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Mid-April Urban Gardener Newsletter

Hello Gardeners! 

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We recently partnered with the amazing folks who manage Rooting DC, DC's Annual Urban Ag Festival, to increase the number of people receiving this free, solicitation-free, all volunteer managed, newsletter.   

Rooting DC and DUG Network both share a common goal to promote, support and grow through building connections, the DC urban Ag movement.  Since Rooting DC only focuses on one amazing event a year, we decided to partner and continue Rooting DC's mission by combining our email lists for the DUG Newsletter to continue promoting, supporting and connecting people in the Urban Ag movement all year long.

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We send a newsletter out every two weeks, and 1-3 times a year (3 is our self imposed max) we highlight an urgent and important cause or program (never a solicitation).  We're very sensitive about not overloading anyone's inbox.  Also the DUG Network is managed by an all volunteer cooperative that does not try to profit in any way.

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DUG Network Announcement

Recruiting Editor(s) for the DUG Network Bimonthly Newsletter
Looking for someone(s) to help research new local events and resources to promote and help create and design the bimonthly newsletter.  This is a great chance to learn/practice editing skills while helping the DC local urban Ag and food justice movement.  Must be available for 5-10 hours a month for at least a 6 month commitment.  DUG Network is an all volunteer cooperative. Email for more details.


DC Coronavirus Updates


From April 14th- April 30th, Produce Plus Direct will enroll DC residents to receive 10 weeks of produce at a farmers market or community site between June 1 & September 30. Go to starting tomorrow to apply to enter the lottery for a Produce Plus farmers market slot.

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (FMGG) Online Plant & Herb Sale
The Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s annual Spring Plant & Herb Sale is back! Things are a little different this year due to pandemic precautions, with pre-paid, online sales and curbside pickup only, but for the first time, everything this year is Monastery-grown! Volunteers needed from Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 9 am - 5 pm for setup through Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 2 pm - 5 pm for dismantling and will receive plant & herb sale discount (contact with available date/time).
Order online at link below

Food To Good To Go (app)
Start saving delicious surplus food at great prices!
We dream of a planet with no food waste, and every day we’re working on making that a reality. Our app is the most direct way for you to get involved - just download, log on, and get saving perfectly good, surplus food from your local stores.

Documentary Series FEED Ward 8ATE (Recordings)
How might we create a new and inclusive food culture to improve the health and wealth of Ward 8, where the cost of living is outpacing the incomes and life expectancies of many residents. Putting you in the driver’s seat, each episode of this call-and-response/call to-action-documentary requires you to get engaged in the storytelling. Capture your insights, actions and impacts, and send it to our team.

Elevate Student Voice in School Meals campaign
To participate students submit a less than 60 second video BEFORE MAY 7th via Instagram Reels (or Email) responding to ONE of the following prompts:
  • If you could eat anything for school lunch, what would it be and why?
  • Why are the foods that make up school meals important for your health and success?
  • How can we take school meals to the next level?
  • At the end of the 2020/21 school year, DCPS Food and Nutrition Services will announce 5 winning videos and the changes that they will make to the DCPS school meal program in response to those student’s requests. The campaign is approved to allow students to claim up to 7 community service hours towards their graduation requirements.
You can find more instructions in the attached flyer and on our website.

Regional School Garden Summit Feedback Survey
The United States Botanic Garden, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and City Blossoms are planning a unique Regional School Garden Summit that will bring together organizations and educators on the topic of school gardens, and food, agriculture, and nature-based education. The goal is to bring together those who are regionally located and working in this field in order to share knowledge, resources, and attend trainings. By filling out this survey you are helping us shape the summit, which we aim to hold in-person in 2022.

DC Mushroom Lovers on the Hunt

Project EDEN’s mission is to grow food — and community — in Southeast D.C.

Have a Swarm of Bees? Here's What To Do
As nerdy as it may seem, “swarm” means something different to a beekeeper than it does to a normal person, but we are still here to help you out. Please email, call (202)255-4318 if you have a swarm like this, and we will try to collect it.
Full Information Here


Ethical Chocolate Guide

Food Justice


Highlighted Causes

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Urgent Needs

Digital Access Fund Resource Application
If you need a resource (earbuds, printer ink, computer cases, money for internet bill, etc.) that DCTA can help provide for you, please fill out the form!
Read through the resource guide before applying -
Feel free to reach out with any questions by email ( or Instagram DM (@DCTeensAction).
Application Form Listed Here

Donate Your Stimulus Checks to Migrant Families
Go Fund Me Listed Here
A Reparations Map for Farmers of Color May Help Right Historical Wrongs

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:
Sign up via the Food Rescue US app (scroll to the bottom)
Follow these accounts and newsletters for lists of daily actions, frequent updates, and urgent protests needs in Greater DC Area
Individual Events
DC Peace Team Offering New ONLINE Courses
  • 4/17 We will offer an ONLINE training on Introduction to Nonviolent Communication from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm EST with a one hour break. REGISTER HERE
  • 4/21 We will offer an ONLINE Anti-Racism Restorative Circle on Intersectionality from 7-8:30pm EST. REGISTER HERE
  • 4/24 We will offer an ONLINE training on Introduction to Active Bystander Intervention from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm EST with a one hour break. REGISTER HERE
  • 4/28 We will offer an ONLINE Anti-Racism Restorative Circle on Microaggressions from 7-8:30pm EST. REGISTER HERE
  • 5/15 We will offer an ONLINE training in Bystander Intervention and De-Escalation from 10am-3pm EST with a 1 hour break. REGISTER HERE
  • CNVC++ Spring Series- May - This CNVC++ series of workshops is rooted in Compassionate Nonviolent Communication framework (CNVC) and expanded with supporting modalities.
  • We will offer ONLINE I-messages, Centering & Intention Setting for Clarity in Communication on Wednesday, May 5th 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT or Sunday, May 9th 7-8:30pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • We will offer ONLINE Judgments, Accusations & Assumptions on Wednesday, May 12th 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT or Sunday, May 16th 7-8:30pm EDT  REGISTER HERE
  • We will offer ONLINE Exploring Belonging on Wednesday, May 19th 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT or Sunday, May 23rd 7-8:30pm EDT  REGISTER HERE
  • We will offer ONLINE Beyond Cancel Culture ~ Forgiveness, Acceptance & Accountability on Wednesday, May 26th 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT or Sunday, May 30th 7-8:30pm EDT  REGISTER HERE

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.

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.

ROC-DC Member Orientation / Orientación para MiembrosMonthly orientation every last Monday of each month from 1pm-2:30pmAre 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.
The Hunger for Justice Series
The COVID-19 crisis is exposing an enduring and extremely dangerous problem – the inequities within our food system. In honor of a global response, A Growing Culture (AGC) is announcing The Hunger for Justice Series, a weekly live broadcast about how we feed everyone in a Post-Covid World. AGC will showcase the stories and voices of our global network, highlighting local solutions to feeding the world on a changing planet. Each week, we will be hosting an hour long, candid conversation with activists at the frontlines of the global food movement. Themes like gender equality, farmworker rights, trade policy, seed patents, climate change, and land grabs will be explored through the lens of food sovereignty.
Recent Recorded Series and Events

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

BLM DC press conference on white supremacist violence protected by MPD during Proud Boys rally
Full video

Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty - Film By Soul Fire Far"Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty” features a riveting keynote address delivered by Soul Fire Farm’s Co-Founder and Farm Manager, Leah Penniman, and closes with a performance by world-renowned poet, Soul Fire Farm’s Program Manager, Naima Penniman. The 45 minute long HD video also highlights other members of the Soul Fire Farm team, and includes premier footage of the farm itself. 
Trailer Link
Full Video Exclusive Access

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

Chickpeeps Vegan Podcast - New Episode - Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity in Veganism with Aryenish Birdie
In this episode, Aryenish describes how she inherited her respect for animals from her parents, who bonded as teenagers while protecting stray dogs on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan.
Available anywhere you get your podcasts.
More information Here

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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 Now

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

Educational Webinars

This lecture series will take place entirely online, with a new speaker on the second Wednesday of the month from October 2020 to September 2021.
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Virginia Cooperative Extension Vegetable Gardening
February 1 - June 16, 2021
The course is a combination of self-paced learning and two live sessions, and offers something for both beginning and experienced gardeners. Growing your own food, using nature as a guide and incorporating sustainable practices is good for our bodies and good for the earth.  This course covers the essential topics — planning the garden from seed to harvest, using organic and sustainable techniques to develop healthy productive gardens, growing good soil, dealing with wildlife and specific techniques for container and indoor vegetable gardens.
Crossroad Farmers Market in the Takoma Langley Crossroads, MD Opening
April 14th-November 24th from 10:30-2:30
Both accepts and matches SNAP, P-EBT, WIC FMNP, Senior FMNP, and e-WIC. We're always looking for volunteers as well, especially in the summer when the WIC checks are distributed and the market picks up. I've attached an Opening Day graphic as well.

Shop at Common Good City Farm’s Farm Market (Pay-what-you-can)
Wednesday, April 14 - November 17, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Common Good City Farm - 300 V St NW

Pre-order produce, meat, and dairy (Pre-orders open Friday-Sunday for pickup the following Wednesday). You can still shop at the Farm Market, even if you do not pre-order.  Buy produce and more from Common Good City Farm, Franklin Sustainable Farm, Dreaming out Loud, and Sylvanaqua Farms at our Farm Market! We will continue to offer a pay-what-you-can model. When we ring you up at the market, we will provide a suggested retail price. However, if you are unable to pay that amount or have additional resources and would like to support our food access efforts, you can pay more, less, or the suggested amount (this is a self assessment of your ability to pay- no questions asked and no explanation necessary). We are hoping that by offering this pricing flexibility, this will allow the greatest number of people to access the produce needed. We also have SNAP matching that can triple the value of your SNAP benefits. You can also choose to pay-what-you-can whether you have SNAP or not. SNAP matching is only available on produce items.

Beginning BeekeepingSundays starting April 18th, 5pmSix Sundays to learn everything you need to know to get your bee hives up and running and how to keep your bees thriving through the year.

Bloom Webinar Schedule
Find the list of upcoming webinars below:
  • April 18- Kemetic Yoga for Beginners with Lindsay Gary
  • April 20- Into the Herbalist's Kitchen - Class 1 Infused Vinegars & Honey with Liz Henke
  • April 22- RETURN: Iteration & Imagination with Terican Gross
  • April 29- “Revolutionary Self Love” Workshop Series with Lucretia VanDyke
  • May 4 - Growing Tropical Medicines in Northern Climates with Brandon Ruiz
  • May 6 - Grow Your Own Herbs - 2 Part Series with Henriette den Ouden
  • May 11 - Small Scale Composting 101 with Tania Hester
Click on link for many more classes throughout year

US Botanic Gardens
Find the list of upcoming webinars below. Registration closes prior to the event so sign up today!
  • 4/22 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Online Demo: Spring Container Gardening
  • 4/22 12:00 PM - Online Cooking Demo: Picking Peppers
  • 4/23 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Online Lecture: Floral Design: An Intro To Cut Flowers
  • 4/23 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Plant Science Conversations: Global Coffee Conservation And Genetics (Online Discussion)
  • 4/24 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Unexpected Foraging With Alexis Nikole Nelson
  • 4/29 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Online Lecture: Usbg At 200 (Part 1): Deeply Rooted
  • 4/30 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Online: Live: Cooking With Lemon And Tamarind
  • 5/1 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - The Return Of Periodical Cicadas (Online Lecture)
  • 5/5 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - The Art Of Plant Anatomy (Online Workshop)
  • 5/7 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Online Lecture: Starting Seeds For A Successful Season
  • 5/8 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Seasonal Vegetable Gardening (Online Q&a)
  • 5/11 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Online Lecture: Usbg At 200 (Part 2): Branching Outward
  • 5/13 12:00 PM - Online Cooking Demo: Fun Fennel & Super Celery
  • 5/14 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - A Twist On Sandwiches With Fight Club: Local Chef Series (Online Cooking Demo)
Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia - Upcoming Webinars Full List of Events Here:

Cultivate the City
We’re always looking to host fun events at our rooftop including classes, workshops, cooking demos, happy hours, potlucks and volunteer opportunities. See the upcoming list of events here, and sign up at the link below.
  • Saturday, April 24, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM - Amaro Making
  • Sunday, April 25, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM - Indoor and Container Gardening 101
  • Saturday, May 1, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM - Grow Your Own Microgreens!
  • Saturday, May 8, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM - Hydroponics & Vertical Gardening
  • Sunday, May 9, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM - Hot Sauce Blending
  • Saturday, May 15, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM - Plant Propagation 101: Seeds, Cuttings and Clones

Understanding the Nutrition Facts Label
This workshop is designed to make reading and understanding the nutrition facts label quick and easy. Workshop participants will receive an electronic certificate of completion 7 to 10 days after completing the workshop. Register Here:
The following sessions are upcoming:
April 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
May 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Veggie Series!!!
This 15-hour certificate introductory course is designed to provide participants with evidenced-based health benefits of eating vegetables, recommended daily intakes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) MyPlate, cup equivalents, selection, storage, and preparation tips.
Register Here:
The following sessions are upcoming:
April 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
May 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

DPR Urban Grower Webinar Course 
Every Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm
Now more than ever people are understanding the importance of growing our own food. That’s why during this time of social distancing the DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Urban Grower Course has been converted into an online webinar course called the DPR Urban Grower Webinar Course. The DPR Urban Grower Webinar Course is a FREE online course focused on teaching people all the basics of urban growing from building and maintaining a home garden to cooking and preserving your harvest.

  • April 21 – Urban Composting
  • April 28 – Urban Fruit trees
  • May 5 – Food Justice 101: National/International Issues
  • May 12 – Food Justice 201: Local Issues
  • May 19 – Harvesting, Cooking, and Preserving
If full sign up for the waiting list to receive class recordings for free
  • Tuesday, April 20, 12 pm - Spring Emergents
  • Thursday, April 29, 12 pm - Summer Container Gardens
  • Thursday, May 6, 12 pm - Woodland Gardens

Register Here

DC Zero Waste Home Composting Workshops
The workshops will last approximately 2-3 hours, and will teach you the science of composting, what can be composted at home, how to compost at home, different types of home composting systems, best management practices, and more! Workshops are for District residents only and are first-come, first-serve.

More info about the Home Composting program at

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon
1 hour webinars, Cost is FREE

  • 4/28/2021: Does Your Deworming Program Need a Tune-Up? Best Practices for Deworming Cattle
  • 5/12/2021: Estate Planning
  • 5/26/2021: Health Insurance Options for Farmers

Full Schedule

Fox Haven Organic Farm
Find the list of upcoming webinars below:

Calendar of Events

Spring Planting, Bed Prep, and Soil Health at Gathering Springs FarmTuesday, April 20, 2021 at 1 PM
**IN PERSON** Join us at Gathering Springs Farm in Middleburg, Virginia, to learn how Pamela Jones and Sarah Waybright are building their operation while farming part-time and raising families. Located just an hour outside of DC, Gathering Springs is home to vegetables, mixed perennials, and laying hens. At this field day, we'll hear how Pam and Sarah first became interested in farming, how they made decisions in their first couple of years in operation, and what they have planned for this - their third growing season. Come prepared for some hands-on work in the soil: it's spring transplanting time. We'll take a look at what Pam and Sarah do to build and maintain soil health, how they prepare their beds, and then get some spring plants in the ground. We'll end the day with socially-distanced snacks - please bring your own.

The Wonderful World of Native Plants and Pollinators
April 20, 2021 from 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
The birds in our yards, the food on our plates and the money in our wallets all benefit from native plants and pollinators. What to learn how? Join us for a free, online open forum about all the benefits of native plants and pollinators. Learn from experts and take part in a discussion about the native plants in your garden, visiting pollinators and more.
Learn more:

Climate Town Hall with Eleanor Holmes Norton
Wed, April 21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Citizens’ Climate Lobby DC is excited to announce a Climate Town Hall with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. On Wed April 21st, Representative Norton will share her beliefs and strategies around climate action and answer questions from Citizens' Climate Lobby about viable solutions to climate change. Attendees will also be invited to raise their own questions, comments and concerns with Representative Norton during the meeting.

Earth Month Climate Fair
Wed, April 21, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The world is on an unsustainable path, but every person has real power to make an impact on climate change. Citizens’ Climate Lobby DC chapter is hosting this Earth Month Climate Fair to share knowledge, stories, and ideas about addressing climate change. In this virtual climate fair, participants will be able to attend virtual discussion rooms to learn the basics of climate action based on your interests.

Earth Day 🌎 🌍 🌏 Trivia Night
Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm
Join Common Good City Farm for virtual Earth Day Trivia on. How much do you know about farming, fruit trees, beekeeping, medicinal herbs, and more? Test your knowledge with our Earth Day-themed Trivia Night!

USNA Herbarium Series: Pressing Matters
April 22nd 2:00 PM EST
What is an herbarium and how is the U.S. National Arboretum’s different from others? Join us as we explore the shelves of the U.S. National Arboretum’s herbarium collection and delve into the history, evolution and significance of herbaria.
Register Here

Trash Empire digital screening and Q&AThursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:30 PM EDT – 9:45 PM
Join a digital screening of Trash Empire (35 mins) followed by an open Q&A with the filmmaker. A screening link will be posted here prior to the event!
Over the past two years filmmaker William Reid has only spent $5.50 on food. He survived on food from the dumpster. Now he's on a mission to better understand what is going on. Throughout the film he leverages the absurdity of his diet to gain access to key people in government and industry while he explores the underbelly of American agriculture. The central question that Trash Empire seeks to answer is 'How can we provide more nutritious food to people in need while creating less waste?'

Native Spring Ephemerals
Apr 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Spring is a magical time of year when the forest floor comes to life with colorful and complex wildflowers. Join Amy Mawby for an ecological exploration of the season with a focus on its harbingers, our native spring ephemerals. Go on a photographic journey of our most fleeting flowers while discovering cultural information and fun facts.

Food Justice & Urban Agriculture in the District
Mon, April 26, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Join the DC State Fair for a virtual conversation with local leaders as we explore issues of food justice in the District, steps local organizations are taking to build a more equitable food system and how you can support DC urban agriculture.

A Community of Gardeners Movie Showing
Tuesday, April 27, 5-6PM
Sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
A Community of Gardeners explores the vital role of seven Washington, D.C. community gardens as sources of fresh, nutritious food, outdoor classrooms, places of healing, links to immigrants’ native countries, centers of social interaction, and oases of beauty and calm in inner-city neighborhoods. The film also looks back on the history of community gardens in the United States, from the potato patch farms of the late 19th century, to the victory gardens of World War II, to community gardening’s current renaissance

Helping Communities Gain Access to Green Spaces
Apr 29, 2021 12:00 PM
What do pop-up arboretums, roof top gardens and museum collections have in common? Find out how local public agencies are combining limited resources to make gardens and green spaces more accessible and equitable to local communities. Panelists will discuss how they are helping communities gain access to green spaces that traditionally provide solace, feelings of self-sufficiency, and improvements in physical and mental well-being.

An Evening with Howard Youth (author of “Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C.”)
April 29, 5-6pm
Join us for a lively conversation with Howard Youth and Kirk Johnson on the arc that led Howard to document nature in the District. Gary Krupnick, conservation botanist at the National Museum of Natural History, will provide introduction remarks.

PolliNation DC
Begins April 30, 2021
A one-year citizen science project in Washington, D.C., community gardens.  Community gardens are a valuable social, ecological and environmental resource, but we currently know very little about the pollinator species visiting them, their ecology, and the impact of human activity on their populations in DC. Intentionally or not, organic community gardens provide food and shelter for wildlife such as birds, mammals, snails and slugs, insects, spiders and even roly poly crustaceans. Gardners then are intricately connected to nature and in one sense are wildlife managers. As a citizen scientist, you are encouraged to help record the bee, butterfly, wasp, fly, moth, beetle, ant and other insect species visiting and acting as pollinators for both native and non-native plants in community garden sites to help fill this knowledge gap. This iNaturalist database is a place for you to record your own observations and to browse those of others at other DC community garden locations. We encourage you to document all the pollinators and all other wildlife in the gardens to share with the community, and to take some satisfaction getting to know your wildlife.

Smile Herb Shop
4908 Berwyn Road College Park, MD 20740

  • SAT, MAY 1 AT 10 AM - Foundations of Herbalism: Herbal Botany, Plant ID, Summer Virtual Herb Walk
  • SAT, MAY 1 - MAY 2 - Foundations of Herbalism: Botany, Plant ID, Wildcrafting, & Harvesting
  • SUN, MAY 2 AT 10 AM - Foundations of Herbalism: Sustainable Harvesting, Medicine Making, Storage

Empowering The Diner Through Wine Session
May 21, 8:30PM - 10:00PM
Empowering the Diner is a Black women-led food and beverage event centered on collaboration and inclusion in which we bring folx together to discuss, learn, and explore their palate and dining experiences. We seek to dismantle colonizer-led perspectives and gatekeeping practices by challenging the status quo through creative, multi-faceted, and BIPOC-led educational and hospitable experiences. By changing how we access food and beverage education and hospitality, we make space for more folx who feel excluded by the discriminatory, racist, and sexist practices embedded in the industry from the guest to the professional.

Home Apothecary Program - Mark your calendars!
March-November 2021
Join me at Common Good City Farm for a season-long program on growing, harvesting, preparing, and using your own herbs. Meets twice monthly, March-November. Setup will be flexible to accommodate COVID safety guidelines; all foreseeable options include small group hands-on classes.

  • Saturdays 10am-1pm: planting, tending, harvesting, and making herbal preparations from the plants we grow together.
  • Mondays 6-9pm: lecture format-- community herbalism, herbal theory and practice, materia medica
Info and registration will be found here when the class is formally announced. Details from 2020 on the above website are similar to details for the upcoming program.
Creating A Thriving Volunteer Team: Best Practices for Effective Recruitment, Management, and Retention in a Food Assistance Organization
Tuesday May 25th, 11AM-12PM
Join us for a virtual training to learn best practices for recruiting and managing volunteers in your food assistance organization. You will learn strategies that have worked successfully during COVID-19 and beyond, including:
  • how to use free tools that improve volunteer recruitment
  • Tips for leveraging a volunteer team for maximum efficiency
  • Techniques that motivate and support volunteers.

You will also hear first-hand from food assistance providers about challenges and solutions for effective volunteer management. Most important, you will take away action items that you can put to work immediately. Co-hosted by the Montgomery County Food Council and the Montgomery County Volunteer Center.
Register here:

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Recent Recorded Classes

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.

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.

Botany Everyday: Online Classes
6 day online class about plant botany and foraging
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

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:


Program Highlights
Volunteer with DC Mutual Aid Apothecary
The DC Mutual Aid Apothecary is a community based project that provides free herbal medicine, education and a network for local herbalists and herbal enthusiasts to come together to make herbal medicine and share herbal traditions. In 2020 we provided free herbal medicine, medicine making sessions and apothecary Pop-Ups in DC. We are currently looking for volunteer leaders who can commit 8-10 hours a month to help support this project during the 2021 growing season (May-September). BIPOC Herbalists encouraged to apply!

Host your own Little Red Bird Botanicals plant walk, medicine-making workshop, or botany class!
Topics can be customized to the event, and may include:
  • Edible wild plants
  • Local medicinal herbs
  • Botany and plant identification
  • Ethical and respectful harvesting practices
  • Making your own herbal medicine
  • Health-specific topics
A plant walk can happen anywhere! Tree boxes, railroad tracks, and alleys can be just as interesting as your local park or woodland. Walks usually last 1-3 hours depending on the interest level of the group. Kids are always welcome. I’ve done classes for individuals, families, organizations, schools, and neighborhood groups. The optimal group size is under 20. During Covid restrictions in-person class size is limited to 10 outdoor participants. To schedule a walk, please email

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.
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
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, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers.  It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.


Local Monthly Garden Podcasts
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
Patrick Johnson owns a farm in Richmond, Virginia called NANIH Farm and Garden. Patrick has a rich background in agriculture. He served in the Peace Corps, got his graduate degree from Cornell, and has been farming and teaching about farming for thirty years.

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
#106: Transcendence: The Black Agricultural Experience
In this brief episode, Melissa L. Jones shares a personal piece on transcendence and the black agricultural experience, a reflection of the past, present and future.

All about gardening in the greater Washington, DC, and Mid-Atlantic area. Hosted by Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine (www.
Newest Episode
GardenDC Podcast Episode 55: Container Gardening Basics
In this episode, we talk with Michaelle Scanlon and Deborah Lessne, co-owners of Garden sPOTS, about container gardening basic. The plant profile is on Asparagus and we share our upcoming events and local gardening news!

Pegplant's Podcast
Pegplant's Podcast is a weekly podcast providing news to the mid-Atlantic gardening community, including events, books, plants, and products. Produced by Peggy Riccio, pegplant.
Newest Episode
News about tracking cicadas and purchasing cicada-related merchandise, seed purchasing deals, public gardens opening up again, art exhibits at public gardens, a new way to compost, upcoming gardening events, and new books.
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
S2:E4 April Permaculture
Spring is here! We are so ready to get in our gardens and hope you are as well.  In this episode, we are joined by Justinian Dispenza, who runs the Eastern Shore Permaculture Institute.   We talked all about what permaculture is and how to incorporate its ideas into our own gardens.   Permaculture is an approach to land management and philosophy that adopts arrangements observed in flourishing natural ecosystems.

Volunteer Opportunities
Lederer Communal Farm
Every Monday and Wednesday from 10-2pm
4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE, Washington, DC 20019

Looking for volunteers who can help during the week day afternoons (weekend and evening volunteer times coming soon) to help restore a half acre production farm to increase food access and community programs in ward 7.
Email for more info

Volunteer With the Farm at Kelly Miller
Wednesdays 10am - 2pm and Fridays from 10am - 2pm
301 49th St NE, 20019
Are you looking for a fun socially distant outdoor activity? Look no further. The Farm at Kelly Miller is the spot for you and your crew!
Starting this week, volunteer hours at the farm are now on
Wednesdays 10am - 2pm and Fridays from 10am - 2pm. Email for more details.

Horace Mann Elementary School - Spring and Summer Gardening Volunteers
Horace Mann Elementary School in Ward 3 is looking for volunteers for their spring and summer gardening seasons.  Mann has nine learning gardens from land to the rooftop. We are committed to teaching children about the importance of native plants and raising food, and we maintain nature play areas with sustainable landscaping to support their environmental literacy. All work is socially distanced and masked. Come work in a group (Thursdays & Saturdays 11-2) or work on an independent project. Contact Amy, the School Garden Coordinator at to sign-up.
Help with Food Access!
Volunteer with Joyful Food Markets and Increase Food Access in DC!
Joyful Food Markets are run exclusively in elementary schools in Wards 7 & 8. In each school, colorful tables are filled with baskets of fresh produce and piled high with healthy non-perishable food, while festive music plays. The markets are joyful community events, where families and children can mingle with volunteers and school administrators while selecting from fresh, seasonal produce and healthy pantry staples, totaling 23 pounds of food per enrolled student. In addition, our markets feature kids’ cooking activities, recipe samples, and chef-led culinary demonstrations, designed to get children excited about healthy eating and cooking. To volunteer please create an account here on our Volunteerhub website. After creating an account, you should be able to see all of our upcoming shifts for the next three months in a calendar view format. Finally, you can find more information about the impact of our JFM’s by watching this video.
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:

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 with any ideas or questions and sign up at to volunteer or receive more information.

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:
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:

Local CSA

DC Local Grown CSAs

Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie)

flowers x flores (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)

DC UrbanGreens, Greens-to-Go! CSA

Little Red Botanicals Herbal CSA

Little Wild Things Salad Share Program

Community Foodworks Market Share CSA

Up Top Acres Rooftop Farm Membership

Ecocity Farms CSA

Cultivate the City (Produce & Seedlings)

Crossroads Farmers Market
Full information and Pricing Here

Find a Local Farmer Outside DC
Humane DC
Looking to avoid factory farms but not ready to go vegan?
Check out, 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!

Future Harvest CASA: Find-A-Farmer or Market Map

Local Harvest: Find a Local CSA

COG: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Listing for DC area

Order Locally Grown Rice, Wheat, Oats, Buckwheat, and Flours from Purple Mountain Organics

SEYLOU Bakery & Mill // Flour club

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.)

Job and Apprenticeship Openings

Food Chain Workers Alliance Strategic Campaigns Coordinator
The Strategic Campaigns Coordinator (SCC) will support the capacity of the FCWA Co-directors and staff teams in developing, implementing, and evaluating FCWA programming in support of our organizing vision, goals, and objectives as laid out by our member base, including strengthening organizing infrastructure, external alliances, and developing strategic campaigns.

Arcadia Farms Market Managers and Associates
We are looking for two more market managers and 5 or 6 market associates. It's generally part time -- about 25 hours per week of hustling hot but good work with great food and people. Here are the job descriptions, and is the right point of contact.

DC Central Kitchen Healthy Corners Program Manager
Oversees DCCK's Healthy Corners program, including operations of delivering fresh produce to corner stores, initiatives like SNAP matching, WIC authorization, and local sourcing, and staff development. We're looking for someone who is passionate about food equity in DC and wants to serve in a role bridging public health and small business development.

The Chesapeake Research Consortium Job Openings
within the Environmental Management Career Development Program, which provides coordination support to the Chesapeake Bay Program.

  • Environmental Management Staffer position supports the Chesapeake Bay Program's Enhancing Partnering, Leadership, and Management Goal Implementation
  • Environmental Management Staffer position supports the Chesapeake Bay Program's Habitat Goal Implementation Team

Community Grocery Co-op Organizer
The Community Grocery Co-Op is a member-owned grocery cooperative focused on offering healthy, affordable food to residents of Wards 7 and 8 of Washington, DC. We are seeking an organizer to help drive a community informed visioning process and to manage various activities to grow our membership. The organizer will be supported by over a dozen committed volunteers and member-owners, technical assistance from Beloved Community Incubator and future member-owners. The ideal candidate is committed to cooperative models of business, has experience as a community organizer and is excited to help bring about food justice in Washington, DC.

DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Summer 2021 Environmental Positions
Work with the DPR Environmental and urban ag teams this summer.
Type this Job ID in the DC gov job search: 12722

ECO City Farms Apprentice Application
Finding a match between the farm and apprentices is extremely important to the success and satisfaction of both parties. We ask that you fill out the application carefully. This process will assist both of us in determining if ECO City Farms is the right place for you. Our apprentices should be reliable, timely, creative, passionate, detail-oriented, flexible, eager to learn and have a positive attitude and sense of humor!

City Blossoms Summer Intern (May through August)
Each of our internships are project-based and can be tailored to your specific interests and goals.

Love & Carrots - Installation Crew Member AND Urban Gardener
We are seeking full or part-time landscape installation crew members to join our team. Installation crew members work 10 hour days, 4 days/week (Monday - Thursday) during the regular season.  5 days/week in the winter. We are also seeking a full-time crew member to join our Garden Maintenance team. Our Urban Farmers are responsible for the maintenance of our clients’ organic vegetable gardens, ensuring that they are beautiful and productive! On an average day they travel to 3-4 gardens, primarily residential, and maintain between 20-30 gardens over the course of a two-week period. Interested? Email a brief letter of interest and resume to:

DC Greens - NEW Open Positions
DC Greens is hiring several positions. See links to information below.

Summer Internships with USAJOBS

  •  Horticulture Aide - The Aide provides support and assistance with caring for plants and gardens. The position also includes assisting United States Botanic Garden employees in the art of managing and cultivating flowers and gardening.
    Job Posting Here
  • Laborer or Gardener Aide - The Laborer Aide’s duties may consist of loading and unloading materials; moving office furniture, boxes, equipment, and supplies by hand or with various moving devices (e.g., dollies and/or hand trucks); mowing lawns and trimming shrubs. Students may work in various buildings on the Capitol Hill complex.
    Job Posting Here
  •  Horticulture Forester Aide - Under the Capitol Grounds and Arboretum (CGA), the Aide handles a variety of horticultural projects related to managing tree collections and will assist with other projects that support the management of historic cultural landscape records.
    Job Posting Here
  • Turf Specialist Aide - The Aide performs a variety of horticultural turf projects and learns to manage turf under extreme conditions and gain experience in preparing and renovating grounds after large events.
    Job Posting Here
Full-Time Education Programs Manager, Hillwood Estate
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is currently recruiting a full-time Education Programs Manager who will assume primary responsibility for Hillwood’s festivals and other multigenerational programming. This new position will play a vital role in cultivating partnerships and fostering engagement with local communities and partner organizations to actively engage and serve diverse audiences. The full job listing is on our website, and qualified applicants should send a resume to
Job Posting Here

ReFED Hiring a Director & Specialist
ReFED is a national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste across the U.S. food system. We estimate that an annual investment of $14 billion over the next ten years can reduce food waste by 45 million tons each year. We are hiring for both a Director and Specialist on our Capital, Innovation & Engagement team. Job listings are linked below. 

Casey Trees Horticulturist
The Horticulturist is responsible for the management and smooth execution of Casey Trees’ garden design, construction and installation programs on both public and private lands. This incumbent designs, schedules, installs and oversees installations of gardens year-round, responding to referrals from residents, local government, industry partners and others. The Horticulturist also coordinates spring, fall and winter plantings to flow seamlessly with other tree planting activities and events.

Dreaming Out Loud Openings
Dreaming Out Loud -- an organization established to create economic opportunities for marginalized communities in DC through building a healthy, equitable food system -- needs your help finding the best candidates! Please review the open positions below and share with anyone that may be interested.

We're relying on our community to help us find our new team members. Applications and referrals can be sent to
Full Job Posting List Here:

Undergraduate Grow Garden Manager
We’re hiring! Apply now to be a student manager of the GroW Garden! The GW Office of Sustainability seeks one undergraduate Grow Garden manager for Summer 2021, with a preference to extend the internship through the Fall 2021 semester. The role of the Grow Garden Manager offers the opportunity to get involved with sustainability on campus, develop leadership experience, and learn more about sustainable agriculture and food equity through supporting the campus garden.
More Information Here

Food Policy & Planning in Baltimore City
The Food Policy and Planning Division is seeking a Food Resilience Planner. This position will function as the lead on Food Resiliency and is an exciting opportunity to collaboratively work toward an equitable urban food system. Applications close April 6. Apply Here // Detailed Description

Community Grocery Co-op hiring Community Organizer
We are so excited to announce we are hiring a Community Organizer to help CGC accomplish its 2021 goals to complete a community visioning process and to grow the co-op to 200 member-owners. Please share far and wide to help us bring food justice to Wards 7 & 8!
More Information Here

Capital Area Food Bank Food Growing Education Specialist 
The Food Growing Education Specialist maintains, executes, and develops educational programming for the CAFB’s Urban Demonstration Garden. The Urban Demonstration Garden is an on-site, half-acre, hands-on educational space that helps build knowledge around wellness, nutrition, and food growing for the food bank’s partners, clients, and the general public. The garden and adjacent Urban Food Studio are used in tandem to show how to grow food in an urban setting, highlighting low-cost gardening techniques.

FoodCorps’ DC Metro Area program is recruiting both service member applicants AND service sites
Priority deadline for service member applicants is April 8th
To help lead the way in connecting kids to more nourishing food and food education in schools.  FoodCorps service members spend a year supporting hands-on learning, healthier school meetings, and contributing to a schoolwide culture of health by serving directly in schools. This year, I’m proud to share that our cohort of 13 amazing members helped manage on-site school food distribution, ensured that school gardens were maintained and that produce got to families and community members, and provided everything from grow-at-home lesson kits to online family cooking nights to support remote learning.

The Partner Engagement Manager
The Partner Engagement Manager (PEM) reports to the Director of Partner Engagement, and is responsible for developing new partnerships and strengthening the capability and capacity of and between partner agencies (pantries, soup kitchens and shelters) to increase equitable access to food assistance in their respective branch region of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB).

School Garden Landscape Internship Opportunity Spring 2021
Horace Mann Elementary School, a DC public school, is seeking a garden intern for the Spring or Summer 2021 semesters who is living in the Washington, DC area and willing to work at our school site.   Mann’s progressive garden program includes an outdoor farm, native gardens, and a rooftop aeroponic farm.  We teach children about wellness and environmental stewardship through a Farm-to-School program.  We work on site, practicing social distancing and other personal protection practices. Help with traditional and aeroponic farming, native plant gardening, and setting up outdoor learning classrooms and playscapes for environmental learning.   Expect to be hands on in the landscape most days but interact with students, experts (beekeepers, plantsmen)  and teachers as well.  Come earn your volunteer hours, setup an accredited internship with your learning institution, or just to gain the satisfaction of helping children learn about living sustainably in a healthy environment. Contact Amy Jagodnik, School Garden Coordinator at, 202-361-1056.

Black Yield Institute Farm Assistants in Baltimore
Black Yield Institute (BYI) is a Pan-African power institution addressing food apartheid. We work collaboratively with black people and entities, along with other institutions, in pursuit of Black Land and Food Sovereignty. We are organizing to build independent power by establishing an action network and serving as an incubator for ideas and projects. We are on a mission to create a self-determined and self-reliant community of Black institutions and people of African Descent in Baltimore’s poor and Black food environments. Black Yield Institute is a fiscally sponsored institution. For more information, please visit BYI’s website at

OutTeach  - National Director of Philanthropy AND Director of School & District Partnerships
OutTeachEd is hiring our next Director of School & District Partnerships! Candidates should have a passion for our mission and experience in education partnerships and sales. Join a dynamic, fast-growing team that impacts the lives of children everyday! We are also hiring a National Director of Philanthropy (Director) that will serve as a senior member of the 11-person revenue team, working across the organization to drive growth with institutional partners and individual donors. 
Job Posting:
Job Details:

Contract Opportunity: Community Engagement and Outreach Strategy Development
The USBG is seeking a contractor to develop a three-year community outreach and engagement strategy that positions the Garden to reach more diverse audiences and strengthen our connection to communities in the Washington, D.C. area.
Job Posting Here

Compost Crew Open Positions

Director, Department of Public Works (DPW)
The Department of Public Works (DPW) provides municipal services in two distinct program areas: environmental services/solid waste management and parking enforcement. Both contribute to making District streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible.

Deep Roots Farm - 2 Field Crew Positions Open 
Deep Roots Farm is a small, regenerative, woman of color owned and operated farm located in Upper Marlboro and Brandywine, Maryland. We are looking for highly self-motivated individuals to join our field crew. Responsibilities include: transplanting, harvesting, seeding, irrigating, cultivating, operating machinery, trellising and more. Must be able to work in all weather conditions outdoors and in a greenhouse.
Job Posting Here

Number 1 Sons – Farmers Market Reps; Pickle Crew
Number 1 Sons is hiring farmers market reps! Ideal marketeers love fermented food, are worldly, and understand the importance of the local food economy. They get up early, and develop relationships with customers, vendors, and market managers. Number 1 Sons is seeking reliable folks who can get up extra early to drop off the markets across the area. They’re also hiring full-time (and possibly part-time) Pickle Crew members. Pickle Factory work includes producing fermented and pickled products, as well as packaging orders for markets and home delivery. Many Pickle People are also home delivery drivers to get goods to neighbors in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Full Time Estate Manager/Gardener Position
Located in Potomac MD. Year-round position with benefits. Duties include: garden planning, koi ponds, water lilies, material purchasing, mulching, estate maintenance, greenhouse upkeep, weeding, watering, planting. Must have: valid driver’s license, own car, be able to lift 50 lb. bags, pass a background check and legal to work in US. Previous experience in gardening a must. Horticulture degree, herbicide and/or pesticide licenses a plus. Compensation commensurate with experience. Please send resume to

Willowsford Conservancy - Farm Manager Position Open
Willowsford Conservancy is seeking a full-time, year-round Farm Manager/Vegetable Farmer for the day-to-day operation of Willowsford Farm, a certified organic farm in northern Virginia that grows and sells fresh produce and eggs directly to residents of Willowsford and surrounding communities.
Job Posting & Information

Food Recovery Network is looking for a Director of Development
Food Recovery Network (FRN), the largest student movement fighting food waste and hunger, is seeking a Director of Development. The Director will be responsible for prospecting, cultivating and grant writing for partnerships of $50,000 and above. In addition, the Director will help architect the fundraising campaign for FRN’s 10-year anniversary. This is an ideal role for an ambitious fundraiser with 3-5 years of experience who is looking to grow their portfolio quickly and is ready for their next level of responsibility. 
Job Posting Here

Rock Creek Conservatory - 4 Positions Available!
Position Title: Downspout Disconnection Technician
Reports to: Downspout Disconnection Program Coordinator Position Description: Working in teams of two, the primary duties of Technicians will include door-to-door canvassing to enroll homeowners in the program, auditing downspouts, disconnecting downspouts, and installing rain barrels. The position will involve significant amounts of time communicating with homeowners about the program; completing downspout data entry using the ArcGIS Collector application; and, performing downspout disconnections and rain barrel installations.
Job Information Here

Food Empowerment Project - Administrative Assistant
Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is looking for a full-time Administrative Assistant (AA) to work closely with F.E.P.’s Executive Director and help with a variety of administrative tasks that align with F.E.P.’s mission and support the organization’s goals. The AA will help organize F.E.P.’s physical and virtual offices; we currently have a team of four full-time and two part-time staff—most of whom are remote. 
Job Posting Here

Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School - Lead Instructor
Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School is seeking experienced wilderness instructors to lead expeditions in the summer of 2021 and continue into the fall. This position requires extensive wilderness experience and the ability to safely and effectively manage risks in the backcountry. Instructors would engage in a variety of trainings to support their transition into a leadership role.
Job Information Here

USDA Natural Resource Specialist
This position is located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Headquarters (NHQ), Washington, D.C. This position is organizationally located in a National Headquarters division office; located in Washington, DC.
Application Here

Montgomery Food Council - Partner Job Openings
Below are job openings with our partner organizations and other local organizations and offices, listed in order of newest to oldest. Click the linked text to learn more about the job listing and how to apply:

Please check back every few weeks for updates!

Rare - Program Marketing Manager, US Climate Change
This is a full-time remote role based in the U.S. with a flexible working location. Rare inspires change so people and nature thrive. Over more than three decades, Rare has partnered with local organizations to run more than 400 conservation projects in nearly 60 countries all of which rely on humans changing behaviors. Community-led solutions such as coastal fishery recovery, regenerative agriculture, and now climate mitigation.  
Application Here

Operations Coordinator for Meals on Wheels
We seek a coordinator, The Operations Coordinator (OC) will be responsible for supporting our internal operations and is a part-time position. Specific tasks include meal count reports, client invoicing, tracking income and expenses, updating schedules, and other projects.
Job Application Here

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Communications & Community Engagement Manager 
We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to help us build and grow our communications and community engagement.

Common Good is Hiring for a Consultant
Common Good City Farm is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 and has a mission to create a vibrant, informed, and well-nourished community through urban farming. Common Good’s half-acre farm in DC’s LeDroit Park is the principal site for programs providing hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and environmental sustainability to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship
Fellows gain vital first-hand experience through placements with community-based organizations across the country as well as policy-focused organizations in Washington, D.C. The program bridges gaps between local efforts and national public policy, as fellows support partner organizations with program development, research, evaluation, outreach, organizing, and advocacy projects.
Peter’s Plants Part/Full Time Plantsmen
Peter’s Plants [] is seeking help with a number of initiatives Spring-Fall 2021. We deliver heirloom vegetable, herb and pollinator plants grown in Root Pouches (made of recycled water bottles) and Pittmoss soil (made of recycled paper and cardboard) to the local Northwest DC community.  Our non-profit arm Trees for the Planet is also starting an innovative “Beans & Greens in a Bag” program to confront urban food insecurity, food deserts and ways to increase food self-reliance for people in DC whose neighborhoods do not adequately support fresh food availability. We are in need of either one full-time or two part-time positions, ideal for college students balancing work and school or freshly graduated and ready to get to work.  Experience with plant propagation and care a plus. A valid drivers license required.
Crossroads Community Food Network - Farmers Market Assistant
The Farmers Market Assistant (FMA) supports the Market Manager (MM) throughout the course of the market day, from setup to break down. The FMA is the acting person in charge when the MM is not available. They are expected to be at market each Wednesday for at least 8 hours (8am-4pm) from April 14th-November 24th, unless pre-approved. A successful FMA will provide strong customer service skills, be team-oriented, and have the ability to think on their feet and give direction when needed. The FMA is expected to be at market, rain or shine, throughout the season (unless market is cancelled). This is a fun, physical job that requires the ability to lift equipment up to 50lbs, set up tents, move tables, and carry large boxes. Working conditions are exclusively outside.
Job listing and details:
Future Harvest - Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
Applications are now open for their 2021 Beginning Farmer Training Program. The BFTP provides a FREE, year-long immersive training experience that combines a comprehensive classroom curriculum with hands-on learning at Chesapeake region farms that employ practices that are profitable, protect land and water, and build healthy communities.

The Environmental Law Institute, five full-time positions
The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is looking for several talented individuals to fill the following open jobs:

For more information and to apply, please visit

Community Forklift - Open Positions Job Listing:

Deep Roots Farm Full and Part Time Field Crew (Brandywine, MD)
Deep Roots Farm is a regenerative ''O'', women owned and operated farm located in Brandywine and Upper Marlboro, MD. We grow vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers, and raise chickens on 50 acres for our community. We are looking for 2 part time workers. Details below:

Winding Root Farm (MD)
Looking for someone who can work 8-10 hours per week, Saturdays preferred, through the end of August 2020. Tasks include but are not limited to harvesting, transplanting, weeding, wash and pack, bed preparation, hauling compost, etc. Pay starts at $11/hour and is based on farming experience. We are a small startup located in Rohrersville, MD. Please email for more information and to apply.

Open Positions at the Climate Reality Project
The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore, is dedicated to leading a global cultural movement demanding immediate action on the climate crisis by using cutting-edge communications and grassroots strategies to educate the public about the urgency and solvability of the climate crisis.

Full list of Internships Here

UDC Urban Agriculture Internship Opportunity
Interested in learning more about hydroponic and aquaponic farming, food insecurity, and sustainable agriculture? UDC CAUSES is offering paid internships to UDC students, at the PR Harris Urban Food Hub, looking to develop controlled environment agriculture skills and learn more about the District of Columbia’s food system. With a commitment of just 20 hours a week, and a flexible schedule, this opportunity is a great way to help combat food insecurity in DC, while building foundational skill sets for the future of farming! Read More. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

Little Wild Things Farm - Farm Hand & Farmers Market Rep Part Time
Little Wild Things City Farm is looking for someone enthusiastic about growing local food with an interest and at least one year of experience in sustainable agriculture. This position will directly help our microgreen production and assisting with our Summer Salad Share program (including helping with deliveries) and with weekly orders, wholesale, and outdoor edible flower production, with potential to grow with us and take on more responsibility over time. This position will support the work of the entire team and report to the Production Manager.
Job Posting Here

Center for Science in the Public Interest

  • Senior Policy Associate - Healthy Retail
  • Public Interest Program Internship
Full Job List:
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) Job Openings
Positions Open Internships
  • No internships at this time, please check again soon.
Volunteer Opportunities

For inquires about the career page, please email

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

Green America Open Positions

Multiple Capital Area Food Bank Open Positions

DC Central Kitchen

NO KID HUNGRY: Share Our Strength Open Positions
Numerous job listings at this link

CAUSES: (The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences) Open Positions
Numerous job listings at this link

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.


Grants and Funding

Echoing Green Fellowship Application
April 6 - April 20, 2021
Social innovators are more than just their business plan. We’re looking for visionary leaders who are committed to upending structural oppression and creating change in their communities so that all people can thrive. We strongly encourage change-makers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color to apply. 
More Information & Application Here

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 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: 
Full List of Opportunities

DC Co-op Impact Grand - 2nd Round
Applications are due by: 11:59pm ET on April 19th, 2021.
The Washington Area Community Investment Fund and Capital Impact, with support from Citi Community Development, are excited to announce the second round of the DC Co-op Impact Grant. This new grant program supports the growth of emerging and existing cooperatively-owned businesses in the Washington, D.C. area. Four  $10,000 grants will be awarded to advance cooperative development led by communities of color, people with low incomes and/or workers with low wages. Cooperatives in all sectors and all stages of development are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to emerging cooperatively owned food businesses. You can access the application and get details on grant informational sessions through this link DC Co-op Impact Grant Application (you will have to create a free account).

Rooted in Justice - New Opportunity!
Due Date: Friday, April 30th - 11:59pm
Rooted in Justice is a new funding program designed to help amplify youth voices and actions in the environmental, conservation and food movements by supporting community-based organizations and groups that specifically manage youth-led urban greening programs. It will support groups that work with young people between the ages of 12 to 20 in youth-led programming for communities or cultures which have historically and/or presently experienced:

  • A lack of access to land or nature;
  • Agricultural oppression and/or neglect;
  • Food apartheid;
  • Or other forms of injustice based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics and disability.

Amount: $20,000 - $25,000 - with possible year two funding offered. Full Grant Information:

Questions?: Please email

EPA 2021 President's Environmental Student and Teacher Awards
Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
EPA's Office of Environmental Education is accepting applications for: 

  • The President’s Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) recognizes projects from grades K-12 by promoting environmental awareness and encouraging community involvement. EPA will select up to two winners in each of EPA’s ten Regions – one regional winner for grades K-5, and one regional winner for grades 6-12. The winning projects will be highlighted on EPA’s website. All student projects must be sponsored by at least one adult over the age of 21. If the sponsor is not a teacher, the project must have a teacher as a co-sponsor.  Application and eligibility information are available on EPA’s PEYA page.
  • The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's ten regions will be selected to receive this award. Teachers will receive a Presidential plaque and an award of up to $2,500 cash to be used to further professional development in environmental education. Winning teachers’ local education agencies will also receive awards of up to $2,500 cash to fund environmental educational activities and programs. Next years’ winners will be highlighted on EPA’s website. Application and eligibility information are available on EPA’s PIAEE page.
Community Grant Program
Various deadlines
Each year Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration distributes $7 million dollars in funding to qualified community-based organizations (CBOs) in the District of Columbia through the outreach offices of the Mayor’s Office on Community Affairs (MOCA).  These outreach offices manage community grant programs and work with grantees to implement programs focused on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Priorities for District residents.
More Info and Available Funding Here

DOEE Notice of Funding Availability

On-going Grants (no deadlines)

Serve DC Funding Alert
Full list of funding opportunities and resources found here. Recently updated on Sept. 11:

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.

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:

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.

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

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 Website:

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 Website:

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:

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:

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)
AMA (Agricultural Management Assistance Program) (Irrigation System can be financed through this program.

ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grants
Timeframe: Ongoing — No Deadline
The ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies dedicated to the prevention and elimination of animal cruelty throughout the United States (animal agriculture included).

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

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


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