DUG Network
November Urban Gardener Newsletter

Hello Gardeners! 

If you're receiving this newsletter for the first time welcome!

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

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

Although its super easy to unsubscribe to this newsletter at anytime, please take a second to check it out first.   The DUG Network newsletter is a comprehensive list of workshops, events, programs, job openings, grants and gardening tips for the urban AG, food security and environmental world, happening in the greater DC area. 

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

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The New Food Economy: America cannot eat without immigrant food workers. These are their stories.

Great Food Talks DC Interview w/ Trina Cobbler from People's Medicine

New Soul Fire Farm Book, "Farming While Black"

Why Farming Is an Act of Defiance For People of Color by Leah Penniman

Rooting DC 2019 Workshop Proposal
DGS Urban Farming RFP
The Department of General Services (DGS) is issuing this request for proposals ("RFP") from qualified applicants to create and maintain an urban farm in the District of Columbia


Online Voter Registration

The Ride to Vote: Lyft is Giving Free Rides to Vote

Tips on Fighting Voter Suppression

  • If you are turned away at the polls don’t walk away Say this: I REQUEST A PROVISIONAL BALLOT AS REQUIRED BY LAW. Don’t let them steal your vote.
  • If a voting center closes stay in line until you get a chance to vote
Volunteer With Your Closest Swing District to Help Swing Blue

Humane DC
A local resource network for improved animal welfare options for food, clothes, products and pet services, for the greater Washington, DC area

The Responsible Consumer
- Activist calendar for local and national actions, activism, and activist educationally opportunities in greater DC area
- Online resource guide to make meaningful changes through your everyday purchases
- Large resource network of local, national, and international causes, campaigns and resources to help people understand and connect with current campaigns. 
- inspirational and significant videos and speeches of current and past resistance to help keep activists inspired


Educational Workshops

Uprooting Racism in the Food System, is given by
Soil Fire Farm

Saturday November 17th, 10am-4pm.
Potomac Vegetable Farm in Purcelleville, VA

In this heart-centered and action-oriented workshop, we will develop a common understanding of “food justice” and the specific injustices that afford resources and power to certain groups in the food system, while denying others. We will unpack our own privilege and leverage points to take action toward food justice. We will explore the successful strategies used by frontlines communities to dismantle inequity, and discuss how we can uplift and augment these efforts. Each person will leave with workshop with clear personal and organizational “next steps” to advance food justice.

Common Good City Farm
Nov 13 - Orchidama: An Orchid Kokedama Workshop with Rock Paper Plant
Dec 6  - Living Wall Hangings: A Mounted Tropical Plants Workshop

Cultivate the City Workshops and Events
910 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington DC 20002
Nov 17 - Cuttings, Cloning, Seed Starting and Propagation

Nov 2 - Brown Bag Lecture Series: Vertical Farming in Urban Cities
Nov 07 - Mini-Hoop House Installation Workshop
Nov 15 - Open House for Ph.D. in Urban Leadership & Entrepreneurship

US Botanic Gardens
100 Maryland Ave SW
Nov 15 - Teacher Training: How Plants Work for Middle and High School Teachers

National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002

  • November 3 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Natural Dyeing with Kitchen Compost (Herban Lifestyles program series)


Casey Trees

For more info and to view volunteer tree plantingevents: http://caseytrees.org/events

MD (Greater DC)

Community Forklift Workshops
4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston, MD 20781


Behnkes Workshops
11300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville MD

  • November 24, 10:30 am – 12:30 - Make an Easy Fresh Green Christmas Arrangement


Northern VA (Greater DC) 

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia
Various locations More information at
  • WhenTue, November 6, 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Microgreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them
  • Thu, November 8, 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Putting Your Garden to Bed
  • November 13, 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Gardening to Attract Wildlife in a Yard of Any Size
    Tue, November 20, 7:00pm – 8:30pm: Microgreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them
    Sat, December 1, 10:30am – 12:00pm: The Edible Oasis: Permaculture Ideas for Small Urban Yards

Merrifield Garden Center
(Merrifield, Fair Oaks, Gainesville)
Nov 03 - Caring for Indoor Plants
Nov 03 - Prune Like a Pro
Nov 04 - Winter Landscape Projects
Nov 04 - Fall Foliage Tour
Nov 10 - Preparing for Spring: Soil Rejuvenation
Nov 10 - Winterizing the Garden
Nov 10 - Small Space Garden Design
Nov 11 - How Plants Work
Nov 11 - The Four Season Garden

Green Spring Garden Workshops
4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312

VCE Plant Clinics

  • The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic  6:45-8:45 pm, every Wednesday through October 24 and is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N. Quincy St.
VCE Horticulture 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

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

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

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.
November courses
Friday, November 2: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 26: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, November 30: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Check the link for all the available times this course is offered

Unique Workshops Outside Greater DC

Future Harvest CASA FoodShed Field School
November 1 : Delmarva Soil Summit
Monday, November 12, 2:30pm: Manejo de Plagas y Salud del Suelo (Programa en Español)

Centro Ashe Grassroots Herbal Programs
Centro Ashé Farm, Bryans Road, MD
Online Herbal Medicine Course - Part 1 - Foundations in Herbalism
Birthkeeper Apprenticeship
Herbal Apprenticeship Year 1
Herbal Apprenticeship Year 2
(ask about worktrades)
Ylang Ylang Herbal Gathering In Costa Rica March 10-18, 2019

Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center
3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755
November 7 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm Aldo Leopold Education Project Workshop
November 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Food Waste and Solutions: Short film and presentation by Stacy Carroll of Hungry Harves November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Low Tech Mushrooms with Sam Feld: Nov. 17th

Forested Events and Workshops
3507 Enterprise RoadBowie, MD 20721
Nov 3 - Permaculture Presentations


Webinars and Online Courses

Lessons from Residential Food Waste Collection Programs
Thu, Nov 1, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Join us for a webinar featuring two cities with robust residential food waste collection programs. San Francisco has one of the longest-standing programs in the country, with mandatory recycling citywide. Alexa Kielty will discuss the creation of San Francisco’s organics recycling program for apartments, and working with non-English speaking communities. Falls Church, Va. has had a residential food waste drop-off program for a number of years, and started up its curbside collection program in 2017, partnering with two local composters to offer these services. Chris McGough will share details on Falls Church’s new program and its innovative methods for keeping costs low.

Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs
November 15, 7-8 PM ET
In 2018, National Farm to School Network teamed up with National Education Association as its National Partner of the Year. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs that enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. Join this webinar to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits

MId-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST Cost is FREE
11/14/18: Farm Lease Agreements
11/28/18: GMO
12/12/18: Using an  LLC to Strengthen Your Farm Operation

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




Volunteer Opportunities


Help Grow!

Fall field trips to Washington Youth Garden
at the National Arboretum
If you have classes interested in hands-on experiences in our 1-acre garden and adjacent natural spaces (like tasting veggies, holding worms, digging, and dancing like bees), registration is easy. You can find out how to register on our SPROUT field trip page or head straight to our online registration form. If you're interested in seeing how we teach in the garden, we have regular opportunities to shadow our programs or volunteer in the garden. Just email us at education@washingtonyouthgarden.org.

Kelly Miller Farm Volunteer Hours
301 49th St NE 20019 
Volunteer with the new 1 acre urban farm in ward 7. All ages welcome! 
Monthly Volunteer Hours  
Wednesdays" 4-7pm
1st Saturdays 10-1pm
3rd Saturdays 10-1pm
Contact: garden@dreamingoutloud.org

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (FMGG
1400 Quincy St NE - Conveniently located near the Brookland/CUA Metro station (Red Line)
Help maintain the urban farm, whose vegetable produce is donated gratis to civic and religious organizations for those in need in the metro DC area.  Other volunteer opportunities include: set-up of the restored 103 year old greenhouse, beekeeping, orchard, meadow, and garden tour docents.
Weekly Volunteer Hours 
Wednesdays 10 am - 5 pm
Saturdays 10 am - 5 pm
Contact:  gardenguild@gmail.com

Common Good City Farmers City Farmers Sign Up
Join Common Good City Farm as a 2018 City Farmer Volunteer! Volunteers will help with all aspects of running an urban farm, from planting, weeding and harvesting, to helping sell produce at our market, to helping with our youth education programs and events!

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!


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 CSAs
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


Talks @ Pulitzer: Rachel Nuwer on the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking
Thu, November 1, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Pulitzer Center - 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW Suite 615

Join us for a Talks @ Pulitzer on Thursday, November 1, 2018, as award-winning science journalist and Pulitzer Center grantee Rachel Nuwer speaks about her investigative reporting project, The World Without Wildlife. Nuwer's recently released book, Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking, has taken her across a dozen countries and into the underground world of global wildlife trafficking.

Wangari Gardens Fall Festival
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Wangari Gardens - Kenyan and Park Pl NW

Come one come all to Wangari Gardens' Fall Festival! Celebrate the harvest with your neighbors and enjoy gardening workshops, food and drink, art, music and dance! Learn about the garden -- tour the orchard and public garden, and find out how you can apply for a private plot! More details coming soon, and if you'd like to get involved send us a message!
Facebook link

Paint Drop-Off Event at DC Armory
Sat, November 3, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
DC Armory - 2001 E Capitol St SE Lot #3

Only households and businesses located in the District of Columbia may particicpate in this event. Proof of District residency required. For households, there are no limits on the amount of house paint, stain or varnish dropped off. There are limits on oil-based paint for some businesses.  Paint in good condition will be made available to participants for free. At this event, leftover house paint in good condition will be made available to the public without charge.

DMV Black Restaurant Week 2018
Nov 4 - Nov 11
Black Restaurant Week will bring black restaurant owners, managers, chefs, caterers, thought leaders and financiers into one room to discuss options for entrepreneurial ventures and continuing education. Because we are a global city, black restaurants week will be inclusive with allied partners.

Choose Food Symposium
Mon, Nov 5, 9:00 AM –Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 2:30 PM
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202

The CHOOSE FOOD PROJECT aims to help producers and consumers make ethical food choices by giving them access to easy to use, high-quality information about food. The Project is developing:

  • A Framework for ethical assessment of the food system
  • Educational resources
  • Cutting-edge digital tools
The project aims to guide actors throughout the food value chain to make, market, and choose products more ethically.

Real Food for Kids: Healthy School Advocacy Training
November 8, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Gatehouse Administration Center Room 5050
8115 Gatehouse Road Falls Church, VA 22042

Since our inception, Real Food for Kids has been recognized as a successful model in school advocacy due a positive approach in policy and practice and building collaborative relationships to affect change. Of our mission pillars, none is more important that engaging students, parents and schools in building a culture of health that spreads to their homes and communities. Real Food for Kids Healthy School Advocacy Training is designed to help you foster a more robust and engaged culture of health at your school by turning your passions into an action plan.

Naturalist Doug Tallamy “Making Insects: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things that Run the World.”
Thursday, Nov 8, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Woodend Nature Sanctuary - 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Insect populations have declined 45% globally since 1974. The most alarming part of this statistic is that we don’t seem to care, despite the fact that a world without insects is a world without humans! So how do we build beautiful landscapes that support the pollinators, herbivores, detritivores, predators and parasitoids that run the ecosystems we depend on? Professor Tallamy will remind us of the many essential roles insects play and describe the simple changes we must make in our landscapes and our attitudes to keep insects on the ground, in the air and, yes, on our plants.

2018 DC Climathon at GW: Hack Good Food Access
Fri, Nov 9, 2018, 3:00 PM –Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 3:00 PM
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest

The 2018 DC Climathon is calling all innovators to help develop solutions to local access to fresh, healthy food for vulnerable populations in the District. Join the #Climathon D.C. as a developer, entrepreneur, technical or non-technical expert or student with an existing idea, or simply to work on a new solution with an inspiring team. Experts and mentors will support your team in finding the best solutions to the challenges during the 24 hours.

Beach ‘n River Clean-Up Initiative
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12 PM – 3 PM
Jones Point Dr, Alexandria, Virginia 23242

DisclosureFest Foundation will partner with the National Parks Service for the Beach ‘n River Clean-Up Initiative at Jones Point Park, VA, located just south of Old Town Alexandria. The location was a critical piece of Alexandria's history as one of the largest centers for shipping, manufacturing, and transportation in the nation. The cleanup efforts will support in restoring the great historic Potomac River, which runs through Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
2018 Trees Matter Symposium
Wednesday, November 14 | 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD

Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees, Washington D.C., present the seventh annual Trees Matter Symposium.  Presentations will  focus on the health and welfare of trees in our increasingly developed landscapes. Learn from some of the country’s leading experts about innovative efforts to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings.

Uprooting Racism in the Food System, by Soil Fire Farm
Saturday November 17th, 10am-4pm.
Potomac Vegetable Farm in Purcelleville, VA

In this heart-centered and action-oriented workshop, we will develop a common understanding of “food justice” and the specific injustices that afford resources and power to certain groups in the food system, while denying others. We will unpack our own privilege and leverage points to take action toward food justice. We will explore the successful strategies used by frontlines communities to dismantle inequity, and discuss how we can uplift and augment these efforts. Each person will leave with workshop with clear personal and organizational “next steps” to advance food justice.

FOUA Winter Meeting: Celebration of Arlington Urban Ag
December 12 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Arlington Public Library- Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Virginia 22201

Join Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture on November 13 to “Celebrate Arlington Urban Ag – Look how far we’ve come!" We will review accomplishments of the past 5 years since the County's Urban Ag Task Force Report was issued and we will honor outstanding achievements in urban ag in our community at a lively, interactive event.





Job and Apprenticeship Openings

Common Good City Farm Job Openings

  • Short-term Farm Manager Position Summary
  • Farm Manager Position Summary

DC Bilingual Farm to School Internship Winter 2018-19
DC Bilingual is currently accepting applications for Farm to School Internship from individuals interested in pursuing employment in school wellness, agriculture, and public health. This internship is an opportunity to acquire skills in leading Farm to School education through cafeteria engagement, garden, and culinary programming.

Senior Government Relations Manager, Trust for America's Health
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a leading public health policy, research, and advocacy organization, seeks a Social Strategy and Web Publishing Manager. The Social Strategy and Web Publishing Manager will work with the Director of Strategic Communications and Policy Research to plan, execute, monitor, measure and continually improve TFAH’s use of social media and its website to advance the organization’s mission.

Soul Fire Farm 2019 (NY Positions)

  • Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust Coordinator
  • Farm Apprentice


Love and Carrots Open Positions

  • Landscape Maintenance Technician
  • Urban Farmer (Part-Time):
  • Seasonal Apprentice

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

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Policy Specialist
The two open positions focus on:
Position 1: Federal agricultural research, education, and extension policy and programs, and overarching coordination responsibility for NSAC’s work on organic agriculture, across the full range of NSAC’s policy portfolio;
Position 2: Family farm and sustainability issues, with a specific
focus on commodity programs, crop insurance, market competition, and agriculture and immigration issues

Sweetgreen Tavern - Market Hands
The sweetgreen tavern is an extension of the sweetgreen restaurants. The Tavern is a local marketplace and sweetflow fro yo shop that will highlight quality local products from farmers and makers in our region. We are looking for motivated and passionate individuals with excellent customer service and attention to detail.
For further details and to set up an interview send a resume and short introduction note to maddie.morales@sweetgreen.com

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


Fall 2018 Salad Bar Education Internship
Fairfax County Public School Food & Nutrition Services is seeking applicants for the fall 2018 Salad Bar Education Internship. The Salad Bar Program at FCPS FNS began in 2016 with implementation in all 141 elementary schools through spring of 2021. Salad Bar Education Interns play an integral role in the rollout of the Salad Bars throughout the county. Their responsibilities include preparing students for their upcoming Salad Bar through an interactive lesson including a taste test, and other tasks based on their interests. Accepting applications now, see description for details.

Arcadia Farms Open Positions

  • Mobile Market Sourcing Driver
  • Farm Education Volunteers

Little Wild Things Farm Open Positions


Horace Mann Elementary School Garden Internship
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. Come learn about different ways to grow vegetables and plants. Interact with students, parents and teachers as we all pitch in to keep our garden learning program rolling. Hours are flexible and at 1-30 hours a week. Come earn your volunteer hours, setup an accredited internship with your learning institution, or just to gain the satisfaction of helping children learn about living sustainably in a healthy environment.
Contact Amy Jagodnik, School Garden Coordinator at ajarts3702@gmail.com, 202-361-1056.

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild part time volunteer (pro bono) administrative positions/internships
1400 Quincy St NE - Conveniently located near the Brookland/CUA Metro station (Red Line)
The all-volunteer Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (FMGG) has several part time volunteer (pro bono) administrative positions/internships available to work with the following three directors:

  • Admin for CEO / Director of Project Management
  • Admin for COO / Director of Operations (including set-up of the restored 103 year old Greenhouse in Fall 2018)
  • Admin for CFO / Director of Finance

Further information is available at gardenguild@gmail.com.  Please include the position title, background and days/times available.

Compost Cab Open Positions

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

Food Recovery Network Positions
College Park, MD

  • Americorps vista: food recovery verification
  • Americorps vista: program evaluation


Martha’s Table Open Positions


Capital Area Food Bank Open Positions

  • Volunteer Services Coordinator     
  • Customer Service Coordinator
  • Food Resources Manager    
  • Director of Strategic Partnerships     
  • Public Relations & Outreach Specialist     
  • Director of the DC Region
  • Service Insights Specialist     
  • Head of Nutrition Education
  • Truck Driver with CDL - Grocery Plus    

Chesapeake Foodshed Network Co-Chairs of the COEP Action Team
The Chesapeake Foodshed Network (CFN) is launching the Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity Action Team for food system reform in the Chesapeake region. CFN defines Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity (COEP) as communities of color and other disenfranchised groups not merely being beneficiaries but drivers of positive change in their communities. The goal of this initiative is to grow economic opportunities for marginalized communities and build community ownership and resilience (as it relates to our regional food system) through the development of people-led, community-based solutions. 

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

  • Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships
  • Senior Content Strategist
  • Senior Manager, Partnership Development, Dine Out
  • Associate, Prospect Development
  • Senior Manager, Prospect Development
  • Senior Manager, Campaign and Strategic Initiatives
  • Senior Project Manager, No Kid Hungry Campaign -


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


Casey Trees Staff and Fellowship Open Positions

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.

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) Job Openings Internships http://frac.org/about/jobs-and-internships

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


Grants and Funding


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:

Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens
Deadline: November 1
Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Learn more and apply here.

RWJF Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: November 01
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. The Prize honors those communities that are working to give everyone the opportunity to live well, including residents that are often left behind. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—our access to affordable and stable homes, quality schools, reliable transportation—make a difference in our opportunities to thrive, and ultimately all of this profoundly affects our health and well-being. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members who are working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more—so that better health flourishes everywhere, for everyone.

National Head Start Association Garden Grants Initiative
Deadline: November 15
The National Head Start Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation have launched a new multi-year Garden Grants Initiative, which seeks to bring the life-enhancing benefits of gardens to more Head Start children and families, increasing healthy food access and fostering a lifelong love of gardening. Grant recipients will receive $5,000, plus a garden kit, to create or expand a garden in their community. Schools, community action programs, non-profits, hospitals, community centers and inter-generational groups that hosts Head Start programs are eligible to apply.

Talk Trash City's Pitch Competition
Deadline: Nov 30

Got a great idea to reduce waste? @TalkTrashCity's pitch competition application is now LIVE. Finalists traveling from outside of NYC get a free stay at @hinewyorkcity and winners get a CASH PRIZE

Environmental Marketing Support-The Temper of the Times
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase awareness about environmental issues. The foundation awards grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations to help underwrite the costs of advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. Grant funds may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. To be eligible, applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. For more information visit http://www.temperfund.org/

USDA Farm to School Grant
December 4
The US Department of Agriculture will award up to $7.5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities through the Farm to School Grant Program in fiscal year (FY) 2019. Each grant helps implement Farm to School programs that increase access to local food in eligible schools, providing students with quality meals at a reasonable cost while also supporting local producers. In FY 2018, USDA awarded 73 grants across the United States. The RFA includes three tracks—Implementation, Planning, and Training.  These will support a variety of projects and implementation stages.

Environmental Marketing Support
Deadline December 15, 2018
The Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase awareness about environmental issues.  The foundation awards grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations to help underwrite the costs of advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. Grant funds may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets.  To be eligible, applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. . For more information visit http://www.temperfund.org/

2019 Youth Garden Grant
Deadline: December 17
Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply to this grant from Kids Gardening. The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. 


Walmart Community Grant Program
Deadline: 12/31/2018
Walmart announces funds to support programs in the areas of Hunger relief and healthy eating; Health and human service; Community and economic development; Education; Diversity and Inclusion; Environmental sustainability. Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle.  Eligibility: Independent school districts, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, DC government agencies and Local Educational  Funds: Awards are available up to $5,000 Contact: Walmart Website: http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving

On-going Grants (no deadlines)


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


Gardening Tips of the Month

New Washington Gardener Magazine
The October 2018 issue of Washington Gardener Magazine. Inside this issue: ~ Glenstone and Larry Weaner: The Art of Meadows ~ 5 Deer-proof Tulips for Your Gardens ~ Autumn’s Beautiful Bulbs: Colchicum ~ How to Harvest and Cure Sweet Potatoes ~ Mucking About Garden Boots ~ Meet Smithsonian’s Rosarian Shelley Gaskins ~ Why, When, and How to Prune Perennials ~ A Cool, New Cosmos And much more…

Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide
First Nations Development Institute has released a Native Farm-to-School Resource Guide, a comprehensive manual for planning and implementing farm-to-school programs in Native American communities. The resource was developed by identifying existing Native and non-Native farm-to-school programs and analyzing best practices, lessons learned, biggest challenges and successful case studies. Learn more here.


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