clean. Learn about how environmental gentrification and the affordable housing crisis are affecting our neighbors living on the banks of DC’s iconic river.

Rally With Irving St Rent Strikers!
Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Columbia Heights Civic Plaza

The residents of 1454 Irving St NW have lived in terrible conditions for years: the building’s roof Leaks, there’s mold in the walls, there are days without heat, and many of the apartments are infested with pests. They’ve made several attempts to contact the landlord to make repairs but their calls and concerns have been ignored. They decided they’ve had enough, and in March they launched a rent strike to demand that the landlord repair the property.

Let's Talk: Gentrification, Urban Politics, City Planning
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009

Join us for a discussion about gentrification, urban politics, and the pernicious merger of city planning and real estate capital.

How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality and the Fight for Neighborhood"
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2 PM – 3:30 PM
1630 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

In his book, How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood, Moskowitz adds to the growing canon aimed at understanding and explaining the process of gentrification, and how local governments cede their power over residents’ lives to private interests. Image courtesy of the author. https://www.facebook.com/events/802528610082924/

Fair Housing Films and Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM
3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712

Joe’s will screen two short films on housing discrimination, racial segregation, and persistent institutional racism, “All the Way Home” and “A Matter of Place”. After the screening, we will host a panel discussion with experts on un-fair housing history and practices.

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.

DC SBDC Counseling Wednesdays @ DSLBD
6 Dates · Mar 20 - Apr 24
Department of Small & Local Business Development
441 4th Street Northwest Suite 850N,

The Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) is partnering with the Howard University's DC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to increase small business counseling and technical assistance offerings at DSLBD.

Social Justice Work
Resources and events around supporting local social justice efforts in our food systems and environment

DCFPI: A Resident’s Guide to the DC Budget

Responsible Consumer Events Page
Frequently updated list of social justice workshops, lectures and activism in greater DC

ROC: Monthly Legal Clinics for Restaurant Workers
1100 Florida Ave NW
Do you have questions regarding your legal rights in the workplace? We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting monthly legal clinic for people who work in our industry.

Artist: http://www.mauradwyer.com

Humane DC
A local resource network for improved animal welfare options for food, clothes, products and pet services, for the greater DC area
Frequently updated list of animal welfare events, activism, cooking classes, etc. in Greater DC


Educational Workshops


Anacostia Aquaponics Workshops
910 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington DC 20002
All classes have multiple dates on Monday or Wednesday nights from April 1 through May 15.
Intro to Aquaponics - AQP 101
Fish, Plants & Bacteria - AQP 102
Aquaponic System Design - AQP 201
Aquaponics Operation & Troubleshooting - AQP 202
Vermicomposting / Make Your Own Worm Bin - VRM 492
Contact Brian for more details: brian@anacostiaaquaponics.org

Little Red Bird Botanicals Workshops and Events
Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St NW

Cultivate the City Workshops and Events
910 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington DC 20002
  • Saturday, April 6, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM - Propagation and Cloning Workshop
  • Sunday, April 14, 12:30 PM 2:30 PM - Seed Swap and Seed Saving 101 with Southern Exposure Seed Exchange!
  • Saturday, April 20, 3 PM – 4 PM - Indoor/Medicinal Plant Cultivation 101- Seed to Harvest
  • Sunday, May 5, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Hot Sauce Blending
  • Saturday, May 11, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM - Mother’s Day – Pot Painting/Herb Garden Class
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10 AM - Foraging for Seasonal Berries and Strawberry Cultivation 101
  • Saturday, May 25, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM - Propagation and Cloning Workshop

UDC Soil and Soil-Less Certificate Series
University of the District of Columbia (Van Ness Campus)
Building 44, P Level (Green Roof)
4200 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

  • Friday, April 12, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Irrigation Installation Workshop
  • Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -
    Bed Preparation Workshop
  • Friday, April 19, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Crop Care Workshop
  • Friday, April 26, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.​ - Integrated Pest Management Workshop
  • Monday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Harvest and Produce Safety Workshop
  • Thursday, April 4, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Seeding and Transplanting from a Hydroponic or Aquaponic System
  • Thursday, April 11, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Hydroponic and Aquaponic Material Selection
  • Thursday, April 18, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Monitoring and General Maintenance of Hydroponic and Aquaponic Systems
  • Friday, April 26, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ​- Integrated Pest Management Workshop
  • Monday, April 29, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Harvest and Produce Safety Workshop


UDC Propagation Clinics
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Various Locations

The clinics will cover the basic principles of vegetable plant propagation and serve as a general reference for herbaceous propagation. The hands-on clinics will also cover how to improve germination, potting mix/containers, watering, transplanting and preventing plant diseases.

Common Good City Farm Home Apothecary Program
April 27th - November 2nd, 10-1pm
300 V Street Northwest

This 8-month herbal medicine program is a hands-on introduction to herbalism. Meeting once per month, participants will tend a garden together, explore the basic concepts of herbalism, and make lots of herbal preparations to bring home and to share with the Common Good community. The home apothecary program offers a unique opportunity to learn about using herbs while working directly with the plants and developing connection to the land and ecosystem we call home.

US Botanic Gardens
100 Maryland Ave SW

  • Saturday, March 30, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Painting with Natural Dye Extractions
  • Thursday, April 4, 2:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Spring Tonics
  • Saturday, April 6, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - The Science of Wood
  • Thursday, April 11,12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Rainbow Rice
  • Saturday, April 13,10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Bring Your Garden to the Sun: Success with Containers and Straw Bales
  • Sunday, April 14, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Plant
  • Saturday, April 20, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Guayule: A New U.S. Source of Natural Rubber
  • Monday, April 22, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Earth Day Tree Tour of the Regional Garden Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees
  • Thursday, May 2, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Around the World in 80 Trees
  • Friday, May 3, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Beyond the Julep: Mint and Historic Cocktails


Casey Trees
For more info and to view volunteer tree planting events:


33rd Annual Lahr Symposium: Native Plants: Advancing Our Dialogue with Nature
March 30
US National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 2000

Learn to look at cues from nature, whether it is pinpointing the best grasses and sedges to control stormwater or combining native plant in ways that reduce maintenance. Hear about current field research and newly discovered native species, visit an Arboretum restoration project, discover how pesky invasives can produce alluring art, or learn about plants toughing it out in some unexpected places.
View or download a detailed PDF symposium schedule.
Fee: $95 ($76 FONA members).
Registration required; click here to register.


MD (Greater DC)

Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) Sustainable Agriculture 
Tuesdays, 6 PM – 7 PM
Institute of Applied Agriculture
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742

Tune in Online: go.umd.edu/SATfarmstress

  • April 2 - Insects as a Sustainable Source of Food Protein
  • April 9 - An Introduction to Anti-Racism Principles for Food Systems
  • April 23 - Urban Agriculture, Food Justice, and Economic Empowerment
  • May 7 - An Introduction to Sustainable Livestock Production

Smile Herb Shop Events
4908 Berwyn Road, College Park, Maryland 20740

  • Saturday, March 30, at 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM - Plant & Mushroom ID Walk
  • Saturday, March 30, at 12 PM – 4 PM - Cold-Process Soap Making
  • Tuesday, April 2,  at 6 PM – 8 PM - The Vegan Skillet Cooking Class: Vegan "Crab" Cakes
  • Saturday, April 6,  at 10 AM – 5 PM - Foundations of Herbalism - Botany & Plant ID Workshop
  • Saturday, April 6, at 11 AM – 1 PM - Tea 101: The Health & Meditative Benefits of Green, Black, & White Tea
  • Monday, April 8, at 12 PM – 12:30 PM - FREE Webinar: Avoid Chronic Pain with the Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory Diet
  • Wednesday, April 10,  at 7 PM – 8 PM - Webinar: The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
  • Thursday, April 18,  at 7 PM – 8:30 PM - Quarterly AHG Tea Chat (Free!)
  • Friday, April 19, at 12 PM – 1 PM - FREE Webinar: Organics 101: The 5 Things Everyone Needs to Know
  • Saturday, April 20, at 3 PM – 5 PM - The Vegan Skillet Cooking Class: Vegan Chili
  • Saturday, May 18, at 10 AM – 4 PM - Smile HERB Festival


Behnkes Workshops
11300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville MD

  • March 30 11:00 am - Growing Veggies & Herbs in Small Spaces & Containers
  • March 30 1:00 pm - Creating a Pollinators’ Paradise
  • March 31 1:00 pm - The Beauty & Benefits of Using Native Plants


Northern VA (Greater DC) 

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia
Various locations
  • Tue, April 2, 7:00pm – 8:30pm - Small Space Gardening for Pollinators
More information at

Merrifield Garden Center

(Merrifield, Fair Oaks, Gainesville)

  • Sat, March 30, 02:00pm-03:00pm - Garden-Grown Herbs
  • Sat, March 30, 10:00am-11:00am - Garden-Grown Herbs
  • Sun, March 31, 01:00pm-02:00pm - Deer Proofing Your Garden
  • Sun, March 31, 1:00 PM – 3:00 pm - Sun Printing Workshop
  • Sun, March 31, 01:00pm-03:00pm - Deer Proofing Your Garden
  • Sat, April 6, 10:00am-12:00pm - Amazing Container Gardens
  • Sat, April 6, 10:00am-12:00pm - Using Compost to Create Healthy Soil
  • Sun, April 7, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM - Sun Printing Workshop
  • Sat, April 13, 01:30pm-03:30pm - Perennials with Andre Viette
  • Sun, April 14, 01:00pm-03:00pm -  Plant Now for Spring Beauty and Fall Delights
  • Sat, April 20, 10:00am-12:00pm - Spring Color with Shrubs
  • Sun, April 28, 01:00pm-03:00pm - Creating a Sanctuary for Native Critters
  • Sat, May 4, 10:00am-12:00pm - The Cut Flower Garden


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 mgarlalex@gmail.com, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers.  It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.


Culinary Workshops

List of Orgs with lots of Culinary/Food classes not listed on DUG

YMCA Cooking Classes
Various locations
Click on the link below for full list of cooking classes

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

Click on the link below for full listing of cooking classes

Culinaerie Cooking Classes
1131 14th Street NW
Check the link for full listing of cooking classes

Mess Hall
703 Edgewood St NE
Check the link for full listing of cooking classes

School of Food
1309 5th St NE
Click on the link below for full list of cooking classes

Certified Professional Food Manager Course
The course is designed to teach the principles of food safety management and how to use those principles to create a food safety culture.  The Certified Professional Food Manager course is a three day, 16-hour course that concludes with students taking the national exam.
Check the link for all the available times this course is offered

Unique Workshops Outside Greater DC

Chesapeake CRAFT Monthly Farm Tours and Potlucks
CRAFT farm tours and potlucks take place monthly, on Mondays, throughout the growing season, April- October. CRAFT farm tours begin at 3:30pm, followed by a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share.
2019 Schedule
4/29 Peace Hollow Farm, Knoxville MD
5/27 Owls Nest Farm, Upper Marlboro MD
6/24 Summer Solstice Conference at The Blue Ridge Center of Environmental Stewardship, home to Mountain View Farm, Purcellville VA
7/29 Moutoux Orchard and Greenstone Fields, Purcellville, VA
8/26 Starstead Farm, Rixeyville VA
9/30 Country Pleasures Farm, Middletown MD
10/28 The Farm at Sunnyside, Washington VA

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 1 PM
Dodon Farm - 440 Dodon Rd, Davidsonville, MD 21035

Learn the botanical sleight of hand that creates the fruit we know and love. Master Arborist Bradley Seay will guide the presentation and coach you on how to put your favorite fruit scion onto a semi-dwarfing rootstock. 2 TREEs are included with registration so you can take home your magical creation and nurture it along. You may even choose to take additional trees with you (until they are all spoken for).

Intro to Backyard Chicken Keeping
Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:00pm
Baltimore County Agricultural Center located at 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030.

This course will take you through the steps, equipment, time, and money needed to be successful in raising your own layer hens. You will learn about all the different types of laying chickens available, what color eggs they produce, what structures are needed and what you can expect! Chickens can also be a great feature to your gardens as a form of integrated pest management.

CHESAPEAKE FOREST GARDENS Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Two Schedule Options
SEASONAL - Mar 30-31, Apr 27-28, June 1-2, Sep 7-8, Oct 5-6, Nov 2-3
BLOCK - Aug 17-25
3707 Enterprise Road Bowie, MD 20721
In this course you will plunge deeply into the vision and practice of creating dynamic and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models.

Grow Hemp, Maryland!
Mar 30 at 9 AM – Apr 1 at 5 PM
Honey's Harvest Farm
5801 Brooks Woods Road, Lothian, Maryland 20711

If you want to understand what it takes to navigate the rules and regulations and get started growing high-quality, sustainable, and profitable hemp for market, this informational and experiential workshop is for you! This is a very special, rare opportunity to learn all about hemp cultivation from highly experienced farmers and soil scientists who are eager to give you a running start on your way to a successful and profitable yield.

Down to Earth Design Natural Building Workshops
1376 W. Woodbine Road; Fawn Grove PA 17321
June 7th - 9th - Tadelakt
August 1st - 4th - Clay Wall Building Intensive
August 30th - September 2nd - Strawbale Wall Intensive
September 21st - 22nd - Lime Plaster Basics
September 28th - 29th - Sculpting with Clay Plaster
October 12th - Living Roof Workshop


Permaculture Design Course at Honey's Harvest Farm
12 Dates · Apr 6 - Oct 27
Honey's Harvest Farm
5801 Brooks Woods Road, Lothian, Maryland 20711

In this 12 part series we will spend 72 hours covering every aspect of permaculture and go step-by-step through hands on projects. Students will be taught all of the necessary skills to move forward with confidence. At the end of each session, we will be sending our students home with a new plant or mushroom species to incorporate into their own permaculture garden. Our goal is to empower everyone with the knowledge, relationships, and experiences that enable us to live in a way, that is regenerative and symbiotic.

NRPA 2019 Green Infrastructure Training Opportunity
May 2019 (May 13 - 16)
Philadelphia, PA

NRPA is partnering with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to adapt and deliver the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) curriculum to professionals responsible for the land management and maintenance and operations of municipal parks throughout the country. Initiated under the leadership of DC Water and WEF, the NGICP is a national-level certification program aimed at creating a pool of credentialed field workers that possess the foundational knowledge to properly build, inspect and maintain green infrastructure stormwater practices across the United States.

Wild Ginger Herbal Center Programs
Bryans Road, MD and Costa Rica sites
Online Herbal Medicine Course - Part 1 - Foundations in Herbalism: Click here
Year 1 Herbal Program:  Click Here
Year 2 Herbal Program: Click Here
Birthkeeper Program: Click Here
Ylang Ylang Herbal Gathering In Costa Rica March 10-18, 2019

Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center
3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755



Webinars and Online Courses

Closing the Loop: From Waste to Wealth and Clean Energy and Sustainable Rural Communities
Wed, Apr 17, 2019 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Located in rural Northeastern Maryland, West Nottingham Academy (WNA) is a boarding and day school (grade 9-12) with 130 students from 21 countries, 9 states, and surrounding counties in Maryland. As a Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Certified Sustainable School, WNA believes it is important to engage with its regional neighbors in its efforts to be more sustainable and help build more sustainable and viable communities. These connections open opportunities for educational, volunteer, and service learning partnerships for its students and faculty.

Urban Ecology Collaborative
Virtual meetings on the third Wednesday of every month
10:00 – 11:00 am Eastern Time

  • April: Wednesday 17 - Non-native invasive species management in open space
  • May: Wednesday 22 - Urban Tree Health Monitoring (THM) and the project dashboard
  • June: Wednesday 19- Megan Draheim, Director of the District Coyote
  • July: Wednesday 17 - Women in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry


MId-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST Cost is FREE

QuickBooks for Farmers
QuickBooks is a powerful tool that goes way beyond just tracking income and expenses for taxes; it can help you manage cash, understand how to increase profits, and plan for growth.

Visionary Voices Podcast - Anupama Joshi episode
In this episode of the Food Systems Leadership Network’s Visionary Voices podcast, Anupama Joshi, National Farm to School Network Executive Director and Co-Founder, discusses her progression into the food movement, recounts how mentorship and peer support have helped her balance the ups and downs of food systems work, and her vision for the future of farm to school.
Listen to the podcast here.

Online Herbal Medicine Course From Centro Ashé
Designed to give you practical skills as well as basic theoretical background on how to incorporate holistic wellness into your life, how to incorporate herbs into your diet and how to make basic herbal remedies.

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

Featured Programs 


DPR Cherry Blossom Tour and Photo Competition
Help your Rec Center, Park, or Garden be represented and get the word out! DC’s Cherry Blossoms will reach peak bloom on April 1st! Beat the crowds at the tidal basin and go on the DPR Cherry Blossom Tour (Map). Submit your best photo using #DPRCherryBlossomTour on Instagram and be entered into the First Annual DPR Cherry Blossom Photo Competition!!!

DC Food Talks: 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.

Deanwood Garden Lot Needs Gardeners!!!
A Garden Lot is available for use by a community organization by the REDEEM Community Development Corporation, of the First Baptist Church of Deanwood.  The lot size is 4,500 sq. ft. and located next to its Community Outreach Center at 4408 Sheriff Road. A use agreement between REDEEM and the interested organization will be required to identify terms and conditions.  If interested, please contact Gerald W. Hines, Garden Coordinator at 301-910-8025.

UDC's Farmer Program
The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), is seeking applications from new and experienced farmers interested in leasing a quarter to half an acre of land on the University’s Research Farm, located in Beltsville, MD.


Plant Sales

City Blossoms Mighty Greens Seedling Sale
Help support City Blossoms' Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative programs. Mighty Greens is a youth-led business called through which participants combine elements of environmental and food justice with micro-enterprise and job readiness skills development. Participants maintain garden spaces, make added-value products, and sell those products and produce back to their communities.  Email kendra@cityblossoms.org with questions.

Franciscan Monastery Plant & Herb Sale
Hosted by Franciscan Monastery and Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild
Apr 27 - Apr 28
1400 Quincy St NE

The popular Franciscan Monastery Herb and Plant Sale is here! Come early for organic herbs, annuals, perennials, fruit trees, vegetables, Monastery-grown plants, while enjoying food and craft vendors. Free garden tours Saturday at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sponsored by the volunteer Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild. Proceeds support the preservation of the monastery’s historic gardens, restoration of the 104-year-old Metropolitan Greenhouse, our urban beekeeping program and our community vegetable program, which supplies fresh produce from our gardens to those in need through partnerships with local food non-profits and parish food pantries.

Chesapeake Natives Plant Sales
Chesapeake Natives Inc., a primarily volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and propagating plants native to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, has released the dates of our 2019 sales.
March 31st – April 28th – May 26th - June 30th – July 28th – August 25th – September 29th
Our sales are from 10am-2pm at our Mt. Airy Mansion Greenhouse, located inside Rosaryville State Park, 9640 Rosaryville Road Upper Marlboro, MD. More information, including dates of offsite sales and a full list of our available plants, can be found by visiting our website www.chesapeakenatives.org or by emailing info@chesapeakenatives.org


Youth Field Trips

Arcadia Farm Camp 2019!
Your child, age 6-11, will tend chickens, plant a garden, harvest fresh veggies, learn cooking skills, and most importantly, revel in the natural world, device-free! Farm Camp operates in 5 one-week session, each with a theme featuring visiting educators. It sells out every year, so don't put this off. We also offer transportation from Old Town for 15 children; sign up for that too!
All the information is here, and if you have questions, please contact: farmcamp@arcadiafood.org

Washington Youth Garden Field Trips
Registration is open to groups interested in visiting this year, April-mid November. SPROUT field trips are offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Groups are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis so we encourage you to sign up now for a greater chance of getting your first choice date(s).
Click here to register: www.washingtonyouthgarden.org/register



Love and Carrots Adopt-A-Beehive
The membership is $75 per year, and gives you:
-Apiary tours on open house days at the Love & Carrots headquarters.

-Certificate of adoption.
-Naming rights to the hive and queen. 👸🏿
-Regular updates, including photos and notes on your hive’s health and productivity. 🐝
- 1 lb. comb honey
- 3 lbs. raw honey 🍯

Email our master beekeeper, Bill Hahn, at bees@loveandcarrots.com.

The Best Bees Company is looking for reserve apiary hosts for the 2019 season!
We are a full-service beekeeping operation headquartered in Boston. We deliver, install, and manage beehives for residences and businesses in various cities nationwide, including the DC area. The data we collect via our hive visits supports honey bee health research at our sister non-profit The Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary. Our reserve apiaries play a critical role in our operations. The hives they host serve to further our research-focused mission and help us elucidate where and how bees thrive. If you are interested in partnering with us, please review the information below and bring any questions to Sean Smith (Regional Manager, s.smith@bestbees.com) in an email with the subject "Reserve Apiary Request: your name and zip code”. You can also call our office at (617) 445-2322.


Volunteer Opportunities

Help Grow!

DC Urban Greens 
Saturday, March 2
Exciting news! To prepare for spring growing, DC Urban Greens will be hosting open volunteer hours every Saturday morning until the end of April at one of the farm locations. Bring friends, family, or just yourself, and join in the joy of farming! All ages welcome! Email info@dcurbangreens.org to sign up, or visit

2019 Owl's Nest Farm Work Trade Volunteer Job
Owl's Nest is looking for a great work trade volunteers: folks who want to commit to volunteering at the farm for the full season in exchange for veggies. We're just 15 miles outside DC and the farm is woman-owned/operated. More info is here

Volunteer with UDC CAUSES Urban Agriculture Programs
We need volunteer groups to help throughout the summer at our urban agriculture sites: Firebird Farm, East Capitol, Bertie Backus, and PR Harris. Tasks will include installing greenhouse shade cloth, weeding, laying black weed fabric, harvesting, and seeding/transplanting. If you have a group that might be interested in organizing a volunteer day, please reach out to Amanda Tai at amanda.tai@udc.edu. Check out UDC CAUSES VolunteerMatch page for other ongoing opportunities.

Help with Food Access!


DC Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corners store program
Participating Store locations
Healthy Corners is a pioneering venture that is sustainably expanding healthy food access in DC’s food deserts. We deliver fresh produce and healthy snacks to corner stores in DC’s low-income communities, offering produce to corner stores at wholesale prices and in smaller quantities than a conventional distributor. The stores then sell the produce at below-market prices, making it an affordable option for the consumer. This venture is made possible through a mix of earned revenue, philanthropic support, and a significant partnership with DC Health.


SNAP Matching for fruits & vegetables at Healthy Corners Stores
DC Central Kitchen is offering a “5 for 5” coupon program for SNAP/EBT customers. At these 15 corner stores in Wards 5, 6, 7, & 8, customers receive a $5 coupon for free fruits and vegetables every time they spend $5+ using their SNAP/EBT card.

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.

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

Help the Environment!
Donate Construction Materials to Community Forklift
Donated building materials are the cornerstone of Community Forklift. We couldn’t exist without them. By donating, you can qualify for a tax deduction, reduce disposal costs, keep items out of the landfill, and support the community. Community Forklift accepts donations of most new and salvaged building & landscaping materials, appliances, and tools, as well as antique and vintage housewares.  We also accept furniture and commercial materials on a case-by-case basis.  Please review our Donation Guidelines for more information.
Community Forklift offers two convenient ways to donate building materials:

Planning a major tear-down or renovation? Consider Deconstruction! Click here to learn more.

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.

Volunteer with Casey Trees Planting Events

Zero Waste DC Events


Local CSA
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

Community Foodworks Market Share CSA

Up Top Acres Rooftop Grown CSA

Owl's Nest Farm 

Ecocity Farms CSA

Cultivate the City (Produce & Seedlings)

Looking to avoid factory farms but not ready to go vegan?
Check out this 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


DC SBDC Counseling Wednesdays @ DSLBD
6 Dates · Mar 20 - Apr 24
Department of Small & Local Business Development
441 4th Street Northwest Suite 850N,

The Department of Small & Local Business Development (DSLBD) is partnering with the Howard University's DC Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to increase small business counseling and technical assistance offerings at DSLBD.

DC Food Policy Council Meetings
Upcoming 2019 full FPC meetings:

  • Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm — 441 4th ST. NW, Room 1107
  • Wednesday, June 5th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm — location TBA
  • Wednesday, August 7th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm — location TBA
  • Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:00 to 7:30 pm — location TBA
  • Wednesday, December 4th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm — location TBA

Upcoming Working Group meetings:

  • Sustainable Procurement:
    • Wednesday, April 3 from 5-6 pm at 441 4th ST. NW (before the full FPC meeting)
  • Urban Agriculture:
    • Wednesday, April 3 from 5-6 pm at 441 4th ST. NW (before the full FPC meeting)
  • Food Access & Equity/Business & Workforce joint working group meeting:
    • Wednesday, April 3 from 5-6 pm at 441 4th ST. NW (before the full FPC meeting)
  • Nutrition & Food Systems Education:
    • Wednesday, April 3 from 5-6 pm at 441 4th ST. NW (before the full FPC meeting)

Slow Food Ark of Taste: Fish Pepper
Sat, March 30, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Common Good City Farm
300 V Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Come learn about the history of the fish pepper and how it features in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's work to teach about local ag history during a talk with Mark Haskell of Slow Food DC. Enjoy sampling hot sauce, including those made by Common Good City Farm and featuring Soilful City's Pippin' Sauce (made from fish peppers). The event will include a potluck lunch featuring a Baltimore fish stew highlighting the fish pepper. We invite you to bring a dish, but don't worry it doesn't need to include peppers!

Chesapeake Natives Plant Sales
March 31st – April 28th – May 26th - June 30th – July 28th – August 25th – September 29th
10am-2pm at our Mt. Airy Mansion Greenhouse, located inside Rosaryville State Park, 9640
Chesapeake Natives Inc., a primarily volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and propagating plants native to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, has released the dates of our 2019 sales. More information, including dates of offsite sales and a full list of our available plants, can be found by visiting our website www.chesapeakenatives.org or by emailing info@chesapeakenatives.org

Community Forklift 7th Annual Garden Party and Spring Sale
Saturday, April 2nd, 9am – 4pm
4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781    (5 minutes from DC in the Hyattsville area)

Our Annual Garden Party is a fun-filled day with a ton of landscaping and garden supplies; gardening demonstrations, experts, and vendors; activities for kids; local bands; and a farm-to-fork food truck. 

From "Farm Bill or Bust" to "Farm Bill, Now What?"
Wednesday, April 03, 7pm
Join Slow Food DC and Patagonia for an interactive panel discussion with experts from national and local farm/food organizations. We will discuss what you need to know about this stage of Farm Bill work and what opportunities are ahead to advocate for sustainability, equity, and transparency.
Panelists include: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition,
National Young Farmers Coalition, National Farmers Union,
DC Greens and Community Food Works

Farm at Kelly Miller Community Meeting
Thu, April 4, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The Farm at Kelly Miller, 301 49th Street, NE directly behind Kelly Miller Middle School

Join DOL and partners, for an informative community meeting where we will discuss:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Open Volunteer Hours
  • Weekly Farm Stand/CSA Membership
  • Workforce Development


The Invisible Vegan (free) w/ food scholar Dr. Williams-Forson
Monday, April 8, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM
Old Greenbelt Theatre
129 Centerway, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770

The Invisible Vegan https://www.facebook.com/theinvisiblevegan/ theinvisiblevegan.com is a 90-minute independent documentary that explores the problem of unhealthy dietary patterns in the African-American community, foregrounding the health and wellness possibilities enabled by plant-based vegan diets and lifestyle choices. Over the past three decades, coronary heart disease and diabetes have steadily grown as the leading causes of health problems in America, disproportionately impacting the African-American community in particular.

Career Design 101: Build an Environmental Career You Love
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
1509 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20009

In this special edition workshop with Green Drinks DC, you'll:
- Learn our proven Career Design Process so you can figure out exactly what you want next
- Receive actionable advice, resources, and connections to help you towards your career goals
- Connect with other environmentally minded professionals in an organic and helpful way


Growing the Next Generation of Urban Farmers
Thursday, April 11th, 6:30-8:30pm.
Ashlawn Elementary School (5850 8th Road N, Arlington)

The theme of the event is “Growing the Next Generation of Urban Farmers”, an in-depth discussion on future urban farmers in the area and how children, students, families, teachers, schools, PTAs, and communities can increase local food production and consumption. We will have panelists leading a discussion on student involvement, nutrition, and comprehensive curriculum development. We will also have hands-on activities for children and young families.

5th Annual Food Justice Youth Summit
Friday, April 12th at the UDC Student Center (4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008)
The 5th Annual Food Justice Youth Summit, a collaboration between Capital City Public Charter School and the University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), is an all-day event in which DC youth lead workshops focusing on issues of food justice. This event provides youth with the opportunity to share their research, ideas, and recommendations on food justice issues as they work with other youth and food justice activists to build a citywide movement for sustainable food systems.

Rock Creek Conservancy 11th Annual Extreme Cleanup
Weekend of April 13
The Extreme Cleanup will mobilize thousands of people to clean up more than 70 sites along the 33-mile length of Rock Creek. The goal is a total people-powered stream cleanup of Rock Creek and its tributaries. There are volunteer events throughout Washington, DC, and Montgomery County, MD.
Visit our website for more information and the most up-to-date details.

Spring Festival at the Farm at Kelly Miller
Sat, April 13, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Farm at Kelly Miller - 301 49th Street, NE

Join DOL and partners, DC Department of Parks and Recreation, City Blossoms, Beet Street Gardens, Loop Closing, Kelly Miller Middle School, and DC Central Kitchen, for a volunteer day to prepare the Farm at Kelly Miller for the 2019 growing season.

2019 District Sustainability Awards
Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 5:30 PM –7:30 PM
225 7th Street, SE Eastern Market, North Hall
District Sustainability Award winners support the Sustainable DC Plan goals in areas of energy and water conservation, green building/construction, healthy food access, solar energy production, triple-bottom-line programs, stormwater management, and sustainable waste management.

eARTh Day Tulip Planting Event
Sat, April 20, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM EDT
4900 Central Avenue Northeast

The eARTh Day Planting Event is a volunteer service event for Chip’N volunteers to install landscape art at one of the District Department of Parks and Recreation’s pollinator gardens, the Butterfly Garden in Ward 7. Over 500 colorful tulips will be installed on Earth Day 2019 to honor environmental stewardship and to further beautify the space. ChipN volunteers will earn chips for each 1.5-hour session. Download the ChipN app and register for the “Community Tulip Planting” to collect chips.

SW Community Gardens 6th Annual Spring Kick-off
Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 11 AM – 3 PM
1098 Delaware Ave SW

Join your neighbors at SW Community Gardens at Lansburgh Park, 1098 Delaware Ave SW, for our annual community garden spring kick-off. Activities include planting the communal beds, weeding, art activities, workshops on composting & healthy eating, + more. Activities for all ages!

FAO Earth Day Reception
Mon, April 22, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) invites you to commemorate International Mother Earth Day to refocus our individual and collective commitment to protect the planet and promote sustainable production and consumption patterns. Celebrated annually on April 22, Earth Day promotes increased global awareness around the urgent need to protect the world’s ecosystems and biodiversity, which form the basis of food and nutrition security.

Hometown Habitat Film Screening & Discussion
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Takoma Park City Hall, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD
Meet film director Catherine Zimmerman, who will introduce the film and lead a discussion about sustainable landcare practices following the screening. Panel: Avalon Bristow, National Wildlife Federation; Beth Ginter, Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council.

Spring ECO Farmraiser Event
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Rivieras Tapas Bar
6108 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale, Maryland 20737

Share and celebrate your stories about ECO during an evening dinner. Your contributions will help to ensure that more people will have meaningful experiences at ECO and have their own stories to share. Funds raised from this campaign will support the 2019 SEED2FEED Summer Youth program and farming tools and supplies for the season.

Casey Trees Sixth Annual Canopy Awards
Thursday, April 25, 2019 | Starts at 6 PM
Dock 5 @ Union Market | 1309 5th St NE, W DC

The Canopy Awards is Casey Trees’ flagship fundraising event that welcomes 500 guests to toast the accomplishments of those working to restore D.C.’s tree canopy.

Grow It Eat It Spring Event
Sat, April 27, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Montgomery County Extension (Agricultural History Farm Park)
18410 Muncaster Road Derwood, MD 20855

Come visit the Montgomery County Agricultural History Farm Park and learn about all things edible at the University of Maryland Grow It Eat It Spring Event!
Click here for the schedule of workshops, classes, plant sales, plant clinics, and kid programming


Franciscan Monastery Plant & Herb Sale
Hosted by Franciscan Monastery and Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild
Apr 27 - Apr 28
1400 Quincy St NE

The popular Franciscan Monastery Herb and Plant Sale is here! Come early for organic herbs, annuals, perennials, fruit trees, vegetables, Monastery-grown plants, while enjoying food and craft vendors. Free garden tours Saturday at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sponsored by the volunteer Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild. Proceeds support the preservation of the monastery’s historic gardens, restoration of the 104-year-old Metropolitan Greenhouse, our urban beekeeping program and our community vegetable program, which supplies fresh produce from our gardens to those in need through partnerships with local food non-profits and parish food pantries.

Broccoli City Festival
Apr 26 at 6 PM – Apr 27 at 11 PM
1600 FedEx Way, Landover, Maryland 20785

Broccoli City is a leading social enterprise organization committed to educating, equipping and mobilizing millennials to build thriving urban communities that sustain future generations. Through a diverse array of programs and events, including the organization’s flagship music festival, Broccoli City continues to create pathways to higher standards of sustainable living, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, economic opportunity, and access to high-quality food and shelter.

FONA 2019 Garden Fair & Plant Sale
April 27-28
Friends of the National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Our carefully curated offerings include rare and hard to find plants as well as tried and true favorites – you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. In addition to our hand-selected offerings, we’re proud to offer expert advice on-site to guide you through selecting plants for that tricky spot in your garden.

Conversations About Food: Food Tank Live from the U.S. Capitol
Friday, May 10, 2019 at 12 PM – 1:15 PM
Rayburn House Office Building
Gold Room, Washington, District of Columbia 20515

The Intersection of Food and Health.
A discussion about breaking down the silos between the health community and the agriculture community. How can those communities work together to support practices that benefit public health and the health of rural communities and farmers. Incredible speakers to be announced soon!


4th UMD Symposium on Environmental Justice & Health Disparities
Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Adele H Stamp Student Union, UMD College Park

We are excited to invite you to our annual symposium on environmental justice and health disparities. This year, the keynote and conference sessions will highlight environmental justice action through law and policy.

Spring Houseplant Swap!
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The Lemon Collective
810 Upshur Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Join us for a fun evening of trading houseplants and houseplant cuttings.

Forested Food Forest Feast
5:30 - 8:30pm, June 9, 2019
3507 Enterprise Road Bowie, MD 20721

A dinner prepared by MICHAEL COSTA, head chef at ZAYTINYA
This unique forest-to-table event will feature taste inspirations from our local ecosystem, served outdoors in the forest garden. Try acorn breads, fruits, spices, nuts, mushrooms and vegetables prepared by one of our area's most creative chefs. Enjoy a close up look at the thriving forest garden ecosystem. Discover the future of sustainable agriculture.

Chesapeake CRAFT’s 7th Annual Summer Solstice Conference
Monday June 25, 2018 from 9:30am-4:00pm.
Mountain View Farm - Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
Session 1: 10:00-11:00

  • Body Mechanics and Stretching to Farm for the Long Haul (Kate Powell, Wild Sacred Journey)
  • Managing a Whole Diet CSA (Rob and Mo Moutoux, Moutoux Orchard)
  • Protected Culture Growing (Mk Barnet, Open Book Farm and Ali Haney, Shenendoah Seasonal)

Session 2: 11:15-12:15

  • Hot Peppers!! (Casey Gustowarow and Dana Rybak, The Farm at Sunnyside)
  • Goat Enterprises (Molly Kroiz, George’s Mill Farm and Deb Dramby, Willowsford Farm)
  • What’s Next: Transitioning from Employee to Owner (Panel: Liz Whitehurst, Owl’s Nest Farm and Katherine Collins, Arcadia Farm)

Session 3: 1:30-2:30

  • DC Food Justice: Policies and Possibilities (Asha Carter, Dominique Hazzard, and Sarah Holway, DC Greens; Erin Close, Arcadia)
  • Crushing It At Farmer’s Markets (Stacey Carlberg, The Farm at Sunnyside; Attila Agoston, Mountain View Farm; Gale Livingstone, Rainbow Hill Farm)
  • Tractors and Equipment at Any Scale (Panel: Casey Gustowarow, The Farm at Sunnyside; Emma Jagoz, Moon Valley Farm; Rob Moutoux, Moutoux Orchard)

Session 4: 2:45-3:45

  • Crossroads and Community Foodworks
  • Pigs in the Orchard (Eliza Greenman, Hogtree)
  • FarmHack: Best New Inventions


2019 Mid-Atlantic Permaculture Convergence
Jun 28 at 7 PM – Jun 30 at 6 PM
Permaculture Center at Claymont
667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, West Virginia 25414
The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Permaculture Convergence is a two-day festival celebrating land-based living and self-reliance. Over 20 local teachers, experts, and gurus will teach crucial skills related to food, energy, water, health, building, and community self-reliance. Come one, come all; only we can build the world we deserve.

Job and Apprenticeship Openings


Ward 8 Farmers Market Seeks Part-Time Director
The Ward 8 Farmers Market was founded by Congress Heights residents in 1998 in response to the closing of what was then the only grocery story in Ward 8 The Director works an average of 20 hours a week from April through November. During the off season (December through March) they work five hours a week or less.

DC Greens Job Openings


Arcadia’s Mobile Market - Full Time Seasonal Positions

  • Market Managers (2)
  • Market Associates (5)


Mundo Verde Food Initiative and Service Manager
The Food Initiative and Service Manager is a member of the Operations Team. This position is responsible for overseeing all food service at Mundo Verde; specifically breakfast, midday snack, lunch, and after school snack. In addition to overseeing the ordering, delivery, service, and meal counts for these meals, the Food Initiative and Service Manager position is involved in improving Mundo Verde’s sustainability practices as they relate to food, sourcing higher quality food , and preparing recipes. 

Common Markets Outreach Coordinator - DMV
We are looking for an individual who is highly motivated, results-driven and passionate about sustainable food, in addition to having the professionalism and experience to succeed in a demanding role that is critical to the success of the organization. The new Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for developing relationships with customers and partners to meet sales targets.

Thomas Landscapes Seasonal Landscape Driver/ laborer
Maintenance work/sequencing, Weeding, Pruning trees and shrubs, Mow, edge, trim, Leaf removal, Mulch install, Flower install, Regularly review each site to look for additional work outside of maintenance scope, Take weekly inventory of equipment and maintain Vehicle appearance to enforce the company brand expectations, Responsible for making each client site immaculate before leaving for the day, 40+ hours a week during the landscape season, Optional -During snow season we pay time and a half of the base wage rate for time in the field. Snow tasks can range from driving a truck and assisting in salting and clearing sidewalks, Ideal applicant will submit a Valid Driver’s License, clean driving record and is versatile in both Spanish and English, Salary is based upon experience
Please send resume/ outline interest, experience and salary requirements to derek@thomaslandscapes.com

Farmshelf: Farmhand (Maintenance Technician) - DC Metro
Farmshelf is an early-stage high-growth startup that builds smart indoor farms that make growing food easy. We are looking for a talented, energetic, and committed individual to join our diverse team as a Part-time Farmhand. This individual will work with the Plant Team to service existing installations. Training will be provided with the goal of self sufficiency.

School Garden Internship Opportunities Summer and Fall 2019
Horace Mann Elementary School, a DC public school, is seeking garden interns for the Summer 2019 and Fall 2019-20 gardening seasons.  Mann’s progressive garden program includes an outdoor farm, native gardens, and a rooftop aeroponic farm. During the winter months we continue to grow produce indoors on our aeroponic towers. We teach children about wellness and environmental stewardship through a farm-to-table program.

  • SUMMER: Urban Farming! This summer we are farming on our rooftop as well as in our traditional raised bed farm, and are caring for our native plant gardens and orchard. Come learn about different ways to grow vegetables and plants using soil and soil-less mediums using aeroponics!  Daytime hours are flexible at 5-30 hours and may include some weekends.
  • FALL: Farm-to-Table Learning and Teaching! In Fall, interact with students, parents and teachers as we all pitch in to keep our garden learning program rolling. Help with traditional and aeroponic farming, native plant gardening as well as our Farm Market, farming and nutrition education programs. Hours are flexible at 5-30 hours a week.

Contact Amy Jagodnik, School Garden Coordinator at ajarts3702@gmail.com, 202-361-1056

Garden installation in Georgetown
Apr 20 - 24
seeking a helper ideally for three of those days.  Pay is $15/hr. It’ll be mostly transplanting plants and moving other plants from one place to another in the yard of a private residence — ability to do physical labor (self-directed) outdoors for six hours at a time (with breaks) is a requirement.  Accessible by public transportation, but probably better if you have a car. Anyone interested contact Matt at (917) 582-6657.


The Department of Environmental Protection's (MD) Program Manager I (Commercial Food Waste/Food Scraps Recycling)
DEP's Division of Solid Waste Services is seeking a Program Manager I to plan, develop, and evaluate County strategies, programs, initiatives and activities to decrease generation of food that is wasted, and to increase recycling of food waste/food scraps generated in the commercial sector. 

Job Link

Each year we hire four teachers and eight students (must be at least a rising high school junior) to help facilitate our two-week HOPS program. Teachers and students will lead a Hands on Plant Science experience for DC youth between the ages of seven and 12. This two-week program takes place outside in the National Garden. Program staff will gain plant science teaching skills and knowledge, with a special emphasis on hands-on learning.

ECO City Farms Apprentice
ECO’s apprenticeships present an immersive, hands-on opportunity to learn about sustainable urban agriculture by working directly with experienced farm staff. Hands on work is supplemented by readings, lectures, and group discussion in a classroom setting.

DC Urban Greens Hiring 2 Urban Farmers and Intern
Interested in food justice? Working outdoors? Giving back to the community? Then join our team! Our team at DC UrbanGreens is made up of hardworking, innovative, and passionate individuals working to alleviate food insecurity in southeast, DC We are looking for individuals to join our team! We are looking for skills such as dedication, hard worker, motivated, eager to learn, and able to positively contribute to our team so that we can better impact our community. If you are interested in employment or an internship with DC UrbanGreens, please email info@dcurbangreens.org

2019-20 Fair Trade Fellowship
Are you passionate about Fair Trade and social justice? Are you a student or recent graduate looking for rewarding part-time work? Do you want to gain hands-on experience supporting grassroots organizers, developing leaders, building regional networks, and executing communications strategies? If you answered yes to any of these questions, read on to find out more about the 2019-20 Fair Trade Campaigns Fellowship!
Learn More & Apply Here

Future Harvest CASA Conference Manager
Future Harvest CASA is seeking a visionary and detail-oriented conference manager. This half-time position reports to the executive director and works closely with FHCASA staff, board, members, volunteers, and partners to organize and execute an inspiring, educational, and community-building annual conference. The conference is held every year on Martin Luther King weekend in January and is a key component of our education programming and regional networking. The job requires someone who has vision, creativity, self-direction, and pays great attention to detail. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are encouraged to apply.  

The Arlington VCE internships
The internships are 40 hours a week for ten weeks at $12/hour. Positions are open to current students and recent graduates. Here are links to each position information and the application details:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Program Specialist focused the Salad Bar program
The deadline is Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
This position oversees the rollout of Salad Bars to all 141 elementary schools across the Division. FNS is currently in year 3 of a comprehensive 5 year rollout plan to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to all elementary students through Salad Bars.

Friends of the National Arboretum Manager of Institutional Relations

FONA’s Manager of Institutional Relations is responsible for managing and growing support for FONA programs from foundations, government agencies and similar institutions. Initial focus will be to manage and expand the Washington Youth Garden’s established grants program, then expanding in scope to developing funders for other FONA public programs.

Food Corps: DC METRO Program Director
FoodCorps seeks an exceptionally motivated candidate to direct our program delivery and development in the Washington D.C. metro area. Reporting to the Sr. Director of Programs, this position is responsible for directing the multi-component service of 16-20 full-time FoodCorps AmeriCorps members, currently placed in D.C. and Virginia, in partnership with an existing network of community and school-based organizations dedicated to improving child health.

Culture of Health Leaders
Each year, Culture of Health Leaders welcomes up to 40 new leaders. They are individuals from any field, profession, or sector who want to advance equity and health in their professions, industries, and communities.

Looking for a hardworking individual to join our farm team! No prior farm/garden experience required - we will train you on the job! Women, people of color and Ward 8 residents are strongly encouraged to apply! Send a brief bio with your gardening interests/experience to Dom - dhosack@thearcdc.org

Anacostia Aquaponics 
Anacostia Aquaponics is seeking 2019 Team Members / Interns to help advance aquaponics and hydroponics in Washington DC’s fresh produce market and education system. For more information and application instructions: http://anacostiaaquaponics.org/2019-team-member-opportunities/

Capital Area Food Bank Urban Demonstration Garden
CAFB is looking for a spring intern in the Urban Demonstration Garden!  Come help make our garden grow. 20 hours/week. Monthly stipend. Email resume to hquarles@capitalareafoodbank.org.

2019 Owl's Nest Farm Work Trade Volunteer Job
Owl's Nest is looking for a great work trade volunteers: folks who want to commit to volunteering at the farm for the full season in exchange for veggies. We're just 15 miles outside DC and the farm is woman-owned/operated. More info is here.

AlmaVerde is hiring Sustainable Gardeners for Spring-Summer-Fall 2019
AlmaVerde LLC is a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) that specializes in sustainable gardening. We create, restore and maintain gardens in an eco-friendly way.  Our services include installation of raingardens and native plant gardens in homes of the Washington DC region. If you like gardening, exploring nature and helping our water resources, apply to join our team. Click here for job description and how to apply. http://www.almaverdegardening.com/we-are-hiring.html

CCBC Sustainable Horticulture
(Community College of Baltimore County)
CCBC is hiring teaching positions for Residential Forestry (Spring 2019), Plant Propagation and Production (Spring 2019), and Sustainable Landscape Planning (Winter 2019).  Check out this great program at CCBC Sustainable Horticulture Please see job descriptions below and

Contact Brad Thompson for more information at bthompson3@ccbcmd.edu 

Food Recovery Network Development & Special Events Fellow
College Park, MD
The Development & Special Events Fellow will work closely with the Executive Director to support engaging communications and special events for our stakeholders and donors and ensure FRN meets our financial goals to support the growing movement. The Fellow will lead and support projects such as individual donor relationship building, marketing, and supporting events.

Common Good City Farm Resident Herbalist
Common Good City Farm is looking for a Resident Herbalist to work with both the medicinal herb gardens at Common Good City Farm and LeDroit Park Community Garden, located directly south of Common Good.

Green America Open Positions


Washington Youth Garden


Love and Carrots Open Positions

  • Landscape Designer
  • Landscape Maintenance Technician

Email with your interest in the subject line to: garden@loveandcarrots.com

Real Food Farm Open Positions
Real Food Farm, Baltimore, MD

  • Mission Thrive Summer – Crew Leader
  • Baltimore Conservation Leadership Corps – Crew Leader
  • Summer Programs Assistant – 900 Hour AmeriCorps Term


Compost Cab Open Positions

  • Compost Cabbie, Driver / Composter / Marketer (Full Time)
  • Compost Cabbie, Farmers Markets (Part-time)
  • Lead Cabbie, Baltimore

Martha’s Table Open Positions


Capital Area Food Bank Open Positions

  • Staff Accountant     
  • Truck Driver - CDL  
  • Agency Mart Coordinator     
  • Public Relations & Outreach Specialist    
  • Director of the DC Region
  • Joyful Food Market Coordinator

NO KID HUNGRY: Share Our Strength Open Positions
Click on the link below to see a large list of open jobs

  • Social Media Associate
  • Corporate Partnership Communications Spring 2019 Internship
  • Fundraising & Events Spring 2019
  • Dine Out No Kid Hungry Spring 2019 Internship
  • Corporate Partnerships Spring 2019 Internship
  • No Kid Hungry Program Team Spring 2019 Internship


CAUSES: (The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences) Open Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, Nutrition and Dietetic
  • Adjunct Professor, Water Resource Management/ Environmental Science/Urban Sustainability
  • Assessment Specialist
  • Assistant Professor - Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Chair of the Department of Health Nursing and Nutrition/ Associate Professor
  • Project Specialist (Construction Analyst)
  • Project Specialist for Urban Planning    
  • Project Specialist, Aquaponics and Hydroponics
  • Project Specialist, Community Education
  • Senior Program Coordinator, EFNEP

Casey Trees Staff and Fellowship Open Position


The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) Job Openings

Union of Concerned Scientists: DC Jobs

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

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


Diverse City Fund Organization Grant Application
Friday April 5
The Diverse City Fund works to nurture community leaders and grassroots projects that are transforming Washington, DC into a more just, vibrant place to live. Through our grantmaking, we identify, support, and connect changemakers of color whose efforts are centered in DC. We support the development of community-level social change by funding projects that have less access to traditional funding sources.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize
Deadline April 30, 2019
Seeks out innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is open to non-profit and mission-driven for-profit organizations that are tackling America’s most pressing challenges through social innovation. In 2019, we will award up to ten Prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 for project expenses, for a total award of $175,000. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, providing tools and training for ascendant change agents.

Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants 2019 Request for Proposals
Pre-Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by 11:59 PM
Full Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by 11:59 PM
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership, is soliciting proposals to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

Small Watershed Grants 2019 Request for Proposals
Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by 11:59 PM EDT
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership, is soliciting proposals to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

Kroger Innovation Zero Waste Funds
An exciting element of our plan is Kroger’s $10 Million Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund. A few years ago, Kroger put extra funds in The Kroger Co. Foundation. Now we will use it to fund new ideas and scalable solutions to help end hunger, and particularly, to prevent and reduce food waste.

DOEE Notice of Funding Availability
  • Anacostia Ambassador Program
  • Overnight Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for Fifth Grade Students in the District
  • 2019 Green Zone Environmental Program – Watershed Protection Projects
  • CRIAC Nonprofit Relief Program Off-site Stormwater Mitigation Construction Grant

MAEF and Seibel Scholarship Applications Now Open
Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation

Two college scholarships are now accepting applications for the Ronald J. Seibel Scholarship and the Maryland Ag Ed Foundation Scholarship. Please see the Guidelines and Application forms for each at http://maefonline.com/home/student-center/scholarships/

On-going Grants (no deadlines)

Cedar Tree Urban Agriculture Funding
Deadline: None
Cedar Tree Foundation announces funds to support organizations that are promoting urban agriculture in the Washington, DC, region, especially if the work includes youth development or a focus on low-income communities of color. Letters of inquiry are required and may be submitted at any time.Eligibility:Nonprofit organizations and community-based organizationsFunds:Awards aravailable up to $100,000 Contact: Cedar Tree Foundation at dana@cedartreefound.org Website:

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: https://www.chipotle.com/email-us#philanthropy

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 https://www.costco.com/charitable-giving.html

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  natureworks@tnc.org Website: https://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/grants/

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 CorporateGiving@coxinc.com Website: https://www.coxenterprises.com/corporate-responsibility/corporate-giving

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: http://www.nathancummings.org/how-apply

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: 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:
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


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