DUG Network
Mid-October 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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DUG Network is an all volunteer network that has minimal upkeep costs.  These costs are met by board member donations and sponsorship organizations.  We only accept sponsorships  from local DC organizations that we believe are a valuable resource to DC.  




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Announcements

 
DC Food Recovery Week, October 13-20
https://dcfoodrecovery.wordpress.com/dc-food-recovery-week-2/

Want to help recover wasted food in DC?  Check out how what its like to be a food runner with Zero Waste DC and Food Rescue US
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxDNB-QVaDc&feature=youtu.be

Rooting DC 2019 Workshop Proposal
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGZnoZKClTZUBNaoU19A1yuoq2m737Jh9uiBTuwlUr6VZh5g/viewform
 
DGS Urban Farming RFP
The Department of General Services (DGS) is issuing this request for proposals ("RFP") from qualified applicants to create and maintain an urban farm in the District of Columbia
https://dgs.dc.gov/event/dgs-urban-farming-rfp-2018-03

Great Article about Cultivate the City
https://inspiredmess.com/2018/10/10/cultivatethecity/?fbclid=IwAR1VM4L6U63le5biRVRbvdVdX_h7AbwubE5-TYFiN188_zLc0WT4yB9fZkA

WRI Food Waste Atlas
an international repository of food waste data, where businesses/orgs/govs can upload and search for data https://thefoodwasteatlas.org/home
 


Causes


Online Voter Registration
https://www.vote.org/voter-registration-deadlines/

The Ride to Vote: Lyft is Giving Free Rides to Vote
https://blog.lyft.com/posts/2018/8/22/get-out-the-vote?fbclid=IwAR142xPzeYYylfwW23PRAaW3r_OQ48B2oEmt7Z-7xBQd7AnXNEtgv_i5_KU

Tips on Fighting Voter Suppression

  • If you are turned away at the polls don’t walk away Say this: I REQUEST A PROVISIONAL BALLOT AS REQUIRED BY LAW. Don’t let them steal your vote.
  • If a voting center closes stay in line until you get a chance to vote
Volunteer With Your Closest Swing District to Help Swing Blue
https://swingleft.org/

Humane DC
A local resource network for improved animal welfare options for food, clothes, products and pet services, for the greater Washington, DC area
Humanedc.org

The Responsible Consumer
- Activist calendar for local and national actions, activism, and activist educationally opportunities in greater DC area
- Online resource guide to make meaningful changes through your everyday purchases
- Large resource network of local, national, and international causes, campaigns and resources to help people understand and connect with current campaigns. 
- inspirational and significant videos and speeches of current and past resistance to help keep activists inspired
theresponsibleconsumer.org

 


Educational Workshops

 

3rd Annual DC Food Recovery Week
October 13-20, 2018
#nofoodwasteDC

Each fall, the DC Food Recovery Working Group organizes events across the region to spotlight, celebrate and advocate for all the ways we can reduce and divert food waste and feed more people in DC.  Take a class. Attend a film screening. Get trained to be a composter. Whatever your tastes — we have an event for you!

DC Food Recovery Week Schedule

This year, we are partnering with Manna Food Center in Montgomery County, MD, who has organized an fantastic parallel week of events for Community Food Rescue Week, including a gleaning trip, trivia night, a cooking competition, and more! Find more information here: www.mocofoodrescueweek.org
https://dcfoodrecovery.wordpress.com/dc-food-recovery-week-2/

UDC CAUSES
Nov 2 - Brown Bag Lecture Series: Vertical Farming in Urban Cities
Nov 07 - Mini-Hoop House Installation Workshop
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/udc-causes-15554765473

US Botanic Gardens
100 Maryland Ave SW
Oct 20 - Fall Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds
Oct 24 - TOUR - Phenomenal Plants: The USBG Medicinal Plants Collection
Oct 24 - Marvelous Morphology: Leaves
Oct 24 - The Art and History of the U.S. Botanic Garden
Oct 25 - COOKING DEMONSTRATION Perfect Pumpkins
Nov 15 - Teacher Training: How Plants Work for Middle and High School Teachers
https://learn.usbg.gov/calendar

National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002

  • October 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Cold Comfort: Herbs to Aid Immunity During Cold and Flu Season (Herban Lifestyles program series)
  • October 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Herbs – They Make Scents! (Herban Lifestyles program series)
  • October 20 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Great Looking Lawns Using Bay-friendly Practices
  • October 27 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Herbs – They Make Scents! (Herban Lifestyles program series)
  • October 27 (Saturday), 8:00 am – 5:00 pm - 2nd Annual OAKtoberfest and 5K Fun Run
  • October 27 (Saturday), 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm - OAKtoberfest Tree Wonders Walk
  • October 27 (Saturday), 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival
  • November 3 (Saturday), 10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Natural Dyeing with Kitchen Compost (Herban Lifestyles program series)

https://www.usna.usda.gov/index.php/visit/events-calendar/

Casey Trees

For more info and to view volunteer tree plantingevents: http://caseytrees.org/events
 

MD (Greater DC)


Community Forklift Workshops
4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston, MD 20781
October 6, 2018 - 11am-5pm - FunkYard Festival
October 21 - Fall Crafting, presented by Sylvia Slaughter
http://communityforklift.org/news-events/calendar/

Behnkes Workshops
11300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville MD
http://behnkes.com/upcoming-events/?utm_source=February+19%2C+2018&utm_campaign=Feb.+22%2C+2018&utm_medium=email
 

Northern VA (Greater DC) 
 

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia
Various locations
Oct. 16, 7-8:30 p.m - Putting Your Garden to Bed
More information at
https://mgnv.org/public-education-event

Merrifield Garden Center
(Merrifield, Fair Oaks, Gainesville)
Oct 20 - Plant Selection and Breeding
Oct 20 - Right Plant, Right Place
Oct 20 - Create and Sip: Terrarium Container Workshop
Oct 21 - Edible Landscaping: Have Your Yard and Eat It Too!
Oct 21 - Natives with Fall Interest
Oct 27 - Containers for Fall and Winter: Planting Demonstration
Oct 27 - Landscaping with a Budget
Oct 27 - Pet Friendly Plants
Oct 28 - Perennial Companions
Nov 03 - Caring for Indoor Plants
Nov 03 - Prune Like a Pro
Nov 04 - Winter Landscape Projects
Nov 04 - Fall Foliage Tour
Nov 10 - Preparing for Spring: Soil Rejuvenation
Nov 10 - Winterizing the Garden
Nov 10 - Small Space Garden Design
Nov 11 - How Plants Work
Nov 11 - The Four Season Garden
https://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com/events/

Green Spring Garden Workshops
4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes

VCE Plant Clinics

  • The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic  6:45-8:45 pm, every Wednesday through October 24 and is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N. Quincy St.
VCE Horticulture 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 mgarlalex@gmail.com, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers.  It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.
 

Culinary Workshops

School of Food
1309 5th St NE
Click on the link below for full list of cooking classes
https://unionmarketdc.com/events/school-of-food/

YMCA Cooking Classes
Various locations
Click on the link below for full list of cooking classes
https://www.ymcadc.org/cooking-classes/

Hill Center DC Cooking Classes
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Click on the link below for full listing of cooking classes
http://www.hillcenterdc.org/events/

Culinaerie Cooking Classes
1131 14th Street NW
Check the link for full listing of cooking classes
http://www.culinaerie.com/classcalendar

Certified Professional Food Manager Course
The course is designed to teach the principles of food safety management and how to use those principles to create a food safety culture.  The Certified Professional Food Manager course is a three day, 16-hour course that concludes with students taking the national exam.
October courses
Monday, October 29: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, November 2: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Check the link for all the available times this course is offered
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/certified-professional-food-manager-course-tickets-44035195455


Unique Workshops Outside Greater DC


Edible Landscaping Persimmon Fesitival
Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9 AM – 5 PM
361 Spirit Ridge Ln, Afton, Virginia 22920

Honoring one of Edible Landscaping best plants. Easy to grow and delicious. Orchard tours will start around 9 to 9:15am, with tastings and samples. There will be persimmon treats and all plants will be 20% off, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also there will be some 50% off items, list to come. We will be visiting 22 varieties of persimmons with fruit, including Ichi Ki Kei Jiro, Nikita’s Gift, Great Wall, Smiths Best, Rosseyanka, Maekawa Jiro and other seasonal gems. We will have bags of fruit for purchase if they are ripe.
https://www.facebook.com/events/249186402463412/

Future Harvest CASA FoodShed Field School
10/16: Mid-Atlantic Care Farming Summit
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 2:30pm: Farm Hacks: Tips and Tricks for Efficiency
November 1 : Delmarva Soil Summit
https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/field-school/upcoming-field-events
Monday, November 12, 2:30pm: Manejo de Plagas y Salud del Suelo (Programa en Español)
https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/field-school/field-school-events

Charm City Farms Workshops
Baltimore, MD
http://www.charmcityfarms.org/workshops-3/

Centro Ashe Grassroots Herbal Programs
Centro Ashé Farm, Bryans Road, MD
Online Herbal Medicine Course - Part 1 - Foundations in Herbalism
Birthkeeper Apprenticeship
Herbal Apprenticeship Year 1
Herbal Apprenticeship Year 2
(ask about worktrades)
Ylang Ylang Herbal Gathering In Costa Rica March 10-18, 2019
http://www.centroashe.org/maryland.html

Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center
3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755
http://foxhavenfarm.org/events

Forested Events and Workshops
3507 Enterprise RoadBowie, MD 20721
November 7 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm - Aldo Leopold Education Project Workshop
November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Low Tech Mushrooms with Sam Feld: Nov. 17th
http://www.forested.us/all-events/

2018 Pnternational School Grounds Alliance Conference in  Yokohama, Japan
November 16th (Fri), 17th (Sat), 18th (Sun)
The conference will explore the Value of School Grounds for Children to learn about their City and the World.
https://isga2018japanconfe.wixsite.com/isga2018/home

 

Webinars and Online Courses

MId-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST Cost is FREE
10/24/18: Preparing Your Marketing Efforts for the Holidays
11/14/18: Farm Lease Agreements
11/28/18: GMO
12/12/18: Using an  LLC to Strengthen Your Farm Operation
http://extension.umd.edu//womeninag/webinars

QuickBooks for Farmers
QuickBooks is a powerful tool that goes way beyond just tracking income and expenses for taxes; it can help you manage cash, understand how to increase profits, and plan for growth.
http://thefarmersoffice.com/course/quickbooks-live/

Visionary Voices Podcast - Anupama Joshi episode
In this episode of the Food Systems Leadership Network’s Visionary Voices podcast, Anupama Joshi, National Farm to School Network Executive Director and Co-Founder, discusses her progression into the food movement, recounts how mentorship and peer support have helped her balance the ups and downs of food systems work, and her vision for the future of farm to school.
Listen to the podcast here.

Online Herbal Medicine Course From Centro Ashé
Designed to give you practical skills as well as basic theoretical background on how to incorporate holistic wellness into your life, how to incorporate herbs into your diet and how to make basic herbal remedies.
https://www.centroashe.org/online-course.html
 

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: http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/

 
 

Featured Programs
 

 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities


 

Help Grow!
 

Fall field trips to Washington Youth Garden
at the National Arboretum
If you have classes interested in hands-on experiences in our 1-acre garden and adjacent natural spaces (like tasting veggies, holding worms, digging, and dancing like bees), registration is easy. You can find out how to register on our SPROUT field trip page or head straight to our online registration form. If you're interested in seeing how we teach in the garden, we have regular opportunities to shadow our programs or volunteer in the garden. Just email us at education@washingtonyouthgarden.org.

Kelly Miller Farm Volunteer Hours
301 49th St NE 20019 
Volunteer with the new 1 acre urban farm in ward 7. All ages welcome! 
Monthly Volunteer Hours  
Wednesdays" 4-7pm
1st Saturdays 10-1pm
3rd Saturdays 10-1pm
Contact: garden@dreamingoutloud.org
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-farm-at-kelly-miller-open-volunteer-hours-tickets-46117513725

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (FMGG
1400 Quincy St NE - Conveniently located near the Brookland/CUA Metro station (Red Line)
Help maintain the urban farm, whose vegetable produce is donated gratis to civic and religious organizations for those in need in the metro DC area.  Other volunteer opportunities include: set-up of the restored 103 year old greenhouse, beekeeping, orchard, meadow, and garden tour docents.
Weekly Volunteer Hours 
Wednesdays 10 am - 5 pm
Saturdays 10 am - 5 pm
Contact:  gardenguild@gmail.com
www.fmgg.org

Common Good City Farmers City Farmers Sign Up
Join Common Good City Farm as a 2018 City Farmer Volunteer! Volunteers will help with all aspects of running an urban farm, from planting, weeding and harvesting, to helping sell produce at our market, to helping with our youth education programs and events!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-farmers-sign-up-registration-42533807764

Fall Workdays with City Blossoms!
Celebrate City Blossoms' 10th Anniversary by getting your hands dirty in the garden.
10/20 - Cardozo Education Campus (1200 Clifton St. NW)https://mgnv.org/2018/08/15/september-2018-public-education-events/
10/27 - Girard Children's Community Garden (1480 Girard St. NW)
TBD - Marion St. Intergenerational Garden
Saturday Workdays take place from 10am-1pm, unless otherwise specified.
Please RSVP to nicole@cityblossoms.org. Check our Events Calendar for updates: http://cityblossoms.org/calendar.
http://cityblossoms.org/

DC Greens K Street Farm volunteer open hours
Starting Thursday, March 15th!
Volunteers are welcome to join us for Thursday evening volunteer open hours anytime between March 15th through October, pending weather cancellations. Open hours run on Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 PM. Volunteers are welcome to drop in at any point during that timeframe. To sign up for upcoming Thursday evening volunteer open hours, please click the links below. 
https://www.dcgreens.org/k-street-farm
If you have any questions, please email Mary Alice at maryalice@dcgreens.org
https://www.dcgreens.org/volunteer/?mc_cid=98dcc94dcf&mc_eid=eb3a7a783b

Volunteer with UDC CAUSES Urban Agriculture Programs
We need volunteer groups to help throughout the summer at our urban agriculture sites: Firebird Farm, East Capitol, Bertie Backus, and PR Harris. Tasks will include installing greenhouse shade cloth, weeding, laying black weed fabric, harvesting, and seeding/transplanting. If you have a group that might be interested in organizing a volunteer day, please reach out to Amanda Tai at amanda.tai@udc.edu. Check out UDC CAUSES VolunteerMatch page for other ongoing opportunities.
 

 

Help with Food Access!


Volunteer with Joyful Food Markets and Increase Food Access in DC!
Joyful Food Markets are run exclusively in elementary schools in Wards 7 & 8. In each school, colorful tables are filled with baskets of fresh produce and piled high with healthy non-perishable food, while festive music plays. The markets are joyful community events, where families and children can mingle with volunteers and school administrators while selecting from fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples, totaling 23 pounds of food per enrolled student. In addition, our markets feature kids’ cooking activities, recipe samples, and chef-led culinary demonstrations, designed to get children excited about healthy eating and cooking. To volunteer please create an account here on our Volunteerhub website. After creating an account, you should be able to see all of our upcoming shifts for the next three months in a calendar view format. Finally, you can find more information about the impact of our JFM’s by watching this video.

DC Greens Farmers’ Market Brigade
Do you love farmers' markets? How about meeting your neighbors, and giving back to your community? Volunteer with us through the Farmers' Market Brigade to support the city's Produce Plus program! There are over 30 farmers' markets and multiple roles for you to choose from, and we need everyone on deck to help us support D.C. residents who struggle to afford fresh, healthy produce.
For alupdates and opportunities with us, please read below:

  • Sign up for a Farmers' Market Brigade Volunteer training
  • Apply to become a Volunteer Leader with the Brigade
  • Provide Language Interpretation at D.C. Farmers' Markets
Farmers’ Market Brigade volunteers help distribute Produce Plus checks at participating neighborhood farmers’ markets in DC. 
https://www.dcgreens.org/brigade
 
DC’s First Food Runner Program "Food Rescue US"
One of the biggest barriers to donating food is transportation. Food Rescue, a national food rescue platform, is a FREE food runner app that coordinates volunteers to help transport food that would normally be thrown away (40% of all food ends of in the dump!) from a donor (restaurant, grocery, caterer, farmers market, event, etc.) to a place that feeds people in need. Food Rescue US is looking for volunteers, food donors, receiving organizations, and anyone who wants to lend a helping hand. Please email Kate Urbank, the DC Site Director, at kate@foodrescue.us with any ideas or questions and sign up at www.foodrescue.us to volunteer or receive more information

 
Help the Environment!

Community Compost Cooperative Network
The DPR Community Compost Cooperative Network uses new critter proof and smell proof compost bins designed by Urban Farm Plans to allow trained community members to compost food scraps with garden waste from DPR and partner DPR gardens to responsibly create high-quality compost. To join each member must take an hour training and help process compost 1-hour a month.  For more information and a map of the 50 DC sites follow this link.
https://dpr.dc.gov/page/community-compost-cooperative-network

Volunteer with Casey Trees Planting Events
https://caseytrees.org/events/?mc_cid=98dcc94dcf&mc_eid=eb3a7a783b

Zero Waste DC Events
https://zerowaste.dc.gov/events
 
 

Fun On Going Events
 


Washington Youth Garden Family Garden Days
Second Saturday of the month (March-October)
All are welcome. We'll lead you and your family through activities such as learning games, nature crafts, garden work, and fresh garden snacks. Suggested donation of $5 per individual. Space is limited, please register at washingtonyouthgarden.org/fgd. For more information and questions please email Thea Klein-Mayer at education@washingtonyouthgarden.org.

Cultivate the City Rooftop Farm Tour
Every Sunday 12:30-1:30
H St Farms 910 Bladensburg Rd NE
FREE
Do you ever wonder what urban farming is and how it works? You might be about curious about how cities can feed a growing population using fewer resources. Perhaps you want to learn how to utilize new growing technologies to grow food on your own roof, balcony, backyard, or in your basement.  Join the farmers from Cultivate the City at H Street Farms for a one-hour tour of their rooftop farm. We specialize in organic and pesticide free hydroponic and vertical farming, and would love to show you how we grow food right here in the Nation’s Capital.
https://goo.gl/s9wT18

Arcadia Summer Farm Camp for Youth (Registration Now Open)
At Arcadia Farm Camp, campers joyfully discover where their food comes from through hands-on farming, cooking, and eating experiences.  Age range: 6-11 years old. Arcadia Farm Campers must have turned 6 before their first day of their camp week and they must not have turned 12 before June 1, 2018.     
http://arcadiafood.org/arcadia-farm-camp



Local CSAs
 
DC Local Grown CSAs

Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie or seedlings)
http://threepartharmonyfarm.org/sample-vegetable-csa-shares/

C.R.I.S.P. CSA  (THEARC Farm)
thearcdc.com/thearcfarm

DC Urban Greens Farm to Front Door CSA
(Must leave within zip - 20019.  Will deliver to your door)
Accepts WIC, SNAP (EBT), Cash or Credit
http://www.dcurbangreens.org/new-page-1/

Common Good City Farm Market CSA
http://commongoodcityfarm.org/node/364

Little Red Botanicals Herbal CSA
http://www.littleredbirdbotanicals.com/herbal-csa/

Community Foodworks Market Share CSA
http://www.community-foodworks.org/coheights/market-share/

Up Top Acres Rooftop Grown CSA
http://uptopacres.com/capitol-riverfront.html

Owl's Nest Farm 
http://www.owls-nest-farm.com/csa-details/

Ecocity Farms CSA
http://www.ecoffshoots.org/food/eco-farm-shares/

Cultivate the City (Produce & Seedlings)
http://www.cultivatethecity.com/schools/

Looking to avoid factory farms but not ready to go vegan?
Check out this 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
https://humanedc1.wordpress.com/home/food/finding-dc-local-sources-for-humane-food/

 
 
 

 

3rd Annual DC Food Recovery Week
October 13-20, 2018
#nofoodwasteDC

Each fall, the DC Food Recovery Working Group organizes events across the region to spotlight, celebrate and advocate for all the ways we can reduce and divert food waste and feed more people in DC.  Take a class. Attend a film screening. Get trained to be a composter. Whatever your tastes — we have an event for you!

DC Food Recovery Week Schedule

This year, we are partnering with Manna Food Center in Montgomery County, MD, who has organized an fantastic parallel week of events for Community Food Rescue Week, including a gleaning trip, trivia night, a cooking competition, and more! Find more information here: www.mocofoodrescueweek.org
https://dcfoodrecovery.wordpress.com/dc-food-recovery-week-2/

DC F2S Network Gathering
October 18, 4-6:30 PM at the K Street Farm
Farm to School Network Gatherings bring together the DC Farm to School community to connect, have fun, and find opportunities for collaboration. Look out for more details on this upcoming gathering in the October newsletter!
https://dcgreens.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=9e01

USDA, EPA, and FDA: Reducing Food Waste Showcase
Thu, October 18, 2018 - 2:45 PM – 5:00 PM
U.S. Department of Agriculture Whitten Building Patio (Indoor)
1400 Jefferson Drive Southwest - Washington, D.C 20024

Please join USDA, EPA and FDA along with members of the Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions and key stakeholders for an event to collectively emphasize the importance of reducing food loss and waste in the United States. The purpose of this event is to highlight current efforts and identify ways to work collaboratively to support behavioral change and spur innovation to reduce food loss and waste.

Please arrive at 2:45pm. The event will begin promptly at 3:00pm.

  • 3:00pm Opening Remarks by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb
  • 3:30pm Food Waste Reduction Panel with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Campus Kitchens Project, University of Arkansas, and the American Farm Bureau Federation
  • 4:30pm Q&A Session

If you require special accommodations, please contact Kelsey.Barnes@osec.usda.gov or 202-720-7095 by Tuesday, October 16th to make arrangements.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usda-epa-and-fda-reducing-food-waste-showcase-tickets-51344231980?ref=enivtefor001&invite=MTUyNjkxNzEvam9zaHVhLnNpbmdlckBkYy5nb3YvMA%3D%3D%0A&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=eventpage

Honey on Tap - A Fields 4 Valor Event
Oct. 18 2018, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Three Stars Brewing - 6400 Chillum Place NW, Washington, DC 20012)

You are invited to Honey on Tap! Enjoy food provided by Trés Creole. Experience honey making first hand. Take home a bottle of our wildflower honey. And support an important cause – improving the lives of veterans and military families through healthy, farm-grown food. Three Stars Brewing Company 6400 Chillum Place, NW Washington, DC 20012 Tickets $50 in advance / $55 at the door RSVP and Advanced Ticket Purchase
https://squareup.com/store/fields4valor-donate/?fbclid=IwAR0P25pFSlTfaekSTuJbKobtmWr9LNp279cJC8xRQngNDN3pGqh9jibOnGw

PAKKE Featured: Blindfolded Dinner
Fri Oct 19 - 7pm
Three-story home with a private roofdeck
Are you ready for a unique sensory experience? Turn off your visual brain for a hot minute and join us for a blindfolded dinner party with a few wonderful strangers. We will feature four courses to delight and intrigue your senses, prepared by our dear friends and badass local changemakers, Lead Chef Nic Bash, founder of HoneyFlower Foods and Sous Chef Dan Schnitzer, PhD, and CEO of SparkMeter. Miriam Berg, Sensory Guide Extraordinaire, will lead your tasting journey.
https://www.pakke.us/event/3ki5YD76Co2vFgM7t



Family Yoga and Lunch at the Farm at Kelly Miller
Oct 20 - Saturday at 11 AM – 12 PM
301 49th st NE
Bring a dish to share, farm fresh snacks will be provided
RSVP: https//familyyogakmfarm.eventbrite.com


Washington Youth Garden Garlic Planting Party
Saturday Oct 20 at 10 AM – 1 PM
3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Join the Washington Youth Garden for our 5th Annual Garlic Planting Party on October 20 from 10 AM - 1 PM. Get ready for an event filled with crafts, games, delicious foods, hot apple cider, music, and it's FREE! It's fun for kids of all ages. We can't wait to see you there.
https://www.facebook.com/events/660303774349151/

Boozy Blooms is hosting our “Twisted Tea Party” Sip & Sow Workshop
Sunday, October 21st from 1-4pm
Culture Coffee Too (300 Riggs Rd. NE 20011).

This interactive planting party includes all supplies guests will need to start growing, blending, and brewing their own therapeutic teas, tisanes, & tonics while enjoying hot toddies and other cozy cocktails. We would love to have our container gardening workshop added to the upcoming issue of the DUG Newsletter. I’ve also attached an event flyer to this email, please let me know if you need any other info from us.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/twisted-tea-party-tickets-50698448424

Mid-Atlantic Food Recovery Summit & 8th Annual BSU Food Day
Wed, October 24, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Bowie State University - 14000 Jericho Park Roa Bowie, MD 20715

Be a part of the continuing conversation about reducing wasted food in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. As awareness of the problem of wasted food increases, governments and businesses have developed ambitious goals to avoid surplus food and divert it to its highest and best uses. This summit will explore the magnitude of those goals and what will be needed to achieve them.  Presentations will address gaps in food recovery infrastructure and innovative ways to bridge them; how to scale effective solutions to make meaningful progress toward goals; and strategies for food recovery across different sectors and within rural and urban areas. The Summit will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders for information, discussion, and networking, with the aim of increasing food recovery in the Mid-Atlantic.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mid-atlantic-food-recovery-summit-8th-annual-bsu-food-day-tickets-48028482484



Mold, Lead & the Affordable Housing Crisis
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM
4340 Connecticut Ave NW

Join us at this event to hear from D.C. tenants, organizers, health professionals and attorneys who will discuss the issues of mold and lead in the context of the affordable housing crisis, including ongoing organizing and legal efforts to hold developers and city officials accountable.
https://www.facebook.com/events/281111262612769/

Benning Park Community Garden Harvest Festival 2.0
Sat, October 27 - 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Benning Park Community Garden - 5100 Southern avenue SE

For 2 seasons since it was built the Benning Park Community Garden has sat dormant in a neighborhood that is in desperate need for healthy food options. This season the ward 7 community along with resources from the #growithLisa community project restored this garden and grew some delicious vegetables in it. Join the community on October 27th from 2pm to 4pm as we celebrate the awakening of the Benning Park Community Garden.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvest-festival-20-tickets-50187799058

Solar Focus Job Fair 2018
Tue, October 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
Capital Hilton - 1001 16th Street NW
MDV-SEIA and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic are hosting the third annual Solar Focus Job Fair on October 30th at the Capital Hilton to kickoff the 2018 Solar Focus Conference. Connect face-to-face with employers from solar and energy-efficiency related companies and organizations who are actively seeking candidates for open positions.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/solar-focus-job-fair-2018-tickets-48972379706?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Wangari Gardens Fall Festival
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Wangari Gardens - Kenyan and Park Pl NW

Come one come all to Wangari Gardens' Fall Festival! Celebrate the harvest with your neighbors and enjoy gardening workshops, food and drink, art, music and dance! Learn about the garden -- tour the orchard and public garden, and find out how you can apply for a private plot! More details coming soon, and if you'd like to get involved send us a message!
Facebook link

Paint Drop-Off Event at DC Armory
Sat, November 3, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
DC Armory - 2001 E Capitol St SE Lot #3

Only households and businesses located in the District of Columbia may particicpate in this event. Proof of District residency required. For households, there are no limits on the amount of house paint, stain or varnish dropped off. There are limits on oil-based paint for some businesses.  Paint in good condition will be made available to participants for free. At this event, leftover house paint in good condition will be made available to the public without charge.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-drop-off-event-at-dc-armory-tickets-49576317099?aff=erelexpmlt

Choose Food Symposium
Mon, Nov 5, 9:00 AM –Thu, Nov 8, 2018, 2:30 PM
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202

The CHOOSE FOOD PROJECT aims to help producers and consumers make ethical food choices by giving them access to easy to use, high-quality information about food. The Project is developing:

  • A Framework for ethical assessment of the food system
  • Educational resources
  • Cutting-edge digital tools
The project aims to guide actors throughout the food value chain to make, market, and choose products more ethically.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/choose-food-symposium-registration-45830410993

FOUA Winter Meeting: Celebration of Arlington Urban Ag
Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Arlington Public Library- Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Virginia 22201

Join Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture on November 13 to “Celebrate Arlington Urban Ag – Look how far we’ve come!" We will review accomplishments of the past 5 years since the County's Urban Ag Task Force Report was issued and we will honor outstanding achievements in urban ag in our community at a lively, interactive event.
https://www.facebook.com/events/287243108517033/

2018 Trees Matter Symposium
Wednesday, November 14 | 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD

Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees, Washington D.C., present the seventh annual Trees Matter Symposium.  Presentations will  focus on the health and welfare of trees in our increasingly developed landscapes. Learn from some of the country’s leading experts about innovative efforts to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings.
https://montgomeryparks.org/about/divisions/arboriculture/trees-matter-symposium/

 

 

 

Job and Apprenticeship Openings

 

City Blossoms Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative Fellowship (Part-Time)
Fellowship Period: November 2018 – August 2019
Time Commitment: 20 hours a week
Compensation: Up to $12,000 plus a travel benefit
To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to rebecca@cityblossoms.org no later than October 15th
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5556a39be4b0741e9be3f1e4/t/5bb7b41571c10bdd995f218d/1538765845525/YOUTH+ENTREPRENEURSHIP+COOPERATIVE+FELLOWSHIP.pdf

Soul Fire Farm 2019 (NY Positions)

  • Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust Coordinator
  • Farm Apprentice

http://www.soulfirefarm.org/meet-the-farmers/employment/?fbclid=IwAR1FsGSwHZ4wYmAHqY46hvI0gikCqJmJcuGIgYL7iyFJ6eBgNr-OxTY0Hek

Love and Carrots Open Positions

  • Landscape Maintenance Technician
  • Urban Farmer (Part-Time):
  • Seasonal Apprentice

Email with your interest in the subject line to: garden@loveandcarrots.com
http://www.loveandcarrots.com/get-involved

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Policy Specialist
The two open positions focus on:
Position 1: Federal agricultural research, education, and extension policy and programs, and overarching coordination responsibility for NSAC’s work on organic agriculture, across the full range of NSAC’s policy portfolio;
Position 2: Family farm and sustainability issues, with a specific
focus on commodity programs, crop insurance, market competition, and agriculture and immigration issues
http://sustainableagriculture.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Job-announcement-NSAC-Policy-Specialists-July-2018.pdf

pineapple DC City Lead (part-time)
pineapple was founded in 2015 with a simple, yet powerful idea: bring women together around good food. Today, we are a collaborative of over 70,000 women who convene online and offline, with food as the centerpiece. We believe food is a great activator for women to connect and share with each other, strengthen our understanding of one another and our varied experiences in the world, and uplift one another.We’re searching for city leads in DC and it could be y-o-u! Seeking a womxn who can help us build pineapple DC. You'll produce events that celebrate women from all backgrounds & women of many perspectives, plus you’ll get to create connections with key community leaders, lead interviews with influential and inspiring women of diverse perspectives, and grow the local pineapple movement. Basically you'd be the face of pineapple DC.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSds3qwvPenGOcDoHztsd5xI2p_65MYp9vCCahI_XGTs__04aA/viewform?mc_cid=2b3fc7064b&mc_eid=c436e1c83f

Sweetgreen Tavern - Market Hands
The sweetgreen tavern is an extension of the sweetgreen restaurants. The Tavern is a local marketplace and sweetflow fro yo shop that will highlight quality local products from farmers and makers in our region. We are looking for motivated and passionate individuals with excellent customer service and attention to detail.
For further details and to set up an interview send a resume and short introduction note to maddie.morales@sweetgreen.com

Urban Farm Education Assistant
Real Food Farm, Baltimore, MD
Real Food Farm (RFF) is Civic Works' urban farm operation that strives to build a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education. Alongside the Education Coordinator, the Farm Education Assistant will plan and facilitate educational programming at Real Food Farm, including youth and adult field trips to Real Food Farm, urban farming workshops, our high school Youth Crew program, and summer youth jobs programming. In addition, the Farm Educator will help maintain educational growing spaces on the farm, assist with field trips visiting the farm, record data about lessons and participants, and write entries for farm newsletters. We're looking for an educator who is great at both serving alongside youth - especially teens - and knowledgeable about food justice and food system topics. See website listing at Civic Works:
http://realfoodfarm.civicworks.com/get-involved/open-positions/

USBG: Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture)
Open Until: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Salary: $45,972 - $88,450 Per Year
Pay scale & grade: GS 07 - 11

This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Public Programs Division. The incumbent serves as an Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture) with emphasis on urban agriculture and assists in educational programs that fulfill the USBG's mission. The incumbent is responsible for developing partnerships and educational programs, conducting outreach and engagement and developing participation in the program area of urban agriculture.US Botanic Garden
Apply here

City Blossoms Partner Gardens Educator. (Part-time)
The Partner Gardens program aims to foster an environment where schools, students, teachers, and families, particularly from dense urban settings, can have access to and develop relationships with nature, food, and each other through gardens, nature-based education and other activities. This program works through direct partnerships with schools and teachers. The Educator will lead workshops and fieldtrips and support partnering schools. For more information: https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit-job/44abb7c455dd4b708826b80cdc14cd97-garden-program-educator-city-blossoms-partner-gardens-city-blossoms-washington

Impact Justice Research Intern (Food Project)
We are looking for a research intern to support the development of a report on the state of food in confinement in the United States. This is an opportunity to work on an important conditions issue for the 2 million+ incarcerated individuals in the US.
http://impactjustice.org/2018/08/24/research-intern-food-project/

Fall 2018 Salad Bar Education Internship
Fairfax County Public School Food & Nutrition Services is seeking applicants for the fall 2018 Salad Bar Education Internship. The Salad Bar Program at FCPS FNS began in 2016 with implementation in all 141 elementary schools through spring of 2021. Salad Bar Education Interns play an integral role in the rollout of the Salad Bars throughout the county. Their responsibilities include preparing students for their upcoming Salad Bar through an interactive lesson including a taste test, and other tasks based on their interests. Accepting applications now, see description for details.

Arcadia Farms Open Positions

  • Mobile Market Sourcing Driver
  • Farm Education Volunteers
http://arcadiafood.org/career-opportunities

Little Wild Things Farm Open Positions

https://www.littlewildthingsfarm.com/jobs/

OL Foods Customer Happiness Specialist
Come join us as we provide 100% grass-fed, kosher meat. We’re looking for a Customer Happiness Specialist to join our mission-driven company. More here: https://www.kolfoods.com/jobs.asp

Horace Mann Elementary School Garden Internship
Mann’s progressive garden program includes an outdoor farm, native gardens, and a rooftop aeroponic farm. During the winter months we continue to grow produce indoors on our aeroponic towers. We teach children about wellness and environmental stewardship through a farm-to-table program. Come learn about different ways to grow vegetables and plants. Interact with students, parents and teachers as we all pitch in to keep our garden learning program rolling. Hours are flexible and at 1-30 hours a week. Come earn your volunteer hours, setup an accredited internship with your learning institution, or just to gain the satisfaction of helping children learn about living sustainably in a healthy environment.
Contact Amy Jagodnik, School Garden Coordinator at ajarts3702@gmail.com, 202-361-1056.

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild part time volunteer (pro bono) administrative positions/internships
1400 Quincy St NE - Conveniently located near the Brookland/CUA Metro station (Red Line)
The all-volunteer Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (FMGG) has several part time volunteer (pro bono) administrative positions/internships available to work with the following three directors:

  • Admin for CEO / Director of Project Management
  • Admin for COO / Director of Operations (including set-up of the restored 103 year old Greenhouse in Fall 2018)
  • Admin for CFO / Director of Finance

Further information is available at gardenguild@gmail.com.  Please include the position title, background and days/times available.

City Kids Wilderness Project Openings

  • Program Coordinator, Elite and Leadership
  • Afterschool Program Site Coordinator (Part-time)
  • Afterschool Program Educator (Part-time)
  • Volunteers

http://citykidsdc.org/about/employment/

Compost Cab Open Positions

  • Compost Cabbie, Driver / Composter / Marketer (Full Time)
  • Compost Cabbie, Farmers Markets (Part-time)
  • Lead Cabbie, Baltimore
https://compostcab.com/careers/

Food Recovery Network Positions
College Park, MD

  • FOOD RECOVERY VERIFIED FELLOW (2018-2020)
  • Communications & Program Engagement Fellow (2018-2020) 
  • Americorps vista: program research & outreach
  • Americorps vista: food recovery verification
  • Americorps vista: alumni programs
  • Americorps vista: program evaluation

https://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org/jobs

Martha’s Table Open Positions

  • Healthy Market Leader
  • Special Assistant to Chief Program Officer
  • Healthy Market Crew Assist.
  • Executive Administration
  • Director, Strategy Evaluation
  • Assistant Teacher (ECE)
  • Lead Teacher (ECE)
http://marthastable.org/careers/

Capital Area Food Bank Open Positions

  • Corporate Partnerships Specialist          
  • Director of Strategic Partnerships          
  • Grants Writer
  • Head of the DC Region (Management Position)
  • Head of Nutrition Education (Management Position)
  • Coordinator - Commodity Supplemental Food Program - Part-time 
  • Truck Driver with CDL - Grocery Plus
http://capitalareafoodbank.appone.com/

Chesapeake Foodshed Network Co-Chairs of the COEP Action Team
The Chesapeake Foodshed Network (CFN) is launching the Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity Action Team for food system reform in the Chesapeake region. CFN defines Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity (COEP) as communities of color and other disenfranchised groups not merely being beneficiaries but drivers of positive change in their communities. The goal of this initiative is to grow economic opportunities for marginalized communities and build community ownership and resilience (as it relates to our regional food system) through the development of people-led, community-based solutions. 
http://www.chesapeakefoodshed.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CFN-COEP-Co-Chair-Invitation-to-Participate_Final.pdf

NO KID HUNGRY: Share Our Strength Open Positions
Click on the link below to see a large list of open jobs

  • Associate, Corporate Partnership Development, Dine Out
  • Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Manager, Program Innovation
  • Associate, Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
    Senior Content Strategist - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Director, Donor and Volunteer Engagement and Experiences - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior IT Business Analyst - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Development Associate - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Social Media Associate - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Manager, Partnership Development, Dine Out - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Associate, Prospect Development - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Manager, Prospect Development - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Fundraising Fall 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • NKH Program Team Fall 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Corporate Partnership Communications Fall 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Add Passion and Stir Podcast Fall 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Manager, Campaign and Strategic Initiatives - Washington, District of Columbia

https://nokidhungrycareers.silkroad.com/?mc_cid=f2760ac6bd&mc_eid=eb3a7a783b

CAUSES: (The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences) Open Positions

  • Adjunct Professor – Nutrition and Dietetics    
  • Adjunct Professor, Architecture & Urban Sustainability
  • Adjunct Professor, Water Resource Management/ Environmental Science/Urban Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor - Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Architecture
  • Chair of the Department of Health Nursing and Nutrition/ Associate Professor
  • Project Specialist (Construction Analyst) - Single Family    
  • Project Specialist for Specialty and Ethnic Crops    
  • Project Specialist, Institute of Gerontology (IOG)
http://udc.applicantstack.com/x/openings

Casey Trees Staff and Fellowship Open Positions

https://caseytrees.org/about-us/jobs-internships
 
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.
https://doee.dc.gov/greenpathways

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) Job Openings http://frac.org/about/jobs-and-internships

DC Central Kitchen Open Jobs
  • Grants Specialist
  • Campus Kitchens Project Spring 2019 Intern

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

 

Grants and Funding


 

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: https://www.chipotle.com/email-us#philanthropy

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 https://www.costco.com/charitable-giving.html

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  natureworks@tnc.org Website: https://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/grants/
 

FY19 Environmental Grants (DOI)
Deadline: 10/18/2018
Department of Interior announces funds to support long-term protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds. Eligibility: City or township governments, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, state governments, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, private institutions of higher education, for-profit organizations, small businesses, community-based organizations, DC government agencies and Local Educational Agencies Funds: $3,000,000 is available for 50 awards and a match is required Contact: Rodecia McKnight at (703) 358-2266 or Rodecia_Mcknight@fws.gov Website: https://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act/how-to-apply-for-a-nawcagrant.php

NCR-SARE Call for Research and Education Preproposals
Deadline: October 18
The 2019 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program Call for Preproposals is now available. Funding is available for projects focused on developing sustainable agriculture curriculum for youth in grades 4-12. The curriculum should address environmental, social and economic aspects of agricultural practices and systems, and should include a farmer/rancher component. Learn more here.

Nutrition Education and Physical Activity (NEPA) Grant
Pre-Application Info Session: Oct 22, 2018 from 10am – 12pm
The purpose of this grant is to build the capacity of schools to provide quality nutrition education and physical activity programming and services. The NEPA grant will be awarded to nonprofit entities in the District of Columbia having a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service which are partnered with DC public and public charter schools. Grant funds will be allocated using an equity model that focuses on creating equitable opportunities for DC public and public charter schools with the goal of accelerating progress for schools that are the furthest behind. For more information on the NEPA Grant, click here
To attend the NEPA Grant Pre-Application Information Session, please RSVP here.

FY 2019 Cafeteria Staff Training Grant (OSSE)
Deadline: 10/25/2018
Office of the State Superintendent of Education announces funds to provide training sessions for school cafeteria workers and food service vendors on knowledge, training, and tools they need to plan, prepare, and purchase healthy products that will provide nutritious, safe, and enjoyable school meals. Request for applications will be released on September 10. Eligibility: Independent school districts, nonprofit organizations and Local Educational Agencies   PreApplication Meeting Information: Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the September 13, 2018 10:00 – 11:00 am webinar information session. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/857573280340800259    Contact: Elysia DiCamillo at Elysia.DiCamillo@dc.gov Website: https://opgs.dc.gov/page/opgs-district-grants-clearinghouse Grant ID: GD8212

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Grants.
Deadline: 10/30/2018
Funds to support projects that train agricultural service providers about sustainable practices and approaches so that they, in turn, can educate farmers. Pre-proposals are required and due July 10, 2018.  Eligibility: Public and state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, private institutions of higher education, for-profit organizations, small businesses, community-based organizations and DC government agencies  Funds: Awards are amiable up to $30,000 Contact: Northeast SARE at (802) 651-8335 or northeastsare@uvm.edu  Website: https://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Professional-Development-Grant Grant ID: GD8088

Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens
Deadline: November 1
Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Learn more and apply here.


RWJF Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: November 01
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. The Prize honors those communities that are working to give everyone the opportunity to live well, including residents that are often left behind. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—our access to affordable and stable homes, quality schools, reliable transportation—make a difference in our opportunities to thrive, and ultimately all of this profoundly affects our health and well-being. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members who are working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more—so that better health flourishes everywhere, for everyone.
https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2018/2019-rwjf-culture-of-health-prize.html?rid=0034400001rm3YYAAY&et_cid=1327338

Environmental Marketing Support-The Temper of the Times
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase awareness about environmental issues. The foundation awards grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations to help underwrite the costs of advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. Grant funds may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. To be eligible, applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. For more information visit http://www.temperfund.org/

Environmental Marketing Support
Deadline December 15, 2018
The Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase awareness about environmental issues.  The foundation awards grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations to help underwrite the costs of advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. Grant funds may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets.  To be eligible, applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. . For more information visit http://www.temperfund.org/

Walmart Community Grant Program
Deadline: 12/31/2018
Walmart announces funds to support programs in the areas of Hunger relief and healthy eating; Health and human service; Community and economic development; Education; Diversity and Inclusion; Environmental sustainability. Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle.  Eligibility: Independent school districts, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, DC government agencies and Local Educational  Funds: Awards are available up to $5,000 Contact: Walmart Website: http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving 


On-going Grants (no deadlines)

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 CorporateGiving@coxinc.com Website: https://www.coxenterprises.com/corporate-responsibility/corporate-giving

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.

Cedar Tree Foundation Funding for Urban Ag in DC
This program places emphasis on projects and organizations that focus on youth development and low income communities of color.  LOIs are reviewed on an on-going basis.  The Cedar Tree Foundation will reach out with any questions or to ask for a full proposal.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Cedar Tree's Grants Manager, Dana Campion.
http://cedartreefound.org/urban-agriculture-in-the-dc-area

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: http://www.nathancummings.org/how-apply

SBIR Funding Opportunities
https://www.epa.gov/sbir/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. 
https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY%202017_AFRI%20Foundational_RFA.pdf

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.
https://doee.dc.gov/riversmartrewards

Fair Food Fund
Provides financing & business assistance to good food enterprises that are growing vibrant local food systems.
https://fairfoodnetwork.org/projects/fair-food-fund/

The Pollinator Project
On-going grants for social change
https://thepollinationproject.org/

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: http://www.cornelldouglas.org/

USDA/NRCS Conservation Programs
(Funds for High Tunnels for Urban Farms)
Financial Assistance Programs, Easement Programs,  Partnership Programs and funds for High Tunnels
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/md/programs/farmbill/
Environmentall Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/md/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcseprd416254
AMA (Agricultural Management Assistance Program) https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/md/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcseprd416254 (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).
http://www.aspcapro.org/grant/2013/02/12/aspca-anti-cruelty-grants

The Awesome Foundation DC 
The Awesome Foundation gives out a $1,000 monthly grant every month to fund any awesome idea.
http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/dc

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.
 https://www.farmraiser.com/

Grants.gov
Online source for lots of government grants in many areas
https://www.grants.gov/

 

Gardening Tips of the Month
 
If You See This Invasive “Miracle” Weed, Don’t Kill It, Eat It
https://returntonow.net/2018/08/24/if-you-see-this-invasive-weed-dont-kill-it-eat-it/




The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) Curated this Amazing Compost Webinar Collection

Over the last year, the Mid-Atlantic Better Composting School hosted & recorded a series of webinars that mirrors its compost operator training (without the hands-on components). Below are the different topics with the associated recordings:

  1. Science of Composting: https://learn.extension.org/events/3109

  2. Compost Feedstocks & Recipe Development: https://learn.extension.org/events/3135

  3. Composting Systems & Methods: https://learn.extension.org/events/3165

  4. Site Selection & Design: https://learn.extension.org/events/3170

  5. Equipment: https://learn.extension.org/events/3171

  6. Composting Management - Water & Problem Feedstocks: https://learn.extension.org/events/3172

  7. Composting Management - Odor: https://learn.extension.org/events/3173

  8. Health & Safety: https://learn.extension.org/events/3174

  9. Regulations: https://learn.extension.org/events/3175

  10. Compost Quality & Standards: https://learn.extension.org/events/3176

  11. Compost Use & Safety: https://learn.extension.org/events/3177

  12. Compost Marketing & Integration: https://learn.extension.org/events/3178

Check out https://learn.extension.org/search/all?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=compost for other great composting related topics.

 

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