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May Urban Gardener Newsletter

Hello Gardeners! 

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

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

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DC Coronavirus Updates


Have a Swarm of Bees? Here's What To Do
As nerdy as it may seem, “swarm” means something different to a beekeeper than it does to a normal person, but we are still here to help you out. Please email, call (202)255-4318 if you have a swarm like this, and we will try to collect it.
Full Information Here

Sigsbee Seedlings Sale is back!
With the suspension of the Greater Brookland Yard Sale last year due to Covid19, we decided to try growing a website to safely sell our seedlings starts.  We have also improved our seedling growing and hardening areas, and have decided to use the website to allow a more prolonged sale more appropriate to the different varieties that we offer. Our 27 varieties of greens are hardened and have spent the last 10 days outside.

Tree Baltimore Native Tree Giveaway!!!
The Spring native tree giveaway store is now OPEN (Baltimore only)! Order your tree now for pickup on May 15th. There is a limit of 3 trees per household and no more than 2 of each kind.

DC Launches Green Boat Program
D.C. is launching a Green Boats program. Residents can check out a kayak or canoe for free–if they use it to paddle the Anacostia River while collecting trash. Call it planoeing? Or playaking? (The “pl” in plogging comes from the Swedish “plocka upp,” or pick up.)  Sign up here: 

Growing Strong: A Comprehensive Guide to Support All School Garden Programs in the District
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG), the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and City Blossoms just released the newly developed guidance document. It includes information on starting a new school garden, maintaining an existing school garden and providing high-quality garden-based instruction. Please take time to check it out! We hope this document is useful as you engage students in garden-based learning.

History of Dreaming Out Loud/Kelly Miller Farm CSA (Video)

Call for Terriers to Help with Rat Control in DC Parks
After COVID shut down many restaurants and their dumpsters in DC there has been increased rat activity in many parks and gardens. Many sites are looking for non toxic ways to control this increased activity such as recruiting terriers to come play in their parks and gardens. If you have a terrier and would like to hear more please email

Food Justice


Highlighted Causes


Urgent Needs

Digital Access Fund Resource Application
If you need a resource (earbuds, printer ink, computer cases, money for internet bill, etc.) that DCTA can help provide for you, please fill out the form!
Read through the resource guide before applying -
Feel free to reach out with any questions by email ( or Instagram DM (@DCTeensAction).
Application Form Listed Here

Donate Your Stimulus Checks to Migrant Families
Go Fund Me Listed Here
A Reparations Map for Farmers of Color May Help Right Historical Wrongs
Follow these accounts and newsletters for lists of daily actions, frequent updates, and urgent protests needs in Greater DC Area
Individual Events
Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

DC Peace Team Offering New ONLINE Courses
  • 5/15 We will offer an ONLINE training in Bystander Intervention and De-Escalation from 10am-3pm EST with a 1 hour break. REGISTER HERE
  • CNVC++ Spring Series- May - This CNVC++ series of workshops is rooted in Compassionate Nonviolent Communication framework (CNVC) and expanded with supporting modalities.
  • We will offer ONLINE I-messages, Centering & Intention Setting for Clarity in Communication on Wednesday, May 5th 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT or Sunday, May 9th 7-8:30pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • We will offer ONLINE Judgments, Accusations & Assumptions on Wednesday, May 12th 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT or Sunday, May 16th 7-8:30pm EDT  REGISTER HERE
  • We will offer ONLINE Exploring Belonging on Wednesday, May 19th 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT or Sunday, May 23rd 7-8:30pm EDT  REGISTER HERE
  • We will offer ONLINE Beyond Cancel Culture ~ Forgiveness, Acceptance & Accountability on Wednesday, May 26th 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT or Sunday, May 30th 7-8:30pm EDT  REGISTER HERE

Recurring Events

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

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

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

Empower DC - Public Housing Power Town Hall - 4-24-21
The Public Housing Power Town Hall held on Saturday April 24th created a platform for public housing residents to speak on how the lack of investment in public housing repairs has led to the displacement of residents, the loss of public housing and the very real adverse effects on the quality of public housing residents' physical and mental well being. Residents urged the Mayor and local govt. officials to continue funding public housing repairs.

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

BLM DC press conference on white supremacist violence protected by MPD during Proud Boys rally
Full video

Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty - Film By Soul Fire Far"Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty” features a riveting keynote address delivered by Soul Fire Farm’s Co-Founder and Farm Manager, Leah Penniman, and closes with a performance by world-renowned poet, Soul Fire Farm’s Program Manager, Naima Penniman. The 45 minute long HD video also highlights other members of the Soul Fire Farm team, and includes premier footage of the farm itself. 
Trailer Link
Full Video Exclusive Access

National Museum of Women in the Arts & DC Mutual Aid ApothecaryIn this new series, please join our in depth interviews with the Curative Collective, a group of Women, Arts, and Social Change partners working at the intersection of food, art, and social change
Full Video Link
DC Mutual Aid Apothecary Instagram

Chickpeeps Vegan Podcast - New Episode - Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity in Veganism with Aryenish Birdie
In this episode, Aryenish describes how she inherited her respect for animals from her parents, who bonded as teenagers while protecting stray dogs on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan.
Available anywhere you get your podcasts.
More information Here

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DC Food Policy Council: Racism, Racial Equity, and the Food System Recordings
The DC Food Policy Council, in its role as a convener, invites those who are engaged in the DC food system (as a professional, student, or resident) to this 8-week conversation to reflect, learn, and hold ourselves accountable. Following sessions have been recorded
  • The History of DC’s Grocery Gap
  • Land Access and the Racial Wealth Gap
  • How Racism and White Supremacy Influence Nutrition Education
  • Racial Injustice and Workers in the Food Supply Chain (recording coming soon)

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

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

DCFPI: A Resident’s Guide to the DC Budget

Educational Webinars


City Nature Challenge
April 30 - May 3
Do you like observing nature and/or taking photos? Then join the 2021 City Nature Challenge! Thousands of people in the Washington DC metro area will be participating to observe wild plants and wildlife in area parks, backyards and neighborhoods from April 30 to May 3. The Challenge is a friendly competition among cities to see whose residents can spot and identify the most plants and animals in an urban environment. Joining the City Nature Challenge is easy! Anyone with a camera and access to the free iNaturalist app can participate. By taking part you’ll help collect valuable information on urban biodiversity, and help the Washington DC metro area find as many species as possible! Read more about the Challenge and find virtual events here.

DC Fridge Collective - Pantry Tacos 
May 2nd at 5:00 PM 
Join us this Sunday, May 2nd as we cook up on IG live with the incomparable cook and video host @sohlae! We’ll be using ingredients commonly found in our DCFC vessels while getting to know more about each other and answering any questions you all may have. The ingredient list will be shared soon so clear your schedules this weekend! We’re making some good ass pantry tacos!
Fox Haven Organic Farm
Find the list of upcoming webinars below:

Calendar of Events

Smile Herb Shop
4908 Berwyn Road College Park, MD 20740

  • SUN, MAY 2 AT 10 AM - Foundations of Herbalism: Sustainable Harvesting, Medicine Making, Storage
  • Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10 AM EDT – 3 PM -Foundations of Herbalism: Herbal Botany, Plant ID, Summer Virtual Herb Walk
  • Jun 5 at 10 AM EDT – Jun 6 at 3 PM - Foundations of Herbalism: Botany, Plant ID, Wildcrafting, & Harvesting
  • Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 10 AM EDT – 3 PM - Foundations of Herbalism: Sustainable Harvesting, Medicine Making, Storage

Montgomery County Food Policy Council

DC food Policy Council Working Group Meetings

  • Monday May 3: 4-5pm - Urban Agriculture
  • Wednesday, May 5: 4-5pm - Sustainable Supply Chain:
  • Wednesday, May 5: 4-5pm - Food Access & Equity & Entrepreneurship & Food Jobs Joint meeting
  • Wednesday, May 5: 4-5pm - Nutrition and Food Systems Education

Mycological Association of Washington, DC Monthly MeetingTuesday, May 4 at 7 pm (virtual)
It's been 17 years in the making — this is the year of the periodic cicada for Washington, D.C. But what does this have to do with fungi you ask? To hear the answer, please be sure to join us this month for a great lecture called 'The Zombie Ant Apocalypse' as WVU professors Brian Lovett and Matt Kasson tell us about fungi which attack insects, including mind controlling cordyceps and the 'Flying Salt Shaker of Death' that preys on periodic cicadas. Need we say more? This is going to an apocalyptic evening! And as if the zombie apocalypse weren't eccentric enough, we're also going to hear a quick word from JoAnn Hill, author of Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure. MAWDC being a little wierd, a little obscure, and completely wonderful has an entry in this new release.


Bloom Webinar Schedule
Find the list of upcoming webinars below:
  • May 4 - Growing Tropical Medicines in Northern Climates with Brandon Ruiz
  • May 6 - Grow Your Own Herbs - 2 Part Series with Henriette den Ouden
  • May 11 - Small Scale Composting 101 with Tania Hester
  • May 16 - Kemetic Yoga for Beginners with Lindsay Gary
  • May 18 - Into the Herbalist's Kitchen Class 2 Garden to Glass - Herbal Beverages with Liz Henke
  • May 20 - Responding to COVID: How to Support your Community with Herbal Medicine in Times of Crisis with Malka Roth and Violet King
  • May 25 - “Revolutionary Self Love” Workshop Series with Lucretia VanDyke
Click on link for many more classes throughout year

Understanding the Nutrition Facts Label
This workshop is designed to make reading and understanding the nutrition facts label quick and easy. Workshop participants will receive an electronic certificate of completion 7 to 10 days after completing the workshop. Register Here:
The following sessions are upcoming:
May 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

DC Zero Waste Home Composting Workshops
The workshops will last approximately 2-3 hours, and will teach you the science of composting, what can be composted at home, how to compost at home, different types of home composting systems, best management practices, and more! Workshops are for District residents only and are first-come, first-serve.

More info about the Home Composting program at

USDA Veggie Series!!!
This 15-hour certificate introductory course is designed to provide participants with evidence-based health benefits of eating vegetables, recommended daily intakes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) MyPlate, cup equivalents, selection, storage, and preparation tips.
Register Here:
The following sessions are upcoming:
May 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Amazing Super Productive Summer Vegetables

Wed, May 5, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Grow the most productive summer plants! Master Gardener, Terri Valenti, will show you how!
US Botanic Gardens
Find the list of upcoming webinars below. Registration closes prior to the event so sign up today:
  • 5/5 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - The Art Of Plant Anatomy (Online Workshop)
  • 5/7 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Online Lecture: Starting Seeds For A Successful Season
  • 5/8 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Seasonal Vegetable Gardening (Online Q&a)
  • 5/11 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Online Lecture: Usbg At 200 (Part 2): Branching Outward
  • 5/13 12:00 PM - Online Cooking Demo: Fun Fennel & Super Celery
  • 5/14 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - A Twist On Sandwiches With Fight Club: Local Chef Series (Online Cooking Demo)
  • 5/20 12:00 PM - Online Cooking Demo: Enticing Asparagus 
  • 6/3 12:00 PM - Online Cooking Demo: Super Strawberries

Build a Dream | Intro to Lean Canvas Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12 PM EDT – 12:30 PM
First session of a 4-part series May 2021. This session will introduce the lean canvas in a 30-minute lunch and learn format.
Starting a business in DC? Great! The Build a Dream training series is a way to start accessing resources, additional training, and technical assistance to support you. This 30-minute lunch and learn series in May 2021 is a short course version of our traditional 10-hour Build a Dream training . Over 3000 DC entrepreneurs have participated in a Build a Dream series since 2018. In this session on May 5 we will introduce the lean business model canvas as a format businesses can use to start their business planning process, and explain how to run an interactive workshop yourself if you are interested in train the trainers.
We will run additional sessions in May 2021 on these topics:
  • May 12: Customer Discovery
  • May 19: Basic Business Financials
  • May 26: Your Ecosystem (of Resources)
If you have questions about this series please reach out to the Innovation & Equitable Development team at And if you would like one-on-one support for any topic related to your DC-based business, please feel free to schedule a technical assistance session with the team through our TA Bookings page

DPR Urban Grower Webinar Course 
Every Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm
Now more than ever people are understanding the importance of growing our own food. That’s why during this time of social distancing the DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Urban Grower Course has been converted into an online webinar course called the DPR Urban Grower Webinar Course. The DPR Urban Grower Webinar Course is a FREE online course focused on teaching people all the basics of urban growing from building and maintaining a home garden to cooking and preserving your harvest.

  • May 5 – Food Justice 101: National/International Issues
  • May 12 – Food Justice 201: Local Issues
  • May 19 – Harvesting, Cooking, and Preserving
If full sign up for the waiting list to receive class recordings for free

NYC Health: Rat Prevention Academy trainings
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all Rat Academy trainings have been moved to virtual format. Visit COVID-19 for more information and current guidance.

Rat Academy Now Virtual

Rat Academy for community gardeners:

For information on how to sponsor a virtual Rat Academy, contact

Food Tank - One Planet, One Health 
May 6th at 12:00PM 
A discussion about building solutions for more sustainable local food systems. Presented by Food Tank and the Danone Institute North America. Featuring confirmed speakers (alphabetical order): N. Diane Moss, Project New Village, Dariush Mozaffarian, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University, Jose Oliva, HEAL Food Alliance, A-dae Romero-Briones (Cochiti/Kiowa), First Nations Development Institute and Tambra Raye Stevenson, MPH, Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA).
Register Here:
Merrifield Garden Center Virtual Events
  • Thursday, May 6, 12 pm - Woodland Gardens
  • Thursday, May 13, 12 pm - Summer Container Gardens 

Register Here

Celebrate the Reopening of Girard Children's Garden!
Friday May 7, 3pm - 6pm
City Blossoms and Whole Foods Market are teaming up to celebrate the grand re-opening of Girard Children’s Garden (1480 Girard St. NW)!  Explore the garden and enjoy children’s activities and snacks during this community celebration of the garden’s recent redesign. This free event is open to all. We'll have stations in and outside of the garden. All visitors are required to wear a mask.

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia - Upcoming Webinars Full List of Events Here:

Cultivate the City
We’re always looking to host fun events at our rooftop including classes, workshops, cooking demos, happy hours, potlucks and volunteer opportunities. See the upcoming list of events here, and sign up at the link below.
  • Saturday, May 8, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Hydroponics & Vertical Gardening
  • Sunday, May 9, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - Hot Sauce Blending
  • Saturday, May 15, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Plant Propagation 101: Seeds, Cuttings and Clones
  • Sunday, May 30, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - Indoor and Container Gardening 101

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon
1 hour webinars, Cost is FREE

  • 5/12/2021: Estate Planning
  • 5/26/2021: Health Insurance Options for Farmers
  • 6/23/2021: Forage Sampling and Forage Analysis Interpretation 

Full Schedule

Knowing Our Past, Creating Our Future: Food Sovereignty in the Past, Present, and Future of Washington, DC
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
People cannot thrive without access to healthy food and Washington DC provides strong opportunities to learn how everyday people might create opportunities for people to access healthy food outside the industrial food system.  Join us for an intergenerational conversation with Washington, DC food system creators—past and present—about their work and the legacy and linage of food sovereignty activism in Washington, DC. Hosted by organizers Katie Petitt (Current Movements) and Matt Birkhold (Visionary Organizing Lab), the conversation will feature Joelle Robinson (South Eats), Mosadi Khaliq (Rooted & Sustained), and Ausu-f Teba Raari (Community Warehouse).

Empowering The Diner Through Wine Session
May 21, 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Empowering the Diner is a Black women-led food and beverage event centered on collaboration and inclusion in which we bring folx together to discuss, learn, and explore their palate and dining experiences. We seek to dismantle colonizer-led perspectives and gatekeeping practices by challenging the status quo through creative, multi-faceted, and BIPOC-led educational and hospitable experiences. By changing how we access food and beverage education and hospitality, we make space for more folx who feel excluded by the discriminatory, racist, and sexist practices embedded in the industry from the guest to the professional.

How can we become more resilient to climate change?Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 7 PM EDT – 8:30 PM
The climate emergency affects our food, water and energy supplies, our health, economic security, and our ability to function in our daily lives. Learn how people are developing strategies to become more resilient by:

  • Growing food
  • Setting up off grid energy
  • Strengthening community connections
  • Supporting local farmers
  • Restoring the soil and natural ecosystems

Creating A Thriving Volunteer Team: Best Practices for Effective Recruitment, Management, and Retention in a Food Assistance Organization
Tuesday May 25th, 11AM-12PM
Join us for a virtual training to learn best practices for recruiting and managing volunteers in your food assistance organization. You will learn strategies that have worked successfully during COVID-19 and beyond, including:

  • how to use free tools that improve volunteer recruitment
  • Tips for leveraging a volunteer team for maximum efficiency
  • Techniques that motivate and support volunteers.

You will also hear first-hand from food assistance providers about challenges and solutions for effective volunteer management. Most important, you will take away action items that you can put to work immediately. Co-hosted by the Montgomery County Food Council and the Montgomery County Volunteer Center.
Register here:

American Horticultural Society 29th National Children & Youth Garden Symposium Conference 
July 7-9
For nearly three decades, the American Horticultural Society’s National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS) has been cultivating tomorrow’s gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today’s garden educators. The 29th annual professional development conference will again take place as a virtual event instead of an in-person convening. The professional development content will be offered as a collection of live and pre-recorded webinars with nearly forty peer-led lectures and workshops viewable on demand.  Speakers will give educators both the inspiration and the tools they need to discover and nurture the passion within a child and create the space and support for a child to pursue that passion. Registration ($60 for members of the American Horticultural Society and $80 for non-members) includes access to all live and pre-recorded session content which will be available until June 30, 2022. Learn more and register at: 

Home Apothecary Program - Mark your calendars!
March-November 2021
Join me at Common Good City Farm for a season-long program on growing, harvesting, preparing, and using your own herbs. Meets twice monthly, March-November. Setup will be flexible to accommodate COVID safety guidelines; all foreseeable options include small group hands-on classes.
  • Saturdays 10am-1pm: planting, tending, harvesting, and making herbal preparations from the plants we grow together.
  • Mondays 6-9pm: lecture format-- community herbalism, herbal theory and practice, materia medica
Info and registration will be found here when the class is formally announced. Details from 2020 on the above website are similar to details for the upcoming program.
This lecture series will take place entirely online, with a new speaker on the second Wednesday of the month from October 2020 to September 2021.
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Recent Recorded Classes

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

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

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

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

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


Program Highlights

City Nature Challenge
April 30 - May 3
Do you like observing nature and/or taking photos? Then join the 2021 City Nature Challenge! Thousands of people in the Washington DC metro area will be participating to observe wild plants and wildlife in area parks, backyards and neighborhoods from April 30 to May 3. The Challenge is a friendly competition among cities to see whose residents can spot and identify the most plants and animals in an urban environment. Joining the City Nature Challenge is easy! Anyone with a camera and access to the free iNaturalist app can participate. By taking part you’ll help collect valuable information on urban biodiversity, and help the Washington DC metro area find as many species as possible! Read more about the Challenge and find virtual events here.

Harvest Share Seedling Share (Montgomery County)
What is better than the sharing of resources? The harmony of identifying needs and finding ways to satisfy them! Many volunteers have grown extra seedlings to share with others who have the space to grow. The donated harvest from these plants and others will help nourish many in our communities. (Don’t worry-there’s no minimum donation, we just like to share.) To participate, please register as a Seedling Donor or Grower on the Volunteer Form. Seedlings can be dropped off or picked up at the dates and locations below.
For more details:

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

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


Local Monthly Garden Podcasts
The Farmers I Know
A new podcast that gives farmers a platform that honors their role as thought leaders in environmental and social justice issues. If you are interested in hearing from the dedicated people growing your food, you can check out the first episode and subscribe on Apple or Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also check it out on instagram @thefarmersiknow.
Newest Episode
Patrick Johnson owns a farm in Richmond, Virginia called NANIH Farm and Garden. Patrick has a rich background in agriculture. He served in the Peace Corps, got his graduate degree from Cornell, and has been farming and teaching about farming for thirty years.

Edible Activist Podcast
Edible Activist is a podcast where dynamic people of color in the food and agriculture space share personal food journeys, stories and perspectives that stem from the land. Hosted by Melissa L. Jones, she interviews a diverse group of everyday growers, farmers, artists, healers, and other extraordinary individuals, who exemplify activism in their own edible way.
Newest Episode
#106: Transcendence: The Black Agricultural Experience
In this brief episode, Melissa L. Jones shares a personal piece on transcendence and the black agricultural experience, a reflection of the past, present and future.

All about gardening in the greater Washington, DC, and Mid-Atlantic area. Hosted by Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine (www.
Newest Episode
GardenDC Podcast Episode 56: Next Level Container Gardening 
In this episode, we talk with Dan Benarcik of Chanticleer, about next-level container gardening. The plant profile is on Euphorbia and we share our upcoming events and local gardening news!

Pegplant's Podcast
Pegplant's Podcast is a weekly podcast providing news to the mid-Atlantic gardening community, including events, books, plants, and products. Produced by Peggy Riccio, pegplant.
Newest Episode
News about the Smithsonian museums and related gardens, Girl Scouts Tree planting initiative, climate victory gardens, virtual events for Herb Day, Hilton Carter’s collection at Target, new dark leaf hydrangea, upcoming events, and new products and books.
The Garden Thyme Podcast
A monthly podcast where we help you get down and dirty in your garden, with timely gardening tips, information about native plants, and more! The Garden Thyme Podcast is brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension.
Newest Episode
S2:E4 April Permaculture
Spring is here! We are so ready to get in our gardens and hope you are as well.  In this episode, we are joined by Justinian Dispenza, who runs the Eastern Shore Permaculture Institute.   We talked all about what permaculture is and how to incorporate its ideas into our own gardens.   Permaculture is an approach to land management and philosophy that adopts arrangements observed in flourishing natural ecosystems.

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

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

Horace Mann Elementary School - Spring and Summer Gardening Volunteers
Horace Mann Elementary School in Ward 3 is looking for volunteers for their spring and summer gardening seasons.  Mann has nine learning gardens from land to the rooftop. We are committed to teaching children about the importance of native plants and raising food, and we maintain nature play areas with sustainable landscaping to support their environmental literacy. All work is socially distanced and masked. Come work in a group (Thursdays & Saturdays 11-2) or work on an independent project. Contact Amy, the School Garden Coordinator at to sign-up.

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

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

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

Local CSA

DC Local Grown CSAs

Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie)

flowers x flores (Flower CSA)

Common Good City Farm
Vegetable CSA

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

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

DC UrbanGreens, Greens-to-Go! CSA

Little Red Botanicals Herbal CSA

Little Wild Things Salad Share Program

Community Foodworks Market Share CSA

Up Top Acres Rooftop Farm Membership

Ecocity Farms CSA

Cultivate the City (Produce & Seedlings)

Crossroads Farmers Market
Full information and Pricing Here

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

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

Local Harvest: Find a Local CSA

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

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

SEYLOU Bakery & Mill // Flour club

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

Job and Apprenticeship Openings

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (FMGG) – Part-time Volunteer Bookkeeper and Volunteer Admin Assistant
We are seeking a part-time (5-8 hr/wk) volunteer bookkeeper and a part-time (5-8 hr/wk) volunteer administrative assistant to assist our volunteer CEO/Director of Project Management to manage the day-to-day operations of our urban farm which since 2014 has donated gratis 27 tons of vegetable produce to non-profit organizations for those who need food in the metro DC area. If interested, please email to receive a complete list of responsibilities. (Email subject title “Bookkeeper” or “Admin Assistant).
FRESHFARM is hiring a Development & Grants Manager 
FRESHFARM is seeking a Development & Grants Manager to join our team! This role will support events and fundraising activities, including institutional giving, corporate giving, major giving, and will play a key role in supporting the growth and success of FRESHFARM as we work to promote sustainable agriculture and improve food access and equity. To learn more, check out the Job Listing on the FRESHFARM website. Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to Candidates who submit applications by May 5th will be considered with priority.

Join Montgomery County Good Council
Are you a self-motivated, passionate, and team-oriented individual dedicated to leading work that will cultivate a more robust, sustainable, and equitable food system? If so, the Montgomery County (MD) Food Council would like to hear from you! To express your interest in formally connecting with our work, please submit a resume and statement of interest that describes your skills and strengths, experiences relevant to our mission, and details of the professional opportunity you’re looking for (potential start date, desired end date (if relevant), part/full-time, issue interest area, paid/volunteer, etc.) to

Mangia Food Tours is Hiring a Virtual Terrarium Instructor 
Do you love succulents, gardening, and agriculture? Do you love sharing your creativity with others? Can you lead a class from expert to beginner levels? If so, then this job is for you! Mangia DC Food Tours is seeking passionate instructors for terrarium workshops. Applicants must possess strong leadership abilities, excellent communication skills, a wonderful sense of humor, and an appreciation for their art. We’re looking for experienced instructors to teach our virtual terrarium online experiences. We'll provide all the training and materials you'll need. Once you're up to speed and leading our classes, we think you'll find the experience fun and rewarding. For more information:

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

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

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

DC Central Kitchen Healthy Corners Program Manager
Oversees DCCK's Healthy Corners program, including operations of delivering fresh produce to corner stores, initiatives like SNAP matching, WIC authorization, and local sourcing, and staff development. We're looking for someone who is passionate about food equity in DC and wants to serve in a role bridging public health and small business development.

The Chesapeake Research Consortium Job Openings
within the Environmental Management Career Development Program, which provides coordination support to the Chesapeake Bay Program.

  • Environmental Management Staffer position supports the Chesapeake Bay Program's Enhancing Partnering, Leadership, and Management Goal Implementation
  • Environmental Management Staffer position supports the Chesapeake Bay Program's Habitat Goal Implementation Team

DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Summer 2021 Environmental Positions
Work with the DPR Environmental and urban ag teams this summer.
Type this Job ID in the DC gov job search: 12722

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

Love & Carrots - Installation Crew Member & Administrative Assistant 
We are seeking full or part-time landscape installation crew members to join our team. Installation crew members work 10 hour days, 4 days/week (Monday - Thursday) during the regular season.  5 days/week in the winter. We are also seeking a full-time crew member to join our Garden Maintenance team. Our Urban Farmers are responsible for the maintenance of our clients’ organic vegetable gardens, ensuring that they are beautiful and productive! On an average day they travel to 3-4 gardens, primarily residential, and maintain between 20-30 gardens over the course of a two-week period. Interested? Email a brief letter of interest and resume to:

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

Summer Internships with USAJOBS

  •  Horticulture Aide - The Aide provides support and assistance with caring for plants and gardens. The position also includes assisting United States Botanic Garden employees in the art of managing and cultivating flowers and gardening.
    Job Posting Here
  • Laborer or Gardener Aide - The Laborer Aide’s duties may consist of loading and unloading materials; moving office furniture, boxes, equipment, and supplies by hand or with various moving devices (e.g., dollies and/or hand trucks); mowing lawns and trimming shrubs. Students may work in various buildings on the Capitol Hill complex.
    Job Posting Here
  •  Horticulture Forester Aide - Under the Capitol Grounds and Arboretum (CGA), the Aide handles a variety of horticultural projects related to managing tree collections and will assist with other projects that support the management of historic cultural landscape records.
    Job Posting Here
  • Turf Specialist Aide - The Aide performs a variety of horticultural turf projects and learns to manage turf under extreme conditions and gain experience in preparing and renovating grounds after large events.
    Job Posting Here
Full-Time Education Programs Manager, Hillwood Estate
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is currently recruiting a full-time Education Programs Manager who will assume primary responsibility for Hillwood’s festivals and other multigenerational programming. This new position will play a vital role in cultivating partnerships and fostering engagement with local communities and partner organizations to actively engage and serve diverse audiences. The full job listing is on our website, and qualified applicants should send a resume to
Job Posting Here

ReFED Hiring a Director & Specialist
ReFED is a national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste across the U.S. food system. We estimate that an annual investment of $14 billion over the next ten years can reduce food waste by 45 million tons each year. We are hiring for both a Director and Specialist on our Capital, Innovation & Engagement team. Job listings are linked below. 

Casey Trees Horticulturist
The Horticulturist is responsible for the management and smooth execution of Casey Trees’ garden design, construction and installation programs on both public and private lands. This incumbent designs, schedules, installs and oversees installations of gardens year-round, responding to referrals from residents, local government, industry partners and others. The Horticulturist also coordinates spring, fall and winter plantings to flow seamlessly with other tree planting activities and events.

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

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

Undergraduate Grow Garden Manager
We’re hiring! Apply now to be a student manager of the GroW Garden! The GW Office of Sustainability seeks one undergraduate Grow Garden manager for Summer 2021, with a preference to extend the internship through the Fall 2021 semester. The role of the Grow Garden Manager offers the opportunity to get involved with sustainability on campus, develop leadership experience, and learn more about sustainable agriculture and food equity through supporting the campus garden.
More Information Here

Food Policy & Planning in Baltimore City
The Food Policy and Planning Division is seeking a Food Resilience Planner. This position will function as the lead on Food Resiliency and is an exciting opportunity to collaboratively work toward an equitable urban food system. Applications close April 6. Apply Here // Detailed Description

Community Grocery Co-op hiring Community Organizer
We are so excited to announce we are hiring a Community Organizer to help CGC accomplish its 2021 goals to complete a community visioning process and to grow the co-op to 200 member-owners. Please share far and wide to help us bring food justice to Wards 7 & 8!
More Information Here

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

FoodCorps’ DC Metro Area program is recruiting both service member applicants AND service sites
Priority deadline for service member applicants is April 8th
To help lead the way in connecting kids to more nourishing food and food education in schools.  FoodCorps service members spend a year supporting hands-on learning, healthier school meetings, and contributing to a schoolwide culture of health by serving directly in schools. This year, I’m proud to share that our cohort of 13 amazing members helped manage on-site school food distribution, ensured that school gardens were maintained and that produce got to families and community members, and provided everything from grow-at-home lesson kits to online family cooking nights to support remote learning.

The Partner Engagement Manager
The Partner Engagement Manager (PEM) reports to the Director of Partner Engagement and is responsible for developing new partnerships and strengthening the capability and capacity of and between partner agencies (pantries, soup kitchens and shelters) to increase equitable access to food assistance in their respective branch region of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB).

School Garden Landscape Internship Opportunity Spring 2021
Horace Mann Elementary School, a DC public school, is seeking a garden intern for the Spring or Summer 2021 semesters who is living in the Washington, DC area and willing to work at our school site.   Mann’s progressive garden program includes an outdoor farm, native gardens, and a rooftop aeroponic farm.  We teach children about wellness and environmental stewardship through a Farm-to-School program.  We work on site, practicing social distancing and other personal protection practices. Help with traditional and aeroponic farming, native plant gardening, and setting up outdoor learning classrooms and playscapes for environmental learning.   Expect to be hands on in the landscape most days but interact with students, experts (beekeepers, plantsmen)  and teachers as well.  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, 202-361-1056.

Black Yield Institute Farm Assistants in Baltimore
Black Yield Institute (BYI) is a Pan-African power institution addressing food apartheid. We work collaboratively with black people and entities, along with other institutions, in pursuit of Black Land and Food Sovereignty. We are organizing to build independent power by establishing an action network and serving as an incubator for ideas and projects. We are on a mission to create a self-determined and self-reliant community of Black institutions and people of African Descent in Baltimore’s poor and Black food environments. Black Yield Institute is a fiscally sponsored institution. For more information, please visit BYI’s website at

OutTeach  - National Director of Philanthropy AND Director of School & District Partnerships
OutTeachEd is hiring our next Director of School & District Partnerships! Candidates should have a passion for our mission and experience in education partnerships and sales. Join a dynamic, fast-growing team that impacts the lives of children everyday! We are also hiring a National Director of Philanthropy (Director) that will serve as a senior member of the 11-person revenue team, working across the organization to drive growth with institutional partners and individual donors. 
Job Posting:
Job Details:

Contract Opportunity: Community Engagement and Outreach Strategy Development
The USBG is seeking a contractor to develop a three-year community outreach and engagement strategy that positions the Garden to reach more diverse audiences and strengthen our connection to communities in the Washington, D.C. area.
Job Posting Here

Compost Crew Open Positions

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

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

Full Time Estate Manager/Gardener Position
Located in Potomac MD. Year-round position with benefits. Duties include: garden planning, koi ponds, water lilies, material purchasing, mulching, estate maintenance, greenhouse upkeep, weeding, watering, planting. Must have: valid driver’s license, own car, be able to lift 50 lb. bags, pass a background check and legal to work in US. Previous experience in gardening a must. Horticulture degree, herbicide and/or pesticide licenses a plus. Compensation commensurate with experience. Please send resume to

Willowsford Conservancy - Farm Manager Position Open
Willowsford Conservancy is seeking a full-time, year-round Farm Manager/Vegetable Farmer for the day-to-day operation of Willowsford Farm, a certified organic farm in northern Virginia that grows and sells fresh produce and eggs directly to residents of Willowsford and surrounding communities.
Job Posting & Information

Food Recovery Network is looking for a Director of Development and a Spring Intern 
Food Recovery Network (FRN), the largest student movement fighting food waste and hunger, is seeking a Director of Development. The Director will be responsible for prospecting, cultivating and grant writing for partnerships of $50,000 and above. In addition, the Director will help architect the fundraising campaign for FRN’s 10-year anniversary. This is an ideal role for an ambitious fundraiser with 3-5 years of experience who is looking to grow their portfolio quickly and is ready for their next level of responsibility. 
Job Posting Here

Rock Creek Conservatory - 4 Positions Available!
Position Title: Downspout Disconnection Technician
Reports to: Downspout Disconnection Program Coordinator Position Description: Working in teams of two, the primary duties of Technicians will include door-to-door canvassing to enroll homeowners in the program, auditing downspouts, disconnecting downspouts, and installing rain barrels. The position will involve significant amounts of time communicating with homeowners about the program; completing downspout data entry using the ArcGIS Collector application; and, performing downspout disconnections and rain barrel installations.
Job Information Here

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

USDA Natural Resource Specialist
This position is located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Headquarters (NHQ), Washington, D.C. This position is organizationally located in a National Headquarters division office; located in Washington, DC.
Application Here

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

Please check back every few weeks for updates!

Rare - Program Marketing Manager, US Climate Change
This is a full-time remote role based in the U.S. with a flexible working location. Rare inspires change so people and nature thrive. Over more than three decades, Rare has partnered with local organizations to run more than 400 conservation projects in nearly 60 countries all of which rely on humans changing behaviors. Community-led solutions such as coastal fishery recovery, regenerative agriculture, and now climate mitigation.  
Application Here

Cook for Meals on Wheels
We seek a part-time skilled cook (“Section Cook”) to help expand our meal option offerings. The successful candidate will prepare healthy, delicious vegetarian entrees for our homebound neighbors and also provide support to our Head Cook.
Job Application Here

Common Good is Hiring for a Consultant
Common Good City Farm is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 and has a mission to create a vibrant, informed, and well-nourished community through urban farming. Common Good’s half-acre farm in DC’s LeDroit Park is the principal site for programs providing hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and environmental sustainability to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
Fellows gain vital first-hand experience through placements with community-based organizations across the country as well as policy-focused organizations in Washington, D.C. The program bridges gaps between local efforts and national public policy, as fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.
Peter’s Plants Part/Full Time Plantsmen
Peter’s Plants [] is seeking help with a number of initiatives Spring-Fall 2021. We deliver heirloom vegetable, herb and pollinator plants grown in Root Pouches (made of recycled water bottles) and Pittmoss soil (made of recycled paper and cardboard) to the local Northwest DC community.  Our non-profit arm Trees for the Planet is also starting an innovative “Beans & Greens in a Bag” program to confront urban food insecurity, food deserts and ways to increase food self-reliance for people in DC whose neighborhoods do not adequately support fresh food availability. We are in need of either one full-time or two part-time positions, ideal for college students balancing work and school or freshly graduated and ready to get to work.  Experience with plant propagation and care a plus. A valid drivers license required.
Crossroads Community Food Network - Farmers Market Assistant
The Farmers Market Assistant (FMA) supports the Market Manager (MM) throughout the course of the market day, from setup to break down. The FMA is the acting person in charge when the MM is not available. They are expected to be at market each Wednesday for at least 8 hours (8am-4pm) from April 14th-November 24th, unless pre-approved. A successful FMA will provide strong customer service skills, be team-oriented, and have the ability to think on their feet and give direction when needed. The FMA is expected to be at market, rain or shine, throughout the season (unless market is cancelled). This is a fun, physical job that requires the ability to lift equipment up to 50lbs, set up tents, move tables, and carry large boxes. Working conditions are exclusively outside.
Job listing and details:
Future Harvest - Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
Applications are now open for their 2021 Beginning Farmer Training Program. The BFTP provides a FREE, year-long immersive training experience that combines a comprehensive classroom curriculum with hands-on learning at Chesapeake region farms that employ practices that are profitable, protect land and water, and build healthy communities.

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

For more information and to apply, please visit

Community Forklift - Open Positions Job Listing:

Deep Roots Farm Full and Part Time Field Crew (Brandywine, MD)
Deep Roots Farm is a regenerative ''O'', women owned and operated farm located in Brandywine and Upper Marlboro, MD. We grow vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers, and raise chickens on 50 acres for our community. We are looking for 2 part time workers. Details below:

Winding Root Farm (MD)
Looking for someone who can work 8-10 hours per week, Saturdays preferred, through the end of August 2020. Tasks include but are not limited to harvesting, transplanting, weeding, wash and pack, bed preparation, hauling compost, etc. Pay starts at $11/hour and is based on farming experience. We are a small startup located in Rohrersville, MD. Please email for more information and to apply.

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

  • SVP of Diversity and Justice 
  • Human Resources Director 
  • Chapters Support Internship 
  • Strategic Partnerships Internship

Full list of Internships Here

UDC Urban Agriculture Internship Opportunity
Interested in learning more about hydroponic and aquaponic farming, food insecurity, and sustainable agriculture? UDC CAUSES is offering paid internships to UDC students, at the PR Harris Urban Food Hub, looking to develop controlled environment agriculture skills and learn more about the District of Columbia’s food system. With a commitment of just 20 hours a week, and a flexible schedule, this opportunity is a great way to help combat food insecurity in DC, while building foundational skill sets for the future of farming! Read More. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

Little Wild Things Farm - Farm Hand & Farmers Market Rep Part Time
Little Wild Things City Farm is looking for someone enthusiastic about growing local food with an interest and at least one year of experience in sustainable agriculture. This position will directly help our microgreen production and assisting with our Summer Salad Share program (including helping with deliveries) and with weekly orders, wholesale, and outdoor edible flower production, with potential to grow with us and take on more responsibility over time. This position will support the work of the entire team and report to the Production Manager.
Job Posting Here

Center for Science in the Public Interest

  • Senior Policy Associate - Healthy Retail
  • Grants Administrator 
  • Public Interest Program Internship
Full Job List:
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) Job Openings
Positions Open Internships Volunteer Opportunities

For inquires about the career page, please email

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

Green America Open Positions

Multiple Capital Area Food Bank Open Positions

DC Central Kitchen

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

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

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


Grants and Funding

United States Botanic Garden - Urban Agriculture Resilience Program 
Submit by May 19, 2021 
The United States Botanic Garden and the American Public Gardens Association are partnering to support public gardens and their partners in facilitating collaborative urban agriculture, community gardening, and other food-growing programs.  Is your garden or organization already involved or interested in urban agriculture?  If so, please consider applying for an Urban Agriculture Resilience Program award. Learn more about your eligibility for the Urban Agriculture Resilience Program, see a complete list of criteria and access the application form. Award amounts range between $10,000 and $20,000. Applications must be received by 11pm ET/8pm PT May 19, 2021 using the online application form.

District of Columbia Urban Agriculture Small Grant Program
Deadline is: Friday, May 21st 2021 at 6:00 PM EST
The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment Office of Urban Agriculture is excited to announce the District of Columbia Urban Agriculture Small Grant Program. The goals of this Request for Applications (RFA) are to support increased operations of food production and distribution at urban farms and to advance strategies to support the success of agriculture businesses for socially disadvantaged farmers. Food and nutrition education remains an integral component of an informed farm operation and contributes to healthy communities. This grant program seeks to provide funding to building capacity for crop production and distribution, and to increase knowledge within farmers and District residents through agricultural education experiences.
What this funds: Projects that increase food crop production, processing and/or distribution at an urban farm, improve distribution and access to fresh foods for residents of District Ward 5, 7, & 8, construct facilities that enable agricultural education experiences for District residents, accelerate the business and production capacity for socially disadvantaged farmers, and/or advance sustainable agricultural efforts in the District. See the RFA for more information on eligible project types.

The deadline to submit is May 31st.
On August 22, 2021, Seoul Food will mark a decade of serving the community. From its food truck days to current Takoma Park home, it has been an amazing ride over the years, full of laughter, some tears, lots of hard work, and above all, joy to be doing what they love every day. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of friends and family and a wonderful community. And now, to celebrate its 10th-year anniversary, Seoul Food wants to pay that gift forward with a donation of $5,000 to one local aspiring small restaurant entrepreneur. To apply: If you are a current or aspiring small business owner interested in participating, please submit an essay describing your business and vision for the community and one (1) vegan recipe of any dish, with an accompanying photo. Please send all submissions via e-mail at, with the subject line “Seoul Food 10th (Your Business Name).” Seoul Food recommends sending the essay and recipe in PDF format, to make for easier viewing.

Danon Institute - One Planet, One Health Initiative 
Submit by June 6, 2021 
Danone Institute North America is a non-profit innovation center managed by Danone North America, a subsidiary of the global food and beverage company Danone, which has a mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible and a global frame of action of One Planet. One Health. This initiative will provide seed funding for projects such as pilot studies, feasibility testing, needs assessments and planning grants. Each selected team will receive a $30,000 One Planet. One Health Initiative Innovation Award to implement its project and amplify its message to a broader audience over a two-year period.

Philanthropy News Digest - Published RFPs
Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for U.S.-based grant-making organizations and nonprofits. To have your RFP considered for publication, please email with a Word document, text-only file, or link to a Web site explaining the program scope, grantee qualifications, application instructions, and deadlines. We require notice of funding opportunities four weeks in advance of their deadlines.
New RFPs include: 
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Community Grant Program
Various deadlines
Each year Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration distributes $7 million dollars in funding to qualified community-based organizations (CBOs) in the District of Columbia through the outreach offices of the Mayor’s Office on Community Affairs (MOCA).  These outreach offices manage community grant programs and work with grantees to implement programs focused on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Priorities for District residents.
More Info and Available Funding Here

DOEE Notice of Funding Availability

On-going Grants (no deadlines)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SBIR Funding Opportunities

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

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

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

The Pollinator Project
On-going grants for social change

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

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

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

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

Join FarmRaiser:
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