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Mid-April Urban
Gardener Newsletter


Hello Gardeners! 

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

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Announcements

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COVID Updates

 
 

DC Gov Coronavirus website
DC Gov official website for updates, DC resources, active testing sites, etc.  We highlight a few important pages below.
Full site at below link
https://coronavirus.dc.gov/
 
 
 
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Local
 

Join Shared Roots Today!
Are you a  District resident interested in growing food and caring for a garden site?
Member Application Deadline April 29. 
  Learn more and apply here.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to osse.nutritionprogram@dc.gov with questions.

 

 

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National

Gleaning Community Resource Library
A place for gleaners and others to access resources shared by members of the community. This collaborative effort provides the gleaning movement with sample handbooks, waivers, and other useful tools.
https://nationalgleaningproject.org/community-resource-library/

‘Blackness Deserves a Seat at the Seder’: Black American Jews say they are seeking ways to bring their full identity to the symbolic food of the Passover meal.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/05/dining/black-jews-passover-seder.html



Don't Over Forage Ramps!!!


Food Justice

 
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Highlighted Causes


The Anti-Racist Farmers Market Toolkit exists to help farmers market managers make progress toward becoming anti-racist managers of anti-racist markets.
https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/the-anti-racist-farmers-market-toolkit/

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Urgent Needs
 


Join a "Buy Nothing" DC Facebook Group
The Buy Nothing Project is a movement led entirely by volunteers creating a worldwide network of local gift economy communities. Everyone is welcome in their local Buy Nothing community to Give, Ask, and share their Gratitude, where the true wealth is the connections formed between neighbors. You can only join one local Buy Nothing Facebook Group.  To find that group type in the Facebook search "Buy Nothing" and your neighborhood or the nearest one listed neighborhood.
https://www.facebook.com/search/groups/?q=buy%20nothing%20dc&sde=AbotKqEx6VFO7Xg9wiFDgE3hDSnw1teizHLB49vZpXF3bLbxyZ0OOuvrfrGEGCpzofDakrn8opGG9ML5UM4eRoBs



Click photos to learn more about each candidate



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Amazon Alternatives: 11 Sustainable Marketplaces To Shop For Everything You Need Online
https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/amazon-alternatives

A Reparations Map for Farmers of Color May Help Right Historical Wrongs
https://civileats.com/2018/06/04/a-reparations-map-for-farmers-may-help-right-historical-wrongs/
 
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Events
 
Follow these accounts and newsletters for lists of daily actions, frequent updates, and urgent protests needs in Greater DC Area
 
Individual Events
 
Fight For Our Future: Rally for Climate, Care, Jobs, & Justice
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022 AT 1 PM – 3 PM
Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.
Leaders in Washington are on the verge of taking climate action at the scale the crisis demands – creating millions of union clean energy and care jobs, racial, economic, and environmental justice are all on the line. But they won’t take action without a push from us!
https://www.facebook.com/events/512010260389911/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D
 
Upcoming DC Peace Team Training
On Demand Workshops
 
Wild Seed Society
Cultivating a spiritual community that supports activists and organizers in Movement
  • Caring Circles - A bi-weekly online drop-in space for BIPOC who want to practice caring for themselves and bearing witness to others - in service of our healing and liberation.
  • Collective Caring PODS - A 5-month online course for BIPOC who want to heal from internalized oppression & create a caring community around them - for these burning times.
  • Healing From Internalized Whiteness - A 10-week online course for white allies who want to do the inner work necessary for them to co-create with others - from a consensual and humanizing place.
 
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Recurring Events
 
DC Grassroots Planning Coalition
Gathers every second Saturday
A network of DC residents & organizations from all 8 Wards committed to pursuing racial, economic, and environmental justice through equitable development.
https://www.facebook.com/DCGrassrootsPlan/

ONE DC Right to Housing Committee Meeting
Every Thursday - 6 PM to 8 PM
ONE DC - 614 S St NW, Washington D.C. 20001
Join the Right to Housing Committee every Thursday at our Shaw Office! Come together with other ONE DC members to discuss our tenant rights, and build power to fight displacement and gain community control of land and housing for low-wage, long-standing Washingtonians.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2699077136820631/

ROC-DC Member Orientation / Orientación para MiembrosMonthly orientation every last Monday of each month from 1pm-2:30pm
Are you a restaurant worker who has been affected by COVID-19? Do you want to make changes in the restaurant industry for the better? Do you believe in justice and equity for all workers? The Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC (ROC-DC) is a worker-led organization that is fighting for better wages and working conditions for restaurant and food service workers across the DMV.
https://www.facebook.com/ROCdc/events/?ref=page_internal
 
Recent Recorded Series and Events
 
Limited Equity Cooperatives Town Hall: Part 1
Panelists describe limited equity cooperatives, show why they are a solution to homeownership for low and moderate income people, and give suggestions about how to get started creating one in your community.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN02f-YJJFk&t=13s
 
Episode 38: Land Access Solutions in the Agrarian Commons Model
In this episode, we discuss alternative land access strategies with Ian McSweeney, Director of the Agrarian Trust.
https://farmcommons.org/resources/podcasts/episode-38-land-access-solutions-in-the-agrarian-commons-model/

Food Solutions New England Winter Series
View their wrap-up and recordings on food policy, narrative strategy, the power of the network, and racial equity leadership all online.
More Information and Links

National Museum of Women in the Arts & DC Mutual Aid ApothecaryIn this new series, please join our in depth interviews with the Curative Collective, a group of Women, Arts, and Social Change partners working at the intersection of food, art, and social change
Full Video Link
DC Mutual Aid Apothecary Instagram
 
DC Food Policy Council: Racism, Racial Equity, and the Food System Recordings
The DC Food Policy Council, in its role as a convener, invites those who are engaged in the DC food system (as a professional, student, or resident) to this 8-week conversation to reflect, learn, and hold ourselves accountable. Following sessions have been recorded
  • The History of DC’s Grocery Gap
  • Land Access and the Racial Wealth Gap
  • How Racism and White Supremacy Influence Nutrition Education
  • Racial Injustice and Workers in the Food Supply Chain (recording coming soon)

2020 Intro to Racism and White Privilege Webinar Course
July 2020 to February 2021
The People’s School of DC 2019 “Introduction to Racism and White Privilege course” has been converted to a webinar format, that will be recorded and publicly shared, starting in July. This is a FREE 24-class course, (3) 2-hour classes a month, on the many different forms of racism and white privilege in the US, specifically focusing on forms beyond the “explicit” and “easy to see”, through a multi-media lecture series presenting hundreds of anti-racism concepts, perspectives, strategies, resources, speeches, quotes, videos, books, articles, and ways to get involved in modern day efforts to dismantle white supremacy.
Current webinar recordings available:
 
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Local Resources
 
People's School of DC Anti-racism Resources
Advocacy for COVID-19 Essential Workers
Essential workers have continued reporting to their physical places of employment during the pandemic. COVID-19 has cost the lives of people who have had to continue to work throughout the pandemic—often with low pay and limited benefits—while also putting their families and communities at greater risk. In this link, we provide information that can help you advocate for and create a safer workplace.
Read full article here

DCFPI: A Resident’s Guide to the DC Budget
https://www.dcfpi.org/all/a-residents-guide-to-the-dc-budget/?fbclid=IwAR1hXXKhmJNXnD9fIb-Gv1AlPX3JD3rTjB85EMNzwzAmEqRyyFF1MWf0Zj8
 
 
 
 
 
 

Organic Cannabis Home Cultivation 101 Recordings
Growing your own medicine isn't as hard as you think. In this FREE 3-part class, you'll learn how to set up an ideal grow environment in your home or garden, grow happy, healthy cannabis plants to maturity, and harvest and process the flowers safely. With an emphasis on organic, regenerative methods and minimizing expense and effort, this class will walk you through the process from seed to joint. Whether you're a total beginner, troubleshooting an existing grow, or looking to level up with advice from a more experienced grower, this class can help. Seven years of experience growing cannabis both indoors and outdoors in Washington DC enables the teacher to give a tailored region-specific advice taking into account our local climate, laws, equipment suppliers, and more.
Watch all 3 class recordings at below link
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1qkv2Tzftt4PQRub1gSIq7i6OBd9sDOz
 
 

Workshops and Events


DPR Urban Grower Certificate Course
March 2nd to May 18th
Still room to sign up to receive class recordings

The DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Urban Grower Course is a FREE course focused on teaching people the basics of gardening in a city from building a home garden to cooking your harvest to composting your waste to understanding the food systems we live in. This course is (15) 2-hour classes with 12 online webinars and 3 in-person hands on lessons at DPR farms occurring over 3 months.
Course Schedule
March 2nd to May 18th
12 online webinars every Wednesdays Evenings 6:30-8:30pm
3 in-person lessons 1 Saturday morning a month from 10-12pm (For certificate participants only)
 
Wednesday Evening Online Webinars
March 2 – Building a Garden
March 9 – Starting Seeds and Propagating at Home
March 16 – Vegetable Planting and Maintenance
March 23 – Garden Calendar Planning: What to do each month?
March 30 – Container Gardening
April 6 – Garden Pest, Diseases, and Weeds
April 13 – Critter Proofing, Season Extension, and Garden Carpentry
April 20 – Urban Composting
April 27 – Urban Fruit trees
May 4 – Food Justice 101: National/International Issues
May 11 – Food Justice 201: Local Issues
May 18 – Harvesting, Cooking, and Preservation
 
 
Common Good City Farm 2022 Home Apothecary Program
March - November
Common Good City Farm - 300 V Street Northwest

This 9-month herbal medicine program is a hands-on introduction to herbalism. Participants will tend a garden together, explore the basic concepts of herbalism, and make herbal preparations to bring home and to share with the Common Good community. The home apothecary program offers a unique opportunity to learn about using herbs while working directly with the plants and developing connection to the land and ecosystem we call home.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-home-apothecary-program-registration-243632259647

Herbalista Free School
All classes are taught live via Zoom.  Classes are recorded and then also made available to our sustaining members via the Herbalista Toolkit.
  • Sunday, April 17th [12:30 – 4 PM EST] - Herbal First Aid
  • Sunday, May 1st [12:30 – 4 PM EST] - Botany for the Herbalist
  • Wednesday, May 4th [2:30 – 4 PM EST] - Different Strokes for Different Folks
  • Wednesday, May 25th [2:30 – 4 PM EST] - Hot Glycerite Extraction
 
University of Maryland Extension

https://extension.umd.edu/news-events/events/

Food Tank Summit on Urban AgroEcology: The Quest for a Sustainable Food Systems Model
Wed, April 20, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Food Tank, the University of the District of Columbia, and Bowery Farming, present a Summit on Wednesday, April 20th, themed "Urban AgroEcology: The Quest for a Sustainable Food Systems Model." In partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations North America, International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the World Food Program USA.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30-speakers-washington-dc-summit-urban-agroecology-udc-and-food-tank-tickets-250537011947

You Can Be a Citizen Scientist: An Intro to the 2022 City Nature Challenge
Wed, April 20, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Between April 29th and May 8th, people in the Washington DC metro area and around the world will be participating in a global citizen science event, the City Nature Challenge, to document urban biodiversity. We’ll be looking for signs of life in local parks, waterways, backyards, front stoops, and our neighborhoods. If you have an interest in learning more about local plants and animals, have access to a camera (and the internet), you can contribute to this exciting project. We’ll be using the iNaturalist app to document observations.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-can-be-a-citizen-scientist-an-intro-to-the-2022-city-nature-challenge-tickets-276326519057

US Botanic Gardens
Find the list of upcoming webinars below.

  • 4/21 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM - Ask an Expert: Spring Kitchen Garden Preparations (Online Q&A)
  • 4/23 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Unexpected Spring Foraging (Online Lecture)   
  • 4/28 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Ask an Expert: Outdoor Integrated Pest Management (Online Q&A)    
  • 4/29 - 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Plant Science Conversations: Amazing Almonds with Dr. Josette Lewis
  • 5/7 - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Floral Wearables with Wire and Tape: Preparing for Parties (Online Demo)
  • 5/13 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Korean Dishes with Magpie and the Tiger (Online Cooking Demo)
  • 5/20 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Eco-Printing with Flowers (Online Demonstration)   

Casey Trees March 2022 Volunteer Events

https://caseytrees.org/events/list/

Climate Change and the Future of Work
April 21-22
What does climate change have to do with a career in healthcare? Or law? Join Catholic University’s “Climate Change and the Future of Work” conference on April 21-22 to find out! The goals for the conference include inspiring and informing students and the broader community, as well as creating space for generative, forward-thinking conversation. Once the conference program and agenda are set, they will be available online at https://www.climate.catholic.edu/

Plant Based Junk Food in DCTHURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2022 AT 4 PM – 8 PM
Join us for some of the best vegan comfort food around. We will be bringing our very popular crispy chik'n sandwiches and loaded fries. All of our items are cooked in oil that conatin soy. All of our loaded fries are made with GF ingredients. Our patties are made from a combination of soy, wheat, and peas. We will be accepting cash or CC. No $100 bills accepted. No pre-orders available. All orders must be done in person. Menu will be posted morning of.
https://www.facebook.com/events/4853140771470857/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22extra_data%22%3A%22%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22unknown%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D%2C%7B%22extra_data%22%3A%22%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22your_upcoming_events_unit%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

Merrifield Garden Center Workshops

  • Thursday, April 21, 12pm - Selecting Roses
  • Thursday, May 5, 12pm - Miniature Gardens and Dwarf Plant Varieties
  • Tuesday, May 10, 12pm - Planting for Pollinators

https://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com/online-classes/

Wild Ginger Community Herbal Center 2022 Online Courses
https://www.wildgingerherbalcenter.com/online-herbal-classes.htm
 

 
The R.E.E.D. Center Earth Day 2022 Celebration
Friday, April 22, 2022 3:00 PM - Sunday, April 24, 2022 4:00 PM
The Reed Center for Ecosystem Reintegration 1932 Mountain Church Road
Middletown, MD, 21769
oin us -- for a few hours OR the entire weekend -- as we plant thousands of trees, learn about how we can quickly restore our planet's vital systems in our soil ecology and permaculture classes, practice yoga, listen to live music, and relax together around nightly bonfires. Let's celebrate the natural world and the joys of Springtime together!
https://thereedcenter.org/eventlist/2022/3/1/earth-day-2022-celebration
 

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

https://mgnv.org/events/

THEARC Farm/Bridge Plot Workshop Series
BBAR Farms hosts a variety of urban agriculture workshops FREE to the community to support growers, herbalists, aspiring beekeepers and home cooks! 

https://bbardc.org/workshops-classes/

Earth Day Celebration at the Brookland Arts WalkSATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022 AT 10 AM – 4 PM
Join us for a celebration of Earth Day on the Arts Walk! We’ll have DIY crafting stations, swaps, shopping from local sustainable artists and makers, and local organizations dedicated to sustainability joining us.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1055825611946269/?ref=newsfeed

Anacostia Watershed Society's 2022 Earth Day Cleanup
April 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Various Sites
Joining Together for a Cleaner Anacostia River!
https://earthday.anacostiaws.org/earthday2022/

Growing Community Series - Land! Give us Land! Gardening in Small Spaces
Saturday, April 23 | 10:30am – 12pm
During this six-part series, workshop attendees will explore how a connection to community, cultural traditions, and well-being can be achieved through gardening in small spaces. Participants will also explore how these smaller thriving green spaces serve as sites of community and habitation for residents of every shape and form.  Founded in 1867, Historic Barry Farm-Hillsdale afforded its residents the opportunity to plan for and build their futures. The one acre lots available for sale symbolized stability, economic independence, and a sense of community. Just over a decade after its founding, the community faced its first loss of land. Join curator Alcione Amos as she traces the legacy of lost green space to outside forces. Garden facilitator Derek Thomas will show how gardening can be accessible in the smallest of spaces by exploring why raised beds are a viable alternative, the key elements in successful raised/portable gardens and required soil and watering practices.
https://anacostia.si.edu/Events

 
 

The Gardener's Market Vendor Interest/Application Form

The Gardener's Market (TGM) is an urban farmer-owned pop-up marketplace & green business incubator designed to create flexible, nurturing, and inclusive physical retail space and community for micro to medium scale growers of fresh, local, and responsibly-grown crops and select makers of gardening/farming/wellness-adjacent artisan products.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1H_3JAatwfrC2gBeC1EbY8bGQ2oTGAPgrJhtzJm2oJ8U/viewform?edit_requested=true

Future Harvest CASA Field School
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon
1 hour webinars, Cost is FREE
  • 4/27 - Caring for Your Drinking Water Well and Quality
  • 5/11 - Considerations for Selecting and Purchasing Hay

Full Schedule
https://extension.umd.edu/programs/agriculture-food-systems/program-areas/farm-and-agribusiness-management/women-agriculture/webinars
Previous recorded webinars
https://www.youtube.com/c/MidAtlanticWomeninAgriculture/featured

City Nature Challenge
April 29th - May 8th
Join residents throughout DC to observe plants, animals, and fungi that make their home in the watershed. We'll be documenting area wildlife with iNaturalist for the City Nature Challenge, a global citizen science event taking place April 29th - May 8th. You can participate individually or as part of an organized event. Participants will be looking for signs of life in area neighborhoods, parks, back yards, and creeks. Your observations will help scientists understand what species share our urban environment - and it's a great reason to get outside! Learn more about how you can participate at one of these trainings and on the local Challenge website. For more information contact stella@capitalnature.org.


 
 

City Nature Challenge
April 29th - May 8th
Join residents throughout DC to observe plants, animals, and fungi that make their home in the watershed. We'll be documenting area wildlife with iNaturalist for the City Nature Challenge, a global citizen science event taking place April 29th - May 8th. You can participate individually or as part of an organized event. Participants will be looking for signs of life in area neighborhoods, parks, back yards, and creeks. Your observations will help scientists understand what species share our urban environment - and it's a great reason to get outside! Learn more about how you can participate at one of these trainings and on the local Challenge website. For more information contact stella@capitalnature.org.

Oral History Coffee Chat: Race and Environmental Justice in Ward 8
Saturday, April 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meet the narrators from the “Over the River and Through the Woods: Longtime Residents and Parklands of Ward 8” Oral History Project. Moderated by Garret White
Panelists: Brenda Richardson, Dee Johnson, Raymond Coates
Music performance from Luci Murphy

Through the “Over the River and Through the Woods” oral history project, April’s DC Oral History Collaborative Coffee Chat will examine how systemic racism has been a source of pollution as devastating as any other; a contamination that is in dire need of our attention. Participants will hear from lifelong, Black Washingtonians who will discuss how violent legacies of neglect and multigenerational poverty produce trauma in the human mind and the Earth simultaneously.  The “Over the River and Through the Woods” oral history project was conducted as part of the DC Oral History Collaborative and is available in the DC Public Library’s People’s Archive via the DigDC online catalog https://digdc.dclibrary.org/.
 
Community Empowerment Herb Walk BALTIMORE w/ DOCTA YEW
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2022 AT 3 PM – 5 PM
Join Yuma "Dr. Yew" Bellomee as he facilitates a walk through a neighborhood, roadside, woods, or park, to point out and discuss local plants growing naturally in our environment, and how they have been or can be used for food, for medicine, or for other purposes.
https://www.facebook.com/events/959318314774302/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A%2229%22%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3A%22event_calendar_create%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&notif_id=1650033419795524&notif_t=event_calendar_create&ref=notif

Indigo & Shibori 101
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2022 AT 1 PM
Itching to get creative? Come dye with me! This class will cover making and dyeing with indigo, including the basics of shibori (Japanese tie-dye). You'll learn how to:
-make an indigo vat
-dye with indigo for long-lasting color
-tie up the cloth for a variety of beautiful patterns
-care for your indigo-dyed items.
Each participant will receive 1 bandana to dye with. All other materials provided. You may bring a few additional items to dye from home. Small to medium sized items with 50% or more natural fiber content work best.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1595951677428570/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

Urban Foraging
Sat, April 30, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Bruce Monroe Community Garden - Georgia Avenue Northwest
We'll meet at Bruce Monroe Community Garden (Metro: Columbia Heights), to learn (and snack) on some of the herbs and wild plants you'll find tucked into some of the most obvious--and sometimes unusual--nooks and crannies in Washington, D.C.  Led by urban forager, food writer and instructor April Thompson, we'll discover in a small group how to collect, use and cook the edible plants right under your nose.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-foraging-tickets-316779745747
 
 
Do-Nothing Farming: Philosophy & Practices of the Masanobu Fukuoka Natural Farm
Thursday, May 05, 8:00pm - 9:15pm
Join us to talk with Mr. Hiroki Fukuoka to discuss natural-farming and the "philosophy of nothingness" manifested in the practices and writings of his grandfather, Masanobu Fukuoka. In 1975, Masanobu Fukuoka's book, The One-Straw Revolution shared with the world, the radical idea of farming and living within the limits of natural boundaries. Join us for a conversation with Fukuoka's grandson, Mr. Hiroki Fukuoka, who continues this way of farming and being in relationship with the earth at Masanobu Fukuoka Natural Farm.   View this video to learn more about Mr. Fukuoka and the Masanobu Fukuoka Natural Farm. 
https://alexlibraryva.org/event/6193954

Ft. Stanton Park Volunteer Day
May 7 Sat, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM and other dates
Fort Stanton Recreation Center - 1812 Erie Street Southeast

Fort Stanton Park was created in 1926 to preserve the hilltops where the Union army constructed Fort Stanton and Battery Rickets to defend the Nation’s Capital during the Civil War. These forts never saw battle, but their earthwork remains can still be seen the woods. The park’s more than 150 acres of forest include dramatic hills and ravines, several stream valleys, and stands of towering poplar trees. Ft. Stanton is also home to a recreation center, an urban farm, a reservoir for DC Water, and the Fort Circle Hiker-Biker Trail. Sadly, years of littering and dumping have polluted the landscape. Invasive plants such as kudzu, bittersweet, Asian wisteria, and Japanese knotweed have destroyed whole areas of forest and threaten others. Action must be taken to save this special place before it is too late.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-can-be-a-citizen-scientist-an-intro-to-the-2022-city-nature-challenge-tickets-276326519057

Anacostia Smithsonian Food Justice Series
This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.

UDC CAUSES Research Seminar Series
All seminars are held Fridays from Noon to 1:30 PM via Zoom

  • Friday, May 13 - Land-back Reform and Climate Justice: The History of Land-grant Universities

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-research-seminar-series-registration-247410219627

Stinging Nettle Medicine: Grow, Harvest, & Cook!
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2022 AT 11 AM – 12:30 PM
Join us in Smile's herb garden as we dive into the incredible, wide-ranging benefits of the Nettle plant. From its rich vitamin and mineral content, to its anti-allergy properties, to its ability to support liver and kidney health, Nettle is an herb worth knowing. Enjoy a gently-paced exploration into Nettle plant medicine, including plant care, tea recipes, and....Nettle pesto! Learn how to grow, harvest, and cook this amazing plant. Students will each receive their own Nettle plant to take home.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1876024342588674?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Training
July-September 2022
Registration is now open for Summer session of Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Level 1 training and certification. Discounts are available for companies or organizations sending three or more employees to Level 1. Dates and details online: https://cblpro.org/training-calendar/

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Recent Recorded Classes
 
 
Soil, Conservation and Place -- Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
In this interview, Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE) shares about the history of the worker-owned cooperative in Louisa County, Virginia. Ira explains the importance of narratives, nourishing ourselves, caring for history, and how care of the land and growing food is a noble profession. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is located on a 72-acre farm which includes goats, chickens, hayfields, an herb garden, and extensive vegetable gardens for seed production, trialing, and eating. The cooperative offers 800 plus varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds that will perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast but also can be adapted to other regions of the country. As of 2017, over 60% of the varieties SESE offer are Certified Organic, and over 60% are grown by small and mid-sized farmers. Ira and her colleagues continue to keep economic and environmental justice at the forefront of their farming and business structure.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy7AvZVCwPE

Bird Brother: A Falconer's Journey and the Healing Power of WildlifeJoin us as we welcome back Rodney Stotts, one of America’s few Black master falconers, to celebrate the release of his first book, Bird Brother which revolves around pursuing dreams against all odds, and the importance of second chances.
https://www.facebook.com/cornellbirds/videos/1199145437159681

FREE Urban Agriculture and Best Practices Presentations on Demand By Master Gardeners of Northern Viriginia

https://MGNV.org

DUG Network Online Learning Page
Comprehensive list of locally made digital workshops, webinars, and podcasts, etc. covering many topics of interest including gardening, farming, herbalism, food, and food justice.
http://dugnetwork.org/online-learning/

DPR Urban Grower Webinar Courses Recordings
Online classes and courses taught by DC Parks and Rec and dozens of other local teachers.
Class List:
  • DPR Urban Grower Webinar Course
  • DPR Basics of Urban Growing Webinar Series
  • DPR Advanced Grower Webinar Series
  • Food Justice Webinars

Free Food Safety Online Courses
For 30 years, ServSafe has been at the forefront of preparing restaurant and foodservice workers to deliver safe dining experiences for their guests, while also keeping themselves safe. Every day, we train the restaurant and food service industry on topics like cooking temperatures, safe storage, and cross contamination, as well as hygiene, sanitation, and other risk mitigation activities. Because of the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have developed a number of free resources aimed at keeping our workers and the dining public safe.
https://www.servsafe.com/Landing-Pages/Free-Courses

Botany Everyday: Online Classes
6 day online class about plant botany and foraging
http://www.botanyeveryday.com/online-classes/2020-plant-talk-1-introduction
 
Mycologos Online Mushroom Classes
  • Mushroom Identification: Basics & Beyond
  • Everything’s Connected: Fungal Ecology from the Sea to the Sky
  • The Many Ways of Fungi: First Steps Into the World of Mycology
  • Growing Mushrooms for Food, Fun, & Profit
Good Gardening Videos
Learn to garden and be inspired by over 1,000 gardening videos curated for accuracy and quality. Use the Search Box, Browse by Topic, or go to Best Videos for each month in the sidebar. Good Gardening Videos is pro-science, pro-environment, ad-free and nonprofit
https://goodgardeningvideos.org/
 
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/
 
 

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Program Highlight
 
 
Local Seedling Sales
 
Franciscan Monastery Plant & Herb Sale
Hosted by Franciscan Monastery and Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild
Saturday, Apr 30 (9 am - 6 pm) - Sunday, May 1 (9 am - 3 pm)
1400 Quincy St NE - free parking across from Monastery's Main Gate or Metro Red Line - Brookland/CUA Stop - Transfer to H6 - Ft. Lincoln
The popular Franciscan Monastery Plant and Herb Sale is back (first in-person since 2019)! Come early for organic herbs, annuals, perennials, vegetables, Monastery-grown plants, while enjoying food and the Monastery's gardens. Free garden tours Saturday at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 12 noon. Sponsored by the all-volunteer Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild. Proceeds support the preservation of the monastery’s historic gardens, restoration of the 107-year-old Metropolitan Greenhouse, our urban beekeeping program and our community vegetable program, which supplies fresh produce (34.5 tons since 2014!) from our urban farm to those in need through partnerships with local food non-profits and parish food pantries.
http://www.fmgg.org/
 

Sigsbee Seedlings (Brookland DC)
Heirloom Tomatoes, Vegetables, Herbs & Greens. Sales open in Spring.
https://sigsbeeseedlings.com/

GroGive Seedling pre-order form-2022
GroGive is a social benefit company with the mission of ending food insecurity through food gardening. When we makes sales, we grow vegetable plants from seed to maturity then give them to people who live in food deserts at no cost to them. By doing this we are helping to break down the financial barriers to food gardening, a skill we think everyone should have the opportunity to learn if they want.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvjy2aDseJB4zGiEofefo71OCf-O6XIgahg8clzJfHlX6MVA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2n0gYjml0Bc1rg-ZE2s8E0gbV4A8DAbikKPtOSj0rnfUP8O-3amyYmRtM
Highlighted Programs

Accepting Applications Now for The Urban Farm Incubator at Watkins Regional Park: Growing Food, Farms & Farmers in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
https://www.ecoffshoots.org/urban-farm-incubator/

City Blossoms Cultivating Young Leaders: A Workbook for Growing a Youth-Led Cooperative Garden Business
https://cityblossoms.org/yecmanual?fbclid=IwAR3kAm-jg7kIKOv1LDVOylQO8wHhOp6DL72bKBRPi9czSP-mq7dY6zQKuU8
 
Extension Master Gardener Help Desk
Our Help Desk operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk operates from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the VCE office at the Fairlington Community Center 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 Contact us at 703-228-6414 or 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.
https://mgnv.org/programs-activities/help-desk/

Join the DC Urban Grower Network Google Group!
This group is a platform for urban growers in greater DC to ask questions, partner on projects and bulk purchases, and share resources and events about urban growing in greater DC. https://groups.google.com/d/forum/dcurbangrowernetwork
To join a google group you need a google email or a google account link to a non google email.
See instructions to join here
 
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Local Monthly Garden Podcasts

GardenDC
All about gardening in the greater Washington, DC, and Mid-Atlantic area. Hosted by Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine (www. WashingtonGardener.com).
Newest Episode
Behind the Scenes
In this very special episode, we share a profile host Kathy Jentz then we look back at the last 100 episodes, talk about how the podcast started, and share some of the behind-the-scenes production secrets. The plant profile is on Species Tulips and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events.

Edible Activist Podcast
Edible Activist is a podcast where dynamic people of color in the food and agriculture space share personal food journeys, stories and perspectives that stem from the land. Hosted by Melissa L. Jones, she interviews a diverse group of everyday growers, farmers, artists, healers, and other extraordinary individuals, who exemplify activism in their own edible way.
Newest Episode
#123: Preppin' my Garden
Melissa L. Jones drops in to share her work in the "garden" in preparation for a new season of podcast episodes!
 
The Garden Thyme Podcast
A monthly podcast where we help you get down and dirty in your garden, with timely gardening tips, information about native plants, and more! The Garden Thyme Podcast is brought to you by the University of Maryland Extension.
Newest Episode
Spring Ephemerals
April is National Garden Month! So Happy National Garden Month everyone.   One of the most clear signals of spring is the emergence of spring ephemerals- daffodils, crocus, tulips… these bulbs are some classic examples, but we have so many more to enjoy! Our woodland wildflowers may be more subtle, but are no less impressive and are even more rewarding. This month we taking a break from our garden and all the spring chores to talk about some of our favorite woodland spring ephemerals.
https://gardenthymepodcast.buzzsprout.com/

The Farmers I Know
A new podcast that gives farmers a platform that honors their role as thought leaders in environmental and social justice issues. If you are interested in hearing from the dedicated people growing your food, you can check out the first episode and subscribe on Apple or Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also check it out on Instagram @thefarmersiknow.
Newest Episode
Max Hart is the director of agricultural education at Calleva Farms in Dickerson, Maryland. Max tends to crops and animals and uses the farm as an educational tool for running the kids' program that emphasizes experiential learning. Max’s passion and eagerness to evolve as a farmer pushes him to experiment with growing methods and understand the true history of regenerative agriculture.
https://podcasts.bcast.fm/e/1830062n-max-hart

 
Volunteer Opportunities
 
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Help Grow Food!
 
DPR Communal Farms
DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Communal Farms are urban Ag sites that are organized as communal production farms, managed by DPR staff and community volunteers, with the purpose of providing various ways for community members to receive free food, volunteer, and participate in hands on educational opportunities. 
  • Lederer Gardens – 4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs NE (Ward 7)
  • Edgewood Rooftop Farm – 300 Evarts NE (Ward 5)
  • Powell Communal Farm - 3149 16th Street NW (Ward 1)
If you want to hear about volunteer opportunities, workshops, and veggie giveaways email joshua.singer@dc.gov to receive a weekly communal farm email update.
 

Help with Food Access!
 
Meals on Wheels of Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Please join us preparing or delivering meals to our homebound neighbors. You can make a difference! Our 50-year-old community program doubled during the pandemic and volunteers are a critical part of our operations. In our 2021 volunteer survey, 100% of our volunteers said that they’d recommend volunteering with us; we hope more of our community will join our growing program to help nourish our neighbors. We have three different shift options from Monday through Friday. Please give us a call at 301-434-1922 or visit www.mowtakoma.org for more information or to sign up.
 
GetGroceries - Be an early Adopter
We are bringing the first zero-waste grocery delivery service to the Washington DC Metro area. We are a values-driven organization that believes:
A) Food should not be packaged in toxic packaging;
B) A zero-waste kitchen is our best defense to protect Earth’s land, water and air;
C) It’s time to bring compassion back into the grocery shopping experience.
Become an early adopter and sign up today: http://www.getgroceries.delivery/

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

Stretch your SNAP dollars at 20 Healthy Corners stores in DC
Healthy Corners supplies fresh produce and healthy snacks to corner stores in DC’s low-income communities. Products are sold at below-market prices, making them affordable options for shoppers. Find a store here: https://dccentralkitchen.org/healthy-corners/
At select Healthy Corners stores, shoppers who earn SNAP/EBT benefits can participate in the "5 for 5" coupon program to earn $5 in free fresh fruits and vegetables. The SNAP/EBT purchase must contain at least 1 fresh fruit or vegetable.
More information and participating stores at:
https://dccentralkitchen.org/5for5/
 
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Local CSA
 
 
 
DC Local Grown CSAs
 
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Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie)
http://threepartharmonyfarm.org/sample-vegetable-csa-shares/
Workshare options

flowers x flores (Flower CSA)
https://flowersxflores.com/flower-csa/

Common Good City Farm
Vegetable CSA

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

C.R.I.S.P. CSA  (THEARC and Kelly Miller Farms)
https://bbardc.org/csa/

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

Little Wild Things Salad Share Program
https://www.littlewildthingsfarm.com/salad-share

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

Up Top Acres Rooftop Farm Membership
https://uptopacres.com/farm-membership.html

 
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Find a Local Farmer Outside DC
 
Humane DC
Looking to avoid factory farms but not ready to go vegan?
Check out Humanedc.org, a resource list of local (Mid Atlantic) pasture-raised meat and dairy farms, with higher animal welfare than most factory farms, and serve Greater DC area with CSAs, Buyers Clubs or home delivery.  There's also a lot of great vegan resources for DC too!
https://humanedc1.wordpress.com/home/food/finding-dc-local-sources-for-humane-food/

Future Harvest CASA: Find-A-Farmer or Market Map https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/resources/find-farmer-or-market-map

Local Harvest: Find a Local CSA
https://www.localharvest.org/csa/

COG: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Listing for DC area
https://www.mwcog.org/environment/planning-areas/agriculture-and-forestry/regional-agriculture-initiative/community-supported-agriculture-csa-listing/

Order Locally Grown Rice, Wheat, Oats, Buckwheat, and Flours from Purple Mountain Organics
https://purplemountaingrown.net/?fbclid=IwAR0vV93FUSRNkZghjhwlmEiul8kVj-66cyDytopKNF3ozgpOoRPNfRzwc3I

SEYLOU Bakery & Mill // Flour club
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUp5t-t2uOz5jsZnYBHA8B_ioLSNPUGPaWR8hhotHenolziQ/viewform

Aunt Bertha
Aunt Bertha’s network connects people seeking help by zip code. (Food pantries, shelters, free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, etc.)
https://www.auntbertha.com/?mc_cid=6d603f31e4&mc_eid=%5BUNIQID%5D
 

Job and Apprenticeship Openings



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Martin Luther King Elementary School Garden Coordinator
The School Garden Coordinator is a part-time employee of Ward 8 Woods Conservancy who works independently to plan and execute all aspects of the garden program. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to nathan@ward8woods.org
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100386509888027&set=p.10100386509888027&type=3

Arcadia Is Hiring For Market Season 2022
Arcadia Mobile Market is hiring for the 2022 season running May to December.  We are looking for enthusiastic people to assist in a great cause, providing nutritious foods to the most deserving.  We are looking for Market managers and Market associates positions to fill for the season.  If interested, please review the posting using the link, then submit your resume and short cover letter to mobilemarket@arcadiafood.org.
http://arcadiafood.org/career-opportunities

Accokeek foundation (2) new Part Time Educators
The Accokeek Foundation manages approximately 200 acres of land for public use within Piscataway Park, a national park located in Prince George’s County. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the Accokeek Foundation interprets the past, present, and future of agriculture and environmental stewardship. The park is open daily to visitors of all ages to enjoy a quiet landscape for education, recreation, and reflection.Position OverviewEducators serve as an informed and friendly ambassador for the Accokeek Foundation, providing engaging interpretive and educational experiences to school groups and the general public. Educators will lead programming on the cultural, historical, and environmental significance of Piscataway Park and its impact on the local community.
https://www.accokeekfoundation.org/_files/ugd/10ff7f_c46063634f064ddbb21d80289ac255cb.pdf

Capital City PCS part-time Garden Coordinator/Teacher Position
This is a part-time garden coordinator/teacher position that manages the school garden program for a PK-12 school. Over years we added garden space by grant and through partnerships that cover raised beds, pollinator-attracting & native plantings, and expansive edible forest gardens that provide lessons, support for students & families, and community engagement.If you are a highly dedicated organic gardener/educator/planner/collaborator/creatives who can wear many hats and enjoy working with a diverse range of people, and diligently make progress to make the long-term vision into reality, find the position details here.
Curious about our school? Check out our school website here.

LAYC is hiring a part-time Youth Garden Specialist to join our Food & Nutrition Program team!
This person will plan and lead garden-based programming for youth ages 6 to 18, and help develop and maintain raised-bed youth gardens. The job description is attached and available online here.
https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=eb7f80e5-7717-4205-a993-031b752e168c&ccId=19000101_000001&lang=en_US

Montgomery County (MD) Food Council is Hiring

National Capital Region Horticulturist
As a Horticulturist, you will be responsible for assisting the Regional Horticulturist improving the landscape management program for the National Capital Region at GSA.
https://www.usajobs.gov/job/646236800

DOEE River Corps Program is recruiting!
The River Corps Program engages District residents, ages 18–24, through classroom education and field-based experiences to gain technical skills needed to install, inspect, and maintain Green Infrastructure, and learn critical skills to secure employment. Trainees are paid a bi-weekly stipend of $650, an average of 25 hours/week, with opportunities for additional incentives during a 5-month duration. Learn more about the program and how to apply at https://doee.dc.gov/service/river-corps.

Food Rescue US –DC Site Coordinator
Food Rescue US (foodrescue.us), a national nonprofit, is hiring a Site Coordinatort o support the Washington, DC program’s mission to reduce food waste and hunger in the DMV. The Site Coordinator will work closely with the Food Rescue US–DC Site Director to support the day-to-day maintenance and growth of the program.
https://food-rescue-dc.s3.amazonaws.com/FoodRescueUS-DCJobPost.pdf

Takoma Park Seasonal Maintenance Technician
The City of Takoma Park is seeking Seasonal Maintenance Technicians to perform routine maintenance tasks for the Public Works Department, including mowing, gardening, and other Vegetation Maintenance team duties. The employees in this position are expected be active through October 2022, and may work up to 40 hours per week, as assigned.
https://career4.successfactors.com/career?career%5fns=job%5flisting&company=takomagov&navBarLevel=JOB%5fSEARCH&rcm%5fsite%5flocale=en%5fUS&career_job_req_id=5608&selected_lang=en_US&jobAlertController_jobAlertId=&jobAlertController_jobAlertName=&browserTimeZone=America/New_York&_s.crb=ddz7Y2MB1sBdkNEWJ4T1wOxeiIms70LFzdQXT7L7zlc%3d

KOL Foods Customer Happiness Specialist (F/T or P/T)  
KOL Foods is the only provider of kosher grass-fed US meat and organic, pastured poultry. We are looking for a new team member!  Do you listen carefully to our customers’ needs? Are you comfortable talking to strangers and do you love talking about food and cooking? Join the KOL Foods Family!
https://kolfoods.com/jobs/

Emma's Torch Positions
Provides culinary training and job placement services to refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking in Maryland.

https://emmastorch.org/

Casey Trees Open Positions

Executive Director DC Greens
Founded in 2009, DC Greens is a nonprofit organization that advances health equity by building a just and resilient food system in the nation’s capital. We believe racial justice, food access, and health equity are all connected, and that change requires systemic solutions and cross-sector collaboration.  We work in solidarity with those who are most impacted to build a more just food system and break down the systemic barriers that harm our community. We incubate programmatic solutions with an eye towards long-term sustainability and systemic up-take. By supporting advocacy efforts and helping to enact policy that uplifts people of color, DC Greens increases access to nutritious food and improves health outcomes.
https://goodinsight.catsone.com/careers/87859-General/jobs/15136543-Executive-Director/?mc_cid=bbdd8fa920&mc_eid=UNIQID

Owl's Nest Farm Work Traders
Owl's Nest Farm is looking for a few good work traders who can commit to spending Saturday mornings on our production farm in exchange for a share of produce.  We're just 15 miles outside DC!  First orientation is April 2.
http://arcadiafood.org/career-opportunities

Arcadia Farms Open Positions

  • Arcadia Farm Camp Manager
  • Arcadia Farm Camp Counselors

Grown@Pope Food Production and Donation Coordinator - Seasonal
The Grown@Pope Coordinator will be responsible for managing the food donation project in collaboration with the Montgomery County Parks Community Garden Program and Pope Farm Nursery. The focus of this project is to combat food insecurity in Montgomery County. The ideal candidate for this position will value community partnerships and uplifting the food system in Montgomery County. This position is a 50/50, administrative and field position. The successful candidate will be responsible for working with partners and volunteers to plant and maintain an area of .2 acres; harvest, and weigh produce; identify partners or food assistance providers that will receive food donations.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mncppc/jobs/3419205/grownpope-food-production-and-donation-coordinator-seasonal

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission  Community Gardens - Intern
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner. Behind the vast and diverse Montgomery County Department of Parks system is a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, 421 parks and over 37,000 acres of park land that serves a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington, DC area.  The Community Gardens Intern will report directly to the Community Garden Program Manager. The intern will assist the Montgomery County Department of Parks in conducting inspections at 12 community gardens across Montgomery County and will also focus on highlighting cultural diversity within the program, creating a newsletter, and initiating special summer projects.
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/mncppc/jobs/3438002/community-gardens-intern

The Montgomery County Food Council Food Security AmeriCorps VISTA
Are you interested in working to end hunger in Montgomery County? In building your leadership and community engagement skills while supporting a network of food assistance and social service providers, local government, public schools, advocacy organizations, and county residents?  If so, please consider applying to be our Food Security AmeriCorps VISTA! To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to jobs@mocofoodcouncil.org with the subject line “VISTA Application.” Cover letters should include a summary of the candidate’s experience and interest in community engagement and food systems issues. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of March 28, 2022.  Learn more about the VISTA Program here.

Common Good City Farm is hiring a Seasonal Farm Market Assistant! Common Good City Farm is looking for someone who is interested in supporting our weekly Farm Market on Wednesday afternoons along with monthly farm markets on Saturdays. The Farm Market Assistant will work 10 hours a week from April to September for $20/hour. Apply by March 18 for a start date by April 11. For more details and to apply, visit https://www.commongoodcityfarm.org/jobs-and-internships 

Deep Roots Positions

  • Market Manager/CSA & Events Coordinator
  • 2022 Field Crew (Full -Time & Part Time)

City Blossoms Open Positions

FRESHFARM's Institutional Giving Manager
Are you an equity-minded development professional passionate and excited about local food, food access and food education? Apply to be FRESHFARM's Institutional Giving Manager! Learn more about the role & hope to apply on our Employment Page.

DOEE Environmental Protection Specialist
DOEE is looking for an Environmental Protection Specialist to join the team that implements and enforces the Bag Law, Foam Ban, Plastic Straw Ban, and other regulations that reduce pollution in the District. The person will also support coordination of DOEE’s efforts under the Chesapeake Bay Program and manage DOEE grants. For more detailed information regarding this opportunity, please head to careers.dc.gov and enter 16041 in the search area.

WABA Vision Zero Campaign Manager
Interested in being a part of a movement to end traffic fatalities and severe injuries in the D.C. Metro Region? WABA is hiring a Vision Zero Campaign Manager to help organize the growing movement of advocates, families and coalition partners who are leading efforts to implement solutions to make streets safer for all road users.
https://waba.org/blog/2022/02/were-hiring-vision-zero-campaign-manager/

Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden 2022 Hands On Plant Science (HOPS) Fellowship.
This 6-week summer fellowship is an environmental education position that collaborates with the U.S. Botanic Garden Education team to facilitate the HOPS program. This fellowship is a unique opportunity to work with one of our Nation’s longest operating Botanic Gardens - an urban oasis located right in the heart of Washington D.C. More information about this position and the application process can be found here: https://usbgfriends.org/opportunities.

Yankee Clippers' professional pruning team is hiring.
No prior experience is necessary, just the love of beautiful gardens and hearty outdoor experiences. In this flexible, part-time position, (we prune from 9-2)  you'll learn our unique techniques while pruning alongside a host of fascinating people. We are former diplomats, lawyers, teachers, architects, at-home parent, engineers and more. We are current college students interested in the "green industry." Our gardens are located mostly in NW DC and the closest counties in MD and VA.  You must have a car.  Want to learn more??  Please go to our website www.yankeeclippers.com and fill out your contact information indicating you are interested in joining our team.

University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener Coordinator for Howard Co. 
This is a great opportunity for someone who likes working with people and plants and wants to have better stewardship of Mother Earth. For best consideration date for applications is March 13, 2022. Apply here: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/90944

University of Maryland Extension Horticulture Consultant (part-time)
Work for the UME Home & Garden Information Center, Ellicott City, MD. For more info or to submit a resume email Jon Traunfeld, Center Director; jont@umd.edu.

FoodCorps DC Applications Open for Service Members
FoodCorps works to connect kids to healthy food in schools by providing hands-on food and garden lessons, influencing healthy school meals, and building school-wide cultures of health. Check out our website to learn more about our impact in schools. Benefits of service include a $26,000 annual living stipend, a $6,345 Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service, health, dental and vision insurance, as well as student loan forbearance. Applications opened January 10th, 2022 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of March 31st. To learn more about service, visit foodcorps.org/apply. Got questions? Contact Malaika Simmons, DC Metro Area Program Coordinator, at malaika.simmons@foodcorps.org.

Love & Carrots Job Openings

  • Landscape Designer
  • Installation Crew

https://www.loveandcarrots.com/get-involved

DOEE Job Openings

  • Program Analyst (job ID 15785)
  • Energy Program Specialist (job ID 15779)
  • Branch Chiefs (job ID 15917)
https://careers.dc.gov/psc/erecruit/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?FOCUS=Applicant&

Crossroads Community Food Network Programs Assistant The Programs Assistant provides weekly support at the Wednesday farmers market as well as at nutrition and garden program activities and outreach events. This public-facing position will work with diverse members of the Takoma/Langley Crossroads community through a wide variety of activities.

https://www.crossroadscommunityfoodnetwork.org/were-hiring/

Three Part Harmony Farm Job Openings

The Accokeek Foundation is looking for three new full time hires:

  • Heritage Breed Livestock Manager
  • Heritage Livestock Farm Assistant
  • Historic Garden Assistant

Visit https://www.accokeekfoundation.org/careers for more information.

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

Green America Open Positions
https://www.greenamerica.org/were-hiring

Multiple Capital Area Food Bank Open Positions
http://capitalareafoodbank.appone.com/

DC Central Kitchen
https://dccentralkitchen.org/work-for-dcck/

NO KID HUNGRY: Share Our Strength Open Positions
Numerous job listings at this link
https://nokidhungrycareers.silkroad.com/?mc_cid=f2760ac6bd&mc_eid=eb3a7a783b

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

Numerous job listings at this link
http://udc.applicantstack.com/x/openings

DOEE Green Pathways
Are you interested in a career, fellowship, internship, summer job, or volunteer experience in the field of energy and the environment? The goal of DOEE’s Green Pathways is to provide students, young adults, and those interested in energy and the environment with jobs and opportunities in this field.
https://doee.dc.gov/greenpathways

 
 

Grants and Funding
 
 

 

Posner Foundation Funding for Preventing Food Waste
Deadline: April 28, 2022
The Posner Foundation announces an open RFP competition in its Environment program, specifically focused on preventing food waste.
https://posnerfoundation.org/news

DOEE Grants and Funding

Look for these funding opportunities this fall on DOEE’s website under "Grants and Other Funding".

DOEE Green Stormwater Infrastructure Signage Program
May 6, 2022
DOEE seeks eligible entities to implement a comprehensive planning and design process for identification and interpretative signage, and produce designs and specifications, for the District’s green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). The grantee will also test prototypes and develop a user’s manual of signage for future fabrication and installation. The amount available for the project is approximately $300,000.  To obtain a copy of the RFA, head to the attachments section of our website here. For additional information regarding this RFA, write to: 2022gsisigns.grants@dc.gov. 

Ditch the Disposable: Awards to Reduce Waste Program
Friday, May 6, 2022 at 6 PM. 
DOEE is proud to announce the brand new DITCH THE DISPOSABLES program! Created by the Zero Waste Act, this program will fund selected projects at food-serving entities in the District to transition from disposable to reusable foodware.The grant program is administered through Chesapeake Bay Trust. Please check the links below for more information on who is eligible for the grant and what types of projected can be funded, and for upcoming information about application workshops. For more information on the program: https://doee.dc.gov/disposables   For the full Request for Applications (RFA) and to apply: https://cbtrust.org/grants/district-of-columbia-ditch-the-disposables/  Questions? Contact Lindsay Brubaker, Program Assistant, lbrubaker@cbtrust.org or by phone at (410) 974-2941 x112

Parks as Community Wellness Hubs 2022
With the support of the Walmart Foundation, NRPA is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds to increase equitable access to healthy foods and reduce food insecurity through the development of Community Wellness Hubs in parks and recreation. Through the grant, 15 organizations will be awarded $90,000 over the 18-month grant period and will receive extensive training and technical assistance to develop community-driven, equity-centered hubs supporting increased food access. Request for proposals will be open from April 1 to May 13, 2022. All eligible local government and not-for-profit organizations that manage, represent or work in close partnership with parks and recreation are encouraged to apply. Watch this recording to learn more about this funding opportunity. Learn more and apply. Learn more about Community Wellness Hub models by watching a short three-part video series here.

District of Columbia Urban Agriculture Small Award Program
Thursday, May 19, 2022, at 6pm
The DC Office of Urban Agriculture would like to announce that the District of Columbia Urban Agriculture Small Award Program is now open and accepting applications. Entities can apply for up to $10,000 to support urban agriculture initiatives in the District. For technical assistance contact Carlton Burns at (410) 974-2941 x 125 or cburns@cbtrust.org  For general questions contact Brenda Perez at brenda.perez@dc.gov
https://cbtrust.org/grants/district-of-columbia-urban-agriculture/

DOEE and Chesapeake Bay Trust have a new Donation and Reuse Award Program.
May 19th, 2022 at 6 PM
See below for more information on how your organization can apply for awards up to $10,000! The award can be used for a variety of purposes, including food rescue. Can you help spread the word to anyone you think might be interested? The Chesapeake Bay Trust and the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment are excited to announce the District of Columbia Donation and Reuse Award Program. The Chesapeake Bay Trust (Trust) is a nonprofit, grant-making organization dedicated to improving the bays, streams, rivers, forests, parks, and other natural resources of our local systems. The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is the leading authority on energy and environmental issues affecting the District of Columbia, aiming to promote environmentally responsible behavior that will lead to a more sustainable urban environment The goal of this program is to increase diversion of reusable material, through programs, services, outreach, and education. The purpose of the Donation and Reuse awards are to provide funding for donation and reuse projects, programs, and services for increased donation and reuse opportunities of materials otherwise headed to the waste stream in the District. The awards may also fund education and outreach efforts to increase the public’s understanding of the importance of donation and reuse and increase awareness of current donation and reuse opportunities and best practices. See the RFA for more information on eligible project types. Requests from nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, government agencies, universities/educational institutions, or private enterprises are welcome. If located outside of the District, application must clearly show how proposal serves District residents, businesses, and/or other entities.If you have any questions about the Donation and Reuse Award RFA, the mission of the Trust, or the application process, please contact Rylee Kennedy at rkennedy@cbtrust.org, 410-974-2941 x 119.
To view the Request for Applications: https://cbtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/Donation-and-Reuse-RFA-FY22.pdf
To learn more about this award program or to start an application: District of Columbia Donation and Reuse Award Program - Chesapeake Bay Trust (cbtrust.org)

DMPED Food Access Fund
Rolling basis
The purpose of the Food Access Fund (FAF) Grant is to increase equitable access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food by securing grocery stores, and restaurants; support existing small businesses; attract new businesses; increase the District’s tax base; create new job opportunities for District residents; and transform designated emerging commercial corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers. The FAF Grant will support qualified businesses with capital for tenant improvements related to expansion of operations into a new location in an area identified as having low food access (as set forth in the Act), with priority given to locations in Ward 7 or Ward 8. DMPED will award up to a maximum of $7,000,000.00 in grants to successful grantees under this program.
https://dmped.dc.gov/page/food-access-fund

Commercial Property Acquisition Fund
Rolling Basis
Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, in partnership with the Council of the District of Columbia, are strategically investing up to $4 million in the Commercial Property Acquisition Fund. The Commercial Property Acquisition Fund is devised to provide down payment assistance through grants of up to $750,000 or 25% of the sale price, whichever is less, to eligible businesses looking to maintain and expand their operations to a physical presence by acquiring commercial property located in the District.
https://dmped.dc.gov/page/commercial-property-acquisition-fund

The Grassroots Fund's Grant Programs
Fesigned to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities. We offer three grant programs for different types of groups:

  • Seed grants are designed to support new (often less than 1 year old) environmental projects.
  • Grow grants support initiatives that look to deepen their work or broaden participation.
  • The Young Leaders program supports efforts with significant leadership by organizers under 25 years old. 

Click on the program tabs below to learn more about guidlines, eligibility criteria and to start an application. https://grassrootsfund.org/grant-programs

Nourish DC Collaborative
Financing, Technical Assistance, and Grants to Help DC Food Businesses Expand Economic Prosperity
Launched in 2021, the Nourish DC Collaborative was created in partnership with the District government to support the development of a robust ecosystem of locally owned food businesses, neighborhood vibrancy, and health equity in DC communities, especially in neighborhoods underserved by grocery stores and other food businesses. Nourish DC provides flexible loans, technical assistance, and catalytic grants to emerging and existing food businesses in the District of Columbia, with a preference for businesses located in or owned by residents of underserved neighborhoods.
https://www.capitalimpact.org/what/capacity-building/nourish-dc-collaborative/

Nourish DC Collaborative Catalytic Grant Application Opens
Catalytic grants will support businesses increasing access to healthy food and creating quality jobs.

  • Total Grant Funding: $250,000 available in 2021
  • Grant Range: $10,000-$50,000
  • Grant Uses Include: New product development, marketing, technology, equipment, real estate acquisition, construction, tenant improvements
  • Eligible Business Location: Food business must be physically located in DC, preference for Wards 5, 7, or 8
  • Eligible Business Revenue: Food businesses generating revenue equal to two times the amount of grant funding requested

https://www.capitalimpact.org/what/capacity-building/nourish-dc-collaborative/

THE DC KIVA HUB @ DSLBD IS OPEN!
DSLBD has partnered with Kiva, a platform for financing your business using crowdsourcing tools. To learn more about how you can take advantage of this amazing opportunity to raise capital, especially if you have struggled to find financing through traditional routes, visit DSLBD.DC.gov/DCKivaHub for more information.
 
Philanthropy News Digest - Published RFPs
Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for U.S.-based grant-making organizations and nonprofits. To have your RFP considered for publication, please email pndrfp@candid.org with a Word document, text-only file, or link to a Web site explaining the program scope, grantee qualifications, application instructions, and deadlines. We require notice of funding opportunities four weeks in advance of their deadlines.
New RFPs include: 
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On-going Grants (no deadlines)


Serve DC Funding Alert
Full list of funding opportunities and resources found here. Recently updated on Sept. 11:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/DCWASH/bulletins/29fe0f3

DOEE Notice of Funding Availability
https://doee.dc.gov/page/grants-and-other-funding

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

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

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


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


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

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

Empowering Families and Individuals Funds
Deadline: None
James M. Cox Foundation announces funds to support programs and projects in the areas of conservation and the environment, early childhood education (birth to five years), empowering families and individuals for success and health.  Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations  Contact: James M. Cox Foundation at CorporateGiving@coxinc.com Website: https://www.coxenterprises.com/corporate-responsibility/corporate-giving

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

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

SBIR Funding Opportunities
https://www.epa.gov/sbir/sbir-funding-opportunities

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture awards AFRI research, education, and extension grants to combat childhood obesity, improve rural economies, increase food production, create new sources of energy, mitigate the impacts of climate variability, address water availability issues, ensure food safety and security, and train the next generation of agricultural workforce. 
https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY%202017_AFRI%20Foundational_RFA.pdf

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

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

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

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

USDA/NRCS Conservation Programs
(Funds for High Tunnels for Urban Farms)
Financial Assistance Programs, Easement Programs,  Partnership Programs and funds for High Tunnels
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/md/programs/farmbill/
Environmentall Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/md/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcseprd416254
AMA (Agricultural Management Assistance Program) https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/md/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=nrcseprd416254 (Irrigation System can be financed through this program.

ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grants
Timeframe: Ongoing — No Deadline
The ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies dedicated to the prevention and elimination of animal cruelty throughout the United States (animal agriculture included).
http://www.aspcapro.org/grant/2013/02/12/aspca-anti-cruelty-grants

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

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

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

 

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