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June 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.   

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DC Coronavirus Updates


Empower DC Leads the Way for Equitable Development

Boost from Craigslist Founder Helps D.C. Central Kitchen Invest in Small Farms
D.C. Central Kitchen got some help this pandemic from Craig Newmark, the Craig behind Craigslist, made a matching grant of $300,000. The goal is for Newmark’s contribution to inspire donors to open their wallets to support DCCK’s spring fundraising campaign that will allow the organization to carry out several objectives. Funds will continue to support small, local farms and DCCK will also deploy two new food trucks to neighborhoods where children and seniors lack access to healthy food. 

D.C. retakes top spot in annual survey of nation’s best parks; Arlington at No. 4
How to Be a Better Customer When Restaurants Fully Reopen in D.C.
In a move that startled the D.C. hospitality industry, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on May 10 that restaurants and bars could dramatically increase their seating capacities starting this Friday. Businesses have the right to set rules that are more strict than what the city or Centers for Disease Control recommend. The easiest way to think about this is pretending you’re going to a new friend’s house for dinner. If they tell you to remove your shoes before entering or ask you to say grace, you’ll likely oblige. Restaurants, right now, are no different. They can decide how many tables they seat, what parts of the establishment are for staff only, and who has to wear a mask and where. Pay attention to signs, information on menus, and verbal instructions from employees. 

Magnolia bogs are a trove of rare wetland species 
Just outside Washington, D.C., is a sliver of an ecosystem that was never common but today is exceedingly rare. Suitland Bog is one of the last remaining examples of about 30 magnolia bogs that once existed in the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C. Named for the presence of sweet bay magnolia, they support other plants like wild raisin, highbush blueberry, sphagnum moss, bog fern and sundew, which also traps insects.

Meet the Local Forager Whose Wild Ingredients Show Up At Some Of D.C.’s Best Restaurants
Small Business Kitchen Connections Survey
The DC Food Policy Council has made a top 2021 strategy to support the development of affordable commercial kitchen spaces, particularly for Black and Latinx-led food businesses. To support this, the Entrepreneurship & Food Jobs Working Group and the Innovation & Equitable Development team at the Department of Small & Local Business Development launched a survey to gather information about food businesses looking for space and the businesses, restaurants, nonprofits, schools, and faith-based institutions that have commercial kitchens that could potentially host food makers in their under-utilized hours.While we cannot guarantee finding matches for everyone who completes this survey, we are hoping to connect folks looking for kitchen access to those who have it. Anonymized data will also be used to demonstrate the demand for kitchen space to inform the work of the Entrepreneurship & Food Jobs Working Group. Please send any questions to
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



Food Justice

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
  • 6/2 We will offer an ONLINE Restorative Justice in Action: Community Healing from 7-8:30pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • 6/5 We will offer an ONLINE Introduction to Nonviolent Communication from 12pm-5pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • 6/9 We will offer an ONLINE Restorative Justice in Action: Criminal Justice from 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • 6/16 We will offer an ONLINE Restorative Justice in Action: Education System from 7-8:30pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • 6/19 We will offer an ONLINE Introduction to Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment from 12-5pm EDT with a 1 hour break. REGISTER HERE
  • 6/23 We will offer an ONLINE Restorative Justice in Action: Crisis Intervention from 7-8:30pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • 6/30 We will offer an ONLINE Restorative Justice in Action: Work and Family from 12-1:30pm or 7-8:30pm EDT. REGISTER HERE
  • 7/24 We will offer an ONLINE Introduction to Active Bystander Intervention from 10am-3pm EDT with a 1 hr. break. REGISTER HERE
  Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

D.C. Area Teachers Pledge to Teach the Truth
Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11 AM EDT – 12:30 PM
The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum
The D.C. Area Educators for Social Justice (DCAESJ) and the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum (AACWM) invite D.C. area teachers and allies to a convening to decry the GOP legislation that would require teachers to lie to students about the role of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and oppression throughout U.S. history. To raise public awareness about the danger of these bills, educators across the country are gathering at historic sites on Saturday, June 12, 2021. The national call for actions is being made by the Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) and Black Lives Matter at School.
For more info
How Is Fat Liberation a Jewish Social Justice Issue?: A 20-Minute Webinar
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10 AM
Join Rabbi Minna Bromberg, PhD (founder of Fat Torah) and Emily Goodstein for a 20 minute webinar. Take a coffee break...with a purpose! Weight stigma causes discrimination against the largest among us (in education, healthcare, employment, and beyond). It's also damaging to the mental health of people of all sizes. At Fat Torah, we believe in this simple truth: All human beings are created in the image of the Divine—each of us unique and of infinite worth—no matter our size. As Jews, we are called upon to create a world which reflects this truth. This includes making our own Jewish communal spaces more inclusive of bodies of all sizes, as well as using our moral voice for change-making on every level. Come and learn how you can contribute to the liberation of all bodies (including your own)!
More info
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

DC for Democracy Housing Working Group Presentation on Community Land Trusts and Limited Equity Housing Co-ops

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

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

2020 Intro to Racism and White Privilege Webinar Course
July 2020 to February 2021
The People’s School of DC 2019 “Introduction to Racism and White Privilege course” has been converted to a webinar format, that will be recorded and publicly shared, starting in July. This is a FREE 24-class course, (3) 2-hour classes a month, on the many different forms of racism and white privilege in the US, specifically focusing on forms beyond the “explicit” and “easy to see”, through a multi-media lecture series presenting hundreds of anti-racism concepts, perspectives, strategies, resources, speeches, quotes, videos, books, articles, and ways to get involved in modern day efforts to dismantle white supremacy.
Current Webinar recordings available 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

Anacostia River Boat Tour
Ongoing Summer Series
Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Anacostia River on a guided canoe tour! Your guide will lead these two hour trips and participants will paddle as a group. You will see area wildlife and stunning views of Washington, DC. There are a limited number of spaces of this trip and registration is required. The Anacostia Watershed Society is following all current COVID guidelines in regards to group events. See the registration link for more details. You must complete a registration for every person who plans to attend, including children or family members. If you register, please let us know ASAP if you're no longer able to attend so other community members can attend.


Mycological Association of Washington DC Monthly Meeting 
June 1 at 7:00 PM
This month we're going to hear from one of the most respected names in mycology, Dr. Anne Pringle. Anne, a former professor at Harvard, and currently at the University of Wisconsin, will be telling us about the physics of spore dispersal. Yeah, I know, that may not sound like a very glamorous subject, but just you wait and see. In our speaker's very capable hands, along with cutting-edge high-speed micro-photography, by the time we arrive at the end of this talk you'll be wishing for more.

Food Waste Reduction and Composting Education Series
Tuesday, June 1st, from 9:30-11am
Hosted by the Environmental Impact Working Group of the Montgomery County Food Council, will explore the best practices and existing opportunities related to food waste reduction and composting in Montgomery County.  The Final part of this series will focus on community composting. We will be joined by Delegate Emily Shetty, Kate Medina, Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming and, Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
Please register in advance using this link, and see the full meeting agenda attached.

Bloom Webinar Schedule
Find the list of upcoming webinars below:
  • June 1 - Invasive Apothecary with Alyssa Dennis
  • June 3 - Grow Your Medicine Without Owning Land with Rosa Vissers
  • June 10 - Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Pain Management with Sade Musa
  • June 17- Into the Herbalist's Kitchen Class 3 Edible Herbal Butters & Infused Oils with Liz Henke
  • June 22 - Kids Herbal Tea Time with Caroline Rose Helm 
  • June 24 - “Revolutionary Self Love” Workshop Series with Lucretia VanDyke
  • July 1 - Friends and Foes: exploring plant toxicity with Holly Poole-Kavana
Click on link for many more classes throughout year

Montgomery County Food Policy Council

DC Food Policy Council Monthly Meeting 
Wednesday, June 2  5-6 pm 
The DC Food Policy Council meets on the first Wednesday of every other month, with a total of 6 meetings per calendar year. All Food Policy Council meetings and working groups are open to the public. Join us on Webex 

HarvestShare June Garden Class: To Squish or Not to Squish 
June 2 at 7:00 PM
Master Gardener Pat Lynch will show you the insects we welcome, the ones we don’t and how to know the difference. Catching pest problems early will improve the health and productivity of your garden. Welcoming beneficial insects will reduce the work you need to do to maintain healthy plants.If you didn’t know there were good bugs, aren’t sure when to spray, or wonder why you need to be able to recognize a ladybug larva, this talk is for you!

Dreaming Out Loud + The Farm at Kelly Miller Annual Strawberry Picking 
June 3rd and 10th from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM 
Enjoy the sweet fruits of Spring at our 2nd annual Strawberry U-Pick at The Farm at Kelly Miller!. Taste and see a variety of strawberries, veggies, and herbs. There will also be onsite registration for The Black Farm CSA. All you need is a mask and an appetite! 

Squashing Superbugs: Building Resilience in Livestock 
June 3rd at 12:00 PM 
By 2050, experts predict that 10 million people will die of antibiotic-resistant infections -- surpassing deaths from cancer. It’s more critical than ever we address this growing crisis.
Squashing Superbugs: Building Resilience in Livestock Production will bring many of the foremost experts on antibiotic resistance together to discuss the problem as well as the solutions. Together we can work to strengthen our food systems and reduce the misuse of antibiotics.

Made in the Shade: Creating Dynamic Shade Garden
June 3rd  at 12:00 PM
Too much shade to have a lush garden? Nonsense! Learn to love the shade you’ve got. Sylvia Schmeichel, Smithsonian Gardens Horticulturist, will share tips and tricks for creating layered and dynamic plant combinations that result in an inviting space.

US Botanic Gardens
Find the list of upcoming webinars below. Registration closes prior to the event so sign up today:
  • 6/3 12:00 PM - Online Cooking Demo: Super Strawberries
  • 6/10 12:00 PM - Cilantro And Coriander: Two Flavors From One Plant (Online Cooking Demo)
  • 6/17 12:00 PM - Bean Buffet (Online Cooking Demo)
  • 6/18 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM - Seasonal Vegetable Gardening (Online Q&a)
  • 6/24 12:00 PM - Summer Blue(Berries) (Online Cooking Demo)
  • 6/25 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - D.c.’s Bees: Natives In Our Neighborhoods (Online Lecture)
  • 7/1 12:00 PM - Corn Utopia (Online Cooking Demo)

Smithsonian Gardens Webinars

  • June 3 – Made in the Shade: Creating Dynamic Shade Gardens
  • June 10 – Cicadas!
  • June 17- Houseplant Diversity and the Benefits of Taxonomy Knowledge
  • June 24 – Carbon in the Capitol: Analyzing changes CO2 concentrations in Washington D.C. during the COVID Pandemic

For more details:

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia - Upcoming Webinars
  • June 4th- Native Blooms for the Summer Garden
  • June 18th - The Hospitable Gardener: Welcoming Birds to Your Garden 
  • June 25th – Vegetable Garden Pests and Diseases
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.
  • June 5 - Grow Your Own Microgreens 
  • June 12 - Hydroponics & Vertical Gardening 
  • June 19 - Plant Propagation 101: Seeds, Cuttings and Clones
  • June 27 - Indoor and Outdoor Container Gardening 101

Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week
June 5-13, 2021
Join in the celebration of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week 2021! This year’s event takes place from June 5—13, 2021. The theme for Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week 2021 is recreation! With park visitation and outdoor activities reaching an all-time high in 2020, we are going to celebrate all the ways in which people can recreate in and around the Chesapeake Bay. Discover your connection to the Bay by attending one of these events.  
Are you hosting an event during Chesapeake #BayAwarenessWeek (June 5-13)? Submit it here to be included on the calendar!

Virginia Cooperative Extension 

  • June 5 - GardenFest & Master Gardener Plant Sale 
  • June 17 - Saving Seeds and Composting the Biomass, Beginning Vegetable Gardener Series 
  • July 15th -  Beginning Vegetable Gardener Series - Preparing your Garden for the Next Season 

NYC Health: Rat Prevention Academy trainings
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all Rat Academy trainings have been moved to virtual format. Visit COVID-19 for more information and current guidance.

Rat Academy Now Virtual

Rat Academy for community gardeners:

For information on how to sponsor a virtual Rat Academy, contact

Smile Herb Shop
4908 Berwyn Road College Park, MD 20740

  • Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10 AM EDT – 3 PM - Foundations of Herbalism: Herbal Botany, Plant ID, Summer Virtual Herb Walk
  • Jun 5 at 10 AM EDT – Jun 6 at 3 PM - Foundations of Herbalism: Botany, Plant ID, Wildcrafting, & Harvesting
  • Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 10 AM EDT – 3 PM - Foundations of Herbalism: Sustainable Harvesting, Medicine Making, Storage

Common Good City Farm Intro to Herbs
Monday, June 7, 6 - 7 pm
Join Holly Poole-Kavana, Resident Herbalist, for a physically distant tour and introduction of the herbs in the Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden in the LeDroit Community Garden.

End of Year DCPS School Food Collaborative Meeting
June 9th from Noon - 1PM
Unlike meetings past, this meeting will be virtual, but we can promise the same high quality, meaningful content that you received during our past meetings.  As you can see from the agenda, this meeting will largely focus on results from the Elevate Student Voice in School Meals campaign. We will celebrate the winning student videos and hear from DCPS Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) about how they will implement changes to school meals as a result of the feedback or ideas presented by those students. You will also receive updates from DCPS FNS’s Director, Rob Jaber, on this past school year as well as what to expect as a member of the DCPS School Food Collaborative moving forward. And, of course, we will provide opportunities for your feedback throughout the meeting.  Please RSVP HERE to let us know you’ll attend! We hope to see you *virtually* and look forward to kicking off this next chapter of the DCPS School Food Collaborative together.  Please fill out the brief registration form below so we can learn more about you.

Herbal Energetics Plant Walk
Fri, June 11 - 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
We'll walk through the herb garden, exploring plants with our senses and discussing the concept of herbal energetics (how plants interact with temperature, moisture, tension, and other patterns in the body). For each plant we'll cover plant ID and basic uses. Holly Poole-Kavana is a clinical herbalist and medicine maker practicing in DC. She came to herbalism through her study of botany and prioritizes the connection between people and plants in her work. Her business, Little Red Bird Botanicals, offers individual herbal appointments, an herbal CSA, and an apothecary of locally grown medicines.

Green Spring Garden Gardens Events 
4603 Green Spring Road Alexandria, Virginia
June 12th - Family Fun: The Buzz on Bees 
June 17th - Summer Garden Tour and Tea

Zero Waste DC Home Composting Workshops

  • Saturday, June 12, 9 am - 11 am, Backyard (Hot) Composting
  • Friday, June 18, 9 am - 11 am, Backyard (Hot) Composting
  • Tuesday, June 15, 5 pm  - 7 pm, Vermicomposting (Worm)

Applications for the fall session of the DC Master Gardener Basic Training will be open from June 14 to July 18.
Please click HERE to read more about the application process. We will host a Q&A session on June 7 at 7pm to provide information about the application process, the basic training, and the DC Master Gardener program as a whole. This will be a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the program. If you would like to participate in this session, please register HERE.  Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Bon by phone or email if you have any questions, or 202 941 7923.

Urban Agriculture Soil-Less Certificate: Introduction to Urban Agriculture
Mon, Jun 14, 2021, 8:00 AM –Fri, Jul 30, 2021, 2:00 PM
This course gives participants a glimpse into the past and looks at current soil-less growing trends in today's agricultural world. Participants will dive into the basic needs and choices of system design, material selection, the best options for fish and plants, and the implementation of first steps.

Seasonal Vegetable Gardening (Online Q&A)
June 18 from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Summer is here! Looking for tips on crop rotation, irrigation, crop health, and other vegetable growing topics? Come with your questions for Thomas on these vegetable-growing subjects and leave with new strategies to keep your vegetable garden going strong in June. Please note: This program will be offered through the online platform Livestorm. Clicking on the pre-registration link below will allow you to register through that system.

Juneteenth Plant Sale
June 19, 2021 10:00 - 3:00
Upper Marlboro, MD

Sponsored by EcoBlossoms Farm and Sweet Love Flower Farm
Come out and get your vegetable, flower and perennial plants... a few fruit trees, too! Preorder is available on the website for drive-thru pickup. The event will be held in Upper Marlboro, MD and the physical address will be provided to all registrants after registration...14 acres, 3 Black farmers, flowers, fruit, plants and grain.
Register here:
Preorder or see plant List:

University of Maryland Extension Webinars 

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

  • 6/23/2021: Forage Sampling and Forage Analysis Interpretation 
  • 7/14/2021: What You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Fruit
  • 7/28/2021: Principles of Biological Control
  • 8/11/2021: Basics of Pond Management
  • 8/25/2021: Principles of Agronomy
  • 9/8/2021: Managing Farm Family Finances
  • 9/22/2021: Smart Phone Videos: Top 10 Tips for Awesome Videos from Your Smartphone
  • 10/13/2021: What is Fruit Quality and Factors That Affect it?
  • 10/27/2021: Managing Your Finances Resiliently
  • 11/10/2021: Wildlife management on the farm
  • 11/24/2021: No webinar, Thanksgiving week
  • 12/8/2021: Helping Farmers to be Good Neighbors

Full Schedule

Fox Haven Organic Farm

Calendar of Events


2021 Tree Steward Symposium
Jun 24-25, 9-12pm
Join us for the 2021 Virtual Tree Steward Symposium - Standing Tall, Growing Together! Don't miss the chance to collaborate with fellow TS Groups, hear speakers on the latest tree topics, and learn about some of the latest resources available to expand your involvement in community outreach.

American Horticultural Society 29th National Children & Youth Garden Symposium Conference 
July 7-9
For nearly three decades, the American Horticultural Society’s National Children & Youth Garden Symposium (NCYGS) has been cultivating tomorrow’s gardeners by energizing, inspiring, and training today’s garden educators. The 29th annual professional development conference will again take place as a virtual event instead of an in-person convening. The professional development content will be offered as a collection of live and pre-recorded webinars with nearly forty peer-led lectures and workshops viewable on demand.  Speakers will give educators both the inspiration and the tools they need to discover and nurture the passion within a child and create the space and support for a child to pursue that passion. Registration ($60 for members of the American Horticultural Society and $80 for non-members) includes access to all live and pre-recorded session content which will be available until June 30, 2022. Learn more and register at: 

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.
(Click on Photo for more info)
Eat Your Ethics: Four Courses of Empowerment
Aug 15, 2021 01:00 PM
Oct 24, 2021 01:00 PM
Food Empowerment Project is hosting a four-part series that will help you eat your ethics. Do you love animals? Do you despise child labor? Do you believe workers should have rights? We are here to help ensure your values are reflected in your food choices. Each one-hour event will be packed with morsels of information about veganism to help you better understand the realities of animals raised and killed for food, along with other issues of injustice within our food system. We will also be answering questions, giving helpful tips and suggestions to support you going and staying vegan.

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
Lederer Gardens Weekly Veggie Giveaway Starts This Week!!!



Juneteenth Plant Sale
June 19, 2021 10:00 - 3:00
Upper Marlboro, MD
Sponsored by EcoBlossoms Farm and Sweet Love Flower Farm
Come out and get your vegetable, flower and perennial plants... a few fruit trees, too! Preorder is available on the website for drive-thru pickup. The event will be held in Upper Marlboro, MD and the physical address will be provided to all registrants after registration...14 acres, 3 Black farmers, flowers, fruit, plants and grain.
Register here:
Preorder or see plant List:

Sigsbee Seedlings Sale is back!
With the suspension of the Greater Brookland Yard Sale last year due to Covid19, we decided to try growing a website to safely sell our seedlings starts.  We have also improved our seedling growing and hardening areas, and have decided to use the website to allow a more prolonged sale more appropriate to the different varieties that we offer. Our 27 varieties of greens are hardened and have spent the last 10 days outside.

GMU Organic Gardening Association Seedling Sale
"It's time to plant your garden! Get started by purchasing seedlings from your local student gardening club.We have organic tomatoes, peppers, medicinal and culinary herbs, and edible flowers! All proceeds go to the Greenhouse & Gardens Program, which provides educational and volunteer opportunities in sustainable agriculture for students and the community at large. Go to to view the Greenhouse & Gardens' secure George Mason University online marketplace store. You can pay online and choose your contactless pick-up time or stop by our greenhouse to browse the plants and pay cash. The Seedling Sale lasts until everything is gone!"


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.

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


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
#108: Food Insecurity and Eating Disorders
In this episode, we chat with Patrilie Hernandez, founder of Embody Lib, to unpack how food insecurity and eating disorders are connected. Patrilie breaks down the definition of disordered eating, talks about dismantling beliefs... 

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 Episode 60 - Hydrangeas with Andrew Bunting
In this episode, we talk with Andrew Bunting, Vice President of Public Horticulture at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, about hydrangeas. The plant profile is on brunnera 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 public gardens to visit this summer, including books that list gardens in the mid-Atlantic area, the Mariachi line of Helenium perennial plants, interesting plant nutrient kits, new books, and upcoming events. Pegplant's Podcast is produced by Peggy Riccio, horticulturist, garden writer, speaker, and podcaster.
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
Periodical Cicada with Dr. Mike Raupp
In this bonus episode, we chatted with local university legend, entomologist, professor emeritus Dr. Mike Raupp, about the Brood X periodic cicadas.  The Great Northern Brood is emerging from their seventeen-year slumber to feast, socialize, and reproduce. Dr. Raupp answers our questions about what distinguishes this brood from our annual dog-day cicadas, how do they know when to come out of the ground, and what if anything we need to do to protect our garden plants from them.

Volunteer Opportunities
DPR Communal Farms
In 2020 DC Parks and Rec (DPR) started a new program called Communal Farms, which are communal production farms, managed by DPR staff and community volunteers, with the purpose of providing various ways for community members to receive free food, volunteer, and participate in hands-on educational opportunities.  We're currently looking for volunteers to help during our open hours. 
2 DPR Communal Farms
Lederer Gardens
  • Location: 4801 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE (ward 7)
  • Open Hours: Every Monday and Wednesday from 10-2pm
Edgewood Rooftop Farm
  • Location: 4300 Evarts St NE (ward 5) 
  • Open Hours:  Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-2pm       
Email if you want to volunteer, have questions, or want to receive updates.

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.

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!
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:

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

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
Click on photo for more info

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

LAYC Summer Youth Food LeadershipCoordinator
Based in Washington, DC, the Summer Youth Food Leadership Coordinator for the Food &Nutrition Program will develop and lead a six-week virtual summer program for 12-14 teens all about food. Under the supervision of the Program Manager,the coordinator will design and implement a program that will develop young people’s workforce skill.

Hortiki Plants Job Openings

  • Executive Assistant
    Production and Fulfillment Associates - multiple openings

View position descriptions here:
First screening of applications ends June 11th. Additional screenings take place weekly until positions are filled.

Join Game Genus Design Committee
From now until June 18th, we're accepting interest applications to join our volunteer design committee. This 8-12 person group will help us create the experience and market it to the community. It's a great opportunity for those who are interested in seeing the inner workings of game design.

Common Good City Farm is hiring a Youth Program Educator 
We are looking for a creative and energetic individual to join our LEAF after-school program team (8-10 hours per week). LEAF (Learning for the Environment, Agriculture, and Food) is a drop in youth program designed for elementary age students that live in the surrounding area of Common Good City Farm. The program offers hands-on learning including garden science, working in our youth garden, nutrition, making art for the farm and each class involves preparing a snack using fresh produce. The program is currently virtual one afternoon a week on Wednesdays and will be in-person on our farm on Sundays with Covid-19 safety precautions starting in June 2021.  The LEAF Youth Program Educator will take part in curriculum planning, procuring needed supplies, facilitating lessons, data tracking, and managing volunteers. See additional details in the full job description on our website: 

Capital Area Food Bank is hiring a 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. The Food Growing Education Specialist is responsible for managing all food-growing activities, including the gardening education curriculum, garden maintenance and planning, the garden volunteer program, and any associated grants. The Specialist serves as the primary organizational representative for food growing internally and externally but has opportunities to contribute more broadly to the food bank as a member of the Nutrition Education Department.

UDC is hiring a Graduate Assistant in Urban Sustainability  
CAUSES seeks a Graduate Assistant to join its Professional Science Master’s Program in Urban Sustainability ( The Graduate Assistant will work with a group of researchers to assess the current condition and survival of oak trees in the District of Columbia. Work will include evaluation of the presence of pests and pathogens, and measurement of abiotic factors that may negatively impact urban trees. Oak trees experiencing decline will be identified, mapped and sampled for pathogens and insect pests. Field work will be coordinated with public, private, institutional, and federal property owners across the District. The Graduate Assistant will collaborate with federal and District government agencies on the analysis, summary, and interpretation of data for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and for the general public in the form of blog posts and other publicly-available formats. The Graduate Assistantship position carries a stipend of $22,500 for 12 months. Upon successful completion of the first year, a second year of funding will be available (i.e. $45,000 over 24 months total). Non-DC area residents will also be eligible for in-District graduate tuition rates for the master’s program (currently $4,100 per semester).

Future Harvest - Development Director  
Future Harvest is seeking an outgoing, organized, and experienced development professional to serve as the organization’s development director. The director will be tasked primarily with securing unrestricted funding from diverse sources, overseeing recruitment and stewardship of membership, and conducting foundation research and outreach. The position is full time, reports to the executive director, and will play a pivotal role in helping the organization secure financial resources, strategically navigate our current period of growth, and advance racial equity goals via development initiatives. We strongly encourage people of color to apply.  Upload application materials, which should include resume, cover letter, three writing samples and references, to Applications accepted until the position is filled. Please, no phone calls, but questions can be directed to

Montgomery County Good Council Open Positions
Love & Carrots Open Positions
  • Installation Crew Member

FRESHFARM is hiring 
  • Development & Grants Manager 
  • Assistant Food Educators in FoodPrints Schools 
  • Summer 2021 Interns and Federal Work Study Students for FoodPrints school-based programming 
  • Pop Up Food Hub Support Staff 
  • Pop Up Food Hub Community Delivery Driver 
  • Pop Up Food Hub Operations Associate 
To learn more, check out the Job Listing on the FRESHFARM website. Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to 

DC Central Kitchen is hiring 

  • Events Specialist 
  • Marketing Manager 
  • Institutional Giving Manager 
  • Director, Cafes and Retail Sales 
  • Instructional Services Manager

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:

Little Wild Things Farm - Urban Farmer & Production Manager 
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, controlled environment agriculture, and/or hydroponics.
Job Posting Here

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!

Piedmont Environmental Council - Production Assistant 
The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) is seeking to hire a part-time, seasonal Farm Production Assistant in 2021 to play an integral role in supporting farm operations and assisting with volunteer groups. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in sustainable vegetable production. The Farm Production Assistant will report to PEC’s Community Farm Manager, providing assistance to and coordination with the Farm Manager in regard to all farm operations.

Outstanding in the Field - Satellite Crew Member 
Outstanding in the Field is currently hiring "Satellite" Crew Members for our 2021 Summer/Fall Tour, which starts and ends in Santa Cruz, CA, and runs from June 22 through November 14th. Our company works with local farmers, beer & wine producers and chefs to produce high-end, fine-dining events on farms, beaches, wineries, mountain tops and city streets all across the US. "Satellite" Crew members follow the tour in their own vehicles and work alongside the Core Tour Crew as front of house staff for set-up, service and breakdown of each event.
"Satellite" Crew members are paid hourly, and are welcome to join us at any point, for any length of time during the five month tour. 

Casey Trees is Hiring 
  • Farm Crew     Virginia, Berryville
  • Farm Crew & Driver     Virginia, Berryville
  • Farm Maintenance Technician     Virginia, Berryville
    Tree Operations
  • Horticulturist     District of Columbia, Washington
  • Tree Planting Crew     District of Columbia, Washington

Vegetable & Produce Assistant 
Immediate opening in our organic certified market garden for an assistant. Job description includes bed prep, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, prepping produce for market, bagging, and occasional delivery of produce to customers. Outstanding opportunity to work with and learn from our vegetable and produce specialist.

OutTeach  - National Director of Philanthropy AND Director of School & District Partnerships

  • Grant Writer 
  • National Director of Philanthropy 
  • Director of School & District Partnerships

Job Listings:

Chirdandu Farms - Student Interns 
Chirandu Farms, a vegetable farm in Dickerson, MD is seeking student interns, paid and unpaid, for 20 hours/week from June through August.  Contact: Marcey at

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

Clark Farm - Part Time Summer Flow Harvesting & Arranging 
 Clark’s Farm in Ellicott City is looking for someone to cut flowers and arrange bouquets a few days a week during July & August (possibly through the first week of September). We have a summer cut your own flower garden behind our Roadside Stand that customers can cut from, but we also like to sell some pre-made bouquets in our Stand. We are generally looking for someone to come Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings for a few hours (earlier is better for harvesting flowers, generally starting around 7am) to harvest and arrange bouquets. These days could be flexible for the right person.  Some flower garden maintenance such as deadheading and weeding will also be needed. Email 

Shenandoah Seasonal - Farmers Market Representatives 
Shenandoah Seasonal is searching for two farmers market positions. They are seeking a friendly and hardworking person based in DC as a Farmers Market Representative to represent their vegetable farm at the Saturday Mt. Vernon Triangle Farmers Market. They are also seeking a Farmers Market Representative and Delivery Driver to help bring vegetables from the farm to the city on Thursdays. This position must be local to the farm in Clear Brook, Virginia. View the job description here, and apply by emailing or call 571.447.8556.

Building Bridge is Hiring a Farm Coordinator & Development Manager 
The Farm Coordinator is responsible for growing food at THEARC Farm, keeping track of ongoing expenses & revenue for BBAR Farms, keep a log of food produced at BBAR Farms, coordinate periodic volunteer opportunities and update the BBAR Farms website. The 11th Street Bridge Park (a project of the Ward 8 non-profit Building Bridges Across the River) is searching for an Equitable Development Manager to help implement the park’s Equitable Development Plan (EDP.) This critical position builds on work of the last several years as the organization ensures that the thousands of residents who have helped shape this new civic space can continuously benefit from it.
Development Manager -

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

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 Open Positions
ReFED is a national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste across the U.S. food system.

  • Vice President, Data and Insight Products
  • Research Analyst
  • Climate Fellow

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.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank 

  • Chief Collaboration Officer – Click here for the position profile
  • Director of Programs (NEW) – Charlottesville or Verona, VA
  • Food Sourcing Specialist (NEW) – Verona, VA
  • Program Coordinator for Child Nutrition Programs (NEW) – Verona, VA
  • Manager of Child Nutrition Programs – Verona, VA
  • Campus Compact AmeriCorps Member – Verona, VA
  • Digital Communications Manager – Charlottesville or Verona, VA

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

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.

Food Recovery Network Open Positions

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

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!

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. 

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.

  • SVP of Diversity and Justice 
  • Human Resources Director 
  • Chapters Support Internship 
  • Strategic Partnerships Internship

Job listing: 

Center for Science in the Public Interest

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) Job Openings
Positions Open 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

Notice of Funding Availability - High-Performance
The deadline for application submissions is June 1, 2021.
Building Technical Assistance, Training, & Capacity Building
DOEE seeks eligible entities to deliver training, capacity building, and technical assistance related to high-performance buildings to owners, developers, builders, entrepreneurs, and designers to support compliance with the District’s current and future green building requirements and ambitious policy objectives. The amount available for the project is $450,000. For additional information regarding this RFA, visit the webpage or email:

Danon Institute - One Planet, One Health Initiative 
Submit by June 6, 2021 
Danone Institute North America is a non-profit innovation center managed by Danone North America, a subsidiary of the global food and beverage company Danone, which has a mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible and a global frame of action of One Planet. One Health. This initiative will provide seed funding for projects such as pilot studies, feasibility testing, needs assessments and planning grants. Each selected team will receive a $30,000 One Planet. One Health Initiative Innovation Award to implement its project and amplify its message to a broader audience over a two-year period.

Nature Near Schools Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience - 2021
Deadline June 14, 2021
DOEE is seeking entities to provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) to elementary and middle school students, ideally in third through fifth grade, enrolled in DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC Public Charter Schools. The amount available for the project is $300,000.  DOEE intends to make multiple awards of up to $60,000 per project. DOEE expects that each grant will implement a Nature Near Schools MWEE project for at least three schools. An applicant may apply for and receive more than one grant. For additional information regarding this RFA, visit the webpage or email:

Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Grant 
Deadline July 16th 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of up to $2 million for local governments to host Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot projects for fiscal year 2021. The cooperative agreements support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans and they are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture. USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (Office) will accept applications on offsite link image     until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 16, 2021. Projects should span two years with a start date of September 25, 2021 and a completion date of September 25, 2023.

District of Columbia Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program
Friday, July 16, 2021 at 6pm EST
The Chesapeake Bay Trust is excited to announce a recently formed partnership with the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment on the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program.  The goals of this Request for Applications (RFA) are to protect and enhance, directly or indirectly, the District’s water bodies or watersheds.  Another goal is to create new community partners and strengthen existing relationships with community-based organizations and small businesses.  This program will support community-oriented and inspired projects that are designed to increase knowledge and lead to behavior change as it relates to watershed and stormwater-related issues.
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

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


Gardening Tips of the Month

Poison Ivy ID Lesson

by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program
"As we get back outside this summer, now is a good time to learn to ID poison ivy!
Poison ivy can grow as a groundcover or small bush in woods, fields, at the edges of openings and trails, and pretty much everywhere else.
Poison ivy also grows as a vine that climbs on trees, barns, and fences for support. The vine has small aerial roots along the stem that make it look like a fuzzy rope and often has much longer aerial roots as well.
Because the plant grows in so many different forms, its leaflets are the best way to identify poison ivy. The leaflets grow in clusters of three. Hence the old saying “leaves of three, let it be.” These leaflets are from two to four inches long with pointed tips. The middle leaflet is usually larger than the others.

The edges of the leaflets don’t always look the same. They might be smooth, or they could have teeth. The leaflet surface can be many different shades of green and appear glossy, dull, or in between."

Lean more:

Image description: four pictures of poison ivy show it as red-green shiny leaves, near the ground, bright green 3-leaved stems, climbing up a tree trunk, and a clear 3-leaved closeup.



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