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Welcome to the DUG Network!

We’re hard at work putting together resources to share with the DC Urban Gardener community. In the meantime, you can subscribe to our awesome super-informative newsletter below. If you want to help guide us as we build, let us know what you want to see here by filling out our survey!

The Mission

Founded in 2015, the DC Urban Gardeners (DUG) Network’s mission is to inform and connect DC residents to resources, events, opportunities, forums, services, and programs that support food security, healthy eating, urban agriculture, and environmental sustainability in the greater DC area.

The Challenge

For over a decade, Washington, DC has witnessed an explosion of organizations, programs, and events supporting urban agriculture, food security, and local environmental sustainability. Now more than ever, the District needs an online hub to house resources and to connect area residents. Efforts have been made to catalog these resources online, but often fail due to a lack of long-term funding. These past attempts illustrate that initiatives dependent upon donor funding are less likely to succeed in the long-term once the funding is no longer available.  

The Solution

In response to this need, motivated urban gardeners across DC joined together to form the DUG Network, a grassroots cooperative and non-profit organization.  The DUG Network is 100% volunteer-run.  Unlike previous efforts, we do not rely on external funding, which allows us to maintain a more lasting and sustainable role within our community.

The Plan

Through our website and local area events, we engage with residents, as well as garden, food, and environmental advocates, across the District who recognize the benefits of a local information and resource-sharing network serving all DC neighborhoods. The DUG Network website will offer an array of resources specific to DC, including:

  • Clearinghouse of DC Resources
  • Local Events Calendar
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Forum
  • Resource Map
  • Blog
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Gallery
  • Features for Organizing Bulk or Group Purchases
  • Resource-Sharing Programs (eg, a woodchip-sharing map)

At the DUG Network, we believe that connecting residents to local resources in DC is vital to creating a positive, lasting impact within the growing urban agriculture, food justice/security, and environmental sustainability movement.