DUG Network
May 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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Check out the New User Friendly Updates on the DUG Network Website to Research over 500 DC Orgs and Resources

One Fair Wage DC: Support Better Wages and Help Reduce Harassment for Restaurant Workers by Voting Yes on Initiative 77 on June 19

Learn about the Journey and Environmental Impact of our Everyday Products with DCPS Recycles
Gail Taylor: Urban Farming Pioneer

Rebel Garden Tools has New Line of Tools


ROC: Better Wages Better Tips
Tuesday May 1 @ 12:00 
1100 Florida Ave. NW 2nd floor

Info session to learn why Initiative 77 or the raising of the tip worker minimum wage is so important.  Online verison:

Urge Councilmember Evans to support DC's "Save Good Food Amendment Act of 2017"

Help Arcadia Farms Fundraise for their Veteran Farmer Program

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

Practical Organic Gardening
Saturday May 5 - 10-11am
Old Takoma Ace Hardware
7001 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912

Yes you CAN garden organically, and Mark of The Organic Mechanics Soil Company will show you how with an engaging, fun, down-to earth presentation that will empower you to go forth and garden with confidence! 
Practical Organic Gardening presentation covers:
∙ Why we should consider organic gardening in our backyard gardens
∙ Soil health and soil biology
∙ Soil fertility and organic fertilizers
∙ Plant smarter not harder - tips for a successful organic garden,
both vegetable and ornamental
∙ Insect and disease ID and controls
∙ Container gardening and using the 3 R’s in the garden
(Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)

Field Botany: Basics of Plant Identification
Saturday, May 5 at 10 AM - 5 PM
2437 15th Street Northwest, Washington

Learn the basics of plant identification with DC-based herbalist botanist, and forager Holly Poole-Kavana. This class will be taught in two sections: the morning will consist of an indoor presentation of the basic concepts of botany and the plant characteristics used in field identification, illustrated with close-up photographs. 

Cultivate the City Workshops


Bee Care Institute
1400 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC 20017    
Wed, May 23 - Colony Increase 
Sat, May 12, 1pm – 4pm - Queen Rearing 
Sun, May 13, 10am – 4pm - Queen Rearing
Wed, May 16, 6pm – 8pm - Colony Increase
Wed, May 23, 6pm – 8pm - Colony Increase
Wed, May 30, 6pm – 8pm - Colony Increase

May 3, 5-7:30 PM - Bertie Backus Community Build Day
May 5, 9– 2:00 PM - P.R. Harris Urban Food Hub Spring Launch
July 18, 4– 6:00 p.m. - Propagation Clinic: Fall Crops
July 21, 10– 2:00 p.m. - Propagation Clinic: Fall Crops

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.

  • May 30th - Farm to School Gathering 4:30-6:30pm K Street Farm
  • May 25th  - Cooking with Kids Teacher Workshop
  • June 15th - Rocklands Teacher Farm Field Trip

US Botanical Gardens
100 Maryland Ave SW
Thursdays, May 3  - COOKING DEMO: Fruitful Harvest 
Friday, May 4 - Exploring the Magical World of Moss Gardening
Monday, May 7 - Medicinal and Poisonous Plants at the USBG
Saturday, May 12 - The Humane Gardener: Cultivating
Thursdays, May 24  - COOKING DEMO: Fruitful Harvest Compassion for All Creatures

National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 
May 12, 10-12pm  - Great Looking Lawns using Bay-Friendly Practices

Casey Trees
May 5 - Volunteer: McKinley Technology High School Tree Planting
May 12  - Volunteer: Fairland Orchard Tree Planting
May 12 - Volunteer: Paradise Apartments Tree Planting
May 12 -Park Inventory: Fort Reno
May 19  - Volunteer: Suitland Parkway Tree Planting
May 23  - Park Inventory: Market Park and Marion Park
For more info and to view volunteer tree planting events: http://caseytrees.org/events

MD (Greater DC)

Behnkes Workshops
11300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville MD

  • May 19 - 10:00 am - Growing Fresh Herbs – What, When, Where & How
  • May 19 - 1:00 pm - Growing Fresh Herbs – What, When, Where & How


Sky House Yoga Plant Identification and Medicinal Herb Walk with Ashley Litecky Elenbaas
Date: May 12, 2018, From 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Rachel Carson Greenway Trail at 10700 Colesville Rd 
Identifying plants in the wild is wonderful way to learn 'Natura Sophia' or, the "Wisdom of Nature."  During this plant walk clinical herbalist, Ashley Litecky Elenbaas will teach you how to identify basic plant families and teach you how to safely sample some of natures greatest medicines.During this plant walk you will learn how to identify local medicinal plants and simple ways to prepare these plants into usable medicines. 

Northern VA (Greater DC)  

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia
Various locations
Tuesday, May 1, 7–8:30 p.m - Problem Plants and Better Alternatives, DIY Sustainable Yard Series, Pt 5
Tuesday, May 1, 7–8:30 p.m. - Small Space Gardening on Balconies
Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m.–3 p.m - Glencarlyn Spring Celebration and Plant Sale
Tuesday, May 8, 7–8:30 p.m - Sowing the Seeds of Victory: War Gardens in America
Tuesday, May 8, 11 a.m.–12 noon - Simpson Gardens Stroll
Saturday, May 12, 9:30–11:00 a.m. - Weeds: Getting to Know Your “Closest Neighbors:”
Saturday, May 12, 3–4:30 p.m. - Small Space Gardening: Edible Landscaping
Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.–12 noon - Saturday Morning in the Vegetable Garden
Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. - Green Spring’s Plant Sale and Spring Garden Day
Tuesday, May 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Learn about Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training
Thursday, May 31, 3–4:30 p.m.- Mosquitoes and Ticks: Identification and Control
More information at mgnv.org

Fairfax County, Virginia Parks
Various Locations
May 4 - Garden Talk: Rock Gardening
May 5 - Plants & Design: Hummingbird Garden
May 5 - Family Fun: Worm Workshop
May 5 - Smart Phone Nature Photography
May 7 - Garden Sprouts: Nature's Playgroup
May 12 - Carnivorous Plants Container Workshop
May 12 - Floral Design Workshop Tropical Flowers 
May 13 - Mother’s Day Tea

VCE Plant Clinics
The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic is now open from 6:45-8:45 pm, every Wednesday through October 24 and is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N. Quincy St. The Arlington Farmers’ Market Plant Clinic will open every Saturday morning from 8-11 am, beginning April 21 and operating through September 29, and is located at N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd.  The Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic, located at 203 E. Oxford Ave, Alexandria from 8:30-11am, will open Saturday, May 5 and runs through September 29.  The Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic, located at 301 King St., Alexandria, 7-9:30 am, will open Saturday, May 5 and runs through September 29.

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.

Merrifield Garden Center
(Merrifield, Fair Oaks, Gainesville)
Saturday, May 5, 10 am - What’s New with Magnolias and Hydrangeas?
Sunday, May 6, 1 pm - Wildlife Habitats: A Naturalist’s Garden
Saturday, May 12, 10 am - Uncommon Cut Flowers


Culinary Workshops


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.
May 16th — Sales and Social Media Tips + Tricks
**Each class is $20 

YMCA Cooking Classes
Various locations
Click on the link below for full list of cooking classes

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

Wednesday, May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Crossing Borders: Sushi Rolling
Saturday, May 5 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Brunch & Bubbly: Spanish Chorizo + Sweet Potato Pancakes!
Click on the link below for full listing of cooking classes

Culinaerie Cooking Classes
1131 14th Street NW
Check the link for full listing of cooking classes

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.
Monday, May 21: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 25: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, June 25: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 27: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, June 29: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Check the link for all the available times this course is offered.

Unique Workshops Outside Greater DC

Charm City Farms Workshops
Baltimore, MD
May 6th, 9 – 12 pm - Morel Hunt
May 12th - Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant and Mushroom Walk
May 13th, 11 – 1 pm - Advanced Beekeeping – Hive Split
May 26th, 10 – 12 pm - Low Tech Mushroom Growing
May 26th, 1 – 2 pm - Mushroom Log Inoculation
June 2nd, 10 – 1 pm - Tulip Poplar Bark Baskets
June 9th - Edible, Medicinal, & Useful Plant And Mushroom Walk
June 16th, 10 – 12 pm - Mushroom Growing 101: Beyond Low-Tech
July 8 & 22 August 5 & 19 September 2 & 16 from 10am- 2pm - The Forager’s Apprentice – Summer 2018
September 1, 2, 15, 16, 29, 30 October 13, 14, 27, 28 November 3, 4 - Permaculture Design Certification Course – Fall 2018

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
May 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Forested Futures: Permaculture for Youth – May 2018 (6 sessions)
May 12 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Youth Foraging Series: Papermaking with Embedded Flowers – May 12th 2018
May 12 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Fox Haven Food and Medicine Foragers Series: Twisting Vines
May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Spring Fermentation
June 3 @ 2:30 am - 5:30 pm - Vegan Cheese Making Class: June 3rd

Forested Permaculture Design Certificate Course
May 19-20: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM 
3507 Enterprise RoadBowie, MD 20721
In this twelve-day course over the span of nine months, you will plunge deeply into the vision and practice of creating dynamic and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. The teaching team will offer lectures, site walks, experiential exercises and skills training to help you understand how the structure, functions, and successional processes of natural forests apply in the design of edible ecosystems.

Collaborative Marketing: Farm-to-Farm & Farm-to-Chef
Thu, May 10, 2018 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Blades Orchards 4822 Preston Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632
Attend these two networking events to connect with other Delmarva farmers, discuss cooperative sales strategies, and learn to sell to chefs! Join us at Blades Orchard, 4822 Preston Rd., Federalsburg, MD 21632.
Organized in partnership with the Delmarva Farmer’s Union (DFU) and sponsored by the Historic Lewes Farmers Market and Blades Orchards. Featured speakers include Bill Clifton of Henlopen City Oyster House and Peggy Fogarty of Keystone Development Center.

Webinars and Online Courses

The Living Architecture Academy - Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
The Living Architecture Academy is dedicated to bringing you the best, most up to date professional training information on design, installation and maintenance practices. Register today to begin earning your Green Roof Professional accreditation; enhance your knowledge of Net Zero Water systems; and more, with new courses being added regularly. Courses are certified for CEU's for your GRP designation, as well as other professional designations such as AIA, ASLA, and more.

MId-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST Cost is FREE
5/9/18: How to Avoid the Probate Process 
5/23/18: Food Marketing Trends 
6/13/18: Holy Hashtag

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.

Everything About Orchids
Now–May 6, 2018
Free online Open Course

Join us for a new learning experience at Longwood Gardens. We are excited to present Everything About Orchids to our guests as a free online open course. Whether you are new to orchids or a seasoned grower, this class will offer valuable insights from the experts at Longwood Gardens, one of the great gardens of the world.

Mid-Atlantic Composting and Compost Use Webinar Series: Webinar 12 – Compost Marketing, Integration and Summary
Friday, May 18 at 2:00 pm EDT - 3:15 pm EDT
Please join us for the twelfth and final webinar in our year-long Composting and Compost Use series. In this webinar, the presenters will describe how to identify and appeal to various markets for compost through a largely facilitated discussion. We will provide an integrative summary of the content of the course and entertain questions. There is no charge for this webinar, but registration is required. Register for the Marketing, Integration and Summary webinar.

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


Buy Seedlings

The Hiding Place Seedling Sale
The Hiding Place is a  small urban farm right on the edge of Deanwood in northeast DC. Throughout the spring, we'll be selling gardening seedlings for $2-$4 to offset some seed costs. Right now we have Kale and Collard Green seedlings. Soon we'll have herbs and other spring and summer seedlings available. Please email  hidingplacedc@gmail.com if interested and to find out our current stock!
Spring Gardening seedlings available

Mighty Greens Seedlings Sale
The business is run as a part of City Blossoms' Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative program, with students earning money from every sale. Support these young entrepreneurs and set yourself up with great plants this growing season! This year we are excited to be offering a 30% discount on all bulk orders (20 or more seedlings in the same price tier).  If you are interested in setting up a bulk order email program manager Malka Roth (malka@cityblossoms.org) with your order by Thursday, March 15th. We are offering the following varieties:
SPRING CROPS: $1.50 per seedling (available starting April 10th)
Red Russian Kale
Toscano Kale
Collard Greens
Swiss Chard
SUMMER CROPS: $2.50 per seedling (available starting May 1st)
several varieties of:
Sweet Peppers
Hot Peppers
FLOWERS: $3 per seedling (available starting April 24th)
HERBS: $3 per seedling (available starting May 1st)
Genovese Basil
Sweet Thai Basil
Red Rubi Purple Basil


Volunteer Opportunities

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. 

Girard Children’s Community Garden:
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
1480 Girard St NW, WDC 20009

Marion Street Intergenerational Garden:
Tuesday and Thursdays
1519 Marion St, NW, WDC 20001

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.

Future open hour sign up
If you have any questions, please email Mary Alice at maryalice@dcgreens.org

Volunteer with Casey Trees Planting Events

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


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
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.

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.     


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.

Local CSAs
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

Community Foodworks Market Share CSA

Up Top Acres Rooftop Grown CSA

Brainfood Test Kitchen CSA

Owl's Nest Farm 

Ecocity Farms CSA

Cultivate the City (Produce & Seedlings)

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


ROC: Better Wages Better Tips
Tuesday May 1 @ 12:00 
1100 Florida Ave. NW 2nd floor

Info session to learn why Initiative 77 or the raising of the tip worker minimum wage is so important. 
Online verison:

FoodStat Launch & Food Security Plan Update - Montgomery County Food Council
Tue, May 1, 2018 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Executive Office Building Auditorium, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850

Please join our community for the launch of the new FoodStat website, a publicly accessible, interactive food security data analysis tool that will, for the first time, synthesize all relevant data available in order to:

Field Botany: Basics of Plant Identification
Saturday, May 5 at 10 AM - 5 PM
Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th Street Northwest

Learn the basics of plant identification with DC-based herbalist botanist, and forager Holly Poole-Kavana. This class will be taught in two sections: the morning will consist of an indoor presentation of the basic concepts of botany and the plant characteristics used in field identification, illustrated with close-up photographs. The afternoon will be spent outdoors observing real-life examples of the concepts from the morning presentation, learning to recognize common plant families, and practicing ID with a key.

Reduce Food Waste, Feed More People
Tuesday, May 8 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Takoma Park Neighborhood Library | 416 Cedar Street, NW | Washington, DC 20012 | (202)-576-7252

Joshua Singer from the DC Food Recovery Working Group and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation will make a presentation on food recovery policies, organizations, and resources in the DC area. Food recovery involves strategies that reduce food waste, such as proper food storage, donating food, composting, and gleaning.
Check out more events @ dclibrary.org/takomapark

Beyond Farmers Markets: A Look at Food Hubs
Thursday, May 10, 7 – 8:30 pm (Networking and display tables at 6:30 pm)
Arlington Central Library – Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St.
Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture is hosting a meeting on Beyond Farmers Markets: A Look at Food Hubs. A panel discussion will explore local food delivery systems, food hubs and regional trends, and discuss how we get nutritious food to all. Ellie Bomstein from Wallace Center at Winrock International will moderate a panel of local food distributers and producers.
For more info: arlingtonurbanag.org

Botanical Watercolor Workshop with Maryanne Pollock
Friday, May 11 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Shop Made In DC
1330 19th Street Northwest

International artist and DC local, Maryanne Pollock will take you on a journey during this very special watercolor class and teach you how to draw from nature! You will complete a beautiful botanical watercolor while learning techniques like transparent washes, and how to bring a painting to life with detailed brushwork! You'll look at some great examples from Art History and have a still life from which to work if you wish. Super fun and relaxing even for a beginner!

Garden Mart Plant Sale hosted by the Silver Spring Garden Club
Saturday, May 12 at 9 AM - 1 PM
Brookside Gardens
1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, Maryland 20902

Rain or Shine - Cash or Check Only 
* Perennials Herbs Annuals Shrubs 
Native Plants Heirloom Tomatoes House Plants 
Bedding Plants Vegetables Hanging Baskets and much more*
Think: Mother’s Day Gifts!

Candidates' Food Forum
Tue, May 15, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
NPR - 1111 North Capitol Street Northeast

The Candidates' Food Forum will bring together candidates for city-wide Council seats to share their ideas and positions on DC food system issues. Candidates will answer questions about food justice and health equity; school food and nutrition; urban agriculture; economic development and more.

DCPS School Food Advisory Board - Second Meeting
Wednesday, May 30 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Savoy Elementary School
2400 Shannon Pl SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20020
DC Public Schools’ Food and Nutrition Services Team and DC Greens are working together to convene a School Food Advisory Board made up of members of the school community including parents, students, food service personnel, teachers and non-profit partners. The meetings will provide a collaborative space for DCPS Food and Nutrition Services leadership to share updates and receive feedback from YOU. By working together, we can continue enhancing our school meals program to ensure that food served is tasty, nutritious, and culturally relevant.
Maryland Lavender Festival
Saturday, June 16 at 9 AM - 4 PM
Springfield Manor Winery, Distillery, & Brewery
Maryland Lavender Festival hosted by Springfield Manor Winery, Distillery, & Brewery. Join us for a day in the lavender field. Enjoy picturesque views, vendors, live music, food trucks, glasses and bottles of wine, pints & growlers of beer, handcrafted distilled spirits, educational seminars & demonstrations. Relax in the fragrant field, photograph the scenery, and shop the artisan vendors. Gifts, plants, dried lavender, and freshly cut bundles will be available for purchase.

Job and Apprenticeship Openings

DC Greens Community Engagement Specialist
The Community Engagement Specialist will coordinate city-wide outreach and communications for the Produce Plus program, manage our team of Market Champions, and support our Community Advocates program and policy team

Capital Area Food Bank Open Positions

  • Special Assistant to the CEO
  • Food Donations Coordinator
  • Partnership Coordinator DC
  • Coordinator - Commodity Supplemental Food Program - Part-time
  • Director - Commodity Supplemental Food Program  
  • Program Coordinator - Weekend / Brown Bag

The Good Food Institute Senior Policy Specialist
GFI’s Senior Policy Specialist will level the playing field for plant-based and clean meat alternatives in Washington, working closely with GFI staff and other nonprofit organizations on GFI’s legislative and regulatory priorities.

City Blossoms Summer Internships
As part of City Blossoms’ commitment to helping a new crop of community leaders, growers, and educators take shape, we offer hands-on internships for students and recent(ish) grads, or anyone with a passion for learning. Internships require approximately 18-20 hours a week, and include a small stipend. Each internship runs for approximately 12 weeks.  All internships are project-based and participants work directly with staff, children, and community members. https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit-internship/35c3c19c7f6d4a14a26d12401b5db29c-spring-internships-city-blossoms-washington?

AlmaVerde is hiring Sustainable Gardeners for Summer-Fall 2018.
AlmaVerde LLC is a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) that specializes in sustainable gardening. We create, restore and maintain gardens in an eco-friendly way.  Our services include installation of raingardens and native plant gardens in homes of the Washington DC region. If you like gardening, exploring nature and helping our water resources, apply to join our team. Click here for job description and how to apply. http://www.almaverdegardening.com/we-are-hiring.html

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

Thurgood Marshall Academy Garden Intern Summer 2018
The school garden at Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) is seeking a temporary part-time garden intern from May-August 2018.  You will not be responsible for working with students of either TMA or Savoy Elementary, however you must be able to pass a background check.  We estimate a confident gardener would require 6-8 hours of garden work per week.  You will receive a stipend of $500-$650 depending on level of experience and successful completion of the season. This position will run from May through August. To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to Sara Carnochan at scarnochan@tmapchs.org

Food Recovery Verified Fellow 2018-2020
Food Recovery Network (FRN) is seeking a motivated person dedicated to continuous learning to join our National team for a two-year Fellowship. The Fellowship is comprised of two parts: The first year Fellowship is a 12-month commitment, and the second year is an additional 12-months with a higher degree of responsibility. Preference is given to individuals who can commit to both years. The Fellowship is designed to build upon the first year to offer more responsibility and projects of increased complexity, and we are looking for a person who will support the ever-strengthening and growing bonds across our Network.

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. 

Montgomery County Food Council
The Montgomery County Food Council is recruiting for an AmeriCorps VISTA! The VISTA would collaborate with the Food Council and its partners to implement anti-hunger strategies and support community leaders in identifying food-resource barriers and developing comprehensive end-hunger plans.
Find full details on the position here. Please note that the application deadline is 5pm on May 7th, 2018. The application can be found here.

Accokeek Foundation Hiring Seasonal Farm Assistant
The Accokeek Foundation is seeking a Seasonal Farm Assistant with a passion and commitment to stewardship and sustainability to work at the Ecosystem Farm, National Colonial Farm, and Museum Garden.

Arcadia’s Mobile Market Jobs
Help bring local, affordable, fresh food to food insecure neighborhoods across DC!


ECO City Farms Spring/Summer Farm Apprenticeship
ECO’s apprenticeships present an immersive, hands-on opportunity to learn about sustainable urban agriculture by working directly with experienced farm staff. Apprenticeships are for those who are dedicated to coming to the farm in all weather to get real-hands farm experience. Apprenticeships are a weekly 6-hour min commitment and run from March-September. Apprentices receive produce, participate in trainings and can work on an independent study project on the farm.

Food Recovery Network Operations Coordinator
College Park, MD
Food Recovery Network (FRN), the largest student movement against food waste and hunger, is seeking an Operations Coordinator. The role ensures the day-to-day functioning of FRN and is key to supporting a vibrant, fast-paced, and creative office so that our full team can focus on the mission of decreasing food waste at the source and feeding people, not landfills. The Operations Coordinator must be excited about creating and maintaining processes and procedures that ensure efficiency, promote cost savings, and improve FRN’s ability to work effectively. The Operations Coordinator needs to love details. The role is both internally-facing to support the day-to-day of FRN as well as externally-facing to build and manage relationships with FRN’s many vendors and stakeholders.

Walton Family Foundation - Environmental Program Officer
The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated and entrepreneurial individual to join the Washington, D.C., office as a program officer for the Mississippi River team.

La Montanita: Quality Assurance Specialist
The Quality Assurance Specialist maintains all Quality Management Systems related to La Montañita’s Distribution Center (DC). This position also oversees La Montañita’s Group GAP program, which is a mechanism for local growers to secure Harmonized GAP food safety certification. These two functions will help to ensure La Montañita’s compliance with established laws, regulations, policies and procedures, as well as address risk management expectations from the marketplace.

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

  • Director of Government Relations and Advocacy - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Associate, Corporate Partnerships - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Donor Operations Manager - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Development Coordinator, New England - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Associate, Center for Best Practices - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Manager, No Kid Hungry Maryland - Baltimore, Maryland
  • Controller - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Corporate Partnerships Summer 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Youth Engagement Summer 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Development & Events Summer 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • NKH Program Team Summer 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Digital Product Manager - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Prospect Research Analyst - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters® AmeriCorps National Direct Program - multiple locations,


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


Strawberries and Salad Greens Day Intern
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Contact elysia.dicamillo@dc.gov for more information.

Casey Trees Staff and Fellowship Open Positions


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.

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

DC Central Kitchen Open Jobs

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


Grants and Funding

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

Agriculture in the Classroom Program
Deadline: May 1

The Request for Applications for National Institute of Food and Agriculture's  Agriculture in the Classroom Program funding is now out. Programs emphasized include: Agriculture and Science literacy; Agricultural careers; Nutrition; and, Pre-service and professional develop opportunities for teachers. View the Request for Applications here!

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.

Farmers Market Promotion Program (USDA)
Deadline: 5/7/2018
Department of Agriculture announces funds to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourist activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.  Eligibility: City or township governments, county governments, state governments, nonprofit organizations and DC government agencies   Funds: $13,000,000 is available for 60 awards up to $500,000

Local Food Promotion Program (USDA)
Deadline: 5/7/2018
Department of Agriculture announces funds to increase domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to Local and Regional Food Business Enterprises, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of Local and Regional Food Business Enterprises.  Eligibility: City or township governments, county governments, state governments, nonprofit organizations and DC government agencies   Funds: $13,000,000 is available for 60 awards up to $500,000  Contact: FMLFPP Staff at (202) 720-0933 or USDALFPPQuestions@ams.usda.gov  Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html  

Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Training Program (HHS)
Deadline: 5/7/2018
Department of Health and Human Services announces funds to establish and enhance nutrition centers of excellence that will improve access to comprehensive, community-based, nutrition-centered, and culturally competent coordinated care by increasing the availability of practitioners trained in maternal and child health nutrition that are able to meet the needs of maternal and child health populations.  Eligibility: Public and state controlled institutions of higher education and private institutions of higher education  Funds: $1,825,000 is available for eight awards  Contact: Meredith Morrissette, MPH at (301) 443-6392 or mmorrissette@hrsa.gov  Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html  Grant ID: GD7833

Lowe's Foundation Community Partner Grants
Deadline: 5/11/2018
Funds to support high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements.  Eligibility: City or township governments, county governments, nonprofit organizations and DC government agencies   Funds: Awards are available up to $100,000  Contact: Community Relations at (704) 758-2917 or Community@Lowes.com  Website: https://newsroom.lowes.com/apply-for-a-grant/

DC Health Mini Grants
Thursday, May 31, 2018
DC Health is issuing $2,000-$5,000 mini grants to support one-time health oriented events between June and September 30. If you are contemplating a health related event at market, this could be a nice funding mechanism.  Health-related is not restricted to clinical health. i.e. healthy recipe is fine, it need not be blood pressure screenings.

National Education Association Foundation Grants
Deadline: June 1

Offered by the National Education Association Foundation, Student Achievement Grants are for projects that help students learn how to think critically and solve problems in order to improve student learning. Learning & Leadership Grants are for professional development opportunities for individuals or groups. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. Learn more here!

Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health
Application Deadline: June 07, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET
Policies for Action was created to help build the evidence base for policies that can help build a Culture of Health. We are interested in learning how national, state or local policies can promote lifelong health and health equity for individuals, families, and communities; as well as what enabling factors promote the adoption and spread of good policies. Scholars and other experts from any field can help us understand how policies influence, both positively and negatively, the many potential drivers of population health, well-being, and equity. We welcome proposals that will investigate public and private policies from a range of political ideologies and perspectives. By policies, we mean not just laws and regulations at the local, state, and federal level, but also private sector practices, such as those affecting workplaces, neighborhood and community development, and family stability. Both public and private sector policies and practices can significantly impact a person’s health. These policies and practices might be related to health care; public health; education and training; housing and community development; civil rights; transportation and planning; labor and employment; taxes and spending. Additional information on this program can be found at policiesforaction.org.

Patagonia Environmental Grants
Deadline: 8/31/2018
Patagonia Corporate Foundation announces funds to support provocative direct-action agendas, working strategically on multipronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations  Funds: Awards are available up to $20,000 Contact: Patagonia Corporate Foundation at grants@patagonia.com Website: http://www.patagonia.com/corporate-funding-guidelines.html 

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)

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.

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


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