DUG Network
Mid-September 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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Seeking Vendors (Grower, Baker, Artist or Craftsman) for The Parks at Walter Reed Fall Farmer’s Market

The Draft of the Sustainable DC Plan is Out for Round 2 of Public Comment.

ICAW Compost Poster Contest

Sign Up for DC State Fair Contests

DC State Fair Vendor & Exhibitor Interest Form

NPR: Trump Administration Moves To Penalize Immigrants For Using Government Benefits



Policy Equity Assessment Tool
The National Farm to School Network is has created a new equity assessment tool, the Programs and Policy Racial and Social Equity Assessment Tool, which aims to help NFSN staff and partner organizations assess the implications of specific programming and policy advocacy on advancing racial and social equity.
Learn more here.

Fair Farms Maryland Action
Will you take two minutes to fill out a feedback form on Weis Markets’ website asking that they stop selling Sanderson Farms as their store brand chicken, unless the poultry company cleans up its act?

Ask Governor Hogan to Fund the Farms and Families Act

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

Humane DC
A local resource network for improved animal welfare options for food, clothes, products and pet services, for the greater Washington, DC area

The Responsible Consumer
- Activist calendar for local and national actions, activism, and activist educationally opportunities in greater DC area
- Online resource guide to make meaningful changes through your everyday purchases
- Large resource network of local, national, and international causes, campaigns and resources to help people understand and connect with current campaigns. 
- inspirational and significant videos and speeches of current and past resistance to help keep activists inspired


Educational Workshops

Hustlerz 2 Harvesters and DPR Present:
2018 Returning Citizen Garden Carpentry Course

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-8pm - 9/18, 9/20, 9/25, 9/27
Lederer Youth Garden - 4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE

This free course is (4) 2-hour classes to train returning citizens and community members (all are welcome)in skills in urban gardening, basic carpentry, garden designs, garden carpentry materials, power tool safety, and hands on experience building garden installations.  Facebook event page
Send any questions to: icmentor64@gmail.com, shubaka9@gmail.com, Joshua.singer@dc.gov

Registration below

DC Food Recovery Week - Overview of Food Recovery in DC/Alternative Edibles in the Garden
Monday 10/15 - 6:30-8:30pm
Kenilworth Rec Center -
1300 44th St NE

As part of the DC Food Recovery Week (dcfoodrecovery.org) DPR is hosting the following workshops
Part 1: Overview of Food Recovery in DC: 6:30-7:30pm
Currently in the US, 40% of all of our food produced ends up in the dump, while 13% of all homes nationwide are food insecure.. In this class, we will discuss all the different local opportunities in DC for consumers and businesses to recover their food and make a difference.
Part 2: Edible Alternatives in the Garden: 8:30-8:30pm
The majority of what we grow in our gardens is edible yet we only eat a small part of each plant. Do you want to learn what flowers are delicious in a salad? What stalks make a great hummus or pesto? What seeds are good pickled? Which weeds are more nutritious than your crops? Learn to maximize your garden harvests or supermarket produce by using the parts of your plants you didn't realize could be not only edible but delicious.
Registration at the link below

DC Food Recovery Week - Food Preservation Recipes
Wednesday 10/17 - 6:30-8:30pm
Kenilworth Rec Center -
1300 44th St NE

As part of the DC Food Recovery Week (dcfoodrecovery.org) DPR and Food Recovery Network is hosting a workshop on food preservation. You’re bound to find at least one new and favorite method of food preservation after leaving this lecture-based workshop. Learn the how-to’s of homemade preserves - from canning to pickling - here with Regina Northhouse, Executive Director of the Food Recovery Network
Registration at the link below

Future Harvest CASA's 2019 Beginner Farmer Training Program
Applicaitons are due date is October 15, 2018.  
The BFTP offers a 12-month immersive training experience that combines a comprehensive classroom curriculum with hands-on learning at some of the region's leading sustainable farms.  

Achieving Net-Zero Energy Buildings Workshop
September 25 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
USGBC National Capital Region - 2101 L St. NW, 5th floor

This free workshop in Washington, DC, will outline the processes, technologies, and approaches common in net-zero energy buildings and recommend steps to success from predesign through operations. Local case studies will highlight local buildings and lessons learned.

Cultivate the City Workshops and Events
910 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington DC 20002
Sept 22 - Cuttings, Cloning, Seed Starting and Propagation
Nov 17 - Cuttings, Cloning, Seed Starting and Propagation

Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 6:30-9pm (October 9 -December 6) - Master Gardener Course
Winning Over a Retail Buyer workshop.
Friday, September 21, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Green Roof Tours
Saturday, September 22, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Green Roof Tours
Wed Sept 26 - Greenhouse Plastic Installation Workshop
August 23, 28, 30, September, 4, 6, 11, and 13, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Urban Farm Business Planning
Mon, Oct 1 - Wed, Oct 31 6-8:00 PM - Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate

UDC/Cureate Winning Over a Retail Buyer Workshop
Monday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Takoma DC Library - 416 Cedar St NW, Meeting Room,

Thursday, September 27, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Alley by Verizon - 2055 L St NW, Suite 400

Growing a food and beverage business in the face of an ever-changing retail climate is complicated. How do you set yourself up for success when navigating business-to-business (B2B) relationships? What are the materials you need to be prepared? These questions and much more will be answered in this workshop. This workshop will include tips and discussions with an area Retail Buyer about pricing, product needs, and what they look for when deciding who to bring into their stores. Contact Caroline Howe for more info at sustainability@udc.edu

US Botanical Gardens
100 Maryland Ave SW
Saturday, September 15 - American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine
Thursday, September 20 - Apples and Pears
Thursday, September 20 - Prost! A Swiss Touch in Botanical Spirits
Saturday, September 22 - Upcycled Botanical Mini-Murals
Wednesday, September 26 - Marvelous Morphology: Fruits
Friday, September 28 - Conquering Cool Season Edibles
Saturday, October 6 - Chrysanthemums: Starry-Eyed Daughters of the Fall
Sunday, October 7 - Plant Science of the Chocolate Chip Cookie
Sunday, October 7 - Ancient Herbals
Monday, October 8 - The History of Spices
Thursday, October 11 - Artful Artichokes
Thursday, October 11 - Teacher Training: STEAM at the U.S. Botanic Garden
Friday, October 12 - Trash & Beauty: The Dichotomy of Urban Native Flora
Saturday, October 13 - The Gilded Letter: A Medieval Illumination Workshop

National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002

  • September 15, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm - Botanical Brews: A Beer Tasting Experience in the National Herb Garden
  • October 6, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm - Under the Arbor: Chile Pepper Celebration
  • October 20, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Cold Comfort: Herbs to Aid Immunity During Cold and Flu Season (Herban Lifestyles program series)
  • October 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm - Herbs – They Make Scents! (Herban Lifestyles program series)


Casey Trees

For more info and to view volunteer tree plantingevents: http://caseytrees.org/events

MD (Greater DC)

Community Forklift Workshops
4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston, MD 20781
October 6, 2018 - 11am-5pm - FunkYard Festival

Behnkes Workshops
11300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville MD

  • September 15, 11:00 am - Bring Your Fall Garden to Life – Flowers, Berries & More
  • September 16, 1:00 pm - It’s Basic Gardening – Down and Dirty
  • September 29, 11:00 am - Natural Solutions to Living with Wildlife in Your Garden
  • September 30, 1:00 pm - Amazing Bulbs: Plant Now for Easy Spring Color
  • October 6 & 7, 8 - 71st Annual National Capital Orchid Society Fall Orchid Show & Sale


Northern VA (Greater DC) 

Garden Talks
Wednesdays at 7pm
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy St)

September 19: Lasagna Gardening
September 26: Preserving the Summer!
October 3:  Growing Season Extension and Winter Sowing
October 10: Harvest Celebration
See the full schedule online.

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia
Various locations
Sun, September 16, 10am – 3pm - Glencarlyn Garden Autumnfest
Tue, September 18, 7:00pm – 8:30pm - Composting: What to do with all those leaves?
Wed, September 19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm - Lasagna Gardening Garden Talk
Mon, September 24, 7:00pm – 8:30pm - Composting: What to do with all those leaves?
Wed, September 26, 7:00pm – 8:30pm - International Flavors from the Gardens: Garden Talk
Thu, September 27, 7:00pm – 8:30pm - Native Grasses and Sedges for the Home Garden
Oct. 6, 10 am-12 noon - Native Shrubs for the Home Garden
Oct. 16, 7-8:30 p.m - Putting Your Garden to Bed
More information at

Merrifield Garden Center
(Merrifield, Fair Oaks, Gainesville)
Sep 15 - Low Maintenance Gardening: Bulletproof Plants
Sep 15 - Turf Talk Q&A
Sep 16 - Fall Vegetable Gardening 101
Sep 22 - Plants to Liven Up Indoor Spaces
Sep 22 - Shade Gardening
Sep 22 - Turf Talk Q&A
Sep 23 - Gardening 101
Sep 23 - Perennial Care
Sep 29 - Fruit Trees
Sep 29 - Tree and Shrub Care 101
Sep 30 - Japanese Garden Elements
Sep 30 - Gardening for the Birds, Bees and Butterflies
Oct 06 - Creating a Backyard Bird Sanctuary
Oct 06 - Standout Fall Foliage
Oct 06 - Amazing Bulbs and Their Companions
Oct 07 - Fall Magic with Trees
Oct 13 - Fall Harvest Festival

Green Spring Garden Workshops
4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria, VA 22312
09/14/2018 1:30 pm - Garden Talk: Plant More Natives
09/15/2018 10:00 am - Family Fun: Monarch Migration
09/22/2018 9:00 am - Fall Garden Day - Plant Sale and More
09/28/2018 1:30 pm - Garden Talk: Planting Trees & Shrubs

VCE Plant Clinics

  • The Arlington Central Library Plant Clinic  6:45-8:45 pm, every Wednesday through October 24 and is located in the East Lobby of the library, 1015 N. Quincy St.
  • The Arlington Farmers’ Market Plant Clinic will open every Saturday morning from 8-11 am, beginning April 21 and operating through September 29, and is located at N. 14th St. and N. Courthouse Rd.
  • The Del Ray Farmers Market Plant Clinic, located at 203 E. Oxford Ave, Alexandria from 8:30-11am, will open Saturday, May 5 and runs through September 29.  
  • The Alexandria Farmers Market Plant Clinic, located at 301 King St., Alexandria, 7-9:30 am, will open Saturday, May 5 and runs through September 29.
VCE Horticulture Help Desk
Our Help Desk operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk operates from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the VCE office at the Fairlington Community Center
3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 
Contact us at 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers.  It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.

Culinary Workshops

School of Food
1309 5th St NE
Click on the link below for full list of cooking classes

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

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

Click on the link below for full listing of cooking classes

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

Certified Professional Food Manager Course
The course is designed to teach the principles of food safety management and how to use those principles to create a food safety culture.  The Certified Professional Food Manager course is a three day, 16-hour course that concludes with students taking the national exam.
Monday, September 24: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 26: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, September 28: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Check the link for all the available times this course is offered

Unique Workshops Outside Greater DC

2018 Pnternational School Grounds Alliance Conference in  Yokohama, Japan
November 16th (Fri), 17th (Sat), 18th (Sun)
The conference will explore the Value of School Grounds for Children to learn about their City and the World.

Future Harvest CASA FoodShed Field School
9/24 Manejo de Plagas y Salud del Suelo (Programa en Español / Spanish Language Only):
9/26 Lavender Fields: Succession Planting, Agritourism, and Value-Added Products
10/10 Cultivate Baltimore: Marketing Your Farm & Building a Brand
10/16: Mid-Atlantic Care Farming Summit
November 1, 2018: Delmarva Soil Summit

Charm City Farms Workshops
Baltimore, MD 
September 1, 2, 15, 16, 29, 30 October 13, 14, 27, 28 November 3, 4 - Permaculture Design Certification Course – Fall 2018

Centro Ashe Grassroots Herbal Programs
Centro Ashé Farm, Bryans Road, MD
Online Herbal Medicine Course - Part 1 - Foundations in Herbalism
Birthkeeper Apprenticeship
Herbal Apprenticeship Year 1
Herbal Apprenticeship Year 2
(ask about worktrades)
Ylang Ylang Herbal Gathering In Costa Rica March 10-18, 2019

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

Forested Events and Workshops
3507 Enterprise RoadBowie, MD 20721


Webinars and Online Courses

Webinar: Collective Impact Through Network and Systems Leadership
September 18, 3 - 4:30 PM EST
Join Farm to Institution New England and the Food Systems Leadership Network for part three of the Wallace Center's Series #CommunityFood: Innovations in Leadership. This webinar will feature promising practices and success stories of collective leadership fostered through alliances, networks, and collaboratives.
Learn more and register here.

Webinar: State Farm to School Month Proclamations
September 20, 2 PM EST
In this webinar, the National Farm to School Network's Core and Supporting Partners will be explaining how they started Farm to School weeks and months in their states, as well as how they used these celebrations as a springboard for more farm to school policies. Guest speakers will include NFSN Arkansas Core Partner, Emily English, of Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and NFSN Hawaii Core Partner, Natalie McKinney, of Kokua Hawaii Foundation.
Register here.

MId-Atlantic Women in Agriculture
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each Month at Noon EST Cost is FREE
9/26/18: Farm Recordkeeping
10/10/18: Smart Choice Health Insurance Basics
10/24/18: Preparing Your Marketing Efforts for the Holidays
11/14/18: Farm Lease Agreements
11/28/18: GMO
12/12/18: Using an  LLC to Strengthen Your Farm Operation

QuickBooks for Farmers
QuickBooks is a powerful tool that goes way beyond just tracking income and expenses for taxes; it can help you manage cash, understand how to increase profits, and plan for growth.

Visionary Voices Podcast - Anupama Joshi episode
In this episode of the Food Systems Leadership Network’s Visionary Voices podcast, Anupama Joshi, National Farm to School Network Executive Director and Co-Founder, discusses her progression into the food movement, recounts how mentorship and peer support have helped her balance the ups and downs of food systems work, and her vision for the future of farm to school.
Listen to the podcast here.

Online Herbal Medicine Course From Centro Ashé
Designed to give you practical skills as well as basic theoretical background on how to incorporate holistic wellness into your life, how to incorporate herbs into your diet and how to make basic herbal remedies.

P.S. Rate Your Garden Teachers!
There have been many garden workshops citywide this year.  Please help shape these classes by rating your teachers here: http://www.greatgardenspeakers.com/


Featured Programs




Volunteer Opportunities


Help Grow!

Fall field trips to Washington Youth Garden
at the National Arboretum
If you have classes interested in hands-on experiences in our 1-acre garden and adjacent natural spaces (like tasting veggies, holding worms, digging, and dancing like bees), registration is easy. You can find out how to register on our SPROUT field trip page or head straight to our online registration form. If you're interested in seeing how we teach in the garden, we have regular opportunities to shadow our programs or volunteer in the garden. Just email us at education@washingtonyouthgarden.org.

Kelly Miller Farm Volunteer Hours
301 49th St NE 20019 
Volunteer with the new 1 acre urban farm in ward 7. All ages welcome! 
Monthly Volunteer Hours  
Wednesdays" 4-7pm
1st Saturdays 10-1pm
3rd Saturdays 10-1pm
Contact: garden@dreamingoutloud.org

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (FMGG
1400 Quincy St NE - Conveniently located near the Brookland/CUA Metro station (Red Line)
Help maintain the urban farm, whose vegetable produce is donated gratis to civic and religious organizations for those in need in the metro DC area.  Other volunteer opportunities include: set-up of the restored 103 year old greenhouse, beekeeping, orchard, meadow, and garden tour docents.
Weekly Volunteer Hours 
Wednesdays 10 am - 5 pm
Saturdays 10 am - 5 pm
Contact:  gardenguild@gmail.com

Common Good City Farmers City Farmers Sign Up
Join Common Good City Farm as a 2018 City Farmer Volunteer! Volunteers will help with all aspects of running an urban farm, from planting, weeding and harvesting, to helping sell produce at our market, to helping with our youth education programs and events!

Fall Workdays with City Blossoms!
Celebrate City Blossoms' 10th Anniversary by getting your hands dirty in the garden.
9/15 - DC International School (1400 Main Dr. NW)
9/22 - The Youth Garden at The Farm at Kelly Miller (301 49th St. NE, behind the middle school)
10/20 - Cardozo Education Campus (1200 Clifton St. NW)https://mgnv.org/2018/08/15/september-2018-public-education-events/
10/27 - Girard Children's Community Garden (1480 Girard St. NW)
TBD - Marion St. Intergenerational Garden
Saturday Workdays take place from 10am-1pm, unless otherwise specified.
Please RSVP to nicole@cityblossoms.org. Check our Events Calendar for updates: http://cityblossoms.org/calendar.

DC Greens K Street Farm volunteer open hours
Starting Thursday, March 15th!
Volunteers are welcome to join us for Thursday evening volunteer open hours anytime between March 15th through October, pending weather cancellations. Open hours run on Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 PM. Volunteers are welcome to drop in at any point during that timeframe. To sign up for upcoming Thursday evening volunteer open hours, please click the links below. 
If you have any questions, please email Mary Alice at maryalice@dcgreens.org

Volunteer with UDC CAUSES Urban Agriculture Programs
We need volunteer groups to help throughout the summer at our urban agriculture sites: Firebird Farm, East Capitol, Bertie Backus, and PR Harris. Tasks will include installing greenhouse shade cloth, weeding, laying black weed fabric, harvesting, and seeding/transplanting. If you have a group that might be interested in organizing a volunteer day, please reach out to Amanda Tai at amanda.tai@udc.edu. Check out UDC CAUSES VolunteerMatch page for other ongoing opportunities.


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.

DC Greens Farmers’ Market Brigade
Do you love farmers' markets? How about meeting your neighbors, and giving back to your community? Volunteer with us through the Farmers' Market Brigade to support the city's Produce Plus program! There are over 30 farmers' markets and multiple roles for you to choose from, and we need everyone on deck to help us support D.C. residents who struggle to afford fresh, healthy produce.
For alupdates and opportunities with us, please read below:

  • Sign up for a Farmers' Market Brigade Volunteer training
  • Apply to become a Volunteer Leader with the Brigade
  • Provide Language Interpretation at D.C. Farmers' Markets
Farmers’ Market Brigade volunteers help distribute Produce Plus checks at participating neighborhood farmers’ markets in DC. 
DC’s First Food Runner Program "Food Rescue US"
One of the biggest barriers to donating food is transportation. Food Rescue, a national food rescue platform, is a FREE food runner app that coordinates volunteers to help transport food that would normally be thrown away (40% of all food ends of in the dump!) from a donor (restaurant, grocery, caterer, farmers market, event, etc.) to a place that feeds people in need. Food Rescue US is looking for volunteers, food donors, receiving organizations, and anyone who wants to lend a helping hand. Please email Kate Urbank, the DC Site Director, at kate@foodrescue.us with any ideas or questions and sign up at www.foodrescue.us to volunteer or receive more information

Help the Environment!

Community Compost Cooperative Network
The DPR Community Compost Cooperative Network uses new critter proof and smell proof compost bins designed by Urban Farm Plans to allow trained community members to compost food scraps with garden waste from DPR and partner DPR gardens to responsibly create high-quality compost. To join each member must take an hour training and help process compost 1-hour a month.  For more information and a map of the 50 DC sites follow this link.

Volunteer with Casey Trees Planting Events

Zero Waste DC Events

Fun On Going Events

Washington Youth Garden Family Garden Days
Second Saturday of the month (March-October)
All are welcome. We'll lead you and your family through activities such as learning games, nature crafts, garden work, and fresh garden snacks. Suggested donation of $5 per individual. Space is limited, please register at washingtonyouthgarden.org/fgd. For more information and questions please email Thea Klein-Mayer at education@washingtonyouthgarden.org.

Cultivate the City Rooftop Farm Tour
Every Sunday 12:30-1:30
H St Farms 910 Bladensburg Rd NE
Do you ever wonder what urban farming is and how it works? You might be about curious about how cities can feed a growing population using fewer resources. Perhaps you want to learn how to utilize new growing technologies to grow food on your own roof, balcony, backyard, or in your basement.  Join the farmers from Cultivate the City at H Street Farms for a one-hour tour of their rooftop farm. We specialize in organic and pesticide free hydroponic and vertical farming, and would love to show you how we grow food right here in the Nation’s Capital.

Arcadia Summer Farm Camp for Youth (Registration Now Open)
At Arcadia Farm Camp, campers joyfully discover where their food comes from through hands-on farming, cooking, and eating experiences.  Age range: 6-11 years old. Arcadia Farm Campers must have turned 6 before their first day of their camp week and they must not have turned 12 before June 1, 2018.     

Local CSAs
DC Local Grown CSAs

Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie or seedlings)


DC Urban Greens Farm to Front Door CSA
(Must leave within zip - 20019.  Will deliver to your door)
Accepts WIC, SNAP (EBT), Cash or Credit

Common Good City Farm Market CSA

Little Red Botanicals Herbal CSA

Community Foodworks Market Share CSA

Up Top Acres Rooftop Grown CSA

Owl's Nest Farm 

Ecocity Farms CSA

Cultivate the City (Produce & Seedlings)

Looking to avoid factory farms but not ready to go vegan?
Check out this list of local (Mid Atlantic) pasture-raised meat and dairy farms, with higher animal welfare than most factory farms, and serve Greater DC area with CSAs, Buyers Clubs or home delivery

September is Hunger Action Month
Click on this link to learn about all the amazing events and programs the Arlington Food Assistance Center is organizing during Hunger Action Month.

DC VegFest 2018
Saturday, September 15 at 11 AM - 6 PM
Yards Park - Intersection of N st SE and First St SE

Compassion Over Killing is proud to host the annual DC VegFest in the nation's capital! This FREE vegan festival highlights the many joys, benefits, and flavors of plant-based eating. 

START YOUR FARM by Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk
Thursday, September 20 at 7 PM – 8 PM
2200 N Westmoreland St, Arlington, Virginia 22213

Combining nearly five decades of experience from two of America’s pioneering sustainable farmers, Start Your Farm is the perfect introduction to the ever-growing ranks of people who dream of starting their own successful operation.

Houseplant and Plant Cuttings Swap!
September 20 at 7 pm
The Lemon Collective, 3015 Georgia Ave NW

Join Rock Paper Plant, A Strange Flower, and Sill Life for a fun evening of trading houseplants and houseplant cuttings. Here's how it works:
1. Bring 1-3 healthy, pest-free houseplants or cuttings to trade. Plants can be potted or bare-rooted.
2. Meet fellow plant parents and see whether they want to swap plants with you (not a euphemism).
3. Trades are made one-for-one--for instance, if you bring three plants, you get to swap for three new plants.
While plant trades are free, we ask that you register for a ticket for $8 to cover the cost of the space and light refreshments.
Register at

2018 BARC Symposium: Urban Agriculture Today and Tomorrow: Research for Sustainable Solutions
September 20, 2018
10300 Baltimore Avenue - Bldg. 003, BARC-West - Beltsville, MD 20705


Sukkot Harvest Festival
Friday, September 21st 7-9pm
Common Good City Farm - DC Metro Area, Shaw

Join us on an urban farm in Shaw to celebrate the season's bounty with hands-on workshops and a farm-to-Sukkah feast grounded in the themes of the agricultural harvest festival. Amanda Herring, OneTable's JOFEE fellow, Mollie Sharfman from GatherDC, and Elizabeth Heyman from Jews United for Justice invite you to end your week by taking a pause from the busyness of the city to connect with nature and eat from the harvest at Common Good City Farm. From a pickling lesson to tasting local seasonal ciders, we will come together and celebrate abundance both on the farm and in our lives.

Living Wall Hangings with Tropical Vines
September 22 at 1 pm
Flow Yoga Center on P St. 1450 P St NW

Bring a bit of the jungle into your home! In this one-hour workshop, students will learn how to make a beautiful living wall hanging with tropical vining plants. In their natural environment, these plants grow on rocks or trees, not in the pots you see at the garden store. No experience or green thumbs needed! All materials, including plants and care instructions, will be provided.
Tickets are $50 if you register before September 1 when they go up to $55.
Register at http://flowlove.me/rockpaperplant

DC State Fair
Sunday, September 23 at 12 PM - 6 PM
Waterfront-SEU Metro
The DC State Fair is a free showcase of the District’s agricultural and creative talents and a daylong celebration of all things homegrown. While the DC State Fair is inspired by time-honored state fair traditions—growing and gardening, animal husbandry, and deep-fried foods—it also honors the things that make the District of Columbia unique. This means the DC State Fair holds competitions to find the tastiest mumbo sauce, best honey, and most creative hula hoopers in the city; puts on a Pet Parade instead of a pig race; and works with local businesses and organizations that are committed to helping our community thrive.

Chesapeake Food Summit
September 24-25, Washington D.C.

The inaugural Chesapeake Food Summit is an unparalleled opportunity for our region’s food system leaders to come together as one community to build new relationships within the food sector, share the latest innovations, and align efforts to strengthen our region’s growing food economy.

Food Rescue US Happy Hour in Northern Virginia
Monday September 24, 5:30-7:00pm
Northside 10, 10 E Glebe Rd, Alexandria

To bring together veteran food rescuers, those looking to do their first runs, potential new volunteers and personnel from some of the receiving agencies we serve with the goal of networking and brainstorming ways to grow the program in Northern Virginia. I'll provide some appetizers and there will be happy hour prices for drinks during our time there. And we'll have fun! Parking is available and we have a private room.
Please ask people to RSVP to kate@foodrescue.us if they plan to attend

FOUA Social Hour at Trade Roots
We invite you to meet and mingle with Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture's Board of Directors on Thursday, September 27 at Trade Roots in Westover. We would love to meet you and talk to you about why you are interested in urban ag, learn what you would like to see FOUA do in the future, and to share garden stories!

UDC Green Roof Tours
The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), invites you to tour our green roof and hear more about sustainable agriculture from Sandy Farber Bandier, UDC GreenRoof/Greenhouse Coordinator and learn about green roof design from David Bell of BELL Architects.
Friday, September 21, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

DC Greens K Street Farm weekend volunteer workday
Sunday, September 30th from 10am - 1pm
111 K St NW

Bring your friends and family out to the K Street Farm for a beautiful morning of farm work and fun.
Join us by signing up at www.dcgreens.volunteerhub.com.

October is National Farm to School Month
Join us and thousands of schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations across the country as we celebrate food education, school gardens and lunch tray’s filled with healthy, local ingredients.
For more info

The Nature Health Connection: Biophilic Practices for a Healthy, Livable DC
Department of Energy & Environment
Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
4340 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. - Room 518
Biophilia is defined as a "love of life" and recognizes the human need to connect with the natural world.   Biophilic design and planning increases access to nature, light, and biodiversity in order to reduce stress, promote healing, foster creativity, and improve cognitive function.

School Food Advisory Board Meeting
October 3, 5:30-7:30 PM at Brookland MS
Join DCPS FNS and DC Greens for the first meeting of the School Year! The School Food Advisory Board is open to the public and provides a space for DCPS to share update and receive feedback on their school meals program from the DCPS Community.
Learn more, RSVP, or sign up for the listserv here.

Common Good City Farm A Night on the Farm
Thursday, October 4th from 6:30-8:30pm. 
Join us as our urban farm transforms into an enchanted cocktail party where you can enjoy farm-fresh bites prepared by local chefs, tasty libations, farm tours, live music, raffle and silent auction. 

Global Challenges: Building Healthy Food Systems Summit 
October 4th
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Arlington-Alexandria Urban Agriculture Symposium
Friday, October 5 at 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA
4000 Lorcom Ln, Arlington, Virginia 22207

This year's symposium will be on October 5 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church from 9:00am to 3:30pm. The symposium will focus on how agriculture contributes to our urban quality of life. Breakout tracks will dig deeper into urban farming innovations; how to grow a successful food garden; and big picture policy and economic issues. During lunch, Keynote Speaker Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, Commissioner of Agriculture for Virginia, will share the Governor's vision for the future of agriculture. Local nonprofits, including FOUA, and vendors will display their programs and products.

The Stories of Our Gardens: A Fall Gardening Symposium and Expo for Home, Community and School Gardeners
October 6, 2018, Waldorf, Maryland
The Stories of our Gardens is an all-day premier suburban gardening forum focusing on bringing together suburban home, school and community gardeners from across greater Washington, DC to meet at the crossroads where gardeners of all levels can collaborate and learn from each other. Our goal is to offer a quality informal gardening educational program to a community of gardeners. Attendees will be able to network and find ways to improve their gardening skills via group roundtable discussions, interactive and hands-on workshops and lots more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to build a diverse and collective network of new kindred spirits of the soil.

Annual Regional School Garden Summit
October 12-13
Each year, DC Greens hosts a Regional School Garden Summit. The goal of the Summit is to nurture the emerging tri-state network of nonprofits, schools, and government agencies interested in capacity and network building around school gardens by providing a space to learn, share best practices and make new connections. This year’s summit is October 12-13 and we're currently in planning mode! If you'd like to get involved or have questions, please contact Sarah Holway at sarah@dcgreens.org.

DC Food Recovery Week scheduled for Oct. 13 – Oct. 21!
Mark your calendars! The annual DC Food Recovery Week is next month! This year’s week will go from Oct. 13 to 21 and will include cooking classes, compost trainings, happy hours, panel discussions and even a walking tour of local restaurants that deliciously reduce their waste. Check back for details on registering for events! Every year Food Recovery Week grows and this year is no different — we’re pleased that our colleagues in Maryland will be hosting a series of parallel events during the same week in October. Check out Manna Food Center’s website for more details on their Community Food Rescue Week in Montgomery County.
More details soon at

DC F2S Network Gathering
October 18, 4-6:30 PM at the K Street Farm
Farm to School Network Gatherings bring together the DC Farm to School community to connect, have fun, and find opportunities for collaboration. Look out for more details on this upcoming gathering in the October newsletter!

Mid-Atlantic Food Recovery Summit & 8th Annual BSU Food Day
Wed, October 24, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Bowie State University - 14000 Jericho Park Roa Bowie, MD 20715

Be a part of the continuing conversation about reducing wasted food in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. As awareness of the problem of wasted food increases, governments and businesses have developed ambitious goals to avoid surplus food and divert it to its highest and best uses. This summit will explore the magnitude of those goals and what will be needed to achieve them.  Presentations will address gaps in food recovery infrastructure and innovative ways to bridge them; how to scale effective solutions to make meaningful progress toward goals; and strategies for food recovery across different sectors and within rural and urban areas. The Summit will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders for information, discussion, and networking, with the aim of increasing food recovery in the Mid-Atlantic.

Solar Focus Job Fair 2018
Tue, October 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
Capital Hilton - 1001 16th Street NW

MDV-SEIA and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic are hosting the third annual Solar Focus Job Fair on October 30th at the Capital Hilton to kickoff the 2018 Solar Focus Conference. Connect face-to-face with employers from solar and energy-efficiency related companies and organizations who are actively seeking candidates for open positions.

Paint Drop-Off Event at DC Armory
Sat, November 3, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
DC Armory - 2001 E Capitol St SE Lot #3

Only households and businesses located in the District of Columbia may particicpate in this event. Proof of District residency required. For households, there are no limits on the amount of house paint, stain or varnish dropped off. There are limits on oil-based paint for some businesses.  Paint in good condition will be made available to participants for free. At this event, leftover house paint in good condition will be made available to the public without charge.

FOUA Winter Meeting: Celebration of Arlington Urban Ag
Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Arlington Public Library- Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington, Virginia 22201

Join Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture on November 13 to “Celebrate Arlington Urban Ag – Look how far we’ve come!" We will review accomplishments of the past 5 years since the County's Urban Ag Task Force Report was issued and we will honor outstanding achievements in urban ag in our community at a lively, interactive event.

2018 Trees Matter Symposium
Wednesday, November 14 | 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD

Montgomery Parks and Casey Trees, Washington D.C., present the seventh annual Trees Matter Symposium.  Presentations will  focus on the health and welfare of trees in our increasingly developed landscapes. Learn from some of the country’s leading experts about innovative efforts to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings.




Job and Apprenticeship Openings


Latin American Youth Center


The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) Policy Specialist
The two open positions focus on:
Position 1: Federal agricultural research, education, and extension policy and programs, and overarching coordination responsibility for NSAC’s work on organic agriculture, across the full range of NSAC’s policy portfolio;
Position 2: Family farm and sustainability issues, with a specific
focus on commodity programs, crop insurance, market competition, and agriculture and immigration issues

pineapple DC City Lead (part-time)
pineapple was founded in 2015 with a simple, yet powerful idea: bring women together around good food. Today, we are a collaborative of over 70,000 women who convene online and offline, with food as the centerpiece. We believe food is a great activator for women to connect and share with each other, strengthen our understanding of one another and our varied experiences in the world, and uplift one another.We’re searching for city leads in DC and it could be y-o-u! Seeking a womxn who can help us build pineapple DC. You'll produce events that celebrate women from all backgrounds & women of many perspectives, plus you’ll get to create connections with key community leaders, lead interviews with influential and inspiring women of diverse perspectives, and grow the local pineapple movement. Basically you'd be the face of pineapple DC.

Sweetgreen Tavern - Market Hands
The sweetgreen tavern is an extension of the sweetgreen restaurants. The Tavern is a local marketplace and sweetflow fro yo shop that will highlight quality local products from farmers and makers in our region. We are looking for motivated and passionate individuals with excellent customer service and attention to detail.
For further details and to set up an interview send a resume and short introduction note to maddie.morales@sweetgreen.com

Urban Farm Education Assistant
Real Food Farm, Baltimore, MD
Real Food Farm (RFF) is Civic Works' urban farm operation that strives to build a just and sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food, providing experience-based education. Alongside the Education Coordinator, the Farm Education Assistant will plan and facilitate educational programming at Real Food Farm, including youth and adult field trips to Real Food Farm, urban farming workshops, our high school Youth Crew program, and summer youth jobs programming. In addition, the Farm Educator will help maintain educational growing spaces on the farm, assist with field trips visiting the farm, record data about lessons and participants, and write entries for farm newsletters. We're looking for an educator who is great at both serving alongside youth - especially teens - and knowledgeable about food justice and food system topics. See website listing at Civic Works:

USBG: Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture)
Open Until: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Salary: $45,972 - $88,450 Per Year
Pay scale & grade: GS 07 - 11

This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Public Programs Division. The incumbent serves as an Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture) with emphasis on urban agriculture and assists in educational programs that fulfill the USBG's mission. The incumbent is responsible for developing partnerships and educational programs, conducting outreach and engagement and developing participation in the program area of urban agriculture.US Botanic Garden
Apply here

City Blossoms Partner Gardens Educator. (Part-time)
The Partner Gardens program aims to foster an environment where schools, students, teachers, and families, particularly from dense urban settings, can have access to and develop relationships with nature, food, and each other through gardens, nature-based education and other activities. This program works through direct partnerships with schools and teachers. The Educator will lead workshops and fieldtrips and support partnering schools. For more information: https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit-job/44abb7c455dd4b708826b80cdc14cd97-garden-program-educator-city-blossoms-partner-gardens-city-blossoms-washington

Impact Justice Research Intern (Food Project)
We are looking for a research intern to support the development of a report on the state of food in confinement in the United States. This is an opportunity to work on an important conditions issue for the 2 million+ incarcerated individuals in the US.

Fall 2018 Salad Bar Education Internship
Fairfax County Public School Food & Nutrition Services is seeking applicants for the fall 2018 Salad Bar Education Internship. The Salad Bar Program at FCPS FNS began in 2016 with implementation in all 141 elementary schools through spring of 2021. Salad Bar Education Interns play an integral role in the rollout of the Salad Bars throughout the county. Their responsibilities include preparing students for their upcoming Salad Bar through an interactive lesson including a taste test, and other tasks based on their interests. Accepting applications now, see description for details.

Love and Carrots Open Positions

  • Urban Farmer (Part-Time):
  • Seasonal Apprentice

Email with your interest in the subject line to: garden@loveandcarrots.com

Arcadia Farms Open Positions

  • Mobile Market Sourcing Driver
  • Farm Education Volunteers

Little Wild Things Farm Open Positions


OL Foods Customer Happiness Specialist
Come join us as we provide 100% grass-fed, kosher meat. We’re looking for a Customer Happiness Specialist to join our mission-driven company. More here: https://www.kolfoods.com/jobs.asp

Director of Bloom Sales
Bloom® is DC Water’s Class A, Exceptional Quality biosolids soil amendment. DC Water and its nonprofit affiliate Blue Drop have partnered to sell Bloom to nurseries, landscapers, soil blenders, farms, construction firms and select retail outlets in the mid-Atlantic area. The Director of Bloom Sales leads all sales activities for the Bloom program. The position requires a combination of directing the sales activities of other staff and consultants, and direct selling to commercial and institutional customers. We are looking for someone who is well-connected in the mid-Atlantic industries that make up the target market for Bloom and can use those connections to build the program

Horace Mann Elementary School Garden Internship
Mann’s progressive garden program includes an outdoor farm, native gardens, and a rooftop aeroponic farm. During the winter months we continue to grow produce indoors on our aeroponic towers. We teach children about wellness and environmental stewardship through a farm-to-table program. Come learn about different ways to grow vegetables and plants. Interact with students, parents and teachers as we all pitch in to keep our garden learning program rolling. Hours are flexible and at 1-30 hours a week. 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 ajarts3702@gmail.com, 202-361-1056.

Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild part time volunteer (pro bono) administrative positions/internships
1400 Quincy St NE - Conveniently located near the Brookland/CUA Metro station (Red Line)
The all-volunteer Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild (FMGG) has several part time volunteer (pro bono) administrative positions/internships available to work with the following three directors:

  • Admin for CEO / Director of Project Management
  • Admin for COO / Director of Operations (including set-up of the restored 103 year old Greenhouse in Fall 2018)
  • Admin for CFO / Director of Finance

Further information is available at gardenguild@gmail.com.  Please include the position title, background and days/times available.

City Kids Wilderness Project Openings

  • Program Coordinator, Elite and Leadership
  • Afterschool Program Site Coordinator (Part-time)
  • Afterschool Program Educator (Part-time)
  • Volunteers


Compost Cab Open Positions

  • Compost Cabbie, Driver / Composter / Marketer (Full Time)
  • Compost Cabbie, Farmers Markets (Part-time)
  • Lead Cabbie, Baltimore

Food Recovery Network Positions
College Park, MD

  • Communications & Program Engagement Fellow (2018-2020) 
  • Americorps vista: program research & outreach
  • Americorps vista: food recovery verification
  • Americorps vista: alumni programs
  • Americorps vista: program evaluation


Martha’s Table Open Positions

  • Healthy Market Leader
  • Special Assistant to Chief Program Officer
  • Healthy Market Crew Assist.
  • Executive Administration
  • Director, Strategy Evaluation
  • Assistant Teacher (ECE)
  • Lead Teacher (ECE)

Capital Area Food Bank Open Positions

  • Corporate Partnerships Specialist          
  • Director of Strategic Partnerships          
  • Grants Writer
  • Head of the DC Region (Management Position)
  • Head of Nutrition Education (Management Position)
  • Coordinator - Commodity Supplemental Food Program - Part-time 
  • Truck Driver with CDL - Grocery Plus

Chesapeake Foodshed Network Co-Chairs of the COEP Action Team
The Chesapeake Foodshed Network (CFN) is launching the Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity Action Team for food system reform in the Chesapeake region. CFN defines Community Ownership, Empowerment, and Prosperity (COEP) as communities of color and other disenfranchised groups not merely being beneficiaries but drivers of positive change in their communities. The goal of this initiative is to grow economic opportunities for marginalized communities and build community ownership and resilience (as it relates to our regional food system) through the development of people-led, community-based solutions. 

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

  • Associate, Corporate Partnership Development, Dine Out
  • Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Manager, Program Innovation
  • Associate, Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
    Senior Content Strategist - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Director, Donor and Volunteer Engagement and Experiences - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior IT Business Analyst - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Development Associate - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Social Media Associate - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Manager, Partnership Development, Dine Out - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Associate, Prospect Development - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Manager, Prospect Development - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Fundraising Fall 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • NKH Program Team Fall 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Corporate Partnership Communications Fall 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Add Passion and Stir Podcast Fall 2018 Internship - Washington, District of Columbia
  • Senior Manager, Campaign and Strategic Initiatives - Washington, District of Columbia


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

  • Adjunct Professor – Nutrition and Dietetics    
  • Adjunct Professor, Architecture & Urban Sustainability
  • Adjunct Professor, Water Resource Management/ Environmental Science/Urban Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor - Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Architecture
  • Chair of the Department of Health Nursing and Nutrition/ Associate Professor
  • Project Specialist (Construction Analyst) - Single Family    
  • Project Specialist for Specialty and Ethnic Crops    
  • Project Specialist, Institute of Gerontology (IOG)

Casey Trees Staff and Fellowship Open Positions

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

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

DC Central Kitchen Open Jobs
  • Grants Specialist
  • Campus Kitchens Project Spring 2019 Intern

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


Grants and Funding


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

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/

Agriculture in the Classroom Garden Grant and Agriculture Experience Grant.
due by September 15.
Grants to support schools and organizations who strive to help students understand the source of their food and fiber and to help Virginia's school children gain a greater knowledge and appreciation of agriculture. Successful grant applicants will provide students with hands-on, experiential learning about agriculture.Applicants may apply for either a Garden Grant or an Agriculture Experience Grant.

Advancing Actionable Alternatives to Vertebrate Animal Testing for Chemical Safety Assessment
Deadline: Sept. 25, 2018
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will promote the development and use of alternative test methods and strategies that address the “3Rs” of toxicity testing: 1) reduce, 2) refine, and/or 3) replace vertebrate animal testing.

GreenWorks! Grants
Deadline: September 30
Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. Learn more here.  

Target Field Trip Grants
Deadline: October 1
Some of the best learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. That's why Target is helping give students a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience through field trips (like visits to a local farms!). As part of the program, Target stores award Target Field Trip™ grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. Learn more here.

Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant
Deadline: October 1
The Herb Society of America will select ten schools and classrooms serving grades 3 through 6 to receive $200 in "Seed Money" to establish an indoor or outdoor herb garden. The funds may be used for soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, and other supplies. Learn more and apply here.

Support for Trainings and Research on DOEE's Stormwater Rules (DOEE)
Deadline: 10/1/2018
Department of Energy and Environment announces funds to  support the 2013 Stormwater Rule; improve stakeholders’ understanding of compliance with the 2013 Stormwater Rule; expand and deepen the Department’s stormwater management technical guidance; and evaluate the Department’s internal plan review process. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and community-based organizations Funds: $870,000 is available for awards Contact: James Dunbar at (202) 573-4925 or 2018RRDSupportRFA.grants@dc.gov  Website: https://opgs.dc.gov/page/opgs-district-grants-clearinghouse

RiverSmart Homes Installation and Rebate Programs (DOEE)
Deadline: 10/8/2018 Funds
Department of Energy and Environment announces funds to support the installation of green infrastructure on private property in the District of Columbuma and strengthen the residents' understanding of stormwater issues and management. Eligibility: Public and state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations and private institutions of higher education: $2,750,000 is available for awards Contact: Lauren Linville at 2018RiverSmartHomes@dc.gov Website: https://opgs.dc.gov/page/opgs-district-grants-clearinghouse  Grant ID: GD8241

Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.  
Deadline: 10/9/2018
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI ) announces funds to support programs that will build engagement at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement and thriving communities. SFI awards grants to collaborative community-based projects, activities or events which support SFI’s core mission to connect communities to forests. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and community-based organizations   Contact: Rocco Saracina at (202) 596-3459 or Rocco.Saracina@sfiprogram.org  Website: http://www.sfiprogram.org/conservation/conservation-grants/grant-rfp-process/

Diverse City Fund Grant
The Board of Instigators has completed a the planning portion of our strategic planning process and is now beginning to implement the plan. In this grant round, our focus will remain:

  • Groups that might not get funded by traditional funders, e.g. groups that are small, new volunteer-led, politically radical or activist initiatives, etc.
  • Coalitions / alliances
  • Mobilizations for protests and resistance
  • Organizing and advocacy, and
  • Healing, mental health and cultural liberation work that brings people of color together and prepares people to resist.

Whole Food Garden Grants
Application Closed: October 15
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden at either a:

Seeds for Education Grant Program
Deadline: October 15
Teachers and students across the US are expanding learning opportunities by enhancing their schoolyards with butterfly gardens, nature trails, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects. Cash grants under $500 are available for plants and seeds. Learn more and apply here.

National Education Association Grants
Deadline: October 15
Student Achievement Grants, offered by the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, are for projects that help students learn how to think critically and solve problems in order to improve student learning. Learning & Leadership Grants are given to professional development opportunities for individuals or groups. Grants are available to current members of the National Education Association who are educators in public schools or public institutions of higher education. Preference is given to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects, which can include farm to school activities.

FY19 Environmental Grants (DOI)
Deadline: 10/18/2018
Department of Interior announces funds to support long-term protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds. Eligibility: City or township governments, public and state controlled institutions of higher education, state governments, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, private institutions of higher education, for-profit organizations, small businesses, community-based organizations, DC government agencies and Local Educational Agencies Funds: $3,000,000 is available for 50 awards and a match is required Contact: Rodecia McKnight at (703) 358-2266 or Rodecia_Mcknight@fws.gov Website: https://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act/how-to-apply-for-a-nawcagrant.php

NCR-SARE Call for Research and Education Preproposals
Deadline: October 18
The 2019 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program Call for Preproposals is now available. Funding is available for projects focused on developing sustainable agriculture curriculum for youth in grades 4-12. The curriculum should address environmental, social and economic aspects of agricultural practices and systems, and should include a farmer/rancher component. Learn more here.

FY 2019 Cafeteria Staff Training Grant (OSSE)
Deadline: 10/25/2018
Office of the State Superintendent of Education announces funds to provide training sessions for school cafeteria workers and food service vendors on knowledge, training, and tools they need to plan, prepare, and purchase healthy products that will provide nutritious, safe, and enjoyable school meals. Request for applications will be released on September 10. Eligibility: Independent school districts, nonprofit organizations and Local Educational Agencies   PreApplication Meeting Information: Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the September 13, 2018 10:00 – 11:00 am webinar information session. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/857573280340800259    Contact: Elysia DiCamillo at Elysia.DiCamillo@dc.gov Website: https://opgs.dc.gov/page/opgs-district-grants-clearinghouse Grant ID: GD8212

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Grants.
Deadline: 10/30/2018
Funds to support projects that train agricultural service providers about sustainable practices and approaches so that they, in turn, can educate farmers. Pre-proposals are required and due July 10, 2018.  Eligibility: Public and state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, private institutions of higher education, for-profit organizations, small businesses, community-based organizations and DC government agencies  Funds: Awards are amiable up to $30,000 Contact: Northeast SARE at (802) 651-8335 or northeastsare@uvm.edu  Website: https://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Professional-Development-Grant Grant ID: GD8088

Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens
Deadline: November 1
Want a school garden? Annie’s believes that showing future generations how sustainable food is grown changes their lives. Connecting kids to gardens helps them to start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet. Learn more and apply here.

RWJF Culture of Health Prize
Deadline: November 01
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. The Prize honors those communities that are working to give everyone the opportunity to live well, including residents that are often left behind. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—our access to affordable and stable homes, quality schools, reliable transportation—make a difference in our opportunities to thrive, and ultimately all of this profoundly affects our health and well-being. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members who are working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more—so that better health flourishes everywhere, for everyone.

Environmental Marketing Support-The Temper of the Times
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase awareness about environmental issues. The foundation awards grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations to help underwrite the costs of advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. Grant funds may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets. To be eligible, applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. For more information visit http://www.temperfund.org/

Environmental Marketing Support
Deadline December 15, 2018
The Temper of the Times Foundation promotes the use of standard marketing concepts to increase awareness about environmental issues.  The foundation awards grants of up to $15,000 to nonprofit organizations to help underwrite the costs of advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems in the United States. Grant funds may be used to fund the production of print, radio, or television ads; to pay for advertising space or airtime; or to produce or distribute pamphlets, books, videos, or press packets.  To be eligible, applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. . For more information visit http://www.temperfund.org/

Walmart Community Grant Program
Deadline: 12/31/2018
Walmart announces funds to support programs in the areas of Hunger relief and healthy eating; Health and human service; Community and economic development; Education; Diversity and Inclusion; Environmental sustainability. Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle.  Eligibility: Independent school districts, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, DC government agencies and Local Educational  Funds: Awards are available up to $5,000 Contact: Walmart Website: http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving 

On-going Grants (no deadlines)

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.

Cedar Tree Foundation Funding for Urban Ag in DC
This program places emphasis on projects and organizations that focus on youth development and low income communities of color.  LOIs are reviewed on an on-going basis.  The Cedar Tree Foundation will reach out with any questions or to ask for a full proposal.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Cedar Tree's Grants Manager, Dana Campion.

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

SBIR Funding Opportunities

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture awards AFRI research, education, and extension grants to combat childhood obesity, improve rural economies, increase food production, create new sources of energy, mitigate the impacts of climate variability, address water availability issues, ensure food safety and security, and train the next generation of agricultural workforce. 

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

Fair Food Fund
Provides financing & business assistance to good food enterprises that are growing vibrant local food systems.

The Pollinator Project
On-going grants for social change

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

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

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

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

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

Online source for lots of government grants in many areas


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Foodspan Food System Curriculum
This free, downloadable high school curriculum from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future teaches the food system from farm to fork. All 17 inquiry-based lessons are aligned with national education standards in science, social studies, health, and family and consumer sciences. Access the curriculum here

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