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April 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


Vote to Award $5000 to Multiple DC Garden Sites
The top 21 gardens in @naturespathorganic #GardenForGood contest will be awarded $5,000! DC sites include Eastern Senior High School Youth Garden, Common Good City Farm, and The Mary Elizabeth House, Inc., Community Garden
Link to Vote

Market Seven DC Food Hall Application
Reminder: Our 2021 Food Hall Application is due March 30th! Our community market features Black-owned businesses that offer food and lifestyle products from across the Diaspora (Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas). If you are interested in applying please visit the link below and apply.
Application Here

LA, Philadelphia, DC compost leaders look to better leverage city park sites
Full article

National Park Service plans to revitalize DC’s Shepherd Parkway area
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton inquired about the area after a story in The Washington Post on the condition of parklands east of the Anacostia River that depicted residents cleaning up National Park Service land.
Full Article Here

Protecting Young Trees from Periodical Cicadas
Because there are currently 15 active “broods” of cicadas that emerge in overlapping cycles, there are some cicadas present every year in most locations. Learn how to protect your trees during this time.
Full Article Here

A local church’s food security program was launched after Freddie Gray’s death. Now it’s aiming to solve food insecurities caused by the pandemic.
Full article

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

Migration Meals: How African American Food Transformed the Taste of America
Full Article
Prison Food, Abolitionist Geographies, and Food Sovereignty: Food as a Tool of Resistance
Full article

Op-ed: $4 Billion in Debt Relief Is a Start, but the Fight is Not Over for Black Farmers
The American Recovery Plan includes billions for Black farmers and other farmers of color. It’s an
important step, but it is not the final step on the road to justice for Black farmers. Justice requires land restoration for farms that were taken away under a century of unfair laws, and an end to the disparities in the treatment of Black and white farmers.
Read John Wesley Boyd Jr.'s latest #oped 

Homeless? Get your EIP Return
Please share this and let’s help spread this information to the people that need this. Homeless people do NOT have access to the $1,400.00 stimulus check. If you are homeless, you can go to a tax return office where they will file something called an EIP Return and put money on a debit card.
More Information Here

Senate Bill 5172 phases in overtime pay for farmworkers over three years
In 2022, agricultural employees must receive overtime pay — which is 1.5 times their regular hourly rate — if they work more than 55 hours a week. In 2023, they must receive overtime pay after 48 hours. In 2024, overtime pay is required after 40 hours, a rule that already applies to most workers in the state.
Full Information Here

Mainstreaming Produce Prescriptions: A Policy Strategy Report
This document is a synthesis of policy analysis and findings from over 60 interviews with organizations, practitioners, and academics to study, improve, and advocate for Produce Prescription Programs as an indispensable health intervention to address rising rates of chronic illness and food insecurity across our nation. 
Find the full report here


Food Justice


Highlighted Causes

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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

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 (scroll to the bottom)
Follow these accounts and newsletters for lists of daily actions, frequent updates, and urgent protests needs in Greater DC Area
Individual Events
Worker Justice in the Food System 
4/1, 4/15, 4/29 
Dig into how you can be a more effective ally to food workers through your farm-based teaching. In the final workshop, participants will share and receive feedback on a lesson plan they design to teach students about worker justice. Facilitated by Vera Chang and Dr. Tersea Mares
DC Peace Team Offering New ONLINE Courses
  • 4/3 - Foundational Principles of Compassionate Nonviolent Communication from 10-11:30am EST. REGISTER HERE
  • 4/7 -  Anti-Racism Restorative Circle: Healing and Unlearning from 7-8:30pm EST. REGISTER HERE
  • 4/10 - Introduction to Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment from 10am-3pm EST with a one hour break. REGISTER HERE
  • 4/14 - Anti-Racism Restorative Circle on Systems of Racial Inequity from 7-8:30pm EST. REGISTER HERE 
*In the month of April we will also host Anti-Racism Sessions on Wednesdays 7-8:30pm EST, Apr. 21: Intersectionality; Apr. 28: Microaggressions, an Intro. to Nonviolent Communication, Sat. Apr. 17th, 10-3pm


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

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
DC Social Justice Newsletter
This bimonthly newsletter is a partnership between the People’s School of DC, a volunteer cooperative organizing and connecting people to social justice education and resources in greater DC area, and Georgetown Environmental Justice students, with the goal to connect people to social justice resources, events, actions, job openings, and education in greater DC area.  This newsletter will only focus on local social justice resources, not solicitations, and will remain an all-volunteer effort.
Follow link view the first newsletter or sign up to recieve future newsletters

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

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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Host your own Little Red Bird Botanicals plant walk, medicine-making workshop, or botany class!
Topics can be customized to the event, and may include:
  • Edible wild plants
  • Local medicinal herbs
  • Botany and plant identification
  • Ethical and respectful harvesting practices
  • Making your own herbal medicine
  • Health-specific topics

A plant walk can happen anywhere! Tree boxes, railroad tracks, and alleys can be just as interesting as your local park or woodland. Walks usually last 1-3 hours depending on the interest level of the group. Kids are always welcome. I’ve done classes for individuals, families, organizations, schools, and neighborhood groups. The optimal group size is under 20. During Covid restrictions in-person class size is limited to 10 outdoor participants. To schedule a walk, please email

Virginia Cooperative Extension Vegetable Gardening
February 1 - June 16, 2021
The course is a combination of self-paced learning and two live sessions, and offers something for both beginning and experienced gardeners. Growing your own food, using nature as a guide and incorporating sustainable practices is good for our bodies and good for the earth.  This course covers the essential topics — planning the garden from seed to harvest, using organic and sustainable techniques to develop healthy productive gardens, growing good soil, dealing with wildlife and specific techniques for container and indoor vegetable gardens.
Now recruiting for Spring 2021 Watershed Stewards Academy!
The course starts March 16 with zoom sessions on Tuesdays and some in-person Saturdays through May 1
Are you ready to step into a leadership role in your community? Is there a stormwater problem you would love to fix in your neighborhood, and you just need the network and know-how to get it done? You should consider joining the Watershed Stewards Academy! When you participate in the Watershed Stewards Academy, you:
  • Gain expertise in stormwater issues 
  • Get the skills you need to solve pollution problems in your neighborhood creeks and streams
  • Learn the environmental leadership skills
  • Cultivate a network of others who share your passion
  • Complete a capstone project to become a certified Master Steward

For more info

US Botanic Gardens
Find the list of upcoming webinars below. Registration closes prior to the event so sign up today!

Bloom Webinar Schedule
Find the list of upcoming webinars below:
  • April 1- Plant Medicine and Movement with Lara Pacheco
  • April 6- Starting Your Home Garden with Brandon Ruiz
  • April 8- Ayurveda for Self Care with Anjali Sunita - Class 2 
  • April 13- Ayurveda for Self Care with Anjali Sunita - Class 3
  • April 18- Kemetic Yoga for Beginners with Lindsay Gary
  • April 20- Into the Herbalist's Kitchen - Class 1 Infused Vinegars & Honey with Liz Henke
  • April 22- RETURN: Iteration & Imagination with Terican Gross
  • April 29- “Revolutionary Self Love” Workshop Series with Lucretia VanDyke
Click on link for many more classes throughout year

Growing a Healthy Food System in a Pandemic World
April 1, April 8, 2021
Join Western Maryland Food Council for this mulit-day conference. 

  • Thursday 4/1 1:00 - 3:30 pm - Food is Medicine: Join us for a day dedicated to learning how healthy, local food nourishes and heals, and how our minds and bodies are connected in ways we are just learning to unpack. 
  • Thursday 4/8 1:00 - 3:30 pm - Food Access: Join us for a day dedicated to learning how efforts are underway to help our neighbors in need access healthy foods. Then we'll have a special guided community dialog, titled, "Eat. Learn. Council."  

See the full agenda and REGISTER HERE. Tickets are $20 - $40. Register before March 3rd for early bird prices. 

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, April 3, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM - Grow Your Own Microgreens!
  • Saturday, April 10, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM  - Hydroponics & Vertical Gardening
  • Sunday, April 11, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM - Hot Sauce Blending

The Creative Root Herbal Education - Healing Our Ancestors
April 4, 11, 18, 25 / 6-8pm EST
In this Sunday evening series, we’ll explore family history, cultural practices, our ancestral triumphs and wounds and connecting them to plant-based practices. Short readings (and other media content) and practical exercises will be included for each session.
Register Here

2021 Resilient Garden Series - Last Sessions!
NOFA/Mass will be hosting a garden-related online event with live presentations and Q&A period. The last two sessions for April are listed below. You’re welcome to join them in succession, or choose to jump in only for your favorite topics. Sessions are free and will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel the following week.
  • April 6 – Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants with Priscila Espinosa and Russ Cohen
  • April 13 – Happy Healthy Chickens with Kirby Lecy

Register online to receive the Zoom meeting information.

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:
April 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 2020, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
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

Veggie Series!!!
This 15-hour certificate introductory course is designed to provide participants with evidenced-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:
April 2021
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
May 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Generation NEXT: Spring Legacy Planning Webinar Series
April 7 - April 15
Learn how to keep your woodland intact, in forest, and in family.
Topics include: Overview of Virginia's forest resources, Writing long term goals, Conservation tools, Legal tools, Determining your family assets, Financial tools, Holding a family meeting
Register Here

Food Policy Council DC
April 7, 5:00-6:00pm
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. April's session is slated for the 7th.
Register Here

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.

  • April 7 – Garden Pest, Diseases, and Weeds
  • April 14 – Critter Proofing, Season Extension, and Garden Carpentry
  • April 16 – Urban Composting
  • April 21 – Urban Fruit trees
  • April 28 – Food Justice 101: National/International Issues
  • April 28 – Food Justice 201: Local Issues
  • May 5 – Harvesting, Cooking, and Preserving 
If full sign up for the waiting list to receive class recordings for free

NoVA Outside NEW Educational Workshops
April 7, Wednesday evenings 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Through a grant from Dominion Energy, NoVA Outside is excited to offer outdoor and environmental education workshops for both formal and informal educators. The workshops will offer an opportunity to learn from professional outdoor educators, apply theory to personal practice, and share ideas with peers. Sessions will include concepts such as cultivating inquiry, integrating learning, and fostering sustainability. Questions? Please email NoVA Outside at Register online: These workshops are free to all! Click here to support the work of NoVA Outside.

Overwintering Flowers
Thursday, April 8, 2pm
Joy and Hillary will share what they have learned from over 4 years of working with overwintered flowers at Johnny's Research Farm in Zone 5. They'll walk you through the benefits of overwintering, provide crop and variety recommendations, and offer tips on getting set up for success. You'll also get fun updates on new crops and varieties they are trialing right now. Joy, Molly, and Hillary will answer your questions about overwintering flowers during the Q&A session. 
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Merrifield Garden Center Virtual Events
  • April 8 - All about Azaleas
  • April 8, 12:00PM - Herb Gardens in Ground and in Containers
  • April 13, 12:00PM - Selecting Roses for Garden Wow! Factor
  • April 15, 12:00PM - Cut Flowers for Summer and Fall

Register Here

Foundations of Herbalism: The Endocrine System: Actions & Herbs
Apr 10 at 10:00 AM – Apr 11 at 3:00 PM EDT
This weekend, we will look at worldwide historical and modern use of herbal medicine, used for the management of endocrine conditions such as diabetes and thyroid dysregulation and dysfunction including Hashimoto’s and Grave’s disease and examine ways to regulate the endocrine glands through diet, herbs, supplements and lifestyle.
Register Here

Permaculture Design Course
April 10-11, April 24-25, May 8-9, May 22-23
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 beginning its 10th season.
Register Here:

Seed and Plant Swap!
April 11, 11:00am-3:45am
Join Cultivate the City for our FREE 2021 seed and plant swap at #hstfarms on April 11th. Every person will receive a a free root pouch and voucher for a free plug. 
Registration & Information Here

Ag Innovation - SNAP & SNAP Stretch Payments
Farmers benefit from this 'win-win' arrangement by receiving SNAP and matching dollar SNAP stretch programs. Learn how it works and how to apply in this session.
Register Here

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

  • 4/14/2021: Capture the Flavor- Herbs and Spices
  • 4/28/2021: Does Your Deworming Program Need a Tune-Up? Best Practices for Deworming Cattle
  • 5/12/2021: Estate Planning
  • 5/26/2021: Health Insurance Options for Farmers

Full Schedule


WeAspire 2021: Program Application
Applications Due April 15
We are excited to be launching recruitment for WeAspire 2021, training and pitch funding for 40 DC, new and returning citizen owned businesses. Applications are open through April 15! Get more info here: Questions? Check out an information session, or email the team at

Camp Eco.Logic
Register by April 15
Camp Eco.Logic is a virtual camp open to middle and high school students looking to increase their environmental knowledge and leadership. Our six-day program will allow participants to interact with environmental practitioners, meet and collaborate with others, and create tangible environmental action plans. Participants will be grouped by age to ensure fruitful conversations.
More Information Here

Fox Haven Organic Farm
Find the list of upcoming webinars below:

Calendar of Events

Spring Planting, Bed Prep, and Soil Health at Gathering Springs FarmTuesday, April 20, 2021 at 1 PM
**IN PERSON** Join us at Gathering Springs Farm in Middleburg, Virginia, to learn how Pamela Jones and Sarah Waybright are building their operation while farming part-time and raising families. Located just an hour outside of DC, Gathering Springs is home to vegetables, mixed perennials, and laying hens. At this field day, we'll hear how Pam and Sarah first became interested in farming, how they made decisions in their first couple of years in operation, and what they have planned for this - their third growing season. Come prepared for some hands-on work in the soil: it's spring transplanting time. We'll take a look at what Pam and Sarah do to build and maintain soil health, how they prepare their beds, and then get some spring plants in the ground. We'll end the day with socially-distanced snacks - please bring your own.

USNA Herbarium Series: Pressing Matters
April 22nd 2:00 PM EST
What is an herbarium and how is the U.S. National Arboretum’s different from others? Join us as we explore the shelves of the U.S. National Arboretum’s herbarium collection and delve into the history, evolution and significance of herbaria.
Register Here

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

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.

Join Common Good City Farm’s CSA
June to October 2021
Weekly or biweekly pickup on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30 pm from June 2 to October 27 . Sliding scale fee and payment options available 

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Recent Recorded Classes

Annual Environmental Film Festival Went VIRTUAL!
This year, 100+ films were presented to audiences throughout the City celebrating Earth, its inspirational impacts, stewardships through the eyes of film. Films, directors, and artists have collaborated with more than 100 different partners, including museums, embassies, universities, and theaters. The Festival is one of the leading annual cultural events in Washington DC, winning the 2017 DC Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Creative Industries. Movies and More Information:

University of DC CAUSES Online Workshops
Recently, we have launched our NEW and FREE virtual, educational workshop series that covers information on urban agriculture, food security, environmental resources, and much more. We kindly invite you to indulge in our new series, and please include it in your following newsletter. You can find this information under our “virtual community workshops” section on our website. You will also find information on current community education and training programs within the urban agriculture and gardening industry.  For more information about our center, please visit here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Che at your earliest convenience at
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Race, Racial Equality, and the DC Food System
Thank you to all who joined us last Friday and to our great speakers and moderators for hosting an important conversation on Racism in Lending Practices and Supporting Business Owners of Color. You can find the recording for that event on our Food Policy Council website:

11th Street Bridge Park Winter Wellness - Herbalism Class
Taught by Kelly Miller Farm Manager Violet Marley
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.

Centro Ashé Online Herbal Medicine Course: Part 1 - Foundations in Herbalism
Gain a foundation in herbal medicine right from the comfort of your own home! Our Online Herbal Medicine Course provides a foundation in folk herbalism and is oriented towards those interested in self care and learning to care for their families and loved ones.  Our students will learn how to source, prepare, and utilize their own herbal medicine preparations! Additionally participants will gain a basic understanding of how to understand the medicine of the plants through herbal tastes, herbal energetics, and we will cover basic herbal formulations and building your home apothecary as well. Our course is self paced, there is no pressure and no rush.  You will have lifetime access to our course and course videos.  All students will need for the course is access to the internet in order to tune in and stream our course videos. 
Course Topics:
- Introduction to Folk Herbalism
- Basic Herbal Preparation Making (teas, tinctures, linaments, oils, salves,)
- Intro to Herbal Tastes
- Intro to Herbal Energetics
- Creating Basic Herbal Formulations
- Building Your Home Apothecary
- Resources Lists!

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
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!

Make the Most of Food (remote) Challenge Earth Month 2021
Sign Up by April 1
Any household anywhere can sign up to learn with us how to use our own data on discarded food to take actions to eat better, save money, and reduce waste. Educators and green team leaders can sign up to lead groups of households. Our collective actions will measurably contribute to the #1 global solution to climate change! This challenge is organized by Recycle Leaders in partnership with the Audubon Naturalist Society, funded by DC’s Office of State Superintendent of Education. Contact: @recycleleaders
Register Here

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

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.


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
Today’s guest is Anh Doan. He manages a farm in Brookville MD called The Farm At Our House. I worked there a good chunk of last year. People are drawn to Anh. Our CSA is bustling with people hoping to catch a word with him—tell him about their home garden or ask advice on what to do with different greens or ask about his family even. He’s a talented farmer and loves to teach people about farming. But if you want to learn you need to be ready to give 100% --he expects this out of everyone. Including himself.

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
#105: Tam in the Garden
It all started with planting a few flowers before Tamara Elmore, of Richmond, VA, would find herself fully immersed in the garden! In this episode, we chat about the beginnings of Tam's gardening venture and attending farming school, she speaks on dealing with chronic pain and healing in the garden, and we discuss her two most recent projects: Bring on the Seeds and Tomatoes. We also couldn't conclude the show without Tam dishing on her must-have garden tools.

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 52 - Rock Gardening with Joseph Tychonievich
This episode we talk with Joseph Tychonievich, author of "Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style," and "The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food," on rock gardening, hypertufa, NARGS, and food growing basics. The plant profile is on Flowering Quince and we share our upcoming events and local gardening news! You can register for his April 14, 2021, webinar on Plant Shopping here. You can order his books at: and

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 American Horticultural Society awards, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Gold Medal plants, Cavano’s Perennials selling retail, Whole Gardener plant nutrients, the Little Dibby, upcoming gardening events and new plants 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:E3 March 2021 Backyard Chickens
In this episode, we are joined by the University of Maryland Extension Poultry Specialist Jon Moyle. We invited Jon to give the cockadoddledoo details on raising backyard chickens. Jon covers information such as basic chicken biology, basic needs, and protocol for keeping poultry at home. More importantly, Jon discusses important facts homeowners should consider before taking on their own flock.

Volunteer Opportunities
Lederer Communal Farm
Every Monday and Wednesday from 10-2pm
4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019

Looking for volunteers who can help during the week day afternoons (weekend and evening volunteer times coming soon) to help restore a half acre production farm to increase food access and community programs in ward 7.
Email for more info

Volunteer While Social Distancing on the Farm at Kelly Miller
DC Farmers are still growing because we still need to feed people. Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. is looking for a *small* group of people with gardening/farming experience might want to come to the farm on a limited basis to help with big jobs. You’ll take some instruction from Farm Manager, Violet and, of course, all workers will maintain proper spacing, wash hands frequently and wear gloves. Please email if you want to help.

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.
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:

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

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

Community Grocery Co-op Organizer
The Community Grocery Co-Op is a member-owned grocery cooperative focused on offering healthy, affordable food to residents of Wards 7 and 8 of Washington, DC. We are seeking an organizer to help drive a community informed visioning process and to manage various activities to grow our membership. The organizer will be supported by over a dozen committed volunteers and member-owners, technical assistance from Beloved Community Incubator and future member-owners. The ideal candidate is committed to cooperative models of business, has experience as a community organizer and is excited to help bring about food justice in Washington, DC.

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!

City Blossoms Summer Intern (May through August)
Each of our internships are project-based and can be tailored to your specific interests and goals.

Love & Carrots - Installation Crew Member AND Urban Gardener
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, New Job Openings Full List of Open Positions:

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

FRESHFARM is hiring Market Managers
Do you love farmers markets? Do you enjoy being outside and connecting your community and local food system? Good news! FRESHFARM is hiring Market Managers for the 2021 season! To learn more, check out the Job Listing on the FRESHFARM website. Interested candidates can fill out this Employment Application. Please email with any questions.

Number 1 Sons – Farmers Market Reps; Pickle Crew
Number 1 Sons is hiring farmers market reps! Ideal marketeers love fermented food, are worldly, and understand the importance of the local food economy. They get up early, and develop relationships with customers, vendors, and market managers. Number 1 Sons is seeking reliable folks who can get up extra early to drop off the markets across the area. They’re also hiring full-time (and possibly part-time) Pickle Crew members. Pickle Factory work includes producing fermented and pickled products, as well as packaging orders for markets and home delivery. Many Pickle People are also home delivery drivers to get goods to neighbors in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

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
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

Food Empowerment Project - Administrative Assistant
Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is looking for a full-time Administrative Assistant (AA) to work closely with F.E.P.’s Executive Director and help with a variety of administrative tasks that align with F.E.P.’s mission and support the organization’s goals. The AA will help organize F.E.P.’s physical and virtual offices; we currently have a team of four full-time and two part-time staff—most of whom are remote. 
Job Posting 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

Operations Coordinator for Meals on Wheels
We seek a coordinator, The Operations Coordinator (OC) will be responsible for supporting our internal operations and is a part-time position. Specific tasks include meal count reports, client invoicing, tracking income and expenses, updating schedules, and other projects.
Job Application Here

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Communications & Community Engagement Manager 
We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to help us build and grow our communications and community engagement.

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.

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
  • Public Interest Program Internship
Full Job List:
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) Job Openings
Positions Open Internships
  • No internships at this time, please check again soon.
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

Rooted in Justice - New Opportunity!
Due Date: Friday, April 30th - 11:59pm
Rooted in Justice is a new funding program designed to help amplify youth voices and actions in the environmental, conservation and food movements by supporting community-based organizations and groups that specifically manage youth-led urban greening programs. It will support groups that work with young people between the ages of 12 to 20 in youth-led programming for communities or cultures which have historically and/or presently experienced:

  • A lack of access to land or nature;
  • Agricultural oppression and/or neglect;
  • Food apartheid;
  • Or other forms of injustice based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics and disability.

Amount: $20,000 - $25,000 - with possible year two funding offered.

Full Grant Information:

Questions?: Please email

Echoing Green Fellowship Application
April 6 - April 20, 2021
Social innovators are more than just their business plan. We’re looking for visionary leaders who are committed to upending structural oppression and creating change in their communities so that all people can thrive. We strongly encourage change-makers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color to apply. 
More Information & Application Here

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 of Opportunities

Nature’s Path Supports 21 Community Gardens for 2021 Through Gardens for Good Program
North America’s largest certified organic breakfast and snack food company – is significantly expanding their annual Gardens for Good Program to help recognize the wonderful work community gardens are doing across the US and Canada. Nature’s Path will support 21 community gardens with $5,000 each. Applications will be accepted starting on February 5th, with special focus on gardens founded by and serving BIPOC communities.

Diverse City Fund Spring & Fall Grant Rounds
Deadline: April 5, 2021
Diverse City Fund awards grant to people of color-led social justice projects in DC. Through our spring and fall grant rounds we award grants of up to $5,000 to individual organizations and up to $15,000 to coalition projects. We welcome any groups that meet our eligibility requirements to apply. For more information on what we fund and our eligibility requirements check out our Grantmaking Guidance page.
Grand Rounds Website and Information

Healthy Schools Grant
Deadline: April 6, 2021, at 3 pm.
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Health and Wellness is soliciting applications for the District of Columbia Healthy Schools Grant. The purpose of this grant is to increase OSSE’s capacity to support District schools with implementing high-quality: (1) health education and physical education; and (2) place-based education programs. OSSE will accept applications from District entities having a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Eligible entities may apply for an award up to $120,000. For more information, including the Notice of Funding Request and the Request for Funding (available Feb. 24, 2021), please visit the Healthy Schools Grant Website.
For additional information regarding this competition, contact

WW Launches WW Wellness Impact Award
Applications will be accepted until April 9, 2021. 
On February 25th, WW launched the WW Wellness Impact Award, providing five $15,000 grants to BIPOC-led community organizations working to democratize wellness by removing barriers to food, movement, or mental health in their own communities. In addition to the grant award, recipients will have their stories shared with WW’s members and be included in WW’s giving cycle. To learn more, including how to nominate an organization please visit

DC Co-op Impact Grand - 2nd Round
Applications are due by: 11:59pm ET on April 19th, 2021.
The Washington Area Community Investment Fund and Capital Impact, with support from Citi Community Development, are excited to announce the second round of the DC Co-op Impact Grant. This new grant program supports the growth of emerging and existing cooperatively-owned businesses in the Washington, D.C. area. Four  $10,000 grants will be awarded to advance cooperative development led by communities of color, people with low incomes and/or workers with low wages. Cooperatives in all sectors and all stages of development are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to emerging cooperatively owned food businesses. You can access the application and get details on grant informational sessions through this link DC Co-op Impact Grant Application (you will have to create a free account).

EPA 2021 President's Environmental Student and Teacher Awards
Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
EPA's Office of Environmental Education is accepting applications for: 

  • The President’s Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) recognizes projects from grades K-12 by promoting environmental awareness and encouraging community involvement. EPA will select up to two winners in each of EPA’s ten Regions – one regional winner for grades K-5, and one regional winner for grades 6-12. The winning projects will be highlighted on EPA’s website. All student projects must be sponsored by at least one adult over the age of 21. If the sponsor is not a teacher, the project must have a teacher as a co-sponsor.  Application and eligibility information are available on EPA’s PEYA page.
  • The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's ten regions will be selected to receive this award. Teachers will receive a Presidential plaque and an award of up to $2,500 cash to be used to further professional development in environmental education. Winning teachers’ local education agencies will also receive awards of up to $2,500 cash to fund environmental educational activities and programs. Next years’ winners will be highlighted on EPA’s website. Application and eligibility information are available on EPA’s PIAEE page.
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:
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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