DUG Network
Mid-March 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 the Recording of the DC Greens Webinar: Walking the Path towards Community Ownership: Lessons from the D.C. Food System

Check Out ReThread DC, the District of Columbia’s Textile Reuse & Recovery Initiative

Check Out DC Water's Green Infrastructure Training Program "Clean River Project"

Produce Plus Distributor Application 2018
Produce Plus provides access to fresh produce for low-income DC residents who receive Medicaid, Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (Medicare QMB), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Senior Grocery Plus, or SSI Disability. Eligible DC residents are able to get $10 two times per week to spend on fresh produce. For the 2018 Season, only distributors, customers, vendors and products that meet the criteria on this link will be allowed to participate in the program.

Need a Place to Garden in Ward 7?
New DPR Marvin Gaye Community Garden - 15 61st Street NE (East of the River) Brand new DPR community garden with fully ADA accessible raised beds. public garden and fruit trees. Contact: joshua.singer@dc.gov

Chesapeake Herb Gathering is Now Accepting Workshop Proposals

Congrats on the Winning Rooting DC DUG Tshirt Raffle Number.  If you have this ticket number please email Drew@DUGnetwork.org to get your tshirt


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

Single Day DC Student Mobilization: Time's Up Wendy's March
Mar 15 at 9 AM to Mar 16 at 12 AM
Georgetown University
- 3700 O St NW
Join us in marching in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers on Thursday March 15th in New York City. We will be taking vans up from DC to NYC for the action at 5pm and coming back to DC after the action is over. This is open to everyone, not only students.
Why we are Mobilizing:
For years, farmworkers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their allies have called on Wendy’s to join all of its major competitors in the Presidential Medal-winning Fair Food Program, a uniquely successful approach to eliminating human rights abuses in the agricultural industry. Instead of joining the Program, Wendy’s has taken its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, gender-based violence, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections. 


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

Free Registration at this Link.  Must attend all 15 classes for certification.

Culitvate the City Workshops
Saturday, March 24 - Bonsai for Beginners! Open Workshop with Barry Figard
Saturday, March 31 - Indoor Container Gardening
Saturday, April 7 - Plant Up Your Sentiments
Saturday, April 14 - Mealworm Education
Saturday, April 21 - Hydroponics & Vertical Gardening
Sunday, April 22 - Earth Day Seedling Swap

AIA Designing for Human Health and Wellbeing
Monday, March 26 - 5:00pm-8:00pm
District Architecture Center

Join AIA|DC and Helena van Vliet, AIA, for this workshop that draws on science and human biology to explore the design of neurologically restorative spaces and places. During the first half of the workshop, van Vliet will provide the building blocks of a biophilic design methodology grounded in evolutionary biology, cognitive neuroscience, and the direct embodied experience of inhabiting place. During the second half of the workshop participants will be invited to engage in a guided ‘biophilic intervention’ exercise, followed by discussion.

Common Good City Farm Herbalism 101 Series
Every Wednesday from April 4 to May 23 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Common Good City Farm
300 V Street Northwest

Dive deeper into a holistic plant study for medicine: learn how to form a relationship to learning about plants, learn how plants can be used in a holistic approach to gaining health, and learn how to choose plants for healing with this 8 week course taught by April Rameé of Antler Alchemy at Common Good City Farm. **Each week, a new plant will be provided for each student to enjoy and add this plant to their personal materia medica.

UDC CAUSES Propagation Clinics
The clinics will cover the basic principles of vegetable plant propagation and serve as a general reference for herbaceous propagation. The hands-on clinics will also cover how to improve germination, potting mix/containers, watering, transplanting and preventing plant diseases.
Summer Crops 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.

Bee Care Institute
1400 Quincy St NE, Washington, DC 20017    
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.  
Beginning Beekeeping (Short Course) 100 level for Newbees

Foraging for Seasonal Berries and Strawberry Cultivation 101
Sunday, May 20 at 10 AM
Have an adventure while learning how to forage freely for mulberries, serviceberries, wild onions, lambs quarters and much more! You will also learn about your vertical growing techniques and some of the unique ways in which we have been able to maintain a local strawberry harvest all year long! We will be meeting up at 10 AM at a location in NE, DC. We will enjoy refreshments with home grown ingredients, tour the garden space, and then venture out on a forage walk where we will definitely encounter mulberries and servicesberries amongst other seasonal produce growing all around us. Come prepared to share some recipes on how you'll want to preserve your haul- You can keep what you collect! Great for drinks, jams or just snacking.

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.

  • March 17th and 18th Two Day LifeLab Growing Classroom Workshop at Oak Spring (for MD and VA teachers only) REGISTER HERE
  • 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
Mar 15 - Teacher Training: How Plants Work for Elementary School Teachers
Mar 22 - Cooking Demonstration: Mushroom March
Mar 22 - Tour: Marvelous Morphology: Leaves
Mar 24 - Special Program: Botanical Cocktail Complements: Herbal Tonics, Bitters, Shrubs, and Sodas

National Arboretum
March 24, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm - Lahr Symposium Native Plants: Biodiversity in Managed Landscapes
March 24,  8:30 am – 2:00 pm - Native Plant Sale

Casey Trees
3030 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
For more info and to view volunteer tree planting events: http://caseytrees.org/events

MD (Greater DC)

UMD Grow It Eat It Spring 2018 Open House
Sat, April 28, 2018
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855

Come join us for fun event about growing anything edible! Visit our garden, meet with our Master Gardener consultants, attend classes, demonstrations, tables of information, and visit our plant sale!  We will have the following classes:

- Demonstrations in our garden
- Experts to answer edible gardening questions and help plan this year’s garden.

- Large Plant sale from local suppliers starts at 11am
- Children's Programs

Behnkes Workshops
March 24th - Noon – 2pm
11300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville MD

  • March 17 - 11:00 am Hardy Jasmine, Gardenias & Daphne
  • March 24 - Noon – 2:00pm“Potting Party” with Early Spring Flowers
  • March 25 - 1:00 pmSmall Space Vegetable Gardening
  • April 21 - 3:00 pm - The Beauty & Benefits of Using Native Plants
  • April 29 - 1:00 pm - Creating a Rain Garden
  • May 19 - 10:00 am - Growing Fresh Herbs – What, When, Where & How
  • May 19 - 1:00 pm - Growing Fresh Herbs – What, When, Where & How


Northern VA (Greater DC)

Microgreens: What Are They, Why They Are So Fabulous, and How to Grow Them
Tues., March. 20, 7 – 8 pm,
Shirlington Library
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

Microgreens – You’ve likely seen them, but what makes them so good for you?  Join us in this popular class to learn their many benefits, and some simple ways to grow these delicious, nutritious and inexpensive baby plants and sprouts in your own home.
Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org.
Questions,telephone 703-228-6414 or email mgarlalex@gmail.com 

Vegetable Gardening Part 3: Manage and Maintain Your Vegetable Garden
Thursday, March. 22, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Burke Branch Library
4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria 22304
Saturday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Westover Branch Library
1644 N. McKinley Road, Arlington VA 22205

Discover simple, earth-friendly and smart gardening practices, like crop rotation and intercropping, to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects and to control common garden pests.  Learn to identify diseases and how to manage them. You’ll also pick up tips on space-saving techniques for small gardens. (Class is offered twice)
Free. Advance registration requested at mgnv.org.
Questions, telephone 703-228-6414 or
email mgarlalex@gmail.com

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)



Culinary Workshops

Chocolate Making Class with Chocotenango
Friday, March 30 at 6 PM - 8:30 PM
Shop Made In DC
1330 19th Street Northwest
Learn how to make chocolate with Ismael Neggaz, co-owner and Chocolatier at Washington DC's Chocotenango during this very special event! A 2.5 hour class covers: the History of chocolate, all about chocolate (white versus dark, what makes chocolate ‘good’ chocolate, etc), the tempering process by hand, making lollipops in molds, packaging of lollipops, decorating and final knowledge test activity.

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.

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
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

Click on link below for full listing of cooking classes

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

Unique Workshops Outside Greater DC

Future Harvest: 2018 Starting a Small, Intensive Commercial Farm for Local Markets 
March 21 Crop rotation and crop planning   
March 28 Beginning farmer experiences panel on business planning and land access   

Organic Growers School: 9 Day Trip to Cuba
March 26 - April 3rd

Chesapeake Permafest's Seedcamp: Sharing The Vision (And Some Skills)
Apr 27 at 6 PM to Apr 29 at 7 AM
Honey's Harvest Farm
5801 Brooks Woods Road, Lothian, Maryland 20711

Come join us as we take the permaculture movement in the Chesapeake bay region to the next level. We are calling on the people who's hearts are on fire for a new way of living, and who's minds are eager to clear the path forward. We are putting together a gathering that is 100% by the people and for the people. A gathering that is strictly by donation, volunteer run, and completely transparent in all economic aspects. And most importantly a gathering that empowers people with the skills, knowledge and community connections that will help us to create a more connected way of life, in the mid Atlantic and all over the world.

Charm City Farms Workshops
Baltimore, MD
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

Foraged Herbal First Aid Kit: April 14th
Saturday, April 14 at 11 AM - 3 PM
Fox Haven Farm & Retreat Center
3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, Maryland 21755

Join Katelyn of Hey Thanks! Herbal Co as she forages for her favorite early spring Herbal First Aid Kit components. There will be lots of plant ID, harvesting, nibbling and creating. You’ll go home with ideas for your own First Aid Kit and a salve to go in it!


Forested Permaculture Design Certificate Course
March 24-25, April 21-22, 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.

Webinars and Online Courses

Can urban agriculture help create a more sustainable foodscape?
March 21 - 2-3pm
Join Island Press and Food Tank co-founder Danielle Nierenberg for a webinar featuring Michael Carolan, author of No One Eats Alone, for a conversation on how urban agriculture can be used as a means to bridge the spatial and social distances in our current food system. Michael will be joined by:


Non-Profit Boot Camp: Fundraising Fundamentals with Diana Abellera and Aimee Retzler
This webinar meets 3 times.

  1. Wed, Mar 14, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
  2. Wed, Mar 21, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
This is the second course of the four-part Non-Profit Boot Camp, a webinar series dedicated to improving the organizational capacity and effectiveness of non-profit, community based organizations by digging deep into the strategic planning, fundraising, human resources, and finance components of non-profit management.

Non-Profit Boot Camp: Outcomes-Based HR with Peggy da Silva
This webinar meets 3 times.

  1. Wed, Apr 4, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
  2. Wed, Apr 11, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
  3. Wed, Apr 18, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

This is the third course of the four-part Non-Profit Boot Camp, a webinar series dedicated to improving the organizational capacity and effectiveness of non-profit, community based organizations by digging deep into the strategic planning, fundraising, human resources, and finance components of non-profit management.

Chesepeak Food Shed: Food Safety (Part 1): Part 1
Apr 9, 2018 12:00 PM
Overview of Food Safety for Fruit & Vegetable Growers & Processors, Buyers, & Local Food & Ag. Professionals & Advocates. Co-hosted with Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MCOG) & Healthcare Without Harm. Organized by the Chesapeake Farm to Institution Work Group.

Chesepeak Food Shed: Food Safety (Part 2)
Apr 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Understanding Wholesale Buyer Expectations: Digging Deeper on Food Safety Certification, Quality, & Post-Harvest Handling & Packaging Co-hosted by Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MCOG) & Healthcare Without Harm. Organized by the Chesapeake Farm to Institution Work Group.

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.

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 for 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

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

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.     


Food Warriors Podcast
Food Warriors is a DC-based podcast that is reframing how we think about our food. Food Warriors are entrepreneurs, farmers, educators, policy shifters, chefs and more who are paving the way to transform our food system, offering the most innovative solutions to our greatest food challenges -- from food waste to food security. Hear the stories that fueled their mission and then get clear, actionable steps you can start using today. 
Here are some links to the show: 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
Up Top Acres Rooftop Grown CSA

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)

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


March Watercolor and Cocktails: An Evening of Drinks & Painting
Wed, March 14, 2018 - 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Union Market - 1309 5th St NE

Participants will enjoy a specialty seasonal cocktail prepared by Buffalo and Bergen, and each will be supplied line art of an illustrated recipe of Chersevani's drink to paint in watercolor. Watercolor techniques will be shared as well as a demo of how to make the drink at home. Each participant will bring home one of Chersevani's classic cocktails as a hand colored illustrated recipe. Art materials for this project are included.
Registration Link

ReThreadDC Launch Event
Wed, March 14, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Textile Museum
701 21st Street, NW

On average, textiles like clothing, bed linens, towels, and rags comprise more than 5% of what the District sends to the landfill, costing the city more than $200,000 a year to manage the disposal of these items. But -- most of these items still have plenty of life in them. That's why DOEE is proud to launch ReThread DC, an initiative designed to equip residents with the tools and resources needed to part with their unwanted textiles in a more responsible, sustainable way. Join us for a kickoff event and connect with the people, nonprofits, and businesses who are helping convert unwanted clothing and other textiles into new resources.

DC Environmental Film Festival
March 15-25th
Each March in Washington DC, we present 100+ films to audiences of more than 30,000. Filmmaker and topical discussions are an important part of our events which happen at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters throughout the city. We also present a year-round screening series and community events. Many of our screenings are free, and our Washington, DC location offers the unique opportunity for films and filmmakers to reach national and international lawmakers and decision-makers. Our impact continues to grow both in DC and beyond. We are the largest green film festival in the world; the longest-running in the United States.

Single Day DC Student Mobilization: Time's Up Wendy's March
Mar 15 at 9 AM to Mar 16 at 12 AM
Georgetown University
- 3700 O St NW
Join us in marching in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers on Thursday March 15th in New York City. We will be taking vans up from DC to NYC for the action at 5pm and coming back to DC after the action is over. This is open to everyone, not only students.
Why we are Mobilizing:
For years, farmworkers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and their allies have called on Wendy’s to join all of its major competitors in the Presidential Medal-winning Fair Food Program, a uniquely successful approach to eliminating human rights abuses in the agricultural industry. Instead of joining the Program, Wendy’s has taken its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, gender-based violence, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections. Now tens of thousands strong, and endorsed by over a hundred organizations, the boycott will only continue to grow until Wendy's does the right thing.


Seed Swap & Gardening Info Exchange
Saturday, March 17 at 11:30 AM - 3 PM
Community Forklift - Nonprofit Reuse Center For Home Improvement
4671 Tanglewood Dr, Hyattsville, Maryland 20781
The workshop will be divided into two separate 30 minute talks (led by Linda Jones of Elements of Nature) on seed selection and starting plants from seed, at 11:30am and 1:30pm. After the second talk, Linda will lead an audience show and share, encouraging participants to exchange gardening tips and techniques. An open seed swap will follow each talk. There will be activities for youth and adults, a seed swap, free gardening information, giveaways, door prizes, as well as container and vertical gardening demonstrations.

Community Forum: Women and Environmental Leadership
March 17, 11 AM - 1 PM
National Education Association Headquarters
1201 16th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

This forum will bring together a national network of women who have led environmental efforts in their communities, organizations, and governmental agencies. Discussion will explore their personal and professional journeys, best practices for galvanizing community, organizational, and governmental efforts, reflections on the impacts of their efforts, their leadership lessons and next steps as they look at present and future challenges.

Planting Peace: Regenerative Agriculture, Indigenous Rights & the Climate
Mon, March 19, 2018 - 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Busboys & Poets (Langston Room) - 2021 14th St NW

A Panel Discussion on Indigenous Land Rights, Regenerative Agriculture & Farm Worker Empowerment to Address Conflict, Climate Change & Involuntary Migration.

UDC Green Infrastructure Information Session
Wed, March 21, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Bertie Backus Campus
5171 South Dakota Avenue Northeast

C Water, in partnership with the Water Environment Federation, launched the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program to train, qualify and certify eligible participants for the green infrastructure construction, inspection and maintenance workforce. The University of the District of Columbia provides the training at no cost to District residents who qualify (a high school diploma or equivalent and no college education). A maximum of 30 participants are allowed.

2018 Food Justice Youth Summit 
Thu, March 22, 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
UDC Student Center 4200 Connecticut Ave NW

The fourth annual Food Justice Youth Summit provides an opportunity for DC youth to share their research, ideas and recommendations on food justice issues as they work with other youth and food justice activists to build a citywide movement for sustainable food systems. Join us for a day of youth-led workshops focusing on issues of food justice. Session tracks include: Food Sourcing, Food Policy and Laws, Food Production, Food Waste and Composting, School Lunches and Food Access.

Food Justice and the Fight Against Hunger: The 'Why' Conference
Mar 23 - Mar 25
Kelly Miller Middle School
301 49th St NE

Join us for the annual Food Justice Conference, hosted by the Gray Panthers of Metropolitan Washington and the Central Northeast Civic Association!  The theme of this year's conference is understanding the 'Why' of Hunger. The fundamental question we will be addressing through this conference is one that is rarely asked in any of the various sectors of the food community – the question of Why is there hunger in our country, reputed to be wealthiest nation in the world?  We will tackle this and other questions through participating in workshops and panels led by several activists and community members working on hunger, poverty and injustice in the D.C. area. 

2018 Women in Agriculture Gathering
March 24th
Farm Bureau Building off of West Creek Parkway in Richmond

The cost is $30 per person. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the following individuals: Rachel Grosse Henley (rgrosse@vt.edu), Charley Maxwell (mcharley@vt.edu), Laura Siegle (laurab08@vt.edu), or Sarah Sharpe (seweaver@vt.edu).

Earth 2100 Conference: Day of Learning
Saturday, March 24 at 9 AM - 5 PM
Thurgood Marshall Center Trust Inc.
1816 12th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009
Attendees will gain a solid understanding of how our food system works through a diverse and eclectic group of speakers and challenging discussions with experts and researchers. The full day covers a varied program of inspirational speeches, panel discussions, breakout activities, delicious food and most importantly fun! Topics include sustainable agriculture, good food policies, food waste, healthy soils, holistic managements and much more.

Commuity Forklift Garden Party & Spring Fundraiser
9:00AM - 3:00PM on March 24th
Every spring at our annual Garden Party, we offer up a ton of landscaping and garden supplies, and host gardening demos, experts, and vendors; local bands; and a delicious food truck. This year will also include seed and plant sales, and art from the Capitol Hill Art League. One great way to support your favorite reuse center this month is to clean out your shed or garage, and bring us your gently-used garden tools, flower pots, landscaping supplies, outdoor decor, and patio furniture.
Fairtrade Campaign National Conference
March 23-25

Join fellow Fair Trade advocates, brands, producers, and nonprofits March 23-25, 2018, in historic Georgetown, Washington, D.C., as we talk candidly about our greatest challenges, triumphs, and strategic ways to convert our passion into community-wide action. Come to learn, get inspired, and grow the Fair Trade movement — together.
  The program will feature robust and diverse content within four focused tracks:
  • Fair Trade at the Heart of Sustainability
  • Building a Diverse & Inclusive Movement
  • Driving Purchase to Drive Impact
  • Colleges & Universities Driving the Movement

Disco Soup DC
Friday, March 30 at 7 PM - 10 PM
St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church - Washington, DC
1525 Newton St NW

Bring your peelers and your friends to Disco Soup DC! 
Together we'll peel some produce, make some soup, meet awesome like-minded people, dance and enjoy yummy snacks!

Fruit Tree Fair
Saturday, April 7 at 12 PM - 3 PM
Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
3100 Swann Dr, Baltimore, Maryland 21217
TreeBaltimore conducts a dozen or so tree giveaway events each spring and fall, and one of the most popular requests over the years has been: “Do you have any fruiting trees?” That’s why our planting partners <Parks and People Foundation and Civic Works’ Baltimore Orchard Project> decided in 2015 to come together and offer a tree giveaway event devoted entirely to native and urban hardy trees that produce edible fruits. This year's giveaway will offer Figs, Paw Paws, and Serviceberry laevis. Over 250 trees are typically given out to Baltimore city residents.

Kegs & Eggs: Up Top Acres and Bell's Spring Rooftop Beer Garden
Saturday, April 14 at 11 AM - 3 PM
The Farm at 55 M St - 55 M Street Southeast

Come celebrate the spring with a rooftop beer garden event at Up Top Acres. Standing on a roof at a farm, you will enjoy a memorable day of good beer and delicious food. Drawing inspiration from spring produce and seasonality, Up Top Acres and Chef Colin McClimans work together to create a menu that highlights Eggs. Beverage director Peter Grimm teams up with Bells Brewery to offer the first taste of freshly released spring seasonal beers along with some of their staples. Talk with Bell's beer experts and learn about the different styles, their flavor profile and more. There will be 5 different beers to sample and each is paired with a different food.

A Discussion with Bea Johnson on Zero Waste Living
Tuesday, April 17 at 6 PM - 9 PM
4200 Connecticut Ave NW

The D.C. Sierra Club, in collaboration with the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), invites you to join us as we host A Discussion with Bea Johnson on Zero Waste Living. In honor of Earth Week 2018, come hear dynamic speaker and environmental activist Bea Johnson talk about how to live a life of less waste.

Casey Trees Fifth Annual Canopy Awards
April 26 – Arbor Day Eve
The Canopy Awards is Casey Trees’ flagship event that highlights the accomplishments of those working to boost and protect D.C.’s tree canopy, raises funds, and gets you out for a night of fun and the best part? All raised funds benefit Casey Trees and the beautiful and growing canopy throughout the District.

Broccoli City Festival
April 26-28th
RFK Stadium Lot 6

Festival with music, food, art, panels, fitness, marketplace and culture.

City Nature Challenge 2018
Washington DC | April 27 – 30, 2018
The Washington DC area 2018 City Nature Challenge will help scientists collect data on the biodiversity of our region—and the planet. Every resident of the metropolitan area with access to a phone camera and the iNaturalist app can participate. Learn more about area projects, the basics of participation, and local trainings.

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!

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.

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, handcrated 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

Workforce Development: AYAUPLIFT: Growing Employment Skills and Personal Change Through the Food System
AyaUplift is a six-month intensive skills training and personal development program for DC residents with low incomes who live in public housing and/or receive public assistance. The program will use DOL’s Community Markets, the Organic Garden at Blind Whino in Southwest, and the Farm at Kelly Miller as training sites that introduce program participants to a healthy food culture while also giving them transferable employment skills and fair wages.

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 report directly to the year-round School Garden Coordinator, Sara Carnochan. 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

Washington Youth Garden Positions


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

La Cocina VA Bilingual Workforce Development Coordinator
The Bilingual Workforce Development Coordinator will provide support to the Programs Manager and be responsible for a wide range of workforce service activities and day to day delivery of direct services, develop relationships with local food service employers and organizations

Climate Change Philanthropy Fellow, Environment Program
The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program has an immediate opening for a Climate Change Philanthropy Fellow who will serve a two-year term.

Future Harvest CASA Part-Time Jobs

  • Administrative Assistant and Grants Manager
  • Events and Conference Manager


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.

Bushel Hiring Gardners
Bushel is recruiting experienced, energetic gardeners for the 2018 growing season! Bushel is a local, veteran-owned gardening service that matches gardeners to families who don’t have the time to grow their own fresh fruits & vegetables. Contact Matt (matt@bushelapp.com) or visit Bushelapp.com for more details today!

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.

AlmaVerde is hiring Sustainable Gardeners for 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

Red Wiggler Farm Interns (Stipend)
Spend the 2018 season learning with us here at Red Wiggler Community Farm, a 12-acre organic vegetable farm in Germantown, MD, where people with and without disabilities come together to work, learn and grow healthy food.

Mobile Market Operations Manager
Help bring local affordable fresh food to food insecure neighborhoods across DC. Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington DC region. The Mobile Market is one of Arcadia’s four distinct program areas that address a specific need in the community, while collectively engaging consumers, farmers, schools, and institutions. Arcadia's Mobile Market operates as a retrofitted school bus and box truck that double as farmers' markets on wheels. The Mobile Market serves neighborhoods across DC with high levels of food-insecurity, particularly Wards 7 & 8.
Please email your resume, cover letter, status of Food Safety Manager License, DOT Medical Card and driver’s License to Erin Close, Mobile Market Director, at erin@arcadiafood.org . 

Owl's Nest Farm hiring 2018 Farm Crew
Owl’s Nest Farm grows Certified Naturally Grown produce for CSA members, farmers market customers, restaurants, and friends on four acres just 15 miles from Washington, DC. 2017 was our second growing season, and we’re looking for a creative, hardworking, reliable full-time Field Worker for the 2018 season, from early April to mid-November.

NO KID HUNGRY: Share Our Strength Open Positions

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Education Administrative Assistant
Annapolis, MD

Contact Alexis Dickerson at adickerson@cbf.org for the job description

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


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


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

Union of Concerned Scientists: DC Jobs


For more information: http://www.ucsusa.org/about/jobs-ucs

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


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


Grants and Funding

Reinvestment Fund Maryland Food Access Initiative
The Maryland Food Access Initiative (MDFAI) is an innovative financing program designed to increase the supply of affordable, fresh food in underserved areas across the state, while improving the diets and health outcomes of the state’s residents and spurring economic development in low- and moderate-income communities. The MDFAI provides financing to food retail businesses, including supermarket operators, developers of food retail locations, food production and aggregating entities. Priority will be given to those applicants focused on jurisdictions that have food desert initiatives underway.

EPA Locally-focused Environmental Education Grants
Deadline: March 15, 2018
EPA is pleased to announce that up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants will be available this week under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program.  EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. The Requests for Proposals will be posted on www.grants.gov later this week.

Lead-Based Paint Capital Fund Program (HUD)
Deadline: 3/20/2018
Department of Housing and Urban Development announces funds to evaluate and reduce lead-based paint hazards in public housing by carrying out the activities of risk assessments, abatement, and interim controls.  Eligibility: County governments, state governments, public housing authorities and DC government agencies  Funds: $25,000,000 is available awards up to $1,000,000  Contact: Tara Radosevich at Tara.J.Radosevich@hud.gov  Website: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/spm/gmomgmt/grantsinfo/fundingopps  State Single Point of Contact: This grant is subject to "Intergovernmental Review" under EO 12372. http://opgs.dc.gov/spoc.asp

Emerging Business District Grants
Deadline is Friday, March 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting applications for the Emerging Business District Grants. DSLBD intends to award up to three (3) grants from the $150,000 in total available funding for Fiscal Year 2018.  The purpose of Emerging Business District Grants is to subsidize the organizing operations necessary to establish a Business Improvement District (“BID”). DSLBD is interested in supporting Business Improvement Districts in a variety of geographic regions within the District.

Ward 8 Equitable Food Incubator (DSLBD)
Deadline: 3/23/2018
Department of Small and Local Business Development announces funds for the development of infrastructure to support hyper local, small food vendors for Ward 8 by revitalizing and increasing access to existing commercial grade kitchens, offsetting costs for resident small businesses to access commercial kitchens, mobile infrastructure, equipment purchase, etc.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations    Funds: Five awards are available up to $250,000  Contact: Kate Mereand at Katherine.Mereand-Sinha@dc.gov  Website: http://dslbd.dc.gov/service/current-solicitations-opportunities

Glen's Garden Market to Award a Female Food Entrepreneur 10K
Deadline: March 30th
Local, women-owned food businesses interested to apply must demonstrate a commitment to sustainability; have been in business between one and five years; and have developed a product or product line that is either retail-ready or already on retail shelves. Judging criteria will include: deliciousness and mindfulness of product; viability of concept and vision; and demonstrated commitment to sustainability and scaleability.
The prize: A $10,000 investment from Glen’s Garden Market;

Clean Water Construction Treatment Works Projects (DOEE)
Deadline: 4/2/2018
Department of Energy and Environment announces fund to support three categories of work: (1) sewage infrastructure projects, (2) stormwater grey infrastructure projects, and (3) stormwater green infrastructure projects. All projects must provide a water quality benefit for District waters.    Funds: $6,000,000 is available for awards  Contact: Keren O'Brien Murphy at FY19CWCRFA.Grant@dc.gov.  Website: https://opgs.dc.gov/page/opgs-district-grants-clearinghouse

2018 Ward 8 Grocery Grant
Deadline is Friday, April 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.  
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting applications for the Ward 8 Grocery Grant. DSLBD intends to award up to two (2) grants from the $400,000 in total available funding for Fiscal Year 2018.  The purpose of the Ward 8 Grocery Grant is to encourage the development of alternative models for grocery stores for Ward 8.

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

Climate Adaptation Fund Grant
Deadline: 4/6/2018
The Wildlife Conservation Society announces funds for on-the-ground projects focused on implementing priority conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations   Funds: $2,500,000 is available for awards up to $250,000  Contact: Liz Tully at (202) 347-0672 or etully@wcs.org  Website: https://www.wcsclimateadaptationfund.org/program-information

School Breakfast Grants
Deadline: 4/6/2018
Action for Healthy Kids announces funds to support increased breakfast participation with new alternative breakfast programs, including breakfast in the classroom or grab and go.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, Local Educational Agencies and State Educational Agencies   Funds: Two hundred and fifty awards are available up to $3,000  Contact: Action for Healthy Kids at (800) 416-5136 or schoolgrants@ActionforHealthyKids.org  Website: http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/tools-for-schools/apply-for-grants Grant ID: GD7821

Updates to 2018 EE Local Grants Request for Proposals
Deadline until April 11, 2018
The EE Local Grants Request for Proposals (RFP), originally issued in January, has been modified in order to expand the scope of the environmental issues that can be addressed. The changes to the RFP provide applicants with greater flexibility to address environmental issues relevant to their communities.To provide applicants with time to modify their proposals.
Read the updated RFP and a summary of the changes.

Conservation Innovation Grants for Federal FY 2018 (USDA)
Deadline: 4/16/2018
Department of Agriculture announces funds to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.  Eligibility: City or township governments, county governments, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, state governments, nonprofit organizations, public housing authorities, private institutions of higher education, for-profit organizations, small businesses, community-based organizations, DC government agencies, Local Educational Agencies and State Educational Agencies  Funds: $250,000 is available for six awards up to $75,000 and a match is required  Contact: Tony Jenkins at (207) 990-9557 or tony.jenkins@me.usda.gov
Website: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/me/programs/financial/cig/?cid=nrcs141p2_002875

The State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (HHS)
Deadline: 4/17/2018
Department of Health and Human Services announces funds to work with state and local partners that support communities to improve nutrition and increase physical activity.  Eligibility: State governments and DC government agencies   Funds: $75,000,000 is available for 15 awards  Contact: Graydon Yatabe at ILQ4@cdc.gov  Website: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html   Please go to http://opgs.dc.gov/spoc.asp for further information.

Social and Environmental Justice Projects
Deadline: 4/18/2018
Ben & Jerry's Foundation announces funds to advance social and environmental justice and sustainable food systems.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations  Deadline: 4/18/2018  Funds: Awards available for up to $25,000  Contact: The Ben & Jerry's Foundation at (802) 846-1500 or info@benandjerrysfoundation.org  Website: www.benandjerrysfoundation.org 

Environmental, Education, Human Services Projects
Deadline: 4/30/2018
Lawrence Foundation announces funds in the areas of education, the environment, human services, disaster relief, and other causes.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations  Funds: $211,283 is available for awards  Contact: Grant Guidelines 

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/

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

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


Gardening Tips of the Month

Best Videos on Winter Pruning of Fruit Trees and Vines

via Good Gardening Videos








  • "How to Prune an Apple Tree" by Utah State Extension. Simple look at pruning a young and middle aged apple tree to a modified leader system.

  • "How to Prune an Old Apple Tree" by Hilltown Tree and Garden in Massachusetts. Good look at pruning tools and steps to bringing an old apple tree back into size and production.



Apple and Pear

  • "How to Prune Apple Trees and Pear Trees" from GrowOrganic in California. - Good general information on pruning and how to prune apples to a central leader system with information on spreading branches for better angles.




Peach (3-video series on pruning peaches from NC State Extension)



  • "How to Prune Plums by Garden Time TV in Oregon. Interview with expert at OSUf. Basics on pruning an established Japanese plum tree.

  • "How to Prune a Plum Tree" by the Deep Living Project. Even though it’s made in Australia, the information is sound and applicable to U.S. gardeners for pruning an established plum tree.





  • "How to Prune Citrus Trees" by The Arbor Gate in Tomball, Texas. Basics on pruning a young citrus tree. Interview format, basics on pruning citrus in South. More talking than action but good information.

  • "How to Prune Citrus Trees" by Four Winds Growers in California. Basics on tools, timing and pruning young citrus trees in containers.

  • "Tips for Pruning your Citrus Tree" by the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. How-to on pruning an established citrus tree.



Espalier for Fruit Trees


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