Urban agriculture and food security in Washington, DC
Get Ready for Rooting DC 2012!!
Rooting DC, our annual urban gardening forum is just around the corner! We are just 2.5 weeks away from the big event!!
5th Annual Rooting DC Forum
Saturday, February 18, 2011 from 9:30am-4:30pm
Coolidge High School, 6315 5th Street NW.
Please register online by clicking on the link. Online registration is preferred, however you may also register by calling 202-638-1649.
Rooting DC Seeking
Sponsors and Vendors!
Donate now to help support the forum! Click here, and please note RDC in the comments section to earmark your donation.Does your business want to sell its wares to 500 gardeners and healthy food advocates? There are still vending tables available for $100/table! Are you able to serve as a sponsor or a partner, by providing Rooting DC a tax-deductible contribution of $300+ (or with donated items or services for the event with a retail value of $300+)?
Email RootingDCForum@gmail.com for the details, or check out our sponsorship letter here: http://fieldtoforknetwork.org/rootingdc/rooting-dc-2012/rdc2012-sponsors-and-partners/
DEADLINE TO REGISTER AS A VENDOR OR SPONSOR IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd!!
Thanks to everyone for all your support, and don't forget to check the website later this week for the agenda!
For updated info, check out the Events calendar on our website or stay tuned to our blog. To contribute to this newsletter, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field to Fork website
Rooting DC, the District's own annual urban gardening forum, is just a few weeks away and we need your help in making this year's event a success. Rooting DC has always been totally volunteer-run, so we're able to keep it free for all. We're currently looking for volunteers to help out during the event. This is a really great way interact and meet the urban agricultural community in DC. Check out the program from last year's Rooting DC
(it will download as a PDF) and learn more about the forum.
Are you skilled in video taping, editing, production, and photography? We need you too!
We also need skilled volunteers for video taping, editing and production, photography and more. We are looking to record the sessions as well as document the overall event. All skilled volunteers must arrive by 9:00am and have their own equipment. If interested email Kristin Georger
Feb. 2, 5-8 pm - Rooting DC Celebration & Silent Auction @ Looking Glass Lounge
Join us for food, drink, and fellowship, and help us raise money to KEEP ROOTING DC FREE! Your (suggested) donation of $10 at the door plus funds raised from the silent auction will help cover the forum’s costs, and ensure that Rooting DC will remain an event that the whole community can attend, free of charge! Come with cash or check books to participate in the auction. We have lots of great prizes for you to bid on!
If you are a business and would like to donate items for our silent auction, please contact us ASAP!
Apprentice or Intern with ECO City Farms
Seeking 2012 Urban Farm Apprentices and Interns @ ECO City Farms in Edmonston, MD. ECO City Farms is a non-profit that cultivates environmentally-sound, food secure, and economically sustainable communities through urban farming.
Both positions are unpaid, but we work to apply the hours towards community service hours or school credit. Thursday availability is a plus, as it is our harvest and market day. Prior farm experience is a plus, but not required.
Ecosystem Farm Apprenticeship Program with the Accokeek Foundation
The Accokeek Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2012 Ecosystem Farm Apprenticeship Program. The Ecosystem Farm is an eight acre organic farm located on the banks of the Potomac River in Accokeek, Maryland, and serves as an hands-on training and education facility for sustainable agriculture.
The program will begin on or around March 5 and end around November 30th, and a stipend and health insurance benefits will be offered as part of the position. Applications must be received by February 12th for consideration.
Inquiries should be directed to the Farm Manager at email@example.com.
Intensive Weekend Certificate Course in Urban Agriculture at ECO City Farms
From starting your farm, to compost, to processing and marketing,this 22 hour, very intensive weekend hands-on course will provide you with sustainable strategies you require to plan and design an intensive food production system, based on your needs, goals, and resources, and suited to your own individual urban space.
: March 23, 24, 25 or May 18, 19, 20, 2012 or September 7, 8, 9, 2012
What: A New Intensive Weekend Course in Urban Agriculture offered by Prince George’s Community College and ECO City Farms, register early, courses fill quickly!
Times: Fridays and Saturdays 9:30-6:00 and Sundays 12:00-6:00 (with lunch & snack daily)
Where: Taught at ECO City Farms, Edmonston, MD.
Intensive course is $525, inclusive.
To register, go to: www.pgcc.edu/owllink and selecting Workforce Development & Cont. Ed. Students, or you can register in person on the main campus at Bladen Hall room 126 or at the University Town Center campus. A maximum of 20 people can be accommodated per weekend, so please register early to assure your place. For more information, contact: Info@ecocityfarms.org, 301-288-1125 or see our website at www.ecoffshoots.org
Events from Washington Gardener Magazine
Saturday, Feb. 4th, Washington Gardener Magazine SEED Exchange in VA
12:30-4:00 pm, Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA
Seed Exchange attendees trade seeds, exchange planting tips, hear expert speakers, and collect goody bags full of gardening treats, Nominal fee to attend. For more information, contact Kathy Jentz, 301-588-6894, WGardenermag@aol.com. Directions at www.greenspring.org
and details at www.WashingtonGardener.com
Monday, Feb. 21st, Gardening Talk: Walks through four plant collectors gardens.
8:00-9:30pm, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD Silver Spring Garden Club's monthly meeting. Open to all. Free. For more information, contact Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener Magazine, 301-588-6894, WGardenermag@aol.com. Directions at www.brooksidegardens.org
Washington Gardener Magazine is hosting a tour day of the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD, for local garden clubs and select guests on Sunday, February 26 from 1-4pm.
The National Agricultural Library is normally open to the public only during regular business hours, so this is a special opportunity for those who work full-time or those who are not in the DC area to travel to town for it. The tour will include a behind-the-scenes look at the library's special collections. From actual specimens brought back by USDA explorers to vintage seed catalogs, this library is a treasure-trove of garden history.
If any Garden Writers would like to attend this event, they should contact Kathy Jentz at WGardenermag@aol.com by Friday, February 24.
Feb. 8 - Get involved with Sustainable DC!
The next Sustainable DC
joint meeting for all working groups will be held on Wednesday, February 8th, from 6:30 to 8:30PM
in the Performing Arts Center of the University of the District of Columbia (Building 46 East at Connecticut Avenue NW and Windom Place NW).
Help NFI Get Ready for Spring Clean-Out!
NFI will be holding a small group of volunteers to help clean out our shed, take inventory, and brush up our tools before our first volunteer day in March. If you're interested in helping us, please email Kristin Georger (kristin@ neighborhoodfarminitiative.org).
FORK (Preparation and Preservation)
Feb. 20th - "Food for the Soul" Faith-based Nutrition Workshops Coming to Ward 8
Start your Lent Season with Food for the Soul. In this 8-week faith-based nutrition program, you will learn how to eat, cook, shop, and buy more like Jesus.
Upcoming Events in March and Beyond...
Washington Gardener Magazine will be hosting two trips to the Philadelphia Flower Show
from the DC-area. One will depart from Behnke Nurseries in Beltsville, MD on Tuesday, March 6
and the other from downtown Silver Spring, MD on Wednesday, March 7.
Unique aspects to the Washington Gardener Magazine tours are the showing of garden DVDs onboard the coach, goody bags stuffed with fun items, and a rousing "Ask Dr Chlorophyll" Q&A session.
To register, contact Kathy Jentz at WGardenermag@aol.com.
How Can You Support Rooting DC 2012?
Rooting DC will be held this year on Saturday, February 18th at Coolidge High School, hosted for the second year by the awesome Coolidge Alumni Association. In our 5th year, here are 4 easy steps you can take to help make Rooting DC 2012 a success!!
- Join us on Feb 2nd at The Looking Glass Lounge for our 5th Anniversary Celebration and Silent Auction Happy Hour (we are still seeking auction items, please let me know if you would like to contribute!)
- Share the flier (beautifully designed by Rebecca Lemos of City Blossoms) via email, facebook and twitter, and please feel free to print and post it at rec centers, libraries, schools or any other community spaces or events
We pinch every penny, and do so with pride! As you know, Rooting DC is an ALL VOLUNTEER organized and run event that is FREE and open to the public.
We are committed to keeping it free because we strongly believe that everyone, without regard to economic status, should have access to resources and information that will help them grow a healthier, happier, more beautiful DC.