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Mid-February 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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COVID Updates


DC Gov Coronavirus website
DC Gov official website for updates, DC resources, active testing sites, etc.  We highlight a few important pages below.
Full site at below link

Black History Month

Here's the story behind Black History Month — and why it's celebrated in February

Each day of February will highlight the Nile-long legacy of Black agrarianism, that of which continues to flow today. It is the first day of BLACK GROWERS MONTH here at @dcdpr.

In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting significant Black figures that have shaped the environmental movement. Western ideologies and white perspectives have dominated the conversation for too long and it’s time to acknowledge that BIPOC practices have also paved the way for the environmentalism we see today. Follow series at intersectionalenvironmentalist


GardenDC podcast: Seed Swaps and Exchanges
This episode of the GardenDC podcast features Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for a discussion on seed swapping, exchanges, and heirloom seed saving.

Application Period Open for Nominations for the 2022 District Sustainability Awards and Clean Energy DC Award

Rodney Stotts Used to Hustle Drugs in Southeast DC. Now He’s One of the Few Black Master Falconers in America.

DPW’s Leadership Shuffle Underscores ‘Sleepy’ Operations

Fully Functional Organic Farm (Dicot Farm) for Sale in Waldorf, MD



Food Justice


Highlighted Causes

United Kitchen Workers is a worker-led, bottom-up trade union, fighting for workplace democracy, justice, and labor militancy at Union Kitchen in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the union and how to help at

Two decades of marches, hunger strikes, rallies, vigils, petitions, sermons, and teach-ins led by farmworkers and allies have laid the moral foundation for the transformation of human rights in U.S. agriculture. Your donation today helps us gather the power and resources we need to continue marching forward into the next decade.


Urgent Needs

The "District of Columbia Tip Credit Elimination Act of 2021" aka Initiative 82, will eliminate the sub-minimum tipped wage of $5.05 per hour, and ensure all tipped workers receive DC's full minimum wage of at least $15.20 plus tips on top!  This ballot initiative would gradually increase the base wage for tipped workers so that it will become the same as non-tipped workers by 2027. Read more about the initiative, why its needed, and how to help at

The Give SNAP a Raise Amendment Act of 2021 will increase the minimum monthly SNAP by providing local funds to this program, increasing SNAP benefits to match food expenses under the Low-Cost Food Plan set by the Food and Nutrition Service at USDA. Follow DC Hunger Solutions for more details.

Join a "Buy Nothing" DC Facebook Group
The Buy Nothing Project is a movement led entirely by volunteers creating a worldwide network of local gift economy communities. Everyone is welcome in their local Buy Nothing community to Give, Ask, and share their Gratitude, where the true wealth is the connections formed between neighbors. You can only join one local Buy Nothing Facebook Group.  To find that group type in the Facebook search "Buy Nothing" and your neighborhood or the nearest one listed neighborhood.

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Petition: Tell the Mayor to Stop Evictions with the $500 Million Surplus

Want to Fight COVID Misinformation by Deleting Spotify? How to delete your Spotify account, transfer your playlists and where to go next to stream music

Amazon Alternatives: 11 Sustainable Marketplaces To Shop For Everything You Need Online

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

Follow these accounts and newsletters for lists of daily actions, frequent updates, and urgent protests needs in Greater DC Area
Individual Events

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Upcoming DC Peace Team Training: 
  • Feb 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM - Active Bystander Intervention Advanced Session: Mental Health Situations
  • 2/26 We will offer an ONLINE Introduction to Active Bystander Intervention from 12pm-5pm EST (1 hr. break). REGISTER HERE
  • 3/5 We will offer an ONLINE Antiracism 102: Challenging Systemic Oppression from 9am-12pm EST. REGISTER HERE
  • 3/9 We will offer an ONLINE Restorative Justice and Aging: Practical Considerations of Getting Older from 7-8:30pm EST. REGISTER HERE
  • 3/16 We will offer an ONLINE Restorative Justice and Aging: Life Before Death Challenges (Mental Health, Finances, Declining Health), from 7-8:30pm EST. REGISTER HERE
  • 3/23 We will offer an ONLINE Restorative Justice and Aging: Family Dynamics and Conflict, from 7-8:30pm EST. REGISTER HERE
  • 3/30 We will offer an ONLINE Restorative Justice and Aging: Forgiveness and Grieving, from 7-8:30pm EST. REGISTER HERE
The Love + Liberation Book Club series: a year with bell hooks' books on love"
February 10th and 24th
Inspired by all the Black folks, mainly Black women and Black nonbinary folks that I saw reading her books going into 2022 - including me. And those books were almost always either "all about love", "communion" or "salvation".
On Demand Workshops
Wild Seed Society
Cultivating a spiritual community that supports activists and organizers in Movement
  • Caring Circles - A bi-weekly online drop-in space for BIPOC who want to practice caring for themselves and bearing witness to others - in service of our healing and liberation.
  • Collective Caring PODS - A 5-month online course for BIPOC who want to heal from internalized oppression & create a caring community around them - for these burning times.
  • Healing From Internalized Whiteness - A 10-week online course for white allies who want to do the inner work necessary for them to co-create with others - from a consensual and humanizing place.
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-2:30pm
Are 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.
Recent Recorded Series and Events
Limited Equity Cooperatives Town Hall: Part 1
Panelists describe limited equity cooperatives, show why they are a solution to homeownership for low and moderate income people, and give suggestions about how to get started creating one in your community.

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.

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:

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


DPR Urban Grower Certificate Course
March 2nd to May 18th
Can join class live or sign up to receive class recordings

The DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Urban Grower Course is a FREE course focused on teaching people the basics of gardening in a city from building a home garden to cooking your harvest to composting your waste to understanding the food systems we live in. This course is (15) 2-hour classes with 12 online webinars and 3 in-person hands on lessons at DPR farms occurring over 3 months.
Course Schedule
March 2nd to May 18th
12 online webinars every Wednesdays Evenings 6:30-8:30pm
3 in-person lessons 1 Saturday morning a month from 10-12pm (For certificate participants only)
Wednesday Evening Online Webinars
March 2 – Building a Garden
March 9 – Starting Seeds and Propagating at Home
March 16 – Vegetable Planting and Maintenance
March 23 – Garden Calendar Planning: What to do each month?
March 30 – Container Gardening
April 6 – Garden Pest, Diseases, and Weeds
April 13 – Critter Proofing, Season Extension, and Garden Carpentry
April 20 – Urban Composting
April 27 – Urban Fruit trees
May 4 – Food Justice 101: National/International Issues
May 11 – Food Justice 201: Local Issues
May 18 – Harvesting, Cooking, and Preservation
Saturday Morning Field Days
(For certificate participants only)
March 12 – Greenhouse propagation and building raised beds at Lederer Gardens
April 30 - Composting, food forests, and pest management at Edgewood Rooftop Farm
May 14 - Planting, trellises, and garden maintenance at Lederer Gardens
40-Hour Volunteer Certificate Requirements
(For certificate participants only)
In order to receive enough hands-on training and experience to earn the DPR Urban Grower Certificate participants must complete 40 hours of volunteer time at any of the 3 DPR Communal Farms listed below.
Lederer Gardens – 4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs NE
Edgewood Rooftop Farm – 300 Evarts NE
16th St Urban Farm - 3149 16th Street NW (New farm being built this Spring)
Registration Options
Join live full certificate course if you can commit to attending all classes
Sign up to just receive class recordings

Wild Ginger Community Herbal Center 2022 Online Courses

2022 NOFA-VT Winter Conference: (online)
February 17th - March 5th
Our 40th annual Winter Conference, Dream Into Being, is an invitation to pause, collectively dream the agricultural future we long for, and learn together about seeds to plant today to grow the fruits of tomorrow. Each year, the NOFA-VT Winter Conference provides a valuable opportunity for farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, land managers, educators, students, producers, policy-makers, and other food-system activists to participate in our vibrant community event by sharing ideas, resources, and skills. It is a time to celebrate, gather, and connect over the winter.

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park Service Saturday Park Clean-Up
Saturday February 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Washington Parks & People hosts a Service Saturday Park Clean-Up on the 3rd Saturday of every month in Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. All tools will be provided. No need to sign up, just come out at 10:00 a.m. and meet at the base of the Joan of Arc statue. For any questions, reach out to

eCYCLE Collection Events
By recycling used electronics, individuals can help recover valuable resources and properly manage potentially hazardous materials. eCYCLE DC, through manufacturers’ collection and recycling plans, is bringing District residents more options for recycling their electronics. The following items are banned from the trash and are collected at the eCYCLE DC collection events: computers and monitors, tablet, e-readers, mice, keyboards, DVD or VCR players, printers, televisions, game consoles, and portable music players. For more information, check out this fact sheet.

  • Saturday, February 19, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 300 Van Buren Street, NW (near Takoma Community Center)
  • Saturday, February 19, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 3160 16th St NW (near Mt. Pleasant Library)
  • Saturday, February 26, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 1801 Hamlin St NE (near Woodridge Library)
  • Saturday, February 26, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 2412 Rand Place NE (near Arboretum Community Center)
  • Saturday, March 5, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 3935 Benning Rd NE (near Benning [Dorothy I. Height] Neighborhood Library)
  • Saturday, March 5, 10:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. 201 N Street SW (near King Greenleaf Recreation Center)
  • Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Fitch St SE & 53rd St SE (near Woody Ward Recreation Center)
  • Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. 1800 Good Hope Rd SE (near Anacostia Library)
  • Saturday, March 19, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SW & Elmira St SW (near Fort Greble Park)

Please visit the eCYCLE DC website to check for any updates closer to the event date.

Anacostia Smithsonian Food Justice Series
This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
Merrifield Garden Center Workshops
  • Tuesday, February 22, 12pm - Gardening for Four Season Interest
  • Thursday, March 3, 12pm - Pruning Roses
  • Tuesday, March 15, 12pm - Composting at Home
  • Thursday, March 17, 12pm - Vegetable Gardening
  • Thursday, March 31, 12pm - Container Gardens for Early Spring
  • Tuesday, April 5, 12pm - Shade Garden
Common Misconceptions about Nutrient Movement & Availability in Soil Amendments
12pm - 1pm, Tuesday, February 22
You are invited! Please join Bloom for a free webinar February 22 to learn about misconceptions about nutrient movement & availability in soil amendments. Confusion abounds when it comes to questions of availability and movement of nutrients from soil amendments. Bloom fields many questions about runoff concerns, plant available nutrients, mineralization rates and of course, the P word – phosphorus, a contentious topic in the world of nutrient management. In this webinar, horticulturalist and organics expert Ron Alexander will break down frequently asked questions by farmers, landscapers and home gardeners, and share results of a growing body of research on nutrient movement of biosolids specifically. Click here to sign up for the webinar. Feel free to pass this invitation on to any interested colleagues!

Meet Your Neighbors: Bark and Buds Winter Tree Walk
Wednesday, February 23 at 12:15 p.m.
3030 12th St NE

Join Casey Trees for an easy paced, 45-minute tree appreciation and identification walk and take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood to appreciate the understated beauty of trees, focusing on their bark and buds. No prior tree identification experience is necessary!

DC Home Vermicomposting Virtual Workshop
Wed, Feb 23, 2022 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Learn how to compost at home with worms. After attending the workshop, DC residents will qualify for a rebate, up to $75, towards the purchase of a vermicomposting home composting system. Attendance is required to qualify for the rebate.
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon
1 hour webinars, Cost is FREE
  • 2/23 - Ages and Stages of Financial Wellness
  • 3/9 - Calf Care 101
  • 3/23 - Who’s Going to Take Over the Farm Operations?

Full Schedule
Previous recorded webinars

Black Growers Month Conference: From Seed to DC's Home and Restaurants
Thu, February 24, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
 1275 First Street Northeast

Learn about how food moves in DC - from seed to homes and restaurants - from an all-Black panel of navigators of the city's food system.

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US Botanic Gardens
Find the list of upcoming webinars below.

  • 2/25 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lanternflies on the Loose (Online Lecture)  
  • 2/26 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - D.C. in Bloom: The History and Science of the Capitol's Cherry Blossoms (Online Lecture)
  • 3/26 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Seasonal Containers for Food and Beauty (Online Lecture)

DC Veg Restaurant Week - Volunteer Launch
Sat, February 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Veg Restuarant Week is coming to DC in Spring of 2022! Celebrate the region's vegan cuisine and build a plant-forward culture for a greener, healthier, and more compassionate city. Join this call to learn about plans for DC Veg Restaurant Week, what we hope to accomplish, and how you can be a part of it.

Congress Park Tire Fest 2022
3412 13th Place Southeast,Washington,20032,US
Help us rid the Congress Park Woods of hundred of illegal dumped tires.  Tires in our parks are ugly, poison the soil, breed mosquitos, and pose a fire hazard. For decades, the city-downed woods behind the Congress Park apartments have been one of the worst illegal dump sites for tires in the DMV. The largest tire clean-up in Ward 8 Woods history took place August 21, when veterans with the service organization The Mission Continues removed over 1,000 tires. This winter we finished the job- and maybe break our own record.

What’s so wrong about English Ivy and other Invasive Plant Species
Tue, March 1, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Climate Action Coffee and the City of Takoma Park invite you to join us for a Lunch and Learn panel discussion and Q & A on invasive plant species.Featured speakers Corinne Stephens, Sara Tangren, Jesse Buff, and Lily Fountain will provide an overview of invasive plant species in our region, why we care about them, how to identify them -- and what you can do to remove them. Updates about what Maryland is doing at the legislative level to curb the spread of invasive plants will be followed by a question and answer forum.

Herbalista Free School
All classes are taught live via Zoom.  Classes are recorded and then also made available to our sustaining members via the Herbalista Toolkit
  • Wednesday, March 2nd, 2:30 – 4 PM - Kitchen Herbalism: Spring Health 
  • Sunday, March 6th, 12:30 – 4 PM - Herbal Actions and Energetics
  • Sunday, March 13th, 12:30 – 4 PM - Tincture Making 101: Weight to Volume + Mixing Custom Menstruums

Casey Trees March 2022 Volunteer Events

UDC CAUSES Research Seminar Series
All seminars are held Fridays from Noon to 1:30 PM via Zoom
  • Friday, February 18 - A Planet of 3 Billion: Mapping Humanity's Long History of Ecological Destruction and Finding Our Way to a Resilient Future
  • Friday, March 18 - The Global Influence of Urban Food
  • Friday, April 15 - How Ecological Worldviews Shape Social Responses to Environmental Issues
  • Friday, May 13 - Land-back Reform and Climate Justice: The History of Land-grant Universities

2022 Home Apothecary Program
March - November
Common Good City Farm - 300 V Street Northwest
This 9-month herbal medicine program is a hands-on introduction to herbalism. Participants will tend a garden together, explore the basic concepts of herbalism, and make herbal preparations to bring home and to share with the Common Good community. The home apothecary program offers a unique opportunity to learn about using herbs while working directly with the plants and developing connection to the land and ecosystem we call home.
Parks and Rec meets Berry and Leopold: Nick Offerman’s Growing Conservation EthicThursday, March 10, 2022 AT 8 PM
How do we “comprehend, protect, and truly experience the outdoors,” even in fields outside of conservation? Actor, author, humorist and woodworker Nick Offerman explores this question in his latest book, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play. Join the Aldo Leopold Foundation, led by Buddy Huffaker, for an evening in conversation with Offerman as we search together for answers.
This event is free, but registration is required!

Resilience: Community Empowerment Series
March 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m
The FH Faunteroy Community Enrichment Center (FCEC), located at 4800 Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE in Ward 7, launched a monthly series on Thursdays for community members to engage, meet, and discuss resilience matters that impact them directly. The series is inspired by the work of the Ward 7 Resilience Hub Community Committee, in partnership with community leaders, DOEE, the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and other community-focused organizations. The second Thursday of the month features a presenter from DOEE on the topic of "Flooding and Climate Change for Renters and Homeowners" and the next session will be March 10 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The sessions offer limited in-person seating and a virtual participation option, and they are live-streamed and recorded. For more information, visit the FCEC website.

Montgomery County Go Electric Event
Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Montgomery College in Rockville

Montgomery County is hosting a “Go Electric!” event. Learn more about electric lawn equipment, electric cars, solar panels, and more. There will be a collection event on-site for those wanting to recycle their gas-powered lawn equipment or small appliances for free.

Virginia Environmental Justice Summit
Sat, March 26, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The third annual Virginia Environmental Justice Summit will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26th, 2022 and is open to all high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. The goal of the event will be to learn about environmental justice issues currently impacting communities, with a specific focus on Indigenous rights, resource extraction, and environmental policy. Through this conference, attendees can build advocacy and activism skills, network with other environmental justice activists, and develop action plans for their communities. The full agenda and updated list of guest speakers will be available on our website in February:

CHESAPEAKE FOREST GARDENS: a Permaculture Design Certificate Course
5 Weekends, Spring 2022 (March - May)
Forested in Bowie, Maryland

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 10 years old.
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Climate Change and the Future of Work
April 21-22
What does climate change have to do with a career in healthcare? Or law? Join Catholic University’s “Climate Change and the Future of Work” conference on April 21-22 to find out! The goals for the conference include inspiring and informing students and the broader community, as well as creating space for generative, forward-thinking conversation. Once the conference program and agenda are set, they will be available online at

Recent Recorded Classes

FREE Urban Agriculture and Best Practices Presentations on Demand By Master Gardeners of Northern Viriginia

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

2022 Agricultural Leadership Development Initiative (ALDI) Application
Applicant Requirements: We accept applicants from MD, DC, and VA. This program is only accessible to BIPOC farmers, and veteran farmers. It id designed to prepare students to be the region's future of agricultural leadership, policy makers, and stakeholders. The Agricultural Leadership Development Initiative is intended for intermediate-level farmers who are further along in their careers and have approximately 3-5 seasons of experience. Applicants for this level must currently be engaged in either running their own operation or managing a farm. Trainees are paired with an experienced farmer consultant - a farmer with many years of experience growing sustainably in this region - for a full season of one-on-one guidance and mentorship.

Sign up to be a Fix-It DC Coach
Celebrate repair! Help others learn to disassemble and troubleshoot their stuff by signing up to be a Fix-It DC Coach. Fix-It DC is a program which includes all-ages community events where people bring their broken household items and learn how to assess, disassemble, and repair them instead of sending them to the landfill. We’re looking for volunteer coaches with knowledge and skills to repair a wide variety of items from common household goods to electronics and musical instruments.

Being a Fix-It DC Coach is easy: simply provide participants with 1) encouragement to investigate their broken item, and 2) guidance in the use of repair tools. Sign up to be one of our Fix-it Coaches today!

Our Fix-It Coaches have found that participating in Fix-It DC is a valuable way to promote their business and meet potential new customers. If you would like to learn more about Fix-It DC program, visit the Fix-It DC website.

Help Protect the DMV Ecosystem by Reporting any Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Sightings

Adult Spotted Lanternfly
Click here for more photos at different life stages

Welcome to the "Food Rescue Locator"
Food rescue organizations play an important role in feeding the hungry and reducing food waste by rescuing, gleaning, transporting, preparing and distributing food to people and communities in need. This directory of organizations across the United States serves as a resource for individuals and groups to find food recovery organizations to which they can donate excess food, or support in other ways.
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

All about gardening in the greater Washington, DC, and Mid-Atlantic area. Hosted by Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine (www.
Newest Episode
Outdoor Lighting
In this episode, we talk with Tony Weaver and Karen Olson Weaver of Olson Weaver Lighting Design about outdoor lighting The plant profile is on winter aconite and I share some local native plant resources as well as some upcoming events.

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
#122: We Got 150 Acres of Land (Patreon Exclusive)
Grandad a.k.a Big Daddy dropped a gem in a car ride with Melissa L. Jones, while driving through rural Mississippi in smalltown Canton. "We got 150 acres of land." She learns about the mass of land that her grandad owns on his side of the family and shoots out questions for him! Want the full clip? Join our community 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
Winter Pruning with Andrew Ristvey
Although it may be cold and dreary outside, it’s the perfect time to take inventory of your deciduous trees and shrubs to see which plants would benefit the most from pruning. In this months episode we’re sitting down with Extension Specialist in Commercial Horticulture, Dr. Andrew Ristvey. Dr. Ristvey is giving us the ins and outs on winter pruning.

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
Max Hart is the director of agricultural education at Calleva Farms in Dickerson, Maryland. Max tends to crops and animals and uses the farm as an educational tool for running the kids' program that emphasizes experiential learning. Max’s passion and eagerness to evolve as a farmer pushes him to experiment with growing methods and understand the true history of regenerative agriculture.

Volunteer Opportunities
Help with Food Access!
Meals on Wheels of Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Please join us preparing or delivering meals to our homebound neighbors. You can make a difference! Our 50-year-old community program doubled during the pandemic and volunteers are a critical part of our operations. In our 2021 volunteer survey, 100% of our volunteers said that they’d recommend volunteering with us; we hope more of our community will join our growing program to help nourish our neighbors. We have three different shift options from Monday through Friday. Please give us a call at 301-434-1922 or visit for more information or to sign up.
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)
Workshare options

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

FoodCorps DC Applications Open for Service Members
FoodCorps works to connect kids to healthy food in schools by providing hands-on food and garden lessons, influencing healthy school meals, and building school-wide cultures of health. Check out our website to learn more about our impact in schools. Benefits of service include a $26,000 annual living stipend, a $6,345 Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service, health, dental and vision insurance, as well as student loan forbearance. Applications opened January 10th, 2022 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of March 31st. To learn more about service, visit Got questions? Contact Malaika Simmons, DC Metro Area Program Coordinator, at

Love & Carrots Job Openings

  • Landscape Designer
  • Installation Crew

DOEE Job Openings

  • Program Analyst (job ID 15785)
  • Energy Program Specialist (job ID 15779)
  • Branch Chiefs (job ID 15917)

Crossroads Community Food Network Programs Assistant The Programs Assistant provides weekly support at the Wednesday farmers market as well as at nutrition and garden program activities and outreach events. This public-facing position will work with diverse members of the Takoma/Langley Crossroads community through a wide variety of activities.

Three Part Harmony Farm Job Openings

Common Good City Farm Seasonal Farm Assistant
Common Good City Farm is looking for someone who is interested in learning about small-scale intensive vegetable production, and community-focused sustainable agriculture.  This Farm Assistant will work 10 hours a week from April to September. Apply by March 1 for a start date by April 15. For more details and to apply, visit

The Accokeek Foundation is looking for three new full time hires:

  • Heritage Breed Livestock Manager
  • Heritage Livestock Farm Assistant
  • Historic Garden Assistant

Visit for more information.

DC Green Bank Chief Investment Officer
DC Green Bank seeks a Chief Investment Officer (CIO) to help lead this cutting-edge, mission-driven financial organization to scale. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the CIO will be responsible for deploying, and managing the organization’s financial portfolio, as well as securing capital funding. The CIO will actively seek new products that address market barriers and are aligned with the mission of the organization. As a key leader of the management team, the CIO will play an important role in determining the strategic direction of this growing, high-impact organization.

City Blossoms Open Positions

Casey Trees Partnerships Associate
The Partnerships Associate identifies, develops, and stewards mutually beneficial partnerships to support the work of Casey Trees. The Associate maintains funder data, cultivates and manages Casey Trees' membership program, researches potential funding partners, drafts communications and proposals to foundations and corporations, and provides administrative support for the Communications & Development team.

Farm Alliance of Baltimore Finance and Administrative Manager
Farm Alliance of Baltimore seeks a full-time Finance & Administrative Manager to provide financial management and administrative support for the Farm Alliance’s work. Job to begin in January of 2022. Job is based in Baltimore City, at our office in Remington. Position is open until filled.

DC Greens Open Positions

Future Harvest Executive Director
Future Harvest’s mission is to advance agriculture that sustains farmers, communities, and the environment. We provide education, networking, advocacy, and research to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed, where food flows from farm and fishery to table in ways that strengthen farming and the regional food economy; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities.

Dreaming Out Loud Open Positions

Diverse City Fund Executive Director
Diverse City Fund (DC Fund) invests financial and social resources towards racial and social justice–funding and supporting efforts in DC, led by and rooted in communities of color to realize liberation, spark solutions, organize against oppression of all kinds, and create systemic change.

FRESHFARM Food Access Community Educator
Help FRESHFARM blaze the path of food education for all as our first-ever Food Access Community Educator! We’re searching for a skilled communicator and empathetic relationship builder who can empower and encourage diverse individuals to make our farmer’s markets more accessible. Through workshops at market and in the local community, this individual will welcome shoppers who utilize nutrition benefits at market and serve as a public ambassador for FRESHFARM’s mission. The Food Access Community Educator will also collaborate with and support other members of the FRESHFARM team in our work to increase access and knowledge about fresh, local, and nutritious food.

Apply to Become a Member of the DC Food Policy Council!
Sustainable Supply Chain Working Group Openings
The DC Food Policy Council will be recruiting new members in the coming months, as the current two small business members are ending their terms. The Food Policy Council is part of the DC Office of Planning, and comprises public and government members who work to advance food policy agenda items in the District.  Sharing this with the Food Recovery Working Group in case it is of interest to you to consider joining, or if you wanted to recommend this to others in your network.To see more about the requirements and how to apply, go here:

The Montgomery County Food Council is recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA.
The VISTA would collaborate with the Food Council and its partners to implement anti-hunger strategies and support community leaders in identifying food-resource barriers and developing comprehensive plans to end hunger. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to by January 14th, 2021 with the subject line “VISTA Application.” Cover letters should include a summary of the candidate’s experience and interest in community engagement and food systems issues. Please contact with any questions about the position; no phone calls please. Please find the full position description linked here.

Rising Organizers Community Organizing Fellowship
Rising Organizers Fellowship applications for Spring 2022 are open! Rising Organizers is accepting applications for our Spring Community Organizing Fellowship Program. If you want to expand your political skills, join a community of thoughtful progressives, bolster your career, or become a leader on the issues you care about, our fellowship might be the right opportunity for you. Our 100+ alumni have gone on to become local organizers here in DC, organizers on political campaigns around the country, and volunteer leaders on a wide range of issues. Applications for the fellowship are due January 21, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.
Apply here

Open Positions at the Urban Sustainability Administration at DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE)
  • Program Analyst (CS-12)- This position will help launch the District’s new Donation and Reuse Program. This will include coordinating closely with non-governmental organizations and District government agencies, providing education and engagement to residents on opportunities for donation and reuse, developing new donation and reuse opportunities (both events and ideally permanent options), and working with emergency preparedness staff to respond to unsolicited donations during emergency situations. Apply by January 27, 2022 on (job ID 15529) 
  • Program Analyst (CS-11)- This position will split time between a new battery product stewardship program and a new donation and reuse program. This will include assisting with the development of regulations, enforcing requirements of regulated battery producers, coordinating closely with non-governmental organizations and District government agencies, providing education and engagement to residents, and assisting with organizing new recycling, donation, and reuse opportunities for residents. Apply by January 27, 2022 on (job ID 15519)
US Botanic Garden Open Positions
  • Arborist Supervisor - Open Until: Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 12:00 Salary: $39.64 - $46.18 Per Hour Pay scale & grade: WS 10 This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief of Operations, Capitol Grounds and Arboretum, Gardening Division, Tree Care Branch. Here is your opportunity to serve as an Arborist Supervisor, engaged in the supervision of the preservation and maintenance of all trees located on the Capitol Grounds and Arboretum, including many dedicated trees and memorial trees. The Arborist Supervisor maintains the historically significant Olmsted landscape design.
  • GARDENER - Open Until: Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:00  - Salary: $23.44 - $27.34 Per Hour Pay scale & grade: WG 06 - This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of the Chief of Operations, Capitol Grounds and Arboretum, Gardening Division.The Capitol Grounds and Arboretumis responsible for preserving and maintaining acres of landscape across Capitol Hill including plantings and infrastructure.The Gardener performs gardening tasks in support of the overall efficiency and effectiveness in the maintenance of the Capitol Grounds.
  • GARDENER (ADVANCED) SUPERVISOR, WS-5003-09 - Open Until: Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:00  - Salary: $38.00 - $44.34 Per Hour Pay scale & grade: WS 09 - This position is located at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC); Office of the Chief of Operations, Capitol Grounds and Arboretum; Gardening Division. The Selectee will be responsible for the management, planning, operation, and appearance of the AOC gardens and grounds and their meeting the highest standards of horticultural excellence. Supervises Gardeners through subordinate supervisors and leaders. The position is emergency essential.
  • Maintenance Mechanic - Open Until: Friday, January 28, 2022 - 12:00 - Salary: $31.98 - $37.37 Per Hour Pay scale & grade: WG 11 - This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, Office of the Chief of Operations, Facility Manager Buildings and Grounds Supreme Court, Operations and Maintenance Division, Maintenance Branch-Day. The selectee will perform journey-level Maintenance Mechanic duties in the maintenance and repair of mechanical, plumbing, utility, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), steam generating equipment and building automation systems.

Common Good City Farm Farm Educator
Common Good City Farm in LeDroit Park DC is hiring a Farm Educator to work with our Farming Certificate Program and particularly to work with teens in a youth internship program.  You can find more information and full details here and download a pdf here. This position is 20 hours per week and applications should be submitted by Jan 2, 2022 for priority consideration.

Build Better Restaurants DC Initiative 82 Petition Circulators!
The pay rate is $5.00 per valid signature collected from a registered DC voter. If a petition circulator turns over 100 valid signatures during one week, their pay rate increases to $6.00 per valid signature for that week. The following bonuses will be paid in addition to the $6 per valid signature:
  • $100 bonus for 300 valid signatures in a 7 day period
  • $200 bonus for 400 valid signatures in a 7 day period
  • $300 bonus for 500+ valid signatures in a 7 day period

In order to be hired as a Petition Circulator, you must attend a 90 minute online training conducted over Zoom. If you turn in at least 50 valid signatures during your first week after you are trained, you will be paid $25 for attending the training.

Designgreen Paid Internship
Designgreen seeks one or more interns to support outreach and recruitment for participation in DC’s voluntary incentive programs – Green Wrench and RiverSmart Rooftops. Join us to work with a small collaborative team. Meet with property owners and automotive repair shops, perform field verifications and track outcomes. You will learn about the related industries, learn how to conduct site assessments, and how to design pollution prevention plans. You may participate in a range of other projects spanning green infrastructure design, policy research, educational training, and workshop/charrette facilitation. We are hiring immediately, open until filled. Compensation - $15.50 per hour + based on experience; orientation/training provided.  This is a minimum 5-month It can be full or part-time; a minimum of 10-hours weekly is required. Hours can be set or flexible. Some availability during normal business hours is required. Multiple positions possible. Amharic and Spanish speakers encouraged to apply! Apply online at or email resume to subject line “Outreach Internship”. State interest and availability.

Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Urban and Small Farms in Underserved Communities (Upper Midwest or Southeastern U.S. Detroit MI, Cleveland OH, or Atlanta GA preferred, but other cities may be considered)
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office in a city with significant urban  or small farm agriculture and underserved community needs in the Upper Midwest or Southeastern U.S. Detroit MI, Cleveland OH, or Atlanta GA preferred, but other cities may be considered. Employee will be assigned to work from an NRCS office location but may be temporarily required to work from home during COVID restricted periods.

Common Good City Farm Farm Educator
We are hiring a Farm Educator! Join our team and teach the City Farmer Certificate in Regenerative Agriculture program to youth and adults! This role is being created to support the expansion of our Certificate Program in Regenerative Urban Agriculture. It is one of the first certificate programs of its kind focusing on small-space growing, regenerative techniques, carbon sequestration, and climate resilience. Job responsibilities of the Farm Educator, under the direction of the Farm Manager and executed with support and assistance of Common Good staff and volunteers.

Incubator Farm Manager, ECO City Farms
The Incubator Farm Manager (IFM) is a new position at ECO City Farms.  The successful candidate will help to create and manage an 11-acre incubator farm in Prince George’s County on M-NCPPC land, in partnership with the M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreations, Prince George’s Soil Conservation District, Prince George’s Food Equity Council and Capital Market. Plots will be available starting March 2022. Located at Watkins Regional Park, the incubator farm will provide land, tools and other resources as well as advanced training for new and beginning farmers who completed the Beginning Farmer Training Program at ECO or its equivalent.

Food Recovery Network Chief Development Officer
Food Recovery Network (FRN), the largest student movement fighting food waste and hunger, is seeking its first-ever Chief Development Officer (CDO) to grow FRN’s institutional investment from foundations and corporations. Their primary responsibility will be prospecting, cultivating and grant writing new corporate and foundation partnerships. Additionally, the CDO will oversee the development team at FRN, supervising the Manager of Stakeholder Engagement who will continue to cultivate and lead the writing for all existing FRN funders.

Deep Roots Farm Field Crew (2)
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. Looking for 2 experienced field crew members. Livestock experience a huge plus for our future farm friends.

Arcadia Farms On-Farm Education Manager
Arcadia is looking for a vibrant, organized, and creative On-Farm Education Manager! The On-Farm Education Manager oversees Arcadia’s on-farm education programs, a rich mosaic of Farm to School, School to Farm, and summer Farm Education programs that serve over 2,500 schoolchildren in the greater Washington, D.C. area each year; and conceives, develops, and markets new farm-based educational programming with the Arcadia staff.
View the full Job Description HERE
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

DOEE Grants and Funding

Look for these funding opportunities this fall on DOEE’s website under "Grants and Other Funding".

The Bridge Fund
Deadline:  Friday, February 25, 2022 at 5:00 PM/EST.
Launched by Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development (DMPED), the program will offer grants aimed at supporting the recovery and long-term viability of small businesses in the restaurant, retail, and entertainment industries that have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more details about the program, visit the ObviouslyDC website!

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
Deadline: March 9
The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Solicitations for individual grant awards between $10,000 and $50,000 will be considered. This is a reimbursable grant. CAUSES may advance up to 20 percent (maximum $5,000) of the approved budget to initiate project activities, with the balance being attainable on a reimbursable schedule. Reimbursement will require timely completion and proper reporting of approved budget activities and the submission of invoices.

Whole Kids Garden Grant Program
Deadline: March 11, 2022
Kids who grow veggies, eat veggies, so school gardens can make a big difference. Through our Garden Grant program, schools and non-profit organizations turn outdoor spaces into powerful hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity and support classroom curriculum. Our Garden Grant program provides a $3,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible educational garden.

Project Green Schools
Application Deadline: 11:59pm EST Friday, April 8, 2022
Help you get more kids outside! All U.S. based schools Pre-K – 12 are eligible to apply. Schools will submit a formal write-up, proposed budget, and design of their outdoor learning classroom/space. Project Green Schools will invite the top five designs to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in Spring 2022 to determine the $10,000 winner.

DMPED Food Access Fund
Rolling basis
The purpose of the Food Access Fund (FAF) Grant is to increase equitable access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food by securing grocery stores, and restaurants; support existing small businesses; attract new businesses; increase the District’s tax base; create new job opportunities for District residents; and transform designated emerging commercial corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers. The FAF Grant will support qualified businesses with capital for tenant improvements related to expansion of operations into a new location in an area identified as having low food access (as set forth in the Act), with priority given to locations in Ward 7 or Ward 8. DMPED will award up to a maximum of $7,000,000.00 in grants to successful grantees under this program.

Commercial Property Acquisition Fund
Rolling Basis
Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, in partnership with the Council of the District of Columbia, are strategically investing up to $4 million in the Commercial Property Acquisition Fund. The Commercial Property Acquisition Fund is devised to provide down payment assistance through grants of up to $750,000 or 25% of the sale price, whichever is less, to eligible businesses looking to maintain and expand their operations to a physical presence by acquiring commercial property located in the District.

The Grassroots Fund's Grant Programs
Fesigned to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities. We offer three grant programs for different types of groups:

  • Seed grants are designed to support new (often less than 1 year old) environmental projects.
  • Grow grants support initiatives that look to deepen their work or broaden participation.
  • The Young Leaders program supports efforts with significant leadership by organizers under 25 years old. 

Click on the program tabs below to learn more about guidlines, eligibility criteria and to start an application.

Nourish DC Collaborative
Financing, Technical Assistance, and Grants to Help DC Food Businesses Expand Economic Prosperity
Launched in 2021, the Nourish DC Collaborative was created in partnership with the District government to support the development of a robust ecosystem of locally owned food businesses, neighborhood vibrancy, and health equity in DC communities, especially in neighborhoods underserved by grocery stores and other food businesses. Nourish DC provides flexible loans, technical assistance, and catalytic grants to emerging and existing food businesses in the District of Columbia, with a preference for businesses located in or owned by residents of underserved neighborhoods.

Nourish DC Collaborative Catalytic Grant Application Opens
Catalytic grants will support businesses increasing access to healthy food and creating quality jobs.

  • Total Grant Funding: $250,000 available in 2021
  • Grant Range: $10,000-$50,000
  • Grant Uses Include: New product development, marketing, technology, equipment, real estate acquisition, construction, tenant improvements
  • Eligible Business Location: Food business must be physically located in DC, preference for Wards 5, 7, or 8
  • Eligible Business Revenue: Food businesses generating revenue equal to two times the amount of grant funding requested

DSLBD has partnered with Kiva, a platform for financing your business using crowdsourcing tools. To learn more about how you can take advantage of this amazing opportunity to raise capital, especially if you have struggled to find financing through traditional routes, visit for more information.
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: 
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


Gardening Tips of the Month


Good Gardening Videos

February is a great month to start seedlings, prune fruit trees, create a farm plan, etc.  Check out Good Gardening Videos extensive library of educational videos on any gardening topic.


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