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December 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


Video about the Local Black Dirt Farm Collective and their New Land Purchase

Introducing the Urban Forest Preservation Authority Amendment Act Of 2021

It’s D.C.’s Final Autumn With The Grating Symphony Of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

Holiday trains return to the U.S. Botanic Garden

Seeking Fall Yard Waste - Bertie Backus Composting Group
December 1-December 30
Do you have any bagged fall leaves that you've collected from your chemical-free lawn and gardens? Starting December 1, 2021 the Bertie Backus Composting Group is seeking your fall bagged leaves and yard waste. The drop/off area is along the white fence inside the UDC Bertie Backus Food Hub parking lot (past the greenhouses). The parking lot entrance is on Galloway Street. (Signs will be posted). Please make sure the bags are free of trash and animal waste. No food scraps will be accepted. All material must be from a chemical-free yard or garden. We will even take straw bales. If you have any questions, contact AJ by email at or by phone at 202-681-2195. This event will end on December 30, 2021. The UDC Bertie Backus Campus is located at 5171 South Dakota, Avenue, NE, DC.


The Deep and Twisted Roots of the American Yam

New Land Trust Model Will Support BIPOC-led Farming in Central VA

It may sound gross, but dumpster diving shines a light on the future of our food systems (Podcast)

Gather: This documentary takes a close look at Indigenous American movements that aim to rediscover identity and reclaim sovereignty through ancestral foods (on Netflix)

Volunteer at the the World’s Largest Composting Event
New emails shed light on meat company CEOs’ pandemic lobbying

Whitewashing Organics: National media still talks about organic as a consumer issue, but for Latine farming communities, it’s about labor, equity, and public health.

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Food Justice


Highlighted Causes

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild Fundraiser

The coronavirus pandemic has increased food insecurity. One local food bank reports that the amount of food it is distributing in 2021 is 64% higher than in 2019. To help meet the need for food, FMGG has increased the amount of land it cultivates from 1.5 acres to 2 acres. Additionally, the all-volunteer Garden Guild raises produce in the Franciscan Monastery's 3,600 sq. ft. greenhouse. FMGG is renovating the 1915 cast iron and glass greenhouse to bring it back to year-round operation. Until it can afford to install a permanent source of heat, however, the Garden Guild is heating the greenhouse during winters with portable propane heaters. Fuel costs are rising dramatically. FMGG's initial goal during the SeedMoney Campaign is to raise funds to cover the cost of heating the greenhouse this winter.

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Five Ways To Support The Kellogg Strike


Urgent Needs


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
Upcoming DC Peace Team Training: 
  • 12/7 @7pm ET: Core Self-Evaluations and Refining Alignment Towards Self-Love ~ We will conduct a “Core Self-Evaluation” together and use the insight we gain to identify strategies that will help us strengthen our relationship with ourselves, boost our success and well-being, and move forward more confidently in life. Information will be shared with you the day before our session together and a short assignment should be completed before we meet in preparation for our time together. Come prepared to work in small groups to explore experiences together and broader our understanding of ourselves and this life. REGISTER HERE
  • 12/11 We will offer an ONLINE Introduction to Active Bystander Intervention from 1-5pm EST with a 1 hr. break. REGISTER HERE
  • 12/14 @7pm ET: Mastering Love -Everyone is Worthy of Love ~ Oftentimes, a barrier to our opening to love is built on our pain of losing love and how it outweighs our desire to have love and leaving us with reservations about falling in love  If we create a strong and loving relationship with ourself, we can model the love we seek to find in others and realize our potential to find love in relationships with others. The path to self-love is through self-care, forgiveness, and acceptance, mourning loss, realizing we are enough, realizing we belong, embracing our whole self, authentically, stopping doubting ourselves, and trusting ourselves. Come prepared to work in small groups to explore experiences together and broader our understanding of ourselves and this life. REGISTER HERE
  • 12/21 @7pm ET: Discovering Our Gifts for this World ~ How can we use the things we are yearning for as a way to discover our core purpose and identify our greatest strengths and purpose in life to share with the world? We have an array of purposes in this life, and we often don’t realize that our hardships can point directly to our greatest strengths. Through guided self-exploration and partner practice, we will walk together on the path towards knowing more about our purpose in life and the gifts we have to serve ourselves and others in this life. Come prepared to work in small groups to explore experiences together and broader our understanding of ourselves and this life. REGISTER HERE
  • 12/28 @7pm ET: Mapping Dreams to Life ~ Guided through visualization and drawing exercise to help develop strategies to harness the things we are seeking through developing strategies, creating stepwise goals, and setting intentions. We will work together and in small groups to develop a roadmap towards our dreams. No artistic talent is necessary for this exercise and everyone is invited. Come prepared to work in small groups to explore experiences together and broader our understanding of ourselves and this life. REGISTER HERE
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.
Upcoming Study/Reading Groups

Sign up for Defund MPD's Study and Struggle group
The Defund MPD Coalition is hosting a Study & Struggle reading group that will meet every other week from Sept–Dec! People of all experience and knowledge levels are encouraged to join, and all the readings and material will be freely available online. Study and Struggle organizes against criminalization and incarceration in Mississippi through mutual aid, political education, and community building. They provide a bilingual Spanish and English curriculum with discussion questions and reading materials, as well as financial support, to over 100 participants in radical study groups inside and outside prisons in Mississippi. Learn more at  Following the lead of abolitionists Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Mariame Kaba, we’ll be exploring why abolition must be intersectional, environmentalist, socialist, and internationalist. Each time we meet, we’ll be focused on a specific sub-topic — relationships, community care, land, climate justice, class, revolution, nation, and state. You can dive into the full curriculum at

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

Bloom Webinar Schedule
Find the list of upcoming webinars below:
  • December 2 - 6pm EST Herbs for Dream Recall + Dream Work Part 1 with Charmaine Bee
  • December 7 - 6pm EST Congees for Family Wellness: The Amazing Benefits of Grain Porridge with Geoff Edwards
  • December 9 - 6pm EST Caring for Desiring, Prenatal and Post Partum Bodies Class 3 with Ellenie Cruz
  • December 14 - 6pm EST Astrological Herbalism with Lupo Passero
Click on link for many more classes throughout year
US Botanic Gardens
Find the list of upcoming webinars below. Registration closes prior to the event so sign up today:
  • 12/3 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Braising, Baking, And Broiling Vegetables (Live Online Cooking Demo)

Casey Tree Tree Planting and Care Events

Hands-on Workshop: Evergreen Needle Goodies & Cocktails
Various dates: Dec 4, 12, 18, 4-6pm
ANXO Brightwood - 711 Kennedy Street Northwest

In this workshop hosted at ANXO, DC’s award winning cidery, forager, food writer and instructor April Thompson will teach you several fun and tasty ways to use one of nature’s under-appreciated winter gifts: evergreen needles. Participants will learn about the health and flavor properties of evergreen needles like spruce, fir and pine; learn ID and harvesting tips; and then learn to create several edible and household goodies from evergreen needles, including infused salt, sugar, vinegar, forest chai, and a body scrub. You will then make their own body scrub, perfect for a handmade holiday gift or just to help keep the skin glowing in the rough winter months.

Herbal Pop-up Market by Little Red Bird Botanicals
Sunday December 5th between noon and 3pm
Josephine Butler Parks Center - 2437 15th St NW

Come by to get your winter herb fix and to find gifts for the herb-lovers in your life. I'll have an assortment of teas, single-herb tinctures, blended formulas, salves, vinegars, and spice blends. Hanging around is encouraged, there are chairs and tables in case the weather is nice!

Kiva Crowdfunding Loans for DC Businesses via DC Kiva Hub @ DSLBD
Dec 6th, 2pm
Are you a DC-based business or DC resident entrepreneur seeking to finance your operating business or a new business idea? Join Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) 's Innovation & Equitable Development (Inno.ED) team to learn about Kiva Crowdfunding Loans available through DC Kiva Hub @ DSLBD!

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon
1 hour webinars, Cost is FREE
  • 12/8/2021     Helping Farmers to be Good Neighbors

Full Schedule

Fox Haven Organic Farm

Homestead Incubator: A Class for Resilience and Community w/ Ashley Colby
Dec 13, 2021 10:00 AM
Come join previous Stoa guest and reluctant founder of Doomer Optimism Ashley Colby as she talks about her latest venture, the Homestead Incubator. In this session Ashley will discuss her philosophical predisposition toward hands-on and embodied learning, and how that led her to build a field school for experiential learning in Uruguay. As the pandemic played out, Ashley turned to twitter and found a community of other practitioners, people trying their hands at a land-based existence, and she fell into the Homestead corner of twitter. She also noticed a whole other group of aspirational homesteaders, people worried about the world we are in, and trying to build a lifestyle that's both more resilient and more connected with others. Fundamentally a connector, Ashley will talk about how she sees the opportunity to make a Homestead Incubator class as pairing those experienced homesteaders with the aspirational ones.

Wild Ginger Community Herbal Center 2022 Online Courses

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

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

Entrepreneurship Intensive For Farmers
JANUARY 14-19, 2022
Pocantico Hills (Lower Hudson Valley), NY

We are excited to host the third cohort of the Entrepreneurship Intensive for Farmers in collaboration with Ideagarden and Blue Hill. This immersive, experiential fellowship gives farmers the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with Will Rosenzweig, Co-Chair of the Sustainable Food Initiative at Berkeley Haas School of Business, other experts, and one another as they develop business strategies, entrepreneurial skills and sharpen their understanding about how to integrate community and food culture into the ecological potential of their farms.

No-cost ECO City Farms 7-month Intensive Beginning Farmer Training Program
Stating January 5, 2022.
While there is no simple step­-by­-step method to become a farmer, ECO City Farm’s Growing Urban Farms and Farmers Program is designed to help an aspiring, new, or beginning farmer learn the information and practice the skills they need to farm– from the ground up. The training program builds upon all of ECO’s offerings over the past 10 years; It includes comprehensive, practical hands­-on experiences, one­-on­-one mentoring, and a well-tested, graphics-­rich, culturally­-appropriate curriculum that includes all of the crop production, resource management, business and administrative skills needed for graduates to roll up their sleeves and farm on their own land.

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


"Black Vegan Everything" Directory Website Launches
Black Vegan Everything showcases the full spectrum of veganism amongst people of the African Diaspora. While veganism is highly associated with food, veganism is rooted in a lifestyle based on ethical choices. This space is not only dedicated to vegan food-related businesses, but it extends into a wide variety of Black-owned, intentionally vegan businesses. We look to expand our database regularly with the hopes of magnifying Black-owned vegan businesses while empowering vegans of the African Diaspora.

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
Episode 81 - Beginner Houseplants
In this episode, we talk with Louisa Zimmermann-Roberts at Thanksgiving Farms in Adamstown, MD, about houseplants for beginners and what first-time plant parents need to know. The plant profile is on Tatarian Aster and I share what's going on locally and in my garden.

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
#121: Muscadines and Persimmons (Patreon Exclusive)
In this brief snippet, Grandma Catherine and her granddaughter, Melissa L. Jones chow on muscadines and talk about this seedy and tangy fruit that Grandma would forage in Butler, Alabama. She'll make you chuckle! 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
S2:E11 Food Safety
The season of  food and eatting is upon us! In this episode, we are talking wit Dr. Shauna Henely of UME Family & Consumer Sciences, all about how to keep our garden food safe to eat from pathogens,  testing our soils for lead,  washing produce and how to handle leftovers.

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
On the first federally recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day--October 11, 2021-- activists marched from Freedom Plaza to The White House demanding elected officials take action to protect the environment and put an end to expanding fossil fuel projects such as Line 3. Keshia Lawrence explains this movement and draws connections between environmental protection and food and land sovereignty.
Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer With the Farm at Kelly Miller
Wednesdays 10am - 2pm and Fridays from 10am - 2pm
301 49th St NE, 20019
Are you looking for a fun socially distant outdoor activity? Look no further. The Farm at Kelly Miller is the spot for you and your crew!
Starting this week, volunteer hours at the farm are now on
Wednesdays 10am - 2pm and Fridays from 10am - 2pm. Email for more details.
Volunteer with DC Mutual Aid Apothecary
The DC Mutual Aid Apothecary is a community based project that provides free herbal medicine, education and a network for local herbalists and herbal enthusiasts to come together to make herbal medicine and share herbal traditions. In 2020 we provided free herbal medicine, medicine making sessions and apothecary Pop-Ups in DC. We are currently looking for volunteer leaders who can commit 8-10 hours a month to help support this project during the 2021 growing season (May-September). BIPOC Herbalists encouraged to apply!
Help with Food Access!
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.

Volunteer with Joyful Food Markets and Increase Food Access in DC!
Joyful Food Markets are run exclusively in elementary schools in Wards 7 & 8. In each school, colorful tables are filled with baskets of fresh produce and piled high with healthy non-perishable food, while festive music plays. The markets are joyful community events, where families and children can mingle with volunteers and school administrators while selecting from fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples, totaling 23 pounds of food per enrolled student. In addition, our markets feature kids’ cooking activities, recipe samples, and chef-led culinary demonstrations, designed to get children excited about healthy eating and cooking. To volunteer please create an account here on our Volunteerhub website. After creating an account, you should be able to see all of our upcoming shifts for the next three months in a calendar view format. Finally, you can find more information about the impact of our JFM’s by watching this video.
GetGroceries - Be an early Adopter
We are bringing the first zero-waste grocery delivery service to the Washington DC Metro area. We are a values-driven organization that believes:
A) Food should not be packaged in toxic packaging;
B) A zero-waste kitchen is our best defense to protect Earth’s land, water and air;
C) It’s time to bring compassion back into the grocery shopping experience.
Become an early adopter and sign up today:

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

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

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

Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie)

flowers x flores (Flower CSA)

Common Good City Farm
Vegetable CSA

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

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

DC UrbanGreens, Greens-to-Go! CSA

Little Red Botanicals Herbal CSA

Little Wild Things Salad Share Program

Community Foodworks Market Share CSA

Up Top Acres Rooftop Farm Membership


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

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

Local Harvest: Find a Local CSA

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

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

SEYLOU Bakery & Mill // Flour club

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

Job and Apprenticeship Openings

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

Lead Beekeeper (Mid Atlantic US)
At Alvéole, we install urban beehives while educating thousands of businesses, organizations, schools, and families about bees and beekeeping along the way.  Ultimately, we want to make people fond of bees, which in turn will lead to them falling in love with nature and building awareness about the impact that each and every one of us can have in preserving our environment. We’re a B Corp founded in 2013 and active in Canada, the United States and Europe.

UDC Equity Academy (Anacostia Ambassador)
This position reports to the UDC's leader of Advanced Equity Strategies and has dual but complementary objectives: directing the C2 (Community-to-Career) Equity Academy and serving as the Anacostia Ambassador for the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (the Ambassador). The C2 Equity Academy is a project under the University's Developing America's Workforce Nucleus (DAWN) initiative, part of UDC's Equity Imperative strategic plan. DAWN has a goal of increasing the diverse, domestic STEM Talent emanating from black, brown, and economically disadvantaged communities. The C2 Equity Academy is a pilot project that focuses on developing environmental sciences and public advocacy career pathways in the Anacostia High School feeder pattern. The Urban Waters Federal Partnership comprises 15 federal agencies and 28 nongovernmental organizations working collaboratively in 20 designated locations to help urban and metropolitan areas, particularly those that are underserved or economically distressed, connect with their waterways and work to improve them.

Living Classrooms Kingman Ranger/Facilities Manager
The Kingman Rangers and Facilities Manager is a valued middle-management member of the Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region’s team, with line responsibility to manage a staff of full-time Kingman Rangers, run Kingman Rangers job skills training programs, and oversee Facilities for the National Capitol Region.

Audubon Naturalist Society Conservation Garden Programs Manager
The Audubon Naturalist Society is seeking a creative self-starter to lead their Conservation Gardening Outreach program. The position is for a part time garden program manager. Please see job posting attached.  The Garden Programs Manager designs and implements outreach programs to encourage conservation landscaping, including tours, presentations, classes, workshops, on-site garden consultations, plant sales and volunteer programs. In addition, the Garden Programs Manager manages the maintenance of demonstration gardens at Woodend Nature Sanctuary. The Garden Programs Manager also supports our on-site environmental education programs for children with activities, plant materials and gardening expertise. If you are interested in applying, please email a cover letter and resume by December 15 to

Manna Food Center Job Description –Community Food Rescue Coordinator
Manna Food Center’s Community Food Rescue (CFR) network of businesses, volunteers and food assistance organizations supports Manna’s mission ofeliminating hunger while reducing food waste in Montgomery County. The program utilizes innovative technology, called ChowMatch, to collect surplus unsold food from local businesses and dispatch volunteers to deliver it to agencies serving people who are experiencing food insecurity. Since its inception the CFR network has grown to almost 1,000 members and has rescued and redistributed 7.6 million lbs. of food. The program has grown to include administration of the County Farm to Food Bank initiative, a major focus of this position. The CFR Coordinator will report to Manna’s Director of Programs and receive day-to-day guidance from CFR’s Program Director.

EPA Advancing a Circular Economy and Sustainable Materials Management
Multiple research opportunities are available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA),Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) located in Washington,DC.Research Project: Beginning in the Fall of 2021, EPA will be releasing a series of strategies focused on building a circular economyfor all. The Strategies will aim to reduce the environmental impacts of materials, address climate change and environmental justice,support innovation and research, and help create new jobs. Implementation of the Strategies also will support the U.S. in meeting twoambitious national goals related to materials – reducing food waste by 50% by 2030 and increasing the recycling rate to 50% by2030. To support successful development of implementation of the Strategies, EPA is seeking several ORISE scholars to conductresearch in the following areas

Manna Food Center Job Description – Community Food Rescue Coordinator (part-time)
Manna Food Center’s Community Food Rescue (CFR) network of businesses, volunteers and food assistance organizations supports Manna’s mission of eliminating hunger while reducing food waste in Montgomery County. The program utilizes innovative technology, called ChowMatch, to collect surplus unsold food from local businesses and dispatch volunteers to deliver it to agencies serving people who are experiencing food insecurity. Since its inception the CFR network has grown to almost 1,000 members and has rescued and redistributed 7.6 million lbs. of food. The program has grown to include administration of the County Farm to Food Bank initiative, a major focus of this position. The CFR Coordinator will report to Manna’s Director of Programs and receive day-to-day guidance from CFR’s Program Director.

  • FoodPrints Out of School Time (OST) Grant Manager & Lead Teacher
  • FoodPrints Assistants (Internship or Work-Study Students)
  • 2022-2023 School Year: FoodPrints Lead, Assistant, & Bilingual Teachers (full & part-time)
  • Pop Up Food Hub Operations Associate
  • Pop-Up Food Hub Community Delivery Driver

Casey Trees Open Positions

Echoing Green Fellowship
Applications are due by 2:00 PM, November 2, 2021
Echoing Green supports bold leaders from all over the world who see possibility in the face of the most existential challenges of our day. Together, we strive to build a world that has yet to exist: a future free from racism and its far-reaching consequences where all people can thrive. This Fellowship is for people whose enterprises are at an early stage and who are experts on the challenge they’ve chosen to confront. We seek leaders who reflect the community they serve and bring deep knowledge of the issues into their work as they co-design solutions with and for their communities.

City Blossoms Executive Director
The Executive Director is responsible for the execution of City Blossoms’ mission through the design and management of staff, programs, and expansions. The Executive Director will continually pursue deep knowledge of the field, core programs, operations, and best practices in business management. The Executive Director collaborates with staff and board members to create Strategic Plans as guides for the organization’s development, then leads the implementation of the organization’s strategic goals incorporated in the plans. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from administration, human resources, finance, board, and organizational management, program development, garden design, fundraising, and communications.

  • Director of Agricultural Programs (priority deadline 10/11; final deadline 10/20)
  • FoodPrints Administrative Support Associate (application deadline 10/19).
  • We are also actively recruiting lead, assistant, and bilingual teachers to join FoodPrints in the 2022-2023 school year, and may have more job openings this fall/winter to support our farmers markets and food access work.

Food for Others Program Coordinator
Food for Others is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization helping Northern Virginia residents meet their basic need for food.  We provide free, emergency food from our Merrifield warehouse, at neighborhood sites, and by supplying other community organizations.  Food for Others is a mission-focused organization where the applicant can expect to become involved in all aspects of the food bank/food pantry operation.

Furbish Open Positions
Furbish provides Furnish, Install, and Maintenance services for living roofs, living walls, and other ecological building systems.  Our Stewardship Department executes the ongoing maintenance for these green systems.  We maintain crews from the Baltimore office and from the DC location. We are currently hiring for the following positions in both locations:

Arcadia Farms is hiring seasonal, part-time market associates
Market associates are the frontline staff for the market. Operations shifts (at headquarters) will include inventory and portioning items for sale, loading/unloading deliveries, preparing online orders for customer pick up, and maintaining the kitchen protocols. At market, associates will assist customers with shopping at the market (per Covid-19 guidelines), financial transactions at market, restocking items for sale, fielding customers inquiries at market, as well as set up and breakdown at the market.

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

Ripe for Creative Disruption:An Environmental Justice Movement Fellowship (EJMF)
Application due: September 26, 2021 11:59 pm
The Environmental JusticeMovement Fellowship will support and grow the capacity of movement leaders to design innovative and disruptive strategies that advance a transformative climate justice agenda on a local, Tribal, national and global scale. The Fellowship is currently open to groups of 2-4 environmental justice leaders who are working together in our focus areas.

Common Threads Open Positions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DC Central Kitchen is hiring 

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

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

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

Casey Trees is Hiring 

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

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

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

Job Listings:

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

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

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

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion , & Justice Fellow

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank 

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

The Environmental Law Institute 
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is looking for several talented individuals to fill the following open jobs:

For more information and to apply, please visit

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

Job listing: 

Center for Science in the Public Interest

  • Campaign Manager, Scientific Integrity 
  • Public Interest Internship Program 
Full Job List:
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

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.

Deadline: Dec 17th
Since 1982, the Youth Garden Grant has supported school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities.

FACT’s 2021-22 Fund-a-Farmer Grants (Animal Welfare Grants)
Deadline: January 20th
Grants of up to $3,000 are available for farmers to improve pasture for their animals, as well as for those who are seeking or who already hold Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World, Certified Humane or Global Animal Partnership Animal Wefare Certified (made possible by the generous support of the ASPCA).
Philanthropy News Digest - Published RFPs
Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for U.S.-based grant-making organizations and nonprofits. To have your RFP considered for publication, please email with a Word document, text-only file, or link to a Web site explaining the program scope, grantee qualifications, application instructions, and deadlines. We require notice of funding opportunities four weeks in advance of their deadlines.
New RFPs include: 
Full List

DOEE Grants (upcoming fall funding opportunities)

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

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

DOEE Notice of Funding Availability

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SBIR Funding Opportunities

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

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

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

The Pollinator Project
On-going grants for social change

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

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

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

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

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


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