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February 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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Announcements



DC Coronavirus Updates

DC COVID Vaccine
At this moment, vaccination appointments are only available for workers in health care settings and District residents 65 years of age and older. To schedule an appointment, please visit vaccinate.dc.gov or call the District’s call center at 855-363-0333. The call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7pm and Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm. Register at vaccinate.dc.gov to get alerts as DC moves to the next tier of vaccinations.
https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine

Vaccines for the Food Service Industry
Individuals working in the following sectors of the DC food system will be eligible for vaccination appointments in the following phases/tiers (currently, the District is in Phase 1B, Tier 1):
  • Individuals working in grocery stores will be eligible in Phase 1B, Tier 2;
  • Individuals working in health, human services, or social services outreach programs, including non-profits distributing emergency food assistance, will be eligible in Phase 1B, Tier 3;
  • Individuals working in food packaging and distribution, including at farmers markets, will be eligible in Phase 1B, Tier 3; and
  • Individuals working in food service, including at restaurants, will be eligible in Phase 1C, Tier 1.
In terms of proof of employment, it can be an ID badge, email from supervisor, or other proof. DC Health is aiming to be flexible.
https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine

SURVEY: Outdoor Dining & Retail During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
The Office of Planning (OP) invites you to complete a short survey, designed to assess the experience of patrons of outdoor dining and retail establishments in Washington, DC during the COVID-19 public health emergency. OP is evaluating how the effort impacted District residents and businesses to help determine the future of the program. The information you provide in the survey will inform how these programs will operate once the public health emergency ends.The survey will be available until February 14, 2021.
Click here to complete the survey.

DC Gov Coronavirus website
 
DC residents: DC CARES $1000 cash assistance program for excluded workers is now available if you lost their job or worked less due to COVID, did not receive this benefit last year, and excluded from unemployment benefits or federal stimulus.
To qualify for DC Cares, you must be an adult who lives in Washington, DC AND be part of one of the following categories:
  • You have been released from incarceration or detention during the coronavirus pandemic (on or after March 11, 2020);
  • You are an immigrant without work authorization AND have experienced income loss during the pandemic
  • You work for cash or in the informal economy (for example - street vending, domestic work, day labor) AND you have experienced income loss during the pandemic.
Click the link below to learn more about the DC Cares Assistance Program or visit https://www.dccares2021.org:
 
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Local
 
Mayor Bowser Announces 2021 DC Leaf Fund with $5,185,000.00 to Increase Food Access and Community Ownership
For more info

Three Part Harmony Farm Runs Successful Crowdfunding Campaign (Thanks to all who donated!!!)
"I woke up this morning, wrapped in the warm, loving embrace of the entire Three Part Harmony Farm community who so generously contributed to a crowdfunding campaign for us to finally get POWER at the farm."
Full Article Here

Doug Emhoff (Second Gentleman) Highlighted Food Insecurity on his First Solo Public Outing to Keller Miller Farm
America’s first second gentleman, Emhoff said during the campaign that he would use his groundbreaking role to elevate the issue.
Full Article Here

Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op is the Next Fair Food Sponsor!
On February 1, the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-Op (TPSS) and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will launch a partnership to support the award-winning Fair Food Program (FFP), a worker-driven human rights initiative ensuring basic protections for tens of thousands of farmworkers along the East Coast.
Full article

All Legislation In D.C. Will Now Be Assessed For Racial Equity
The council launched its first Office of Racial Equity, whose main responsibility will be working with lawmakers to better account for racial equity as they write bills.
Full Article

DC Stories: The Fresh Food Factory (Video)
Tangibly addressing food equity drives The Fresh Food Factory's daily impact in Anacostia as a health food market, educational resource, and urban farming operation Owner Amanda Stephenson extends her belief in good health through good food by distributing Corona Care Boxes (filled with nutritious fare) to the community alongside United Nation of Individuals Fighting Impossibilities.
Full video

Teaching Environmental Justice Across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Teachers and parents can address issues of racism, public health and climate change by teaching environmental justice.
Full Chesapeake Bay Program Article Here

Feed the Fridge Partnership Provides Free Meals to DC Residents In Need
Full Article Here

UDC's Master Gardener Program is Looking for Your Input
UDC is rebuilding the Master Gardener Program and their intention is to make the process as collaborative and inclusive as possible. They want to structure it according to community needs and interests across all 8 Wards. Make your voices heard by completing this survey or by brainstorming with them in small group listening sessions.   For more information about the program, please reach out to their new Master Gardener Coordinator Patricia Bon (patricia.bon@udc.edu) or check out their website.

Mid-Atlantic Produce Safety Survey
Pennsylvania Farmers Union (PFU)  seeks to enhance food safety knowledge and support for urban and suburban producers in the Mid-Atlantic Region, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, DC and surrounding areas. This survey gathers input from growers like you with the intention to support you through day-to-day challenges regarding food safety and farming practices.
Survey

Hypothermia Alert Activated
If you see someone in need of shelter:
Call: 202-399-7093 or 311, 911 for an immediate safety risk
Please check on neighbors, seniors and anyone that may need assistance.
More information here


 
National
 
Tom Vilsack’s Nomination as Agriculture Secretary Reopens Old Wounds for Black Farmers
Advocates and farmers urge Biden’s pick to focus on rooting out discrimination in loans and other assistance programs at the USDA.
Full Article Here

Instacart is Firing Every Employee Who Voted to Unionize
The layoffs are hitting 10 unionized workers in Skokie, Illinois, in addition to other Instacart employees
Full Article Here

Startup Builds 3 Huge Indoor Farms in Appalachia Turning Coal Country into Agricultural Hub
Full article here

Recompose, the first human-composting funeral home in the U.S., is now open for business
Full article here

 
 
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Food Justice

 
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Highlighted Causes
 

Ways to Celebrate Black History Month
Petition to Save the DC Secret Garden
Recently, lawyers for the real estate mega-developer Douglas Jemal (who was just pardoned by former President Donald Trump) gave notice that The Secret Garden in Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood had to go.  Representatives claimed that the 3,900 square foot community outdoor concert stage, beehive, and green space actually belonged to Mr. Jemal. But since 2010, our neighborhood businesses, including WEACT Radio, Check It Enterprises and the Go-Go Museum & Cafe, rescued the space that has been abandoned for decades. Our community transformed the space into a popular Anacostia landmark that hosts concerts, wakes, community meetings and pop-up shops. The garden is ours. This is not a fair fight.  We don't have Mr. Jemal's political connections, or his deep pockets for legal fees. Mr. Jemal got a pardon. The Garden deserves a pardon, too.  Please sign this petition to ask Mr. Jemal to do the right thing and let us keep what rightfully belongs to us. #PardontheGarden.
Sign petition here


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Urgent Needs
 

 

 
Take Action! DC Grassroots Planning Coalition
The DC Grassroots Planning Coalition hosts monthly gatherings consisting of people from every Ward citywide.  These gatherings are hosted usually every second Saturday of each month.  See our FB page for event updates. The Coalition has an organizing framework that relies on volunteers to connect with citywide Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, Civic/Citizen groups, community organizations, and neighborhood leaders. The Coalition asks groups and individuals sympathetic to our cause to actively strengthen the DC Comprehensive Plan and to defend our neighborhoods from the obvious and serious impacts of luxury over-development.
TELL COUNCILMEMBERS: Protect DC Workers from COVID-19
The pandemic has made many jobs that are not typically considered dangerous potentially life threatening for many workers. People who have already returned to work, and the many more who will return as we approach a wider reopening of the District, must be protected. It is crucial that the DC Council act to ensure that everyone who works in DC has the protections and support that they need to safely return to work. The “Workplace Safety During the Covid-19 Pandemic Emergency Amendment Act of 2021” will put in place several common sense measures to protect District workers and ensure a responsible reopening of the District. The bill will be voted on Tuesday Feb 2 and we need your help to make sure it passes! Please join us in supporting this bill by sending an email to all members of the Council asking them to support the bill!
For more info

Donate Your Stimulus Checks to Migrant Families
Go Fund Me Listed Here

Justice for Black Farmers Act - Sign the Petition Today!
Decades of farmer-led organizing combined with our heightened collective efforts over the last three years laid the groundwork for the Justice For Black Farmers Act of 2020. The Justice for Black Farmers Act is historic legislation that finally includes full debt cancellation, federal tax relief, and a foreclosure moratorium for our Black legacy farmers. Due to Congress being out of session today, the Act will be officially introduced by U.S. Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand on November 30th.
Full Link Here
More information on "Justice" act
More from Acres of Ancestry Here

Piscataway Land Trust
The Piscataway Land Trust is a long-term Indigenous-led effort led by the501(c)(3) Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians Inc. to restore and rematriate ancestral land and sovereignty in the Chesapeake region to Piscataway and other Chesapeake Indigenous people.
Donation & More Information Here
 

Publix heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli provided the “lion’s share” of funding for the Washington Ellipse rally preceding the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. It’s only the latest in a series of major contributions to conservative causes made by Publix heirs or the popular supermarket chain itself.
 
A Reparations Map for Farmers of Color May Help Right Historical Wrongs
https://civileats.com/2018/06/04/a-reparations-map-for-farmers-may-help-right-historical-wrongs/

Help Rescue Food for People In Need During COVID-19!
These are very challenging times for many, but one silver lining of all this is the many organizations and individuals who are working tirelessly to help those in need in their communities. Food assistance organizations are already facing higher demand for food. However, as restaurants close or alter their menus, events and catering orders are canceled, and offices are moving to 100% telework, there is a large amount of excess food that could be donated and needs to be placed with a food assistance organization very quickly. Food Rescue US- DC’s network of volunteers is ready to rescue that food and get it to the organizations who need it. Please, spread the word to restaurants, cafes, caterers, event spaces, offices, and any other businesses who may find themselves with excess food to donate that Food Rescue US - DC can rescue that food and make sure it gets to the right place. If you have food to donate or would like to volunteer to rescue food, you can:
Email kate@foodrescue.us
Sign up via the Food Rescue US app (scroll to the bottom)
 
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Events
 
Follow these accounts and newsletters for lists of daily actions, frequent updates, and urgent protests needs in Greater DC Area
Haymarket Books - Learning Together While Staying Apart
Haymarket Books is determined to offer a political response to the crisis, believing that our mission to support struggles for social and economic justice is more vital than ever. While all of our online events are freely available, we ask that those who are able make a solidarity donation in support of our continuing to do this work.
Schedule of Events Here

Training on Dismantling White Supremacy in Self and Society
Session Dates: 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14
We are thrilled to be offering a new six-session ‘Accomplice in Action’ (AIA) series led by friends of The Well, Kristen Tubman and Jonathan Fichter.
Registration Info Here 

Talking to Friends and Family about RacismFeb 4th,  7 PM EST – 8:30 PM
Join us for our Talking to Friends and Family Series, typically the fourth Thursday of the month. Everyone is welcome! SURJ-Baltimore's "Talking with Friends and Family about Racism" group meets monthly to share support and strategies around putting one of SURJ's core values - Calling People In, Not Calling People Out - into action. We find that talking with each other about this topic prepares us to engage in a more-constructive / less-combative way when the topic of racism comes up with those who are close to us. New folks always welcome. Hope to see you there.
For more info

Montgomery County Watch Party: Police Free Schools Hearing
Feb 4th, 7 PM
Join the MoCo Defund and Reinvest Coalition as we watch the County Council’s public hearing for Bill 46-20, which calls for the removal of School Resource Officers (SROs) from Montgomery County Public Schools.
For more info

Housing Race & Justice, Web Series
Thursday February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
In this interactive series, we will travel chronologically through the history of DC and explore the themes of housing and race through the lens of biblical justice. Through a combination of teaching and conversation, we will seek to expand our understanding of how we, as disciples of Jesus, can more effectively pursue biblical justice in our communities. The series starts in February but registration is open now.
Register Here.
 
Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment Training
February 6th, 10 AM EST – 3 PM
Unarmed Civilian Protection and Accompaniment is a methodology for teams that offer direct protection of civilians and others, reduction of hostility, re-humanization of parties, as well as increasing local peace infrastructures. This workshop will be largely experiential and learning-by-doing, with a focus on post-election scenarios as circumstances dictate. The skills learned can be modified and applied in many facets of life, including political demonstrations, local events, accompaniment of those in danger, neighborhood conflicts, and international conflicts.
For more info
 

AFC Deep South Roundtable: White Supremacy and DecolonizationSaturday, February 6, 2021 At 5 Pm Est – 7 Pm
Panelists:
  • Mabrouka M'Barek - PhD student at UMass-Amherst, former Member of Parliament in Tunisia
  • Misty Skaggs - Misty Skaggs is a barefooted radical, born and raised in the backwoods of Eastern Kentucky. She still lives in and works from a holler in Carter County, where she tends to her community, her Mamaw, and her garden. Skaggs is an artist and activist as well as an author and editor, and her Appalachian roots are tightly entangled with all of her work. She is also one of the founding members of EKY Mutual Aid and maintains their online presence and community fund.
  • Gabriela Variela - Faculty-Owner of the Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Warren Tidwell - Statedwide Organizer for Hometown Action in Alabama
  • Majadi Baruti - Co-Director of Dynamite Hill Smithfield Community Land Trust in Birmingham, Alabama
For more info

Cancel the Rents! Car CaravanSunday, February 7th at 12 noon
RFK Stadium parking lot 6

form a car caravan to demand that the government cancel all rents & mortgages and stop all evictions. One-time stimulus checks are not enough. Working people need immediate, complete relief from the pandemic -- nothing less!
For more info


Ida B. the Queen The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. WellsThursday, February 11, 2021 at 6 PM EST – 7 PM
Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize. Ida B. Wells committed herself to the needs of those who did not have power. In the eyes of the FBI, this made her a “dangerous negro agitator.” In the annals of history, it makes her an icon. Ida B. the Queen tells the awe-inspiring story of an inspirational woman who was often overlooked and underestimated—a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP. Written by Wells’s great-granddaughter Michelle Duster, this “warm remembrance of a civil rights icon” (Kirkus Reviews) is a unique visual celebration of Wells’s life, and of the Black experience.
For more info


Introduction to Active Bystander InterventionSaturday, February 13, 2021 at 10 AM EST – 3 PMAn active bystander training teaches effective skills for assessing, de-escalating, and diffusing a problematic situation, such as intimidation, harassment, abuse, physical violence, etc. Active bystander training focuses on a bystander observing a problematic situation and determining if and how to intervene. This is distinct from self-assertion training that teaches how to de-escalate and diffuse unwanted attention when you are being attacked. An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation.
For more info


How Traditional Design Thinking Protects White SupremacyTuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10 AM
"Systems produce what they were designed to produce.” (National Equity Project). White supremacy and its values have been historically constructed into the social, political, and economic landscape of the world, seeping into professional norms and standards - including those found in design, design thinking, and other forms of creative problem solving. This 2 hour interactive webinar will dive deeper into defining white supremacy and how it shows up beyond overt acts of hatred, explore how white supremacy is upheld in the ideologies and practices of “traditional” design thinking, and examine how we might shift design mindsets to more equitable, diverse, and inclusive practice.
For more info


Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison AbolitionWednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12 PM EST – 1:30 PMA talk by Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe on her new book, Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition, followed by discussion with participants. Liat Ben-Moshe is an activist-scholar-educator-researcher working at the intersection of incarceration, decarceration, abolition and disability/madness. Her work aims to expand what counts as incarceration to include all carceral locales (including residential institutions for people with intellectual disabilities, psych facilities and prisons/jails) and to connect deinstitutionalization, disability and mad movements to prison abolition activism through an intersectional lens. Her new book, Decarcerating Disability, is a vital addition to carceral, prison, and disability studies draws important new links between deinstitutionalization and decarceration.
For more info

 
Monthly DC Mutual Aid Network City Wide Call
Sunday, February 21, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
The DC Mutual Aid Network was started by and continues to be lead by and center Black women and femmes in DC. Join us to learn more about Mutual Aid, get updates about Mutual Aid efforts in your Ward, and learn how you can get your needs met and get involved.
More Information Here
 
Recurring Events

DC Grassroots Planning Coalition
Gathers every second Saturday
A network of DC residents & organizations from all 8 Wards committed to pursuing racial, economic, and environmental justice through equitable development.
https://www.facebook.com/DCGrassrootsPlan/

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

ROC-DC Member Orientation / Orientación para MiembrosMonthly orientation every last Monday of each month from 1pm-2:30pmAre 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.
https://www.facebook.com/ROCdc/events/?ref=page_internal
 
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.
http://www.agrowingculture.org/hfj/?mc_cid=e0a26b554b&mc_eid=f07b04f54f
 
Recent Recorded Series and Events

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

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

National Museum of Women in the Arts & DC Mutual Aid ApothecaryIn this new series, please join our in depth interviews with the Curative Collective, a group of Women, Arts, and Social Change partners working at the intersection of food, art, and social change
Full Video Link
DC Mutual Aid Apothecary Instagram

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

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DC Food Policy Council: Racism, Racial Equity, and the Food System Recordings
The DC Food Policy Council, in its role as a convener, invites those who are engaged in the DC food system (as a professional, student, or resident) to this 8-week conversation to reflect, learn, and hold ourselves accountable. Following sessions have been recorded
  • The History of DC’s Grocery Gap
  • Land Access and the Racial Wealth Gap
  • How Racism and White Supremacy Influence Nutrition Education
  • Racial Injustice and Workers in the Food Supply Chain (recording coming soon)

2020 Intro to Racism and White Privilege Webinar Course
July 2020 to February 2021
The People’s School of DC 2019 “Introduction to Racism and White Privilege course” has been converted to a webinar format, that will be recorded and publicly shared, starting in July. This is a FREE 24-class course, (3) 2-hour classes a month, on the many different forms of racism and white privilege in the US, specifically focusing on forms beyond the “explicit” and “easy to see”, through a multi-media lecture series presenting hundreds of anti-racism concepts, perspectives, strategies, resources, speeches, quotes, videos, books, articles, and ways to get involved in modern day efforts to dismantle white supremacy.
Current Webinar recordings available Now
 
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Local Resources
 
 
DC Social Justice Newsletter
This bimonthly newsletter is a partnership between the People’s School of DC, a volunteer cooperative organizing and connecting people to social justice education and resources in greater DC area, and Georgetown Environmental Justice students, with the goal to connect people to social justice resources, events, actions, job openings, and education in greater DC area.  This newsletter will only focus on local social justice resources, not solicitations, and will remain an all-volunteer effort.
Follow link view the first newsletter or sign up to recieve future newsletters
https://peoplesschooldc.wordpress.com/dc-social-justice-newsletter/

People's School of DC Anti-racism Resources
Advocacy for COVID-19 Essential Workers
Essential workers have continued reporting to their physical places of employment during the pandemic. COVID-19 has cost the lives of people who have had to continue to work throughout the pandemic—often with low pay and limited benefits—while also putting their families and communities at greater risk. In this link, we provide information that can help you advocate for and create a safer workplace.
Read full article here

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

Educational Webinars

 
To promote social distance DUG is only highlighting Webinars and events with social distancing at this time.  Please send any other webinars and social distancing events needing promotion to josh@dugnetwork.org to be included on the next newsletter.


This lecture series will take place entirely online, with a new speaker on the second Wednesday of the month from October 2020 to September 2021.
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Host your own Little Red Bird Botanicals plant walk, medicine-making workshop, or botany class!
Topics can be customized to the event, and may include:
  • Edible wild plants
  • Local medicinal herbs
  • Botany and plant identification
  • Ethical and respectful harvesting practices
  • Making your own herbal medicine
  • Health-specific topics

A plant walk can happen anywhere! Tree boxes, railroad tracks, and alleys can be just as interesting as your local park or woodland. Walks usually last 1-3 hours depending on the interest level of the group. Kids are always welcome. I’ve done classes for individuals, families, organizations, schools, and neighborhood groups. The optimal group size is under 20. During Covid restrictions in-person class size is limited to 10 outdoor participants. To schedule a walk, please email littleredbirdbotanicals@gmail.com.
http://www.littleredbirdbotanicals.com/events/

Virginia Cooperative Extension Vegetable Gardening
February 1 - June 16, 2021
The course is a combination of self-paced learning and two live sessions, and offers something for both beginning and experienced gardeners. Growing your own food, using nature as a guide and incorporating sustainable practices is good for our bodies and good for the earth.  This course covers the essential topics — planning the garden from seed to harvest, using organic and sustainable techniques to develop healthy productive gardens, growing good soil, dealing with wildlife and specific techniques for container and indoor vegetable gardens.
https://register.ext.vt.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=1358035&fbclid=IwAR07r9HKXvUHTl73x2N2DiakYgMWEkChd9sekK1DabbYeRvL0dyU9UmMh2Y
 
 

Strengthening School Garden Communities
Feb 3, 11:00am
School gardens have a unique challenge of utilizing the garden space during the summer months, while school is out of session. This virtual gathering will be a discussion of strategies that increase community around school gardens, especially during the summer months. The Big Green Chicago Team will facilitate a conversation with City Blossoms, Denver Urban Gardens, and the audience to collectively reflect, question, and share experiences to support efforts to strengthen school gardens through the summer.
Register Here

February Food Policy Council Meeting
February 3rd, 4-6pm
How to Participate: We continue to meet virtually during the public health emergency. Call-in information for the full meeting and the Working Group meetings is on our website: https://dcfoodpolicy.org/meetings
Agenda topics: 2021 DC Food Policy Priorities, New District programs and policies to expand healthy food access, Federal food policy updates under new administration, Funding Opportunities, Announcements (open forum). The DC Food Policy Council will meet on the 1st Wednesday of every other month in 2021. Please see the full schedule on our website.

Rock Creek Conservancy invites you to become a Stream Team Leader!
If you love Rock Creek and want to help protect it, you can become a Stream Team Leader and be an ambassador to your community for Rock Creek and the stormwater runoff that threatens it. You must be trained as a Stream Team Leader before hosting any events with Rock Creek Conservancy. Upcoming virtual training opportunities:

  • Two-part training - Wednesday, February 3 from 5pm to 6:30pm AND Saturday, February 6 from 10am to 12pm
  • Two-part training - Tuesday, February 23 from 5pm to 6:30pm AND Thursday, February 25 from 5pm to 6:30pm
  • Two-part training - Tuesday, March 9 from 5pm to 6:30pm AND Thursday, March 11 from 5pm to 6:30pm

You can invite friends, neighbors, schools, scout troops, and community groups to join at any time, and we encourage you to work with groups with an interest in Rock Creek. These trainings will also prepare you to be a site leader for our big 2021 Extreme Cleanup event!

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Upcoming Events
Click on the individual links for full information per event:

Full Facebook Page Here

Abolitionist Teaching Network, new webinars for Black History Month

  • Feb 4 - Black Joy: A Celebration of Black Teaching
  • Feb 18 - Black Homeschooling: An Abolitionist Approach
  • Feb 25 - Black Futures & Black Joy
    Register and Reserve Your Seat Here


Bloom February Webinar Schedule
  • February  4 - Topical Herbal Medicine - Wound and Bruise Healing, and more - Robin Rose Bennett
  • February 7 - Plantas Medicinas Portugal with Olivia Fite
  • February 9 - The Major Arcana: A Tarot Intro with Ayesha Boykins-Koukoui
  • February 16 - Winter Skin - Anatomy and Physiology and Hands On Butters and Salves  with Lacey Walker
  • February 18 - Ayurveda for Self Care with Anjali Sunita - Class 1 
Click on link for many more classes throughout year
https://www.wildgingerherbalcenter.com/bloom-series.html
 
From A Farmers Perspective: Working with The Agrarian Trust
Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 6 PM
Join us for a Live discussion right here on Facebook with farmers Cam and Chloe of Garden Variety Harvests farm, an urban farm working with the Agrarian Trust. We will talk about their experiences working with the Agrarian Trust so far, and what the future looks like for them as they continue on in the Agrarian Commons model.
https://www.facebook.com/events/234017591560657/
 
US Botanic Gardens
  • 2/4 12:00 Pm - Online Cooking Demo: Winter Squash Comfort And Seed Starting
  • 2/6 11:30 Am - 12:30 Pm - Online Art Workshop: Drawing Winter Trees In Pencil And Ink
  • 2/11 12:00pm - Online Cooking Demo: Chocolate Haze And Seedling Days
  • 2/12 12:00pm - Online Cooking Demo: Mexican Dishes With Muchas Gracias: Local Chef Series
  • 2/13 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Online Teen Program: Pathways To Careers In Urban Agriculture And Gardens
  • 2/18 12:00pm - Online Cooking Demo: Slurping Soups And Healthy Hydrangeas
  • 2/20 11:30am - Online Demo: Using Succulents In Floral Design
  • 2/25 12:00pm - Online Cooking Demo: Grand Grains And Risky Beans
Join WithLoveDC as they continue the USBG’s weekly community yoga class. Typically offered on-site at the USBG Conservatory or outdoor gardens, the Garden is supporting an online yoga class to continue the program for community health and well-being. Pre-registration is required.
Registration Link
Full List of Programs

Pathways To Careers In Urban Agriculture And Gardens
2/13 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thomas Crawley, Advanced Gardener, U.S. Botanic Garden; Rebecca Lemos, Consultant, RLO Works; Lauren Newman, Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative Program Manager, City Blossoms; Thomas Wheet, Research and Logistics Coordinator for Urban Agriculture & Entrepreneurship, University of the District of Columbia
https://usbg.doubleknot.com/event/online-teen-program-pathways-to-careers-in-urban-agriculture-and-gardens/2773800

DC Mutual Aid Apothecary - Free Cider Workshop
Sat, Feb 6, 1-3pm
We will come together to learn how to make fire cider, talk about the health benefits of each ingredient and share tips for making herbal medicine at home. In the spirit of Mutual Aid, we encourage participants to share their finished fire cider with family, friends and community members. $15 Suggested donation
Register Here

Smile Herb Shop, February Events
https://www.facebook.com/SmileHerbShop/events/?ref=page_internal

Cultivate the City
Upcoming events for Feburary:
  • Saturday, February 6, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM - Grow Your Own Microgreens!
  • Sunday, February 14, 1:00 PM 2:00 PM - Hot Sauce Blending
  • Saturday, February 20, 11:00-12:00PM - Plant Propagation 101: Seeds, Cuttings and Clones
  • Sunday, February 28, 1:00-2:00PM - Indoor and Container Gardening 101

https://www.cultivatethecity.com/events-1

Northern Virginia Master Gardeners

https://mgnv.org/events/

Call For Herbal Garden Volunteers @ Fox Haven
Feb 6, 10:00-12:00pm
Join us for a volunteer and intern info session to learn how you can get involved in our herbal gardens and orchards at Fox Haven. We’ll sip tea, tour some of the buildings we use and we’ll walk out to the orchard and gardens weather permitting.
Register Here

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

  • 2/10/2021: Cover Crop Mixtures
  • 2/24/2021: Planning for Retirement
  • 3/10/2021: Cultivating Conversation: Understanding Opportunities to Access Federal Conservation Programs
  • 3/24/2021: Getting The Most Out of Your High Tunnel- Best Management Practices

Full Schedule
https://extension.umd.edu//womeninag/webinars

The Creative Root Herbal Education

https://thecreativeroot.net/learn

Future Harvest Hosts a Water Workshop
Tue, February 9, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Without water there would be no fresh produce. At the same time, human pathogens are easily spread through water use. Knowing how to assess and manage this vital resource is critical to reducing produce safety risks. In this module, we will talk about how to assess your water sources and systems for food safety - evaluating water quality, paying attention to potential sources of contamination, and practical strategies to reduce risks. 
Register Here

Soil Health To-Go
Feb 10, 2021 12:00 PM
Bite size soil health information straight from the farmer's mouth.
Register Here

GW's Sustainability Summit - Reflect, Innovate, Recreate
February 11, 2021
This is a day-long, virtual event that features leaders from academia, industry, and government. We will tackle themes including climate resilience, social justice, environmental equity, historical GHG emissions, and energy innovation with an eye toward the next 100 years.The featured speakers include Senator Whitehouse, Professor and Chef José Andres, and environmental activist Tamara Toles O'Laughlin. We have some incredibly dynamic panels with deans, faculty, students, members of the Biden transition team, industry leaders on renewable energy, etc. 
Register Here

Elements of Nature

  • Sat, Feb 13, 2021 11:00 AM EST - Companion Planting For Pest Management in Organic Growing Environments
  • Wed, Feb 17, 2021 11:00 AM - Winter Sowing - Following Mother Nature's Way to Jump Start Your Gardens
  • Wed, Mar 10, 2021 11:00 AM - Companion Planting For Pest Management in Organic Growing Environments
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/elements-of-nature-elementofnatureusagmailcom-6810944193

Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center

Calendar of Events

Companion Planting For Pest Management in Organic Growing Environments
Sat, February 13, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
For the urban farmer who intends to market and sell your harvests, this effort can make or break your volume of sellable items that are aesthetically pleasing to a buyer at the market. By incorporating a variety of beneficial plants that attract beneficial insects above and below ground you can also add a variety of trace minerals to the soil that further ensure edible, healthy and vibrant harvests throughout the growing season. Our goal is to demonstrate how some well-known and lesser-known companions do their jobs in organic growing environments. You'll gain the knowledge you need to successfully grow without harsh chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. Join us for a talk as we walk through our organic farms and gardens and discover how the magic of natural companions works to create more successful future harvests.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/companion-planting-for-pest-management-in-organic-growing-environments-tickets-131089330717?aff=erelpanelorg

Profs & Pints Online: Buying Sustainable SeafoodThursday, February 18, 2021 at 7 PM
Dr. David Shiffman, who previously gave an enlightening Profs and Pints Online talk on sharks, gives an encore of his talk on the science of sustainable fisheries management to help clear the waters surrounding sustainable seafood consumption. He'll discuss the different definitions and standards for sustainable seafood, teach you how to read a sustainability label like a fisheries biologist, and challenge some of the most common misconceptions about sustainable seafood, overfishing, and ocean conservation. You'll learn how to avoid being misled by grocery stores and industry groups, and pick up tips and tricks for finding healthy, delicious seafood that is sustainable as well. You'll also learn about what the pandemic has meant for sustainable fisheries and retailers.
For more info


National Capital Area Garden Clubs "Flowers and Plants Introductions for the New Growing Season" Webinar
Feb 18, 4:00pm
Interested in how new plants evolve and make it to the garden centers each spring? Follow the path: e.g., hybridization, environmental suitability, and test gardens. Then be introduced to the “Stars for Spring 2021!”  Speaker: Kathy Jentz, Editor, Washington Gardener Magazine. Fee: $10,
Register at: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=L4L7AZ6RG55QQ

DC Home Vermicomposting Virtual Workshop
Sat, Feb 20, 2021 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn how to vermicompost – compost with worms – at home! After attending the workshop, residents will qualify for a rebate, up to $75, towards the purchase of a worm composting bin. (Attending this workshop will not qualify you for a rebate towards the purchase of a traditional backyard home composting system.) Attendance is required to qualify for the rebate.
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2403669169403405840

Sowing the Seeds of Victory: Growing Food in Troubled Times
Feb 20, 10:00-11:30am
Join Extension Master Gardeners Tricia Rodgers and Anne Wilson for an overview of home food production from World War I victory gardens to the present. They will introduce you to some of the heirloom crops that contemporary gardeners can grow in their gardens today.
Register Here

Maryland Soil Health Hub Meeting
Feb 23, 8:00-9:30am
Join us for candid conversations about soil health practices. The program begins with a look at the COMET-Farm tool, including the project underway to calibrate it for Maryland soils. We'll also offer information on Million Acre Challenge's Soil Health Management Plan and enrollment process.
Register Here

What to Do with All the Poo! - Future Harvest Webinar
Feb 23, 3:00-5:00pm
Some of the most pressing questions in food safety involve what to do with all the poo?! In this webinar we will virtually tour Filbert St Garden in Baltimore City, an urban community garden that is also home to beehives, poultry, goats and sheep, and a composting operation. We will focus on understanding and assessing risks from wildlife, livestock, raw manure, and previous land use. 
Register Here


We are so excited to announce that for this year, we're joining forces with MOFFA- Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association to host a special virtual winter urban gardening conference! Please save the dates of February 24-27 for MOFFAxRooting DC and stay tuned for more information about the workshops and the exact schedule.

Grant Writing for Farmers
Feb 25, 11:00-1:00pm
Join a panel of farmers and funders who will share tips and guidance on the grant writing process. We'll begin with a presentation on the grant writing process, including some lists of resources and funding opportunities. Then, farmers and funders will participate in a moderated panel. 
Information & Registration Here



DC Adopt-A-Stream Workshop
Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 10:30 AM
Learn how you can help us make positive changes to our waterways!  Join the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Rock Creek Conservancy for our residential Adopt-A-Stream program! This project will give interested leaders an opportunity to track levels of trash within the District's waterways utilizing the same resources and tools that researchers use to collect information on the Anacostia River's Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for trash. This citizen-science collected data will then be shared with the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to help improve waterway quality in the District of Columbia.
https://www.facebook.com/events/408234130423330/

Common Good City Farm Pop Up Market
Sunday Feb 27, 12-3pm
We strongly encourage pre-orders for this market by Sunday, January 31, which will allow you to reserve the items you want and have them ready for quick pick up the day of the market. It also helps us determine how much produce to order. We will be hosting it facing the Park at LeDroit, 300 V St NW. 
Farm Market Pre-orders: https://forms.gle/Wm42PU3cfFFfAgTc7 
LEAF Meal Kit Pre-orders: https://forms.gle/7PvSyMwwsgHabGG26
More Information Here

Annual Spring Conference - Organic Growers School (ONLINE)
March 13-21, 2021
For the first time in 27 years, the Organic Growers School Spring Conference will be offered online this year, meaning that you can join from anywhere! The OGS Spring Conference offers over 30 hours of workshops, lectures, and activities on organic growing and sustainable living (this year, we have 11 tracks including Cherokee Foods, permaculture, soils, and food systems), and recordings will be accessible to attendees for up to three months after the event. There are multiple options available at different pay scales and we offer limited scholarships to support attendees. Please check out our website for more information including the program and registration!
Register Here

2021 Home Apothecary Program
March 13 - November 15, 2021
This 9-month herbal medicine program is a hands-on introduction to herbalism. Participants will tend a garden together, explore the basic concepts of herbalism, and make herbal preparations to bring home and to share with the Common Good community. The home apothecary program offers a unique opportunity to learn about using herbs while working directly with the plants and developing connection to the land and ecosystem we call home.
Full Information and Registration Here

Permaculture Design Course
March 27-28, April 10-11, April 24-25, May 8-9, May 22-23
In this course you will plunge deeply into the vision and practice of creating dynamic and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. The teaching team will offer lectures, site walks, exercises and skills training to help you move forward with your permaculture goals. Much of the course will take place at Forested, a 10-acre forest garden now beginning its 10th season.
Register Here: https://www.forested.us/permaculture-design-course

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

  • Saturdays 10am-1pm: planting, tending, harvesting, and making herbal preparations from the plants we grow together.
  • Mondays 6-9pm: lecture format-- community herbalism, herbal theory and practice, materia medica
Info and registration will be found here when the class is formally announced. Details from 2020 on the above website are similar to details for the upcoming program.

 
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Recent Recorded Classes
 

Race, Racial Equality, and the DC Food System
Thank you to all who joined us last Friday and to our great speakers and moderators for hosting an important conversation on Racism in Lending Practices and Supporting Business Owners of Color. You can find the recording for that event on our Food Policy Council website:
https://dcfoodpolicy.org/recordings/.

11th Street Bridge Park Winter Wellness - Herbalism Class
Taught by Kelly Miller Farm Manager Violet Marley
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1522342178154580&ref=watch_permalink
DUG Network Online Learning Page
Comprehensive list of locally made digital workshops, webinars, and podcasts, etc. covering many topics of interest including gardening, farming, herbalism, food, and food justice.
http://dugnetwork.org/online-learning/

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

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

Centro Ashé Online Herbal Medicine Course: Part 1 - Foundations in Herbalism
Gain a foundation in herbal medicine right from the comfort of your own home! Our Online Herbal Medicine Course provides a foundation in folk herbalism and is oriented towards those interested in self care and learning to care for their families and loved ones.  Our students will learn how to source, prepare, and utilize their own herbal medicine preparations! Additionally participants will gain a basic understanding of how to understand the medicine of the plants through herbal tastes, herbal energetics, and we will cover basic herbal formulations and building your home apothecary as well. Our course is self paced, there is no pressure and no rush.  You will have lifetime access to our course and course videos.  All students will need for the course is access to the internet in order to tune in and stream our course videos. 
Course Topics:
- Introduction to Folk Herbalism
- Basic Herbal Preparation Making (teas, tinctures, linaments, oils, salves,)
- Intro to Herbal Tastes
- Intro to Herbal Energetics
- Creating Basic Herbal Formulations
- Building Your Home Apothecary
- Resources Lists!
https://www.centroashe.org/online-course.html

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

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

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Park View Farmers Market To Reopen At Hook Hall
Starting February 7, 2021) every Sunday from 10am - 2pm.
Hook Hall - 3400 Georgia Ave NW

Park View Farmers Market team announced this week its return to the Park View community. Featuring local farmers, producers, and artisans from around the DMV, the Park View Farmers Market. Among the market’s DC-based vendors are RavenHook Bakehouse, Number 1 Sons, Just AJ’s Foods, Chinese Street Market, and Cam’s Kettle Coffee Co. The Park View Farmers Market recognizes the ongoing nature of COVID-19 and is dedicated to making the market a safe shopping environment for all. The market is closely following the Mayor’s guidance for local businesses and is taking the necessary precautions to protect the safety of customers, vendors, and staff. Masks must be worn at all times, strict capacity limits will be in place, and the market layout will be conducive for one-way traffic flow and social distancing between both customers and vendors.  For more information, sign up for the Park View Farmers Market’s email list or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to receive important market updates and learn more about the vendors that will be featured. Contact: Rebecca Bailey, Market Manager, manager@parkview.market
 
Blueprint for Community Ownership, Empowerment & Prosperity in the Chesapeake Region
Created by The Community Ownership Empowerment and Prosperity Action Team (COEP) of the Chesapeake Foodshed Network. The Blueprint is designed for all engaged in food and land justice and sovereignty, but especially for those who hold resources and power to support systemic transformation. The COEP Action Team invites you to use this Blueprint to spark robust dialogue in your respective institutions and boardrooms, and to build relationships, capacity, and funding for food and land equity in the Chesapeake region. 



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

Order Your UMASS Agricultural Calendar Today!
For many years, UMass Extension has worked with the citizens of Massachusetts to help them make sound choices about growing and maintaining plants in their landscapes, including ornamental plants, backyard fruits and vegetables. Our 2021 calendar continues UMass Extension's tradition of providing gardeners with practical information.
Information Here

Extension Master Gardener Help Desk
Our Help Desk operates year-round and we welcome your garden-related questions, including those related to plant and insect identification. The Help Desk operates from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays at the VCE office at the Fairlington Community Center 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington, 22206 Contact us at 703-228-6414 or mgarlalex@gmail.com, or drop by to speak with our Help Desk volunteers.  It’s best to call before you come to make sure we’re available.
https://mgnv.org/programs-activities/help-desk/

 
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Local Monthly Garden Podcasts
 
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
Episode #099: Reflecting and Finding Joy
We wrap this edible season and year up with reflection and joy. This episode highlights some of our favorite conversations that nourished minds and souls during an emotionally-filled year. Peace and blessings. New season will launch in February 2021!
https://edibleactivist.simplecast.com/episodes

GardenDC
All about gardening in the greater Washington, DC, and Mid-Atlantic area. Hosted by Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine (www. WashingtonGardener.com).
Newest Episode
GardenDC Podcast Episode 43: Galanthus with David L. Culp
This episode we talk with David L. Culp about Snowdrops (Galanthus sp.). The plant profile is on Oakleaf Hydrangea and I share the Growth Cycle of a Gardener.
https://washingtongardener.blogspot.com/
https://anchor.fm/gardendc

Gardens 'n Plants
Join Peggy Riccio and Teri Speight as they discuss what is happening in their gardens (and kitchen!).
Newest Episode
Starting the New Year with New Ventures
Join Peggy Riccio and Teri Speight as they discuss what is happening in their gardens and upcoming events. Their special announcement is that with the new year, Peggy will branch out on her own and produce Pegplant's Podcast. Pegplant's Podcast will start the first week in February, 2021, and will be a short, weekly podcast. Pegplant's Podcast will cover mid-Atlantic gardening news, including new gardening books, plants, products, events, and exhibits.  Teri will continue with her podcast, cottageinthecourt. This is the last episode of Gardens 'n Plants. We thank you for your support and for listening to us in 2020. For more information, visit Peggy at pegplant.com and Teri at cottageinthecourt.com
https://anchor.fm/pegplant
 
 
Volunteer Opportunities
 
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Volunteer While Social Distancing on the Farm at Kelly Miller
DC Farmers are still growing because we still need to feed people. Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. is looking for a *small* group of people with gardening/farming experience might want to come to the farm on a limited basis to help with big jobs. You’ll take some instruction from Farm Manager, Violet and, of course, all workers will maintain proper spacing, wash hands frequently and wear gloves. Please email violet@dreamingoutloud.org if you want to help.
 
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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’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.

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

DC Local Grown CSAs
 
 


Three Part Harmony Farm CSA (veggie)
http://threepartharmonyfarm.org/sample-vegetable-csa-shares/

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

Common Good City Farm
Vegetable CSA

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

C.R.I.S.P. CSA  (THEARC and Kelly Miller Farms)

DC UrbanGreens, Greens-to-Go! CSA
http://www.dcurbangreens.org/feeding-bodies

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

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

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

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

Ecocity Farms CSA
http://www.ecoffshoots.org/food/eco-farm-shares/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job and Apprenticeship Openings


Food Recovery Network
  • Development and Operations Associate
  • Request for Proposals: Salesforce Consultant
https://foodrecoverynetwork.bamboohr.com/jobs/

USDA Seeks Members for Advisory Committee on Urban Agriculture
Deadline: March 5, 2021
The 12-person committee will advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the development of policies and outreach relating to urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production practices as well as identify any barriers to urban agriculture. Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified individuals for membership. Self-nominations are also welcome. Nominations should include a cover letter, resume and a background form. Nomination packages must be submitted by mail or email by
Nomination Information Here

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

Food Empowerment Project
Full description and information listed here
  • Executive & Programs Assistant
  • Campaigns Associate
Environmental Curriculum Education Specialist
Open Online: 1/12/2021 to 1/20/2021
This position is in the Office of the Administrator, Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education, Office of Environmental Education. If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.
USA Jobs Online Information

Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School
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

Casey Trees, New Job Openings Gardener Needed - US Botanic Garden
The AOC's office of US Botanic Garden is accepting applications for a Gardener possessing a broad knowledge of tropical, sub-tropical, temperate and arid plants to support unique conservatory exhibits and programs.  The Gardener is responsible for propagating and growing seasonal plants that are of the highest horticultural quality.
Application Here

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

Montgomery Food Council - 2 Open Positions
  • Food Security Programs Manager: This position is dedicated to coordinating the MCFC’s Food Security initiatives. This is a full-time, salaried position that requires a commitment of 40 hours per week with some required evening and weekend meetings. View full description here.
  • Policy and Advocacy Manager: This position is dedicated to coordinating MCFC’s policy, community leadership and engagement, and racial equity initiatives. The Policy and Advocacy Manager will report to the MCFC Executive Director. We intend to fill this position as soon as possible, ideally with a start date in mid-to-late February 2021. View the full description here.
Program Marketing Manager, US Climate Change - Rare
Rare seeks Program Marketing Manager (Food) to be the resident subject matter expert and provide day-to-day management of all projects related to plant-rich diets and food waste.
Application Here

City Blossoms Fellows and Interns
  • Community Green Spaces Fellow: This program works directly with neighborhood residents, other organizations, and some government agencies to provide independent and semi-independent safe green spaces managed by City Blossoms.
  • Volunteer & Administration Intern: Each season, City Blossoms hires interns to assist with its programming and operations. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with staff, children, and community members. All of our internships are project based and can be tailored to your specific interests and goals.
Applications for 2021 Undocupoets Fellowship are now open!
Deadline: 2/28 at 11:59 PST.
Two $500 fellowships will be awarded to poets who are currently or were formerly undocumented in the U.S. Through our continued partnership with Catapult, 2021 Fellows will also receive a scholarship for a six-week workshop (or its equivalent value toward other Catapult classes).

https://www.siblingrivalrypress.com/undocupoets-fellowship

Cook for Meals on Wheels
We seek a part-time skilled cook (“Section Cook”) to help expand our meal option offerings. The successful candidate will prepare healthy, delicious vegetarian entrees for our homebound neighbors and also provide support to our Head Cook. 
Job Application Here

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture Job Openings
  • Food Access Director
  • Mobile Market Operations Manager
  • Mobile Market Mobile Market Community & Innovation Manager
  • Farm Manager- Farm Trainer
http://arcadiafood.org/career-opportunities

Falls Church Farmers Market Manager (Part-Time)
The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department is recruiting for a Farmers Market Manager (Recreation Specialist) to manage its year-round, award winning farmers market. The Farmers Market is held in the City Hall Parking Lot (300 Park Ave.) on Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. April through December and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. January through March. The “Regular Season Market” runs from the first Saturday in May through the last Saturday in December, with approximately 50 vendors and the “Winter Market” runs from the first Saturday in January through last Saturday in April with approximately 35 vendors.
http://www.fallschurchva.gov/jobs.aspx?jobID=283

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Communications & Community Engagement Manager 
We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to help us build and grow our communications and community engagement.
https://kenaqgardens.org/about-us/jobs-internships/?fbclid=IwAR0IQ64N5aG91Kd6j_9L69RUcaIyffUSvZAxTi9e6ZV3el-CDt7Mt0swZMk

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

Common Good City Farm Board of Directors Opening
Are you looking for a meaningful way to contribute to your community? Join Common Good City Farm's board of directors. Common Good City Farm is currently recruiting new board members with applications requested by Tuesday, December 15 for 2020 consideration. We will consider applications received after December 15 for 2021. We are recruiting board members in the following areas: financial expert, human resources/ legal/ administrative leader, food justice champion/ community organizer, and strategic communications champion.  We ask board members to make a 3-year commitment and dedicate approximately about 5 hours a month to board activities, plus a few additional hours per month for farm activities.https://www.commongoodcityfarm.org/board-of-directors-job-description
 

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.

hungercenter.org/apply

Food Empowerment Project Job Openings
  • Executive & Programs Assistant
  • Campaigns Associate
https://foodispower.org/jobs/

USFWS Directorate Fellows Program
11-week summer Fellowship for students interested in conservation careers.

Peter’s Plants Part/Full Time Plantsmen
Peter’s Plants [www.peters-plants.com] is seeking help with a number of initiatives Spring-Fall 2021. We deliver heirloom vegetable, herb and pollinator plants grown in Root Pouches (made of recycled water bottles) and Pittmoss soil (made of recycled paper and cardboard) to the local Northwest DC community.  Our non-profit arm Trees for the Planet is also starting an innovative “Beans & Greens in a Bag” program to confront urban food insecurity, food deserts and ways to increase food self-reliance for people in DC whose neighborhoods do not adequately support fresh food availability. We are in need of either one full-time or two part-time positions, ideal for college students balancing work and school or freshly graduated and ready to get to work.  Experience with plant propagation and care a plus. A valid drivers license required.
www.peters-plants.com

Heal Food Alliance - Political Leadership Coordinator
The Political Leadership Coordinator (PLC) works with HEAL staff and member organizations to deepen and sharpen the alliance’s work toward political power-building. The PLC’s primary role is to support HEAL’s School of Political Leadership. In this role, the PLC engages member organizations and potential members to ensure leadership in creating, driving, and implementing HEAL’s work to drive shared Political Education, Analysis, and Advocacy consistent with HEAL’s values, and ensuring that HEAL’s work supports the needs of member organizations and grassroots community organizations.
Send in your applications by December 14. 
Job Posting Link

DC Water & Sewer Authority
We are looking for a Tech III, Resource Recovery Biosolids. This position Assists Resource Recovery staff with the biosolids operations at the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant. Coordinates logistics for all Bloom biosolids product distribution, as well as feedstock receiving for blending.  Monitors Bloom product processing, including taking and sending samples for analysis. 
Job Information Here

Green 2.0, Open Positions
Green 2.0 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity among the leadership of mainstream environmental NGOs, foundations, and federal government agencies.
  • Communications Manager - We seek a communications manager with a mind for strategy and the capacity for tactical execution in traditional and social media. The ideal candidate will have hands-on expertise, contextual knowledge, leadership abilities, and the tactical skills to advance the strategic mission and vision of Green 2.0., as well as a high degree of initiative, personal resilience, attention to detail, and intellectual engagement with relevant subject matter.
  • Deputy Director, Government Affairs and Organizational Program - As we build alliances with policymakers who share our vision, Green 2.0 is adding a full-time deputy director to support the executive director in our programmatic efforts. The ideal candidate will have hands-on expertise with and contextual knowledge of federal policy, a mind for strategy and critical thinking, and the desire to learn about the environmental movement landscape, along with a high degree of initiative, attention to detail, and intellectual engagement with relevant subject matter.
Anacostia Riverkeeper - Program Coordinator
We are looking for a motivated self-starter to fill a Project Coordinator (PC) position. As a new PC, you will run their citizen science water quality monitoring programs and will assist on other projects. Please apply via Indeed.com
Job Information Here

National Black Food & Justice Alliance - Administrative & Logistics Coordinator
The Administrative and Logistics Coordinator will assist with all of the administrative needs of NBFJA including managing general NBFJA email correspondences, scheduling and sending reminders for recurring meetings (work groups, bi-weekly Leadership Team meetings, ad-hoc committee calls), documenting decisions and outcomes via notes, managing internal contacts database, coordinating logistics for all in person and virtual events, and other duties as assigned. Job Posting:https://www.blackfoodjustice.org/jobs/2020/8/25/communication-and-culture-coordinator-xkh63-6k8hd?fbclid=IwAR14Qw8GWmgblPxQpxBXrET9k7pDuljxvoibtH-EHlPz64PwCaWQ04zb7uo
Full List of Open Jobs: https://www.blackfoodjustice.org/jobs
 
Food Empowerment Project - Executive & Programs Assistant
Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) is looking for a full-time Executive & Programs Assistant (EPA) to work closely with F.E.P.’s Executive Director and help with a variety of administrative tasks that align with F.E.P.’s mission and support the organization’s goals. The EPA will help organize F.E.P.’s physical and virtual offices; we currently have a team of four full-time and two part-time staff—most of whom are remote. 
Full application here

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture
We're a community of farmers and supporters, focused on education and evidence-based research, for the purpose of building a more economically-just, environmentally-regenerative, and community-focused food system. Current job openings listed below.
Full list of job openings: https://pasafarming.org/jobs-internships/

Crossroads Community Food Network
We are seeking a motivated and organized self-starter to join our team as a full-time Community Kitchen Program Manager. The Community Kitchen Program Manager oversees all aspects of our shared-use community kitchen and associated programming, which is focused on the needs of small-scale food business entrepreneurs who have been historically excluded from economic opportunities within the food system.
Job listing and details: https://www.crossroadscommunityfoodnetwork.org/were-hiring/
  
DC Greens - Open Positions
DC Greens is hiring several positions. See links to information below. Job Posting Website:https://www.dcgreens.org/employment-1

NPS Supervisory Park Ranger
This position is located in National Capital Parks East (NACE), in the Division of Visitor Services. You will oversee day to day interpretive, educational, and community outreach programs and operations in Anacostia Park, manage the community gardens program at Fort Dupont, and coordinate with the Civil War Defenses of Washington (CWDW) staff in planning programming activities.
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/573832200?fbclid=IwAR1tG1C17EFQLrNyRz8x26RU-70wwrkKE5hjBRED67_Gl70fUfWeMawwEXI

Future Harvest - Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
Applications are now open for their 2021 Beginning Farmer Training Program. The BFTP provides a FREE, year-long immersive training experience that combines a comprehensive classroom curriculum with hands-on learning at Chesapeake region farms that employ practices that are profitable, protect land and water, and build healthy communities.
https://mailchi.mp/futureharvestcasa/2021bftpappsopen

Dreaming Out Loud Open Positions
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.

Applications and referrals can be sent to opportunity@dreamingoutloud.org.

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

Potomac Conservancy Community Conservation Manager
The Community Conservation Manager is responsible for the creation and nourishment of community driven volunteer teams that leverage hands-on stewardship and outreach to inspire clean water action, which addresses root causes of pollution through civic engagement and advocacy. Working in the larger DC Metro area, our clean water advocacy efforts are informed by communities,our Policy team,and our Clean Potomac Plan. The Manager will interpret a broad strategic vision for community action in a local context, requiring the ability to listen to community needs and enact change.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/52260563e4b0e56a47d7efa6/t/5f184ad8130d4a67c0c8b609/1595427545926/Community+Conservation+Manager++%282%29.pdf

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Positions https://www.brafb.org/employment/

Community Forklift - Open Positions
We are hiring a Vintage and Specialty Products Coordinator, and Receiving and Processing Associate. Full list of jobs and descriptions below:
https://communityforklift.org/about-us/work-with-us/?emci=b3d806a5-f5af-ea11-9b05-00155d039e74&emdi=eb7248c6-f1b2-ea11-9b05-00155d039e74&ceid=4765429
 

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

Winding Root Farm (MD)
Looking for someone who can work 8-10 hours per week, Saturdays preferred, through the end of August 2020. Tasks include but are not limited to harvesting, transplanting, weeding, wash and pack, bed preparation, hauling compost, etc. Pay starts at $11/hour and is based on farming experience. We are a small startup located in Rohrersville, MD. Please email windingrootfarm@gmail.com for more information and to apply.
https://www.facebook.com/job_opening/709123079659306/?source=attached_post_newsstand&__tn__=HH-R

The Ecological Society of America

  • Director of Society Programs - NEW Posting November 2020
https://www.esa.org/career-development/opportunities-at-esa/#eic

UDC Project Specialist, Environmental Health
The Project Specialist for Environment Health reports to the Assistant Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and Resilience, which is one of five land-grant Centers of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Consistent with the Land-grant mission of CAUSES, the Project Specialist has three primary responsibilities: community outreach, research, and teaching. This may include assessing community needs; developing and implementing an applied research agenda to address identified needs; designing, implementing and assessing programs to address identified needs; identifying and securing resources to build identified research and program goals; collaborating with community partners, including District and Federal agencies, schools, non-profit and private sector organizations to achieve identified goals and objectives.
https://udc.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2hbyxhbzh1o

Internships 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. Available Jobs:

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

Little Wild Things Farm
No current openings but check back to their site seasonally for new opportunities!
Full Listings Here: https://www.littlewildthingsfarm.com/jobs


Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Senior Policy Associate - Healthy Retail
  • Communications Associate
  • Community Organizer
  • Public Interest Program Internship

DOEE Green Fellows
In Fall 2015, DOEE proudly launched the Green Fellows Program. The Green Fellows Program is a leadership development program in the fields of energy and environment. Most applications will be closing November 8th so apply now!
https://doee.dc.gov/node/1116627

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

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

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

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

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

CAUSES: (The College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences) Open Positions
Numerous job listings at this link
http://udc.applicantstack.com/x/openings

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

 

Grants and Funding
 
DC Leaf Funds
RFP opens Friday, February 12
Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021

DMPEDis announcing the availability of approximately $5,185,000.00 in FY 202 1funding for its DC Local Equity, Access and Preservation Funds program (DC LEAF), contingent upon the availability of FY 2021 appropriations.DC LEAF incorporates three separate solicitations: (1) FY 2021 Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, (2) FY 2021 Nourish DC Fund, and (3)FY 2021Locally Made Manufacturing Grant Program.
For more info

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – Farm Bill (SCBGP-FB)
Submission due: 11:59 pm, Tuesday, March 16, 2021
This program was developed to enhance the productivity of specialty crops in the United States and U.S. territories only. In order to have your proposal funded, you must follow all of the rules and regulations listed and explained in the RFP. Additionally, your proposed project must address a problem that would specifically enhance specialty crop production and consumption in the District of Columbia.
Full Information Here

DC's Urban Ag Infrastructure Grant
Deadline for applications is March, 1, 2021.
This program makes $118,052 available, in FY2021, for grants up to $25K. There are lots of details at the DOEE link above. The full Request for Applications can be found there as well as information about the two, upcoming Info/Q&A Sessions. You can also submit questions via email or phone which we will compile and make available on the DOEE website. Please share with your networks keeping in mind that these funds are for new and existing District farms only.
Full Information Here

Happy Hour Fund Grant - Now Open!
The $200 grant application is opening on Sunday, December 20. There are 24 available grants (12 for each area) for this month. We now require all applicants to be excluded workers that live or work in Los Angeles County or the Washington metropolitan area (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia). Please read the eligibility requirements on our website to see if you are eligible.
Full Information Here


The Collective Healing Microgrant
Announcing The Collective Healing Microgrant: An Experiment in Regenerative Reparations for Women of Color Tending The Earth. $5,000 will be awarded to a woman of color to advance her project in urban community food growing, wetlands restoration, and holistic medicine.
More Information Here

Serve DC Funding Alert
Listed below are a few opportunities with upcoming deadlines from the full list found here. Sign up for their newsletter to get updates on incoming grands and funding in the area.

The Bridge Fund
Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) launched The Bridge Fund, a $100 million investment in businesses and workers grappling with the COVID-19 public health emergency in the hospitality, entertainment and retail sectors. Funds will be distributed via these programs:

  • Restaurant Bridge Fund – $35 million – Application Open
  • Retail Bridge Fund – $15 million – Application Open
  • Entertainment Bridge Fund – $20 million – Application Open

Applications Found Here

Anacostia River Corridor Restoration Planning Grant
DOEE seeks eligible entities to submit an application to develop a restoration plan for the Anacostia River corridor. This plan will serve as a roadmap for restoring habitat, enhancing resiliency to climate change and sea level rise, reducing pollution, and increasing inclusive and equitable public access. A requirement of the restoration plan is to engage multiple stakeholders as part of its development. Examples include local agencies, federal agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations, and District residents. 
More Information Here

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

 
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On-going Grants (no deadlines)


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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