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September 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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Rooftop Farms vs. Green Roofs: The Benefits of Fresh Produce at Edgewood Rooftop Farm (Video)

A New farm in Loudoun County for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
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



A Safe Place to Fill Up: To be able to stop at almost any Southern gas station and have a good, inexpensive meal is an American tradition rooted in Black survival and entrepreneurship

Biden Gives Largest Permanent Increase To Food Stamps In History

There Is Enough Food, Just Not Enough Food Access

Why Biochar Is The Best Thing To Add To Your Soil + How To Make It

Food Justice

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
Centering Community Experience in the Climate Narrative
Past WEL webinar recordings
2021 Encuentro
Sept 18, 19 12-6pm
The 2021 Encuentro is here! Join students and young people from across the country in the Student/Farmworker Alliance’s annual convergence- learn straight from the @immokalee.workers about the history of farmworker power and how YOU can be in solidarity with current farmworker advocacy. Registration link in @sfalliance bio!

Indigenous Peoples' Day Curriculum Teach-In
Saturday, September 25, 2021 At 12:30 PM – 3 PM
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and Teaching for Change host a teach-in on "Indigenous Land: Stewardship, Relationships, and Responsibility." The rivers, trees, and other plants have existed and been governed by natural laws for millennia. What if they had legal, sovereign rights, too? How can we honor the land? What relationships with the land can we mend through Indigenous thinking and practices? Discuss, be inspired, and connect with your curriculum![%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

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.

Racism in Policing: A Guided Course by the ACLU The systemic issues inherent in American policing are nothing new. While everyone deserves to feel safe in their own community, we know Black people in our country have been terrorized and killed at the hands of the police for centuries. It’s a reality that has led millions to finally follow the lead of Black organizers and Black-led grassroots groups by calling for change that goes beyond mere reform: to divest from police as an institution and invest in community-based, life-affirming programs and solutions.These are the issues the ACLU invites you to explore in our inaugural email course, “Racism in Policing” – a four-lesson series taught by our experts and sent to your inbox every week.
Recent Recorded Series and Events
Episode 38: Land Access Solutions in the Agrarian Commons Model
In this episode, we discuss alternative land access strategies with Ian McSweeney, Director of the Agrarian Trust.

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

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

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

Workshops and Events

DC Food Policy Council Working Group Meetings
The DC Food Policy Council meets on the first Wednesday of every other month, with a total of 6 meetings per calendar year. All Food Policy Council meetings and working groups are open to the public.
  • Urban Agriculture - Wednesday, September 1: 4-5pm
  • Sustainable Supply Chain - Wednesday, September 1: 4-5pm
  • Food Access & Equity - Wednesday, September 1: 4-5pm
  • Nutrition and Food Systems Education - Wednesday, September 1: 4-5pm
  • Entrepreneurship & Food Jobs - Wednesday, September 1: 4-5pm

Nature for All: Engaging Underrepresented Communities in the Outdoors
September 1st, September 8th 
In an effort to diversify the types of audiences engaged during the annual National Public Lands Day celebration, NEEF has partnered with three organizations that are focused on connecting people to nature. Given the organization’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, NEEF is extremely excited to join with groups that are focused on working with people from communities that are often underrepresented in the outdoor space—the Spanish-speaking, Disability, and LGBTQ+ communities.

University of Maryland Extension

Smile Herb Shop Events

Bloom Webinar Schedule
Find the list of upcoming webinars below:

  • September 2 - Stealth Health: Kitchen Herbs to Promote Wellness with Teri 'Cricket' Owens
  • September 7 - Medicinal Plants and Emotional Wellness with Yuré Calvo Santana
  • September 14 - Bioregional Herbalism and the Apothecary Garden with
    Holly Poole- Kavana
  • September 21 - Herbs, Ritual, and Sacred Ceremony with Robin Rose Bennett
  • September 23 - Business Alchemy for Herbalists & Healers with Jules Beneficio
  • September 28- Saving Our Seeds: The Foundation of a Sustainable Food System with Bevin Cohen
  • October 5 - Plantitas & Practices for Overthinkers with Myrna Caban Lezcano
  • October 26 - The Sacred Herbs of Samhain with Ellen Evert Hopman
Click on link for many more classes throughout year

First Thursday Soil Health Hub
Thursday, 9/2 7:00 - 9:00 am 
Join our Soil Health Hub meetings every first Thursday of the month for networking and farmer-to-farmer connections. Bring your soil health challenges and inspirations. These meetings are for farmers and those who support them. All production systems and all scales are welcome, and the agenda is intentionally unstructured to give you time to check-in with others. Whether you’re asking questions, helping answer them, or just listening in, this is your time to get into the nitty gritty of soil health how-to for your farm. This month: Let’s talk cover cropping (and more)! Free. REGISTER HERE.
Vertical Farming Annual Conference
September 2-3
Munich and Virtual Registration is still available.
With your virtual ticket, you will be able to stream presentations that will focus on the newest technological developments in both Vertical Farming and alternative protein production. Both areas will be discussed from an industry and science perspective. Our expert panels will discuss openly the expectations on a supportive framework for VF implementation. Our speakers, who will all be in person at the conference, by design represent the various stakeholder groups of vertical farming and the emerging new food systems -- including government, industry, university, venture capital and community outreach.

Wild Edibles Walk (Plants and Mushrooms)
Saturday, September 4th from 11am
Food and medicine are growing all around us, and yet very few people know how to recognize the abundance of the land we walk upon. In this walk and talk we will explore:
  • the simplest strategies for getting to know plants
  • how to correctly identify plants and mushrooms and how to rule out poisonous look alikes
  • the top wild staple foods in the area
  • how to gather enough calories in a day to last a month
  • how to harvest sustainably and promote wild edibles with guerrilla planting tactics

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:

  • September 4th - Grow Your Own Microgreens!
  • September 11th - Hydroponics and Vertical Gardening 
  • September 18th - Plant Propagation 101: Seeds, Cuttings and Clones 
  • September 25th - Carnivorous Plant Basics and Bog Gardens 
  • September 26th - Indoor and Container Gardening 101

Fox Haven Organic Farm

Calendar of Events

Green Spring Garden Gardens Events 
4603 Green Spring Road Alexandria, Virginia

MAWDC Monthly Meeting 
Sunday, September 5th from 11am 
For our September meeting we're talkin' truffle with Oregon hypogeous fungi expert Dr. Michael "Caz" Castellano, who can be seen in the image here on a MAWDC foray in 2015. (Photo by Connie Durnan.) Truffles are widely abundant in the temperate forest here, but of no culinary value, and that's a real shame because culinary truffles' voluptuous aroma is truly sublime. It's no wonder they're the world's most expensive foodstuff. So I'm sorry to say, you'll still have to go to Italy to dig your own summer black truffles, but at least now, if you choose to do so, you'll be well informed on the secret lives of truffles.[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

Casey Trees Event Schedule  

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon
1 hour webinars, Cost is FREE
  • 9/8/2021: Managing Farm Family Finances
  • 9/22/2021: Smart Phone Videos: Top 10 Tips for Awesome Videos from Your Smartphone
  • 10/13/2021: What is Fruit Quality and Factors That Affect it?
  • 10/27/2021: Managing Your Finances Resiliently

Full Schedule

US Botanic Gardens
Find the list of upcoming webinars below. Registration closes prior to the event so sign up today:
  • 9/9 at 12:00 PM Fig Fantasia 
  • 9/10 at 12:00 PM Jamaican Cuisine 
  • 9/11 at 11:30 AM Sustainable Gardening 
  • 9/16 at 12:00 PM Lovely, Lovely 
  • 9.23 at 12:00 PM Beautiful Beets 
  • 9/25 at 11:30 AM Unexpected Fall Foraging with Alexis Nikole Melson (Online Lecture)
  • 10/8 at 12:00 PM  African Dishes with Afro91: Local Chef Series (Online Cooking Demo) 
  • 10/7 at 12:00 PM Bright Brocoli 
  • 10/8 at 12:00 PM African Dishes 
  • 10/14 at 12:00 PM Bean After Bean 
  • 10/15 at 12:00 PM Cooking with Scraps (Online Demo) 
  • 10/21 at 12:00 PM Satisfying Sweet 
  • 10/28 at 12:00 PM Minestrone

Smithsonian's Let's Talk Gardens
Free lunchtime webinar series on garden basics on Thursdays 12 to 1 p.m.
  • Plants, Passion and Perseverance: A Focus on Positive Solutions and Experience Gained - September 9
  • Seeds and How to Find Them - September 16
  • Getting the Most out of Small Space/Urban Gardens -  
    September 23
  • Washington National Cathedral Gardens: Divine Inspiration & Earthly Challenges - September 30

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia - Upcoming Webinars

Full List of Events Here:

Permaculture Design Certificate Course at Chesapeake Forest Gardens Course
Weekends for Fall 2021:Sep 11-12, Sep 25-26, Oct 9-10, Oct 23-24
In this course you will plunge deeply into the vision and practice of creating dynamic and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. The teaching team will offer lectures, site walks, exercises and skills training to help you move forward with your permaculture goals. Much of the course will take place at Forested, a 10-acre forest garden now in its 10th season.

Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • September 12 - 17th @ 2:30pm - International Master Gardener Conference 2021
  • September 14 @ 8am - 2021 Kentland Farm Field Day
  • September 14 @ 9am - Woods in Your Backyard Field Day 
  • September 17 @ 9am - Woods in Your Backyard Field Day 
  • September 24 @1pm - Southeast Virginia Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat
  • October 22 - October 23 @ 1pm - Central Virginia Beginning Woodland Owner Retreat
Nature Virtual Lectures: The Story of Native Trees
Tuesday September 14, 2021 6:30pm to 7:30pm
We are celebrating all things Paw Paw this month. Join the Capital Naturalist, Alonso Abugattas, for a fun and fascinating look at our native trees and shrubs! Learn all about their lives, their folklore and how they’re connected to wildlife. This online program takes place on the Microsoft Teams Platform. The link to the program will be emailed to be participants the day before the program. This event will be held at Montgomery Parks Online Programs Meadowside Nature Center

ILSR’s On-Farm Composting & Compost Use Webinar Series

Anacostia Watershed Events 
  • 09/15/21 from 10:00 am - Freshwater Mussel Survey at Nash Run
  • 09/25/21 from 9:00 a, - Weed Wrangle Day

Montgomery County Food Policy Council

Urban Tree Summit 2021 with Montgomery County Parks 
September 8th, 9th, 16th, and 13th
Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees, Washington D.C., present the tenth annual conference — Urban Tree Summit. 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. The 2021 Urban Trees Summit kickoff event is a virtual event, hosted by Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees, via Zoom. You will receive the link and meeting instructions when you complete registration. There are three weekly field sessions that require separate registration. 

2021 Family and Farm Day at Virginia Tech
Saturday, September 11th 9 AM - 2 PM
The objective of Family and Farm Day is to educate the general community about the benefits and importance of agriculture. Hands-on, inquiry-based learning activities are used to educate the next generation about all the exciting aspects of agriculture and science.[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

Integrating Composting Into Your Farming Business with Ellen Polishuk
Tuesday 9/14 12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Join the Million Acre Challenge for Session 2 of ILSR’s On-Farm Composting & Compost Use Webinar Series featuring Ellen Polishuk, biological farming consultant, educator, and co-author of Start Your Farm. This session will map out how farmers can add the production of high-quality compost to their operations. Over the course of 25 years, Ellen and her partners transformed Potomac Vegetable Farm’s Loudoun County farm from a 50-acre field of no-till sweet corn grown with herbicide and chemical fertilizer to a thriving, diversified organic vegetable operation. Compost that Ellen produced on-farm was an essential ingredient in this transformation. In this webinar, Ellen will detail the why, where, how, and when of adding composting to a farming business, including costs, equipment needs, tweaking compost recipes to help meet soil fertility needs, and how to apply compost. REGISTER HERE.

Hands-On! Specialty Cut Flowers at Greenstone Fields 
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 AT 9 AM EDT – 12 PM EDT
With Barbara Lamborne's retirement imminent, this might be your last chance to see Greenstone Field's flower fields in production! This is the specialty cut flower farm's 16th year in operation. We'll start this field day with a tour of the farm, where we'll look at the high tunnels, annuals, and perennials, and talk about the farm's evolution over the past decade plus. Next, we'll get some hands-on experience. (Task TBD depending on weather and crop conditions). Please come prepared with gloves, water, sunscreen, and closed-toe shoes. Bring your farming questions, too!

Hands-On! Diversified Vegetable Farming at Lydia's Fields
Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 AT 1 PM EDT – 4 PM EDT
September is a busy time of year on the farm, and that's no exception at Lydia's Fields! We'll start this field day with a tour of the site, including the annual vegetable fields and perennial asparagus patch. We'll also take a peek in the fig tunnel, where fig trees reliably overwinter. Farmer Robert Schubert will give an overview of the farm, including decisions around field placement, and talk about his general farm management decisions, including pest management, weed control, and soil fertility. After the tour, we'll all participate in a hands-on task. (Task TBD depending on weather and crop conditions). Please come prepared with gloves, water, sunscreen, and closed-toe shoes.[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

Little Swap of Horrors: Plant & Harvest Equinox Exchange
Saturday September 18 at 6pm 
Bring an item to share with your community! Trade with other gardeners in the area, expand your tastebuds! The past year and change has been isolating for many folx. Connect with your community by sharing/trading an item from your plant adventures. FREE with item, $10 without item
Field Day at Good Dog Farm
Monday, September 20th, 6-8pm
This field day will be hosted by Joanna and Bryan of Good Dog Farm. Good Dog Farm is a 15-acre vegetable farm in Upperco, Maryland that grows certified organic vegetables for Baltimore area restaurants and their 200 person CSA. Collectively they have over 25 years of farming experience on both urban and rural farms. Attendees will tour the farm and hear how Good Dog Farm designed their business, acquired land and manages their operation with 5 employees. This is a free outdoor, in-person workshop. Pre registration is required so we can plan accordingly. We suggest that attendees wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you won't mind getting dirty. Be sure to bring a water bottle! There will be a hand washing station on site, as well as extra masks and hand sanitizer.

Watershed Stewards Academy, Fall 2021 Class Applications Open!
September 21- November 9
Are you interested in addressing local pollution problems in your community? Become a Master Watershed Steward in a 7-week hybrid program run by Anacostia Watershed Society. Classes are open to all adults, run September 21- November 9, and applications can be found here.

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2021 District Hunt
9/24 - 9/26 (Team contest)
9/27 - 10/11 (Self Directed)

Like playing games and making an impact? Join Game Genius for their third annual District Hunt, a treasure hunt through DC that celebrates the local community and builds awareness around important issues. In 2021, this fun adventure explores our environment, from biodiversity and natural spaces to climate change and human consumption. The event runs from September 25th to October 11th. It's free to enter and teams of 2-5 are encouraged to play together. You can learn more and sign up at

Small Scale Livestock Production at Fawn Crossing Farms
Saturday 10/2 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Join Future Harvest at Fawn Crossing Farms for an interactive field day on small scale livestock production! Farmers Bill and Sharon are raising a multitude of species, including heritage Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs for breeding, feeders and succulent meat. We will start the day with a farm tour focusing on the infrastructure - much of it designed and constructed by Bill himself - and focus on smart scaling, including an overview of how they decided breeding pigs along with the other animals was the best decision for their ten acre farm. We'll conclude the day with a group meal, details to be announced. IMPORTANT: Please wear boots/shoes that can be sanitized (sanitizer provided) if at all possible. Though we will have booties on site, biosecurity for animals is just as important as Covid-19 safety for humans! $10 for members, $20 for non-members, free for BFTP. REGISTER HERE.

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

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

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

2022 Harvest CASA Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP)
Currently accepting applications for 2022
A 12-month immersive training experience that combines a comprehensive classroom curriculum with hands-on learning at some of the region's leading sustainable farms.
Recent Recorded Classes

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

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

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

Botany Everyday: Online Classes
6 day online class about plant botany and foraging
Mycologos Online Mushroom Classes
  • Mushroom Identification: Basics & Beyond
  • Everything’s Connected: Fungal Ecology from the Sea to the Sky
  • The Many Ways of Fungi: First Steps Into the World of Mycology
  • Growing Mushrooms for Food, Fun, & Profit
Good Gardening Videos
Learn to garden and be inspired by over 1,000 gardening videos curated for accuracy and quality. Use the Search Box, Browse by Topic, or go to Best Videos for each month in the sidebar. Good Gardening Videos is pro-science, pro-environment, ad-free and nonprofit
P.S. Rate Your Garden Teachers!
There have been many garden workshops citywide this year.  Please help shape these classes by rating your teachers here:

Program Highlight

Plant NOVA Trees campaign
Native trees are pretty, but they’re also powerful -- and if there’s an environmental problem in your area, native trees are part of the solution. That’s why native trees are at the top of the agenda here in Northern Virginia in Fall 2021. Plant NOVA Trees, a coalition of local governments and organizations, is launching a major five-year campaign to protect and plant native trees.  From September through November, "Celebration of Trees" events across the region will open the campaign and spread the word. (Check out our calendar to see those near you:
For more details:

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Watershed Stewards Academy, Fall 2021 Class Applications Open!
September 21- November 9
Are you interested in addressing local pollution problems in your community? Become a Master Watershed Steward in a 7-week hybrid program run by Anacostia Watershed Society. Classes are open to all adults, run September 21- November 9, and applications can be found here.

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Subscribe to Pegplant's Post newsletter!
It is a free monthly newsletter for gardeners in the DC metro area. Each issue has local gardening events, recently published books, articles, tips, recipes and a giveaway. To subscribe, people just need to visit my website and enter their e-mail address.
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
Curt Canda runs an incredible school garden program at Stoddert Elementary--where kids learn about being a steward of the earth and take part in a sustainable food system. He holds a master's in Elementary Education from American University and a master's in Social Work from the University of Iowa.

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
# 115: Pollinating Gardens with Britt Huggins 
A plant lover and educator, Britt Huggins enjoys being in the garden and gracing green spaces with pollinators. In this episode, the Philly native recounts how agriculture rescued her during a difficult season in her life and attributed the land for her healing. Britt also shares the importance of seed keeping along with some tips on how to organize them. Tap in!

All about gardening in the greater Washington, DC, and Mid-Atlantic area. Hosted by Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine (www.
Newest Episode
Episode 72 - Low-Maintenance Gardening
In this episode, we talk with Lee Miller, landscaper designer and blogger, about low-maintenance gardening, her favorite fall plants, and much more. The plant profile is on Garden Phlox and I share what's going on locally and in my garden. Lee's book is Gardening By Month and can be ordered* at:
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
Monarchs and Milkweed
In this month's episode, we are chatting about the marvelous relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweed.   Undoubtedly, there is no other butterfly so easily recognized with its orange and black wings fringed with white spots. Their seasonal flight from Mexico through the United States towards Canada is long anticipated for gardeners.

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 and weekly veggie giveaways at the following sites:

Lederer Gardens
  • Location: 4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE (ward 7)
  • Open Hours: Every Monday and Wednesday from 9-1pm
  • Veggie giveaways – Every Wednesday 11-12pm
Edgewood Rooftop Farm
  • Location: 4300 Evarts St NE (ward 5) 
  • Open Hours:  Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-2pm 
  • Veggie giveaways – Every Tuesday 11-12pm
For more info:
Email if you want to volunteer, have questions, or want to receive weekly updates about available volunteer opportunities and what’s ready to harvest.

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

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

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

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

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

Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie)

flowers x flores (Flower CSA)

Common Good City Farm
Vegetable CSA

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

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

DC UrbanGreens, Greens-to-Go! CSA

Little Red Botanicals Herbal CSA

Little Wild Things Salad Share Program

Community Foodworks Market Share CSA

Up Top Acres Rooftop Farm Membership

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

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

Local Harvest: Find a Local CSA

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

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

SEYLOU Bakery & Mill // Flour club

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

Job and Apprenticeship Openings

Interested in learning the ART of pruning?
Would you like to prune with a group of fascinating people who have learned the ART of pruning?  Choose the days you want to join the team?  Prune for 5 hours, then have the rest of your day to devote to your other passions?   And get paid for your time?   Yankee Clipper's professional pruning team is looking to expand our team- no prior experience necessary, just the love of the outdoors and being in beautiful gardens.  We will teach you our unique techniques for pruning.   Our gardens are located in  DC and the closest counties in MD and VA.  You must have a car. We are: former lawyers, world bank, state department, teachers, architects, MBA's, engineers.  We are current college students interested in the "green industry."  We are parents who have time before the children return from school to enjoy this artistic, physical experience with like-minded people.  Want to learn more???  Please go to our website and fill out your contact information indicating you are interested in joining our team.  We will call you right away.

FoodCorps Open Position at Miner Elementary in Ward 5
Application Deadline: September 17th
FoodCorps D.C. Metro Area members serve in the heart of our nation’s capital and experience all this city and area has to offer, including free museums, a growing local food system, and a backyard that includes the Shenandoah Valley and Great Falls National Park. Between D.C.’s metro and bus system and bike-friendly streets, commuting and getting out of town for the weekend are equally a breeze. While the large-scale growing space in D.C. may be limited, the agricultural landscape in the surrounding states is expansive, and plays an integral part in both school meals and experiential learning for the students. Within the District, there are 107 active school gardens, meaning almost half of schools are providing garden-based education to their students.

FRESHFARM Open Positions
FRESHFARM is currently seeking a Communications Manager as well as FoodPrints Classroom Assistants (internship and Federal Work-Study) to join our team! If you're excited by local food systems, food access and justice, farmer's markets, and elementary food education, we'd love to read your application. Please visit our website for more details, and to learn about other open positions:

Experienced Laborer - Sustainable Landscaping at Father Nature Restorative Landscaping
Father Nature Restorative Landscaping (since 2007) is a small business in Wheaton, MD seeking an experienced landscaper. Applicant must have at least 3 years of gardening/landscaping experience. This is a good opportunity for someone that wants to work with a company that cares about the environment and its staff. We design, create, and maintain environmentally beneficial landscapes in residential yards. Focus areas include: Maintaining sustainable gardens (pruning, edging, mulching), creating ecosystems using native plants, improving Chesapeake Bay health by capturing stormwater (installing Rain gardens and check dams)
$16.00 - $20.00 per hour + Benefits, Contact Luke Jessup -

Urban Farmer at Little Wild Things City Farm 
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, controlled environment agriculture, and/or hydroponics. This position will directly support microgreen production, hydroponic lettuce and edible flower production, farmers’ markets; and assist with the Salad Share program, weekly orders, wholesale, and outdoor edible flower production; with the potential to grow and take on more responsibility over time. This position will support the work of the entire team and report to the Production Manager. Please contact Mary at to express interest in the position or visit the careers page.  

Public Relations Fellow – Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank provides the Washington, DC, region with more than 30 million meals a year while managing dozens of programs. The Public Relations Fellow will gain hands-on experience helping to build awareness for the issues of hunger and food insecurity in the greater Washington region by assisting with the food bank’s media outreach and public engagement work. The Fellow will play an important role in supporting the mission of the food bank by supporting activities that generate greater visibility for an often-hidden problem. For details about the application and other jobs with the Capital Area Food Bank, please view the careers page.

DOEE Supervisory Energy Program Specialist
Apply to join DOEE’Ss Utility Affordability Administration! This position will be responsible for coordinating the administration of the Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge Relief Residential Program, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded Low Income Household Water Assistance Program. The incumbent will be tasked to develop, plan, and supervise current and long-range programs and managerial requirements of the department.  The Supervisory Energy Program Specialist will be expected to represent the agency at meetings and conferences as an expert on utility affordability and resident services, and on DOEE’s overall mission. 
To learn more about the position, please visit the DC Careers Page using Job ID # 13794. Deadline to apply for this position is August 21.

DOEE Supervisory Energy Program Specialist
Apply to join DOEE’Ss Utility Affordability Administration! This position will be responsible for coordinating the administration of the American Rescue Plan Act-funded Lead/Mold Program, Lead Pipe Replacement Program, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-funded Lead Reduction Program. This position is responsible for managing and supervising daily activities, budgets, work products, and deliverables of subordinate staff to ensure proper implementation of programs and projects; providing high-level technical assistance and direction to senior managers, specialists, and administrative staff by developing, planning, coordinating, and enforcing applicable laws, regulations, goals, and objectives of the District, as well as federal mandates governing the programs administered; analyzing and evaluating operational issues identified through reports, quality reviews, and assessments to determine causes and develop solutions; preparing and providing input regarding official documents, reports, contracts, and agreements, and overseeing policy review and implementation; and maintaining professional relationships with utility companies serving District residents and other applicable stakeholder groups. To learn more about the position, please visit the DC Careers Page using Job ID # 13793. Deadline to apply for this position is August 21.

Potomac Conservancy - Community Conservation Manager 
The Community Conservation Manager is responsible for the creation and nourishment of community driven volunteer teams that leverage hands-on stewardship and outreach to inspire clean water action, which addresses root causes of pollution through civic engagement and advocacy. Working in the larger DC Metro area, our clean water advocacy efforts are informed by communities, our Policy team, and our Clean Potomac Plan. The Manager will interpret a broad strategic vision for community action in a local context, requiring the ability to listen to community needs and enact change. For more information on the position or the Potomac Conservancy, please see the posting description.

DC Central Kitchen is hiring 

  • Program Coordinator, Healthy Corners 
  • Lead Food Service Worker 
  • Human Resources Coordinator 
  • Development Operations Coordinator 
  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Development and Partnerships Coordinator 
  • Instructional Services Manager 
  • Human Resources Specialist 
  • Social Worker 
  • Digital Media Specialist 
  • Director, Workforce Development

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:

Casey Trees is Hiring 

  • Assistant Tree Nursery Manager 
  • Farm Crew 
  • Farm Crew & Driver 
  • Senior Farm Crew 
  • Tree Nursey Administrative Assistant

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

  • Grant Writer 
  • National Director of Philanthropy 
  • Director, Education Partnerships

Job Listings:

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

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

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

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion , & Justice Fellow

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank 

  • Chief Collaboration Officer – Click here for the position profile
  • Director of Development (NEW)– Northern Shenandoah Valley
  • Director of Programs (NEW) – Charlottesville or Verona, VA
  • Grants Manager – Charlottesville or Verona, VA
  • Warehouse Assistant – Verona, VA
  • Accounting Specialist (NEW) – Verona, VA

The Environmental Law Institute 
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

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.

Job listing: 

Center for Science in the Public Interest

  • Campaign Manager, Scientific Integrity 
  • Public Interest Internship Program 

Garden Installation Crew Member at Love & Carrots
We are seeking a dedicated crew member to add to our Garden Installation team. The Installation Crew is responsible for building all Love & Carrots’ new vegetable gardens and perennial landscapes. As a member of the Installation Crew, you will work with a team to transform yards into productive and beautiful vegetable gardens. We also install stone pathways and patios, fences, pergolas, and arbors.

Climate Campaign Director at The National Young Farmers Coalition
The National Young Farmers Coalition seeks Climate Campaign Director to lead our efforts to win federal climate policy that is bold, equitable, and honors the experience and potential of young farmers and farmers of color. This role will build on a candidate’s skills and experience in agricultural and climate change policy, government relations, and grassroots engagement to deliver on our young farmers’ needs and priorities on climate in Washington, DC.  To learn more about the responsibilities, qualifications, salary, and benefits of this position, as well as how to apply, please go to
Applications are due August 23rd. 

Executive Assistant at the National Farmers Union
The Executive Assistant is responsible for supporting the National Farmers Union (NFU) office through administrative functions, with a strong emphasis on fostering greater NFU member engagement in Federal policy. This individual is also responsible for managing and overseeing the NFU internship program. Applications must include a cover letter, and resume and be emailed to by August 20, 2021, with “Executive Assistant” in the subject line. Please include any strict salary or relocation timeline requirements.

Development Director at Future Harvest
Future Harvest is seeking an outgoing, organized, and experienced development professional to serve as the organization’s development director. The director will be tasked primarily with securing unrestricted funding from diverse sources, overseeing recruitment and stewardship of membership, and conducting foundation research and outreach. The position is full time, reports to the executive director, and will play a pivotal role in helping the organization secure financial resources, strategically navigate our current period of growth, and advance racial equity goals via development initiatives. We strongly encourage people of color to apply.  Starting salary is $65,000-$70,000, depending upon experience, plus 7.35%-of-gross-salary stipend to cover fringe costs and equipment maintenance. Future Harvest is a virtual team; most work is conducted from home with local travel. Upload application materials, which should include resume, cover letter, three writing samples and references, to Applications accepted until the position is filled. Please, no phone calls, but questions can be directed to

Fair Farms Campaign Manager at Fair Farms Manager
Waterkeepers Chesapeake seeks an enthusiastic, energetic, outgoing self-starter with a passion for sustainable agriculture and environmental justice to manage its Fair Farms Campaign. The Fair Farms Campaign Manager manages all aspects of the Fair Farms Campaign and is meaningfully involved in Maryland’s environmental and sustainable agriculture communities. Whether building partnerships, participating in collaborative projects, crafting new policy or writing blog and social media posts, this position plays a critical role in shaping the future of Maryland’s food system. The Campaign Manager reports to the Executive Director and works with a staff of five, plus multiple consultants and interns. The position manages the Communications and Outreach Associate’s Fair Farms communications work, and interns working on the Fair Farms campaign.

Casey Trees - Assistant Nursery Manager, Berryville VA
The Assistant Nursery Manager conducts and leads in a wide range of duties common to a tree farm, including tree production; planting, staking, tying, pruning, fertilization, inventory etc.; grounds and facilities maintenance; equipment procurement, maintenance and related tasks. They work successfully with a wide variety of individuals, empowering them and instilling an appreciation of tree production, ensuring a safe work environment, while maintaining quality production standards.
To apply visit: 

High School Environmental Educator
Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region is the DC-based affiliate of the Living Classrooms Foundation, established in 2001. Educators provide comprehensive environmental education and field trip instruction primarily for high school students at Kingman Island or on school grounds of DCPS high schools,  provide teacher professional development to high school teachers engaged in the Anacostia Watershed High School MWEE program and more.

FRESHFARM is hiring Food Prints Lead Teachers, a  Communication Manager and paid internships 
  • FRESHFARM's FoodPrints program is growing and we hope you can help us find more amazing teachers to join our team and put our new curriculum to work in DC Public Schools! We are currently hiring new FoodPrints Lead Teachers
  • FRESHFARM is currently seeking a Communications Manager as well as FoodPrints Classroom Assistants (internship and Federal Work-Study) to join our team! If you're excited by local food systems, food access and justice, farmer's markets, and elementary food education, we'd love to read your application. Please visit our website for more details, and to learn about other open positions:
  • FRESHFARM'S FoodPrints program has a variety of paid internship opportunities available for this fall/school year. There are openings for class assistants, garden assistant positions, and communications assistant position.
Foodcorps Service Member 
FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders that connects kids to food and helps them grow up healthy. We do that by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service.  Service member positions run from August 9th, 2021-July 8th 2022 and will be full time in person in schools this fall. We're looking for candidates who are passionate about supporting food education and more nourishing food in DC schools and communities, especially looking for BIMPOC leaders, local candidates, and leaders with diverse lived experience.

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

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

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

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

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

Grown@Pope Food Production and Donation Coordinator

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

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

Montgomery County Food Council is Hiring 

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

Please contact with any questions!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif) Job Openings

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Please check back every few weeks for updates!

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

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

Returning Citizens Stormwater Workforce Development Program RFA Open Now!
DOEE is seeking applications for the Returning Citizens Stormwater Workforce Development Program! The RFA can be found on DOEE's website here. The purpose of this grant is to provide environmental job training for up to 12 returning citizens who are residents of the District of Columbia and to lessen the impact of stormwater runoff on the District’s waterways through investment in GSI. The amount available for this grant is $230,000 per calendar year. This project could be extended for a total of three years depending on funding availability, and DOEE’s determination of the quality of the grantee’s efforts.
Applications are due on September 21, 2021. Questions can be directed to

Kingman Rangers Workforce Development RFA Open Now!
Deadline: September 17, 2021
DOEE is seeking applications for the development of a Kingman Rangers Workforce Development Program! The RFA can be found on DOEE's website here. The new Rangers program will improve the visitor experience and restore habitat on the Anacostia River’s Kingman + Heritage Islands and help create pathways to employment for disadvantaged District residents and students. The initial amount available for the project is approximately $222,400 for one year, with the potential to extend additional years pending availability of funding.To find out more about the RFA and to ask questions, consider attending the first of two informational meetings, hosted virtually, on Tuesday August 17th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Meeting details can be found here. You can also email to be added to the meeting invite.

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Philanthropy News Digest - Published RFPs
Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for U.S.-based grant-making organizations and nonprofits. To have your RFP considered for publication, please email with a Word document, text-only file, or link to a Web site explaining the program scope, grantee qualifications, application instructions, and deadlines. We require notice of funding opportunities four weeks in advance of their deadlines.
New RFPs include: 
Full List

DOEE Grants (upcoming fall funding opportunities)

  • Innovative LID Grant
  • RiverSmart Grants
  • GSI Maintenance Grant.
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Maintenance Grants   
    • GSI Maintenance Training & Workforce Development (for returning citizens
    • GSI Inventory & Assessment Grant
Look for these funding opportunities this fall on DOEE’s website under "Grants and Other Funding".
On-going Grants (no deadlines)

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

DOEE Notice of Funding Availability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SBIR Funding Opportunities

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

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

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

The Pollinator Project
On-going grants for social change

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

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

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

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

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


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