DUG Network
January Urban Gardener Newsletter

Hello Gardeners! 

Welcome to the bi-weekly DUG Network Urban Gardener Newsletter created by the all-volunteer DUG Network.  There are so many amazing programs, events and resources happening in the DC urban gardening world! In this newsletter, we try to highlight as many of these resources each month as possible so that we can connect YOU with all that is going on.   

If you know of any garden, food and environmental events or opportunities that the community should know about, please email us the details (you can just respond to this e-mail) to include in the next newsletter.  

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Check out Soilful City's hot sauce made from fish peppers growned by urban farmers in the DMV area

On urban farming and 'colonialism' in Detroit's North End neighborhood 

ILSR: Survey of Residential Food Waste Collection Access in the U.S.

DHS Hypothermia/Hyperthermia Alerts: Learn How You Can Help
If you see someone in need of shelter during below freezing temperatures call the shelter hotline: (202) 399-7093


Farmworkers to hold 5-Day “Freedom Fast,” March 11-15, outside the hedge fund offices of Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz!

How you can help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

Humane DC
a local resource for improved animal welfare options for the greater Washington, DC area

The Responsible Consumer
Want to learn about more causes and how to make a difference? Check out the Responsible Consumer, an online resource guide on how to change the world with your purchases and actions by connecting people with knowledge, resources, organizations and campaigns around a large variety of issues that currently need support.


Educational Workshops

Bee Care Institute
1400 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC 20017    

Saturday: January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17 
10:am - 12:30 pm - 15 credit hour
This is a six week classroom based course for the beginner.  Topics cover everything you need to know to successfully and responsibly keep honeybees in an urban environment.  The course fee of $185 includes all lectures, text book, and hands on experience.  Upon completion of the course, participants will be presented with a certificate.   Saturday April 14, 21, May 5, 12' 19 
10:am - 12:30  - 12 credit hours

This course is a five week hands-on and classroom based course for new beekeepers who have completed  a beginning beekeeping course. Topics cover the hands-on mechanics of hive management and practical application of knowledge gained in the beginning courses presented by most of the bee clubs in the area. The course fee of $285 includes all lectures, text book, and hands on experience. Upon completion of the course, participants will be presented with a certificate.  

DC Master Naturalist Program
Tue, Jan 16, 2018, 6:00 PM –Sat, May 5, 2018, 11:00 AM 
The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) will hold its first DC Master Naturalist Extension Program. The program consists of two components: an intensive volunteer training that offers a comprehensive overview of natural history; followed by a year-long period in which the trainees give 40 hours of volunteer service to pre-approved projects and sites that fulfills the program’s mission “to promote awareness, understanding, and conservation of the District’s natural environment through a community of trained volunteers.”

Beginning Farmer Training Program
Every Wednesday from 6pm-9pm, starting January 10th, 2018
6010 Taylor Road, Riverdale, Md. 20737

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.

Microgreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them
Monday, January 8, 7 – 8 p.m.
Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria 22314
Saturday, January 13, 10:30 - noon
Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington

Microgreens – You’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you?  Join us to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts in your own home.  Plus, we provide supplies for you to plant your own container, so come prepared to get a bit dirty while you make your own microgreen garden in class! Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Landscape Design Basics, DIY Sustainable Yard Series
Wednesday, January 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria 22304, or Tuesday, January 30, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205
Learn how to create a sustainable landscape, building on the unique conditions of your own site and situation. This class will focus on how to make a base map and introduce you to basic design principles you can use to transform your property.
Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Vegetable Gardening Part 1: Seed Selection, Starting and Saving
Thursday, January 25, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304, or Saturday, January 27, 10:30 – noon, Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington 22205.
Start your garden early this year by getting the scoop on seed selection, hybrid vs. heirloom, what seeds to start indoors, germination tips, and best bets for seed saving. Find out how to make your own starter pots, and easy-to-create lighting systems to bring the sunlight inside. Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org. Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com.

Starting Seeds Indoors….Getting A Head Start On Your Garden!
Monday, January 29, 1 – 3 pm, Walter Reed Community and Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington 22204
Learn how to start your garden early, including what seeds are best to use, germination tips, and best bets for seed saving. Find out how to make your own starter pots, and easy-to-create lighting systems to bring the sunlight inside. Free. For more information and registration, go to http://bit.ly/VCESenior or contact LeeAnne Kaniut, 703-228-0955.

Neighborhood Farm Initiative's Kitchen Garden Education Program
Mamie D Lee community garden at Fort Totten, NE DC
This is a ten-month program beginning in late February. Twelve class lectures are scheduled on selected Saturday mornings, but the bulk of your time in the program will take place at times of your choosing; the garden is open from sunrise to sunset, everyday. Participants receive a small garden plot along with everything you need to grow. We provide all necessary tools & materials, plus instruction & support to grow a wide variety of food crops over an extended growing season. 
Learn more about the program here:
Or email us at Grow@NeighborhoodFarmInitiative.org

DC Greens Food Education
DC Greens uses existing infrastructure and partnerships to provide support for teachers looking to infuse food systems education into their curriculum. In its seventh year, the Trellis Program has served teachers from over 100 schools in all eight wards in the district. 
Jan 19th - Food Justice
March 17th & 18th - LifeLab Growing Classroom Workshop at Oak Spring (for MD and VA teachers only) REGISTER HERE
April 27th - Digging Deeper
May 25th - Cooking with Kids

US Botanical Gardens
100 Maryland Ave SW
Jan 9 and 10 - Children's Program: January Sprouts
Jan 11 - Cooking Demonstration: Winter Pick-Me-Ups
Jan 18 - Teacher Training: How Plants Work for Elementary School Teachers
Jan 19 - Lecture: The Governance and Stewardship of Urban Nature: Forests, Farms, and Streetcorners
Jan 20 - Lecture: Thoreau and the Language of Trees
Jan 25 - Cooking Demonstration: Winter Pick-Me-Ups
Jan 25 - Tour: Marvelous Morphology: Plant-Animal Interactions
Jan 27 - Lecture: Snake Oil Revisited: Plant Medicines in American History
Feb 2nd - Lecture: Gardening in the South
Feb 3rd - Lecture: A Botanical Walk Through Black History

National Arboretum

Casey Trees
3030 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
Jan 13 - Pruning 101 Workshop
Jan 20 - Trees 101
For more info and to view volunteer tree planting events: http://caseytrees.org/events

Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Master Gardener Education Programs

  • Microgreens, Jan. 8, 7-8pm, Barrett Branch Library, Alexandria (ANR201801)
  • Microgreens, Jan. 13, 10:30am-noon, Westover Branch Library, Arlington (ANR201802)
  • Landscape Design Basics, Jan. 17, 7-8:30pm, Beatley Central Library, Alexandria (ANR201803)
  • Vegetable Gardening Part 1, Jan. 25, 7-8:30pm, Burke Branch Library, Alexandria (ANR201804)
  • Vegetable Gardening Part 1, Jan. 27, 10:30am-noon, Westover Branch Library, Arlington (ANR201805)
  • Landscape Design Basics, Jan. 30, 7-8:30pm, Westover Branch Library, Arlington (ANR201806)


School of Food
1309 5th St NE 
School of Food is a year-long educational curriculum for food and beverage small business owners. They partner with industry experts to lead discussions around outlined semester themes, and break into interactive activities for students to walk-away with tangible next steps.
January 24 — Financial Forecasting + Recipe Costing
February 7th — Food Safety for Production: DC Health Regulations
March 14th — Small Business Accounting
April 4th — Crafting the Perfect Pitch
April 25th — Distribution Opportunities
May 16th — Sales and Social Media Tips + Tricks
**Each class is $20 

YMCA Cooking Classes
The Georgian Table
Grocery Store Tour
A Taste of African Heritage
Simple Cooking with Heart
Kids in the Kitchen
Seniors in the Kitchen
Wellness Wednesday
For more details and registion for all classes at the front desk or online at ymcadc.org! If you have any questions please contact Tessa.Mork@ymcadc.org.
More details at : http://www.ymcadc.org/m/page.cfm?p=52

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

Cooking Class Lists
January 6th - Brunch & Bubbly: Savory New Year’s Brunch

1131 14th Street NW
Check the link for a huge list of cooking classes

Unique Workshops Outside Greater DC

Meal Prep on a Budget w/Cooking Demo and Tasting
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12 PM - 2 PM
Impact Hub Baltimore 10 East North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Holistic Wellness and Health wants to help you be successful at eating better and spending less! Join us for a meal prep workshop and healthy cooking demonstration. Learn how to prepare delicious and nutritious plant-based meals on a budget. Samples will be provided. You will also receive healthy recipes, places to get food for low or no cost, shopping list and more.

Workshop Series: Starting a Small Farm (Baltimore County)
Every Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 - Mar 28, 2018
n this 10-part workshop series for beginning farmers, we’ll explore what it takes to be successful on a small-scale farm. Each session covers topics that apply to a variety of agricultural operations, including fruit and vegetable production. The featured topics are proven, essential components for ensuring farm profitability. 
-Envisioning Your Farm: Series kick-off and farmer panel
-Marketing Essentials: A Key to Farm Success
-Understanding a soil test report
-Crop rotation and crop planning
-Basic food safety practices and certifications for small farms
-Assessing farmland: what to look for to save yourself future headaches
-Learn and apply pest management strategies
-Financial Management for Highly Effective Small Farmers
-Beginning farmer experiences panel on business planning and land access

Charm City Farms Workshops
Baltimore, MD
February 3rd, 1 – 4 pm Friction Fire: Bow Drill
February 17th, 10 – 12 pm Tree Tapping
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 April 5, 12, 19 - Wild Ones Nature Exploration Homeschool Course
March 3rd, 10 – 1 pm - Tree Grafting
March 10th - Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant and Mushroom Walk
March 17th, 10 – 12 pm - Low Tech Mushroom Growing
March 17th, 2 – 4 pm - Mushroom Log Inoculation
April 14 - Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant and Mushroom Walk
Beginner Beekeeping Course Spring 2018 April 20, 27 & May 4, 11, 18, 25 from 7-9 pm

Centro Ashe Grassroots Herbal Apprenticeship 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)

Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center
3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755


3507 Enterprise RoadBowie, MD 20721
Enjoy an evening tour of the forest garden, see productive and ecologically functional plants working together, and taste some seasonal fruits and herbs.

Webinars and Online Courses

Food Hubs: Trends & Resources
Thursday, January 18, 12-1pm
Find out about the new USDA Food Hub Directory and other resources for food hubs.  

Community Food Rescue Safe Food Handling Webinar
Thu, January 18, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Test your knowledge on food safety at home and for participating in Community Food Rescue at one of our upcoming food safety trainings. We’ll have fun quizzes, mock food safety runs, and great information for anyone engaged in food recovery including CFR food runners and food recipient organizations’ staff and volunteers. Learn more about the state of food waste, hunger, and new Montgomery County plans to feed more and waste less. These 90-minute sessions will cover the basics of safe food handling and transportation Learn about the innovative programs on ending hunger and reducing waste in Montgomery County.

Preventing Food Waste Upstream: A Source Reduction Approach
November 16 - March 16 (Webinar is offered several times, see link for details)
The top tier of EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy is source reduction, which is reducing the volume of surplus food generated. Source Reduction can be challenging to understand, quantify and implement. Businesses and organizations can learn to effectively prevent wasted food by taking source reduction steps such as inventorying supplies, changing processes and buying less. This webinar will introduce progressive examples from a state agency and the business community that prevent wasted food at the source.

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
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

Chip-N : Volunteer Based Social Economy App
Chip’N is an app that rewards people who volunteer at registered events with rewards ranging from products from popular brands to tickets for a broad range of events and experiences. If anyone has events that need volunteers and would like to join Chip-N to register your event(s) as a place people can earn rewards by volunteering with you, please email darryl.perkins@gmail.com for more details.

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.

DC Local Grown CSAs
Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie or seedlings)


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

Common Good City Farm Market CSA

Little Red Botanicals Herbal CSA

Good Sense Farm Wild Food CSA

Ecocity Farms CSA

Cultivate the City (Produce & Seedlings)


2018 Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference
January 11-13, 2018
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Boulevard East
Hyattsville, MD 2078

Join us January 11-13, 2018 for Future Harvest CASA's 19th annual Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference! One of the largest sustainable ag conferences in the lower Mid-Atlantic, this robust winter gathering brings together farmers, chefs, advocates, and foodies for 3 full days of learning, networking, and good food.

Living in the Anthropocene: Earth in the Age of Humans 
Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM 
Fairlington Community Center, Room 118 
3308 S. Stafford St. Arlington, VA 22206  

ACE is pleased to sponsor a talk by Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Curator and Research Botanist W. John Kress, co-editor of “Living in the Anthropocene: Earth in the Age of Humans” (Smithsonian Books, 2017). In her foreword, Elizabeth Kolbert states: “We live in a world dominated by humans,” citing rapidly changing climate, reduced freshwater aquifers, disappearing forests, and record creature extinction rates.  “Living in the Anthropocene” presents 32 original essays to advance understanding of the complex causes and consequences of human-induced environmental change.

Feeding America Food Rescue Summit
Jan 23 - Jan 24
Liaison Capitol Hill, a Joie de Vivre Collection 415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

This Summit will bring together industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), policymakers and network partners with the goal of elevating work currently being done in food rescue and food waste reduction. Discussion on policy will be co-led by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.

Climate Change, Agriculture & Our Food
Presented by Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:00-8:30pm
Networking & Display Tables at 6:30 pm
Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Moderator: Tod Wickersham, President, Beneficial Results LLC
  • Changing Climate & Food Plants – Kirsten Buhls, Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Changing Climate & Insect Populations – Don Weber, USDA Research Entomologist
  • Adaptive Growing Techniques for our Gardens and Agriculture in General – Tod Wickersham
Free and open to the public.

Job and Apprenticeship Openings

Dreaming Out Loud Open Positions

Care about healthy food access? Want to support community economic development through food? Apply now to join the team at Dreaming Out Loud. Help us move good food in the community as a Supply Chain Manager, or support community food businesses as the DREAM Program Coordinator. Click the link below for job descriptions and how to apply! 


City Blossoms Internships
Fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces + innovative resources

Stone Barns Exchange Fellowships (New York)
The Stone Barns Exchange Fellowship is an award-based six-month program that brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals to collaborate on food system change. The program is designed to build community, tackle challenges and identify opportunities in the food system, take advantage of the Stone Barns campus as a laboratory, and support food leaders in their work. Fellows leave the program with a deeper understanding of agroecology, farm-driven cuisine, and how to advance these concepts through a systems approach to change.

Assistant Director of Public Works (Parks); Greenbelt, MD

The City of Greenbelt, MD, a progressive and diverse community of 21,000, is looking for an energetic and resourceful person to plan, organize and direct the programs, operations, services and staff of the Parks Division.  Manages related special events.  Develops, manages and maintains urban park space.  Bachelor’s degree in Parks Management or equivalent experience, and seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience.  Must have a Maryland Pesticide Applicators License and an Arborists Certification.  

Up Top Acres Site Manager
Up Top Acres seeks a Site Manager to help open and manage our newest rooftop farm in our network of soil-based rooftop farms in the Washington DC metropolitan area. 

Horace Mann Elementary School Garden Internship for the Winter/Spring gardening season
Horace Mann Elementary School, a DC public school, is seeking a garden interns for the Winter/Spring gardening seasons.  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 robust garden learning program rolling. Hours are flexible and at 1-15 hours a week.
Contact Amy Jagodnik, School Garden Coordinator at aj-arts@verizon.net, 202-361-1056

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


National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
Job Openings with NSAC Member Groups and Allies (please note this is not a full-service jobs board, but a listing only of relevant openings):

For sustainable farming internships and apprenticeships, check out the National Sustainable Agriculture Service’s interactive directory. http://sustainableagriculture.net/about-us/jobs/

Love and Carrots
We are currently hiring for the 2018 season! The openings below are for: Urban Farmer, Installation Crew, Seasonal Apprentice (unpaid).
Interested?  Email with your interest in the subject line to: garden@loveandcarrots.com

Chesapeake Regional Fellowship
ELP Fellowships offer intensive leadership and skills training, time for personal and professional reflection, and the opportunity to learn and collaborate with regional and national networks. Through immersive retreats, emerging leaders hone their leadership styles, improve their strategy and organizational development skills, and strengthen their capacity to work with diverse constituencies. With the assistance of professional coaching and peer learning, each Fellow develops a Personal and Professional Leadership Plan and structures to support that plan.

Casey Trees Staff and Fellowship Open Positions


Shop Made in DC Part-Time Cafe Associate
Shop Made in DC is seeking creative, energetic part-time cafe associates for a new retail, food + beverage concept coming to Dupont Circle, October 2017 . Hospitality experience required.  We are open 7 days a week, some weekend availability is necessary.  Please submit your resume, your overall availability (days/hours) and a bit about why you’re interested in working with us to info@shopmadeindc.com

Common Good City Farm Executive Director
The Executive Director is the primary steward of the organization’s mission, vision, programmatic direction, and resources. The ED works in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff to advance the organization’s mission, with strategic priorities of: ensuring sustainable management and production of our half-acre urban farm; fostering inclusive and equitable community engagement, creatively using the farm-site to promote community building; and upholding organizational capacity.
Little Wild Things Seasonal Farm Hand and Delivery Driver
Little Wild Things City Farm is looking for someone enthusiastic about growing local food with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture. This position will support our indoor microgreen production, outdoor farm production, assist with weekly deliveries, with potential to grow with us and take on more responsibility over time. 
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.

Urban Farmer Assistants & Farm Educations at Real Food Farm

  • Education Coordinator- Full Time Staff 
  • Conservation Educator- 900 Hour AmeriCorps

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


Grants and Funding
Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Grant
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Division of Health and Wellness is soliciting applications for the Nutrition Education and Physical Activity (NEPA) grant. The purpose of this grant is to build the capacity of schools to provide quality nutrition education and physical activity programming and services.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the pre-application conference on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education - District of Columbia Healthy Tots Wellness Grant
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Health and Wellness has released the Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the District of Columbia Healthy Tots Wellness Grant. The purpose of the Healthy Tots Wellness Grant is to support the dissemination of healthy eating, physical activity, and wellness programming in the D.C. early child care community. OSSE is awarding funding to entities that can provide technical assistance and help implement wellness programming at targeted community based child care facilities in the District of Columbia.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants
Deadline: Dec 31st
The Home Depot Foundation offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.

Environmental Education Mini Grants
Deadline: January 1st, 2018
The Chesapeake Bay Trust announces funds to support meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects and schoolyard habitat projects.  Eligibility: Independent school districts, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, private institutions of higher education, community-based organizations and Local Educational Agencies.

Financial Product Development for the DC Green Finance Authority ("DC Green Bank")
Deadline: 1/2/2018
(DOEE) Department of Energy and Environment announces funds to deliver to the future DC Green Bank Board of Directors a package of at least four financial products that could be offered by the DC Green Bank to fill current gaps in the DC green finance market.  Funds: $75,000 is available for awards  Contact: Department of Energy and Environment at DCGB.ProductDevelopm@dc.gov  Website: https://opgs.dc.gov/page/opgs-district-grants-clearinghouse

Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Grant
Pre-application conference on Tuesday, Jan. 9
The purpose of the grant is to build the capacity of schools to provide quality nutrition education and physical activity programming and services. The NEPA grant intends to achieve this goal by:

  1. Providing funding, technical assistance, and training to grantees in order for them to support schools in building, developing, and sustaining quality nutrition education and physical activity programming and services; and
  2. Increasing the delivery of training and professional development to educators in schools to consequently increase the delivery of nutrition education and physical activity programming and services to students.

Small Watershed and the Innovative and Nutrient Sediment Reduction for the Chesapeake Bay Program (EPA)
 Deadline: 1/14/2018
Environmental Protection Agency announces funds to support community-based efforts to develop conservation strategies to protect and restore the diverse natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.  
Funds: $60,000,000 is available for two awards  Contact: James Harget at hargett.james@epa.gov  Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

FY 2018 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Program (EPA)
Deadline: 1/26/2018
Environmental Protection Agency announces funds to provide funding for projects that develop the Network and enable timely, on-demand access to environmental data through innovative technologies, improved support systems, and expanded collaboration using shared tools and services.   Funds: $6,000,000 is available for 25 awards  Contact: Salena Reynolds at reynolds.salena@epa.gov  Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html  State Single Point of Contact: This grant is subject to "Intergovernmental Review" under EO 12372. Please go to http://opgs.dc.gov/spoc.asp for further information.

Community Stormwater Solutions Grants (DOEE)
Deadline: 1/26/2018
Department of Energy and Environment announces funds to provide start-up funding for community-oriented and -supported projects that improve the District's waterways and build capacity among community-based organizations and small businesses.   Funds: $200,000 is available for awards up to $20,000  Contact: Emily Rice at community.stormwater2018@dc.gov  Website: https://opgs.dc.gov/page/opgs-district-grants-clearinghouse

The GCA Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry
Application Deadline: January 31st
To advance the field of urban forestry by encouraging students to study the planning, management, horticulture and ecology of urban forests and the effect of healthy urban forests on people and the environment. Funds one or more students annually at $5,000 for study and research that will advance the knowledge of urban forestry and increase the number of scientists in the field. A recipient may apply for an additional year. Open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. institutions studying urban forestry, environmental studies, horticulture, forestry, or related courses of study with a special interest in urban forestry. Students must be enrolled during the academic year following the award decision.

Projects that Promote Horticulture Grant
Deadline: 2/1/2018
Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group announces funds to support projects that promote horticulture or have a positive ecological impact such as a schoolyard butterfly garden, the removal of invasive plants in public areas, planting trees in parks, or any greening effort in the field of horticulture.    
Funds: Awards are available up to $3,000  Contact: Hardy Plant Society/Mid-Atlantic Group at vicepresident@hardyplant.org  Website: http://www.hardyplant.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47:grants&catid=20:sitecontent&Itemid=13

Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EPA)
Deadline: 2/16/2018
Environmental Protection Agency announces funds to support community-based organizations in their efforts to collaborate and partner with local stakeholder groups (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical providers, and academia) as they develop and implement solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities.  
Funds: $1,200,000 is available  Contact: Jacob Burney at burney.jacob@epa.gov  Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

Environmental Literacy Grants (DOC) 
Deadline: 4/6/2018
Department of Commerce announces funds to support projects that will build the environmental literacy necessary for communities to become more resilient to extreme weather and other environmental hazards they face.  
Funds: $2,000,000 is available for six awards  Contact: Environmental Literacy Program grants team at oed.grants@noaa.gov  Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.htm


On-going Grants (no deadlines)

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.

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

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: 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
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).

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

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

Online source for lots of government grants in many areas


Gardening Tips of the Month

Now's the Time to Start Asking Seed Companies for 2017 Seed Donations

Seed companies can't sell the year before
seeds and often donate them

Check out the list of seed companies below

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