Individual Workshops (Garden)

Looking for a unique way to spend an afternoon? Consider attending one of the many fun and informative workshops offered by DC-area organizations and businesses. All of the organizations below offer individual, standalong classes (or aka workshops), many of which are free!

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

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Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, DC area. Based on the historic grounds of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, VA, Arcadia manages four distinct program areas which include Arcadia Farm, Farm to School, Mobile Market, and Food Hub.

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Behnke Nurseries

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Behnke Nurseries sells a full range of ornamental and edible gardening plants, for outdoors and indoors, and everything you need to make them grow. We also have excellent landscape and florist services. Our events reinforce our commitment to bringing gardens and nature to the public.

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Brookside Gardens

Brookside Gardens is Montgomery County’s incomparable, award-winning 50-acre public display garden situated within Wheaton Regional Park. Included in the gardens are several distinct areas: Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden and the Woodland Walk. The Formal Gardens areas include a Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, the Maple Terrace, and Fragrance Garden. Brookside Gardens also feature two conservatories for year-round enjoyment and a horticultural reference library.

Brookside Gardens

Capitol Hill Garden Club

The Capitol Hill Garden Club is a non-profit that brings together Washington area people interested in gardening, landscaping and the environment.

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Centro Ashé

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Centro Ashé is a community rooted education center, farmstead, and medicinal plant sanctuary in Southern Maryland just south of Washington DC as well as Talamanca, Costa Rica. It seeks to engage community through organizing educational activities that celebrate the art, tradition, and culture of herbalism, and that cultivate meaningful connections with the earth and each other.

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Chesapeake CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training)

Founded in 2010 by a few local farmers, Chesapeake CRAFT brings together the community of new and aspiring farmers in Northern Virginia and Maryland for farm tours and potlucks throughout the growing season. These simple gatherings are fun, informative, and build networking amongst the farming community.

Chesapeake CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training)

Common Good City Farm

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Common Good City Farm’s programs provide hands-on training in food production, healthy eating and environmental sustainability. The Farm itself serves as a demonstration site to individuals, organizations and government agencies in the DC Metro area. The site and our programs integrate people of all ages, classes and races to create vibrant and safe communities.

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Community Forklift

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Community Forklift is a nonprofit reuse warehouse for home improvement supplies. We pick up donations of unwanted and salvaged building materials throughout the metro DC region. Then, we make the building materials available to the public at low cost, and provide vintage materials for restoring old homes. We also offer public education about reuse and green living, and distribute free supplies to local nonprofits and neighbors in need.

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Creative Community Builders, LLC

Creative Community Builders is a Civic & Social organization facilitating community engagement and creative strategic planning. We are rooted in supporting the development of sustainable communities through creative relationship building and mindful resource connections. We aim to build a network of communities that co-create thriving, sustainable support systems through community-led initiatives, sustainable practices and intentional community building practices.

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Cultivate the City

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Cultivate the City is urban farmers working to feed families & communities with pesticide-free, locally-grown food by growing vertically. It was created to inspire healthy and sustainable living by empowering communities with tools and training for urban agriculture.

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DPR Urban Garden Division

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DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Urban Garden Division works with communities across the District to establish urban Ag projects (currently 31 community gardens and 5 non profit production farms) and urban ag support systems such as a urban garden education program offering over a 100 free classes, a citywide critter proof community compost cooperative iniitiative, a garden toolshare, a greenhouse coop, tree planting intiatives and an urban bee program.

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Earth Village Education

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Earth Village Education is a nonprofit education center located in northern Virginia, about 45 miles west of Washington, DC. We conduct classes for adults, families, and school groups that promote nature awareness, simple living, rural skills, self-reliance, environmental stewardship, and community development.

Earth Village Education

ECO City Farms

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ECO City Farms is an educational, non-profit organization located in Prince George’s County, Maryland designed to serve as a prototype for sustainable local urban farming. Currently, they operate two farms in Maryland, offer training classes and have a CSA with Certified Naturally Grown produce.

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EcoHermanas

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EcoHermanas is a community of women that weaves and reconnects communities to Mother Earth. Together we create a bold sisterhood culture of awareness, energy, and flow around place-based environmental issues, cultivating community and contributing to the greater co-fulfillment of our potential as a whole. We value a deep respect for the Rights of Mother Earth and engage in projects that promote:

EcoHermanas

Everybody Grows

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At Everybody Grows, our mission is to inspire and equip people to grow fresh, healthy food by bringing the home garden to everybody, wherever home may be.

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Forested

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Our mission: Advance forest agriculture, so forests and people thrive together. Our 50 year vision is for forest garden ecosystems to sustainably supply a large portion of all food and forest products people need and use for healthy living. We have a special focus on the eastern United States where the Forested research garden is located. We also offer education and services with worldwide application.

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Friends of the National Arboretum (FoNA)

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FONA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization with the mission to preserve and enhance the U.S. National Arboretum. We work to provide valuable financial and volunteer support, especially for Arboretum internship programs, maintenance of the gardens and collections, The Washington Youth Garden and many other projects.

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Future Harvest CASA’s Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference!

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Every winter, Future Harvest CASA (Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture) holds the largest sustainable agriculture conference in the lower Mid-Atlantic. Come gather with hundreds of others from the Chesapeake foodshed for a long, busy weekend of good cheer and learning.

Future Harvest CASA’s Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference!

Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (CASA)

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Future Harvest CASA’s mission is to provide education, networking, and advocacy to help build a sustainable Chesapeake foodshed, where food flows from farm and fishery to table in ways that strengthen farming and the regional food economy; protect our land, water, and air; and provide healthy, nutritious food that sustains the region’s communities and cities.

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Good Sense Farm

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Good Sense Farm & Apiary provides a diverse array of local delicacies and an empowering learning environment for foodies from all walks of life. We grow gourmet mushrooms and raise healthy bee colonies that produce the finest local honey.

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Green Spring Gardens

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Green Spring Gardens is a “must visit” for everyone in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. It’s a year-round gold mine of information and inspiration for the home gardener. It’s an outdoor classroom for children and their families to learn about plants and wildlife. It’s also a museum, a national historic site that offers glimpses into a long, rich history with colonial origins.

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Grow It Eat It: Maryland’s Food Gardening Network

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Grow it! Eat it! campaign is a joint venture between The University of Maryland Master Gardener program and the Home and Garden Information Center- to encourage more food gardening in Maryland. Their educational campaign is supported by a Grow it! Eat it! web site and blog. Their mission is to help people improve human and ecological health by growing their own food using sustainable gardening practices.

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Hill Center

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Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is a Vibrant Home for Culture, Education and City Life on Capitol Hill. A professional demonstration cooking kitchen, state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities, and wireless Internet access support Hill Center’s wide assortment of classes, programs, readings, film screenings, musical performances, in addition to office space rentals for non-profits.

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K Street Farm (DC Greens)

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The K Street Farm is a ¾ acre farm adjacent to the Walker Jones Education Campus. The Farm is home to 5,000 square feet of growing space, two honey bee hives, four egg-laying chickens, a variety of fruit trees, and many perennial herbs and flowers. DC Greens runs a 37-week Farmer Trainee program that employs two trainees interested in expanding their knowledge of growing food in an immersive setting. Under the guidance of the Farm Director, the Trainees grow, harvest, and package all produce for the School Garden Markets program. The K Street Farm is also a professional development training site for our network of school garden coordinators from all eight wards of the city.

K Street Farm (DC Greens)

Knowledge Commons DC (KCDC)

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Knowledge Commons DC is a free school for thinkers, doers, and tinkerers — taught anywhere, by anyone, for everyone.

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Little Red Bird Botanicals

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Little Red Bird Botanicals offers the expertise of Holly Poole-Kavana, an herbalist working with clients on specific health issues and helping to deepen their connection to, and awareness of, healing plants. The company provides herbal consultations, plant walks, events and classes, and an herbal CSA.

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Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

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Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) is an organization of volunteers who work with the staff of Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) to encourage and promote environmentally sound gardening practices.

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Matt’s Habitats

Matts Habitats offers nature walks with a focus on identification of wild plants and edible plants and fungi and
garden installation using songbird and butterfly attracting native plants and vegetable and fruit producing plants. Available for consulting, designing, and installations.

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Merrifeld Garden Center

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We’re a full-service garden center, nursery and landscaping company that has been serving customers throughout Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area since 1971. With three full-service garden centers in Virginia – Merrifield, Fairfax and Gainesville – we offer one of the largest selections of plants and gardening accessories in the entire country.

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Montgomery County Master Gardeners

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Master Gardeners are trained volunteers of the University of Maryland Extension, who are dedicated to helping the citizens of Montgomery County, Maryland.

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Muirkirk Research Farm (UDC)

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Muirkirk Research Farm is formally named the Agricultural
Experimentation Station of the District of Columbia and was
established by the USDA to research and test techniques in urban
agricultural that are consistent with sustainable practices.

Muirkirk Research Farm (UDC)

Old City Farm & Guild

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Old City Farm & Guild is a green space that provides educational programming and facilitates community activities surrounding gardening, nutrition, and environmental education. It is a hub for other green organizations to cross-pollinate. It sells plants, soil, and other gardening supplies in order to support the cost of running these programs; and provides a CSA program for our neighbors, and organic vegetables and fruits for public gardens and area organizations. “Where people and Plants Come Together”.

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OSSE School Garden Program

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The DC Office of State Superintendent of Education’s School Gardens Program team assists schools in building and maintaining school gardens and provides training and technical assistance to teachers in utilizing school gardens as a teaching tool The SGP also oversees the administration of the DC School Garden Grant and assists in the planning and implementation of District-wide events such as Growing Healthy Schools Week and Strawberries and Salad Greens Day.

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Permie Kids

We are a Community Supported Education (CSE) network that inspires, supports and shares the collective wisdom of nature and community-oriented families, educators, artists and designers. Our role is to help you remember and use what is already uniquely present in your place and community to create resilient and regenerative “learning landscapes” that help children design beautiful relationships with themselves, others and nature.

Permie Kids

Rooting DC

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For the past nine years, the Rooting DC forum has been the central meeting ground for individuals and nonprofits looking to grow a healthier food system in the nation’s capital. What started as a small gathering of like-minded urban gardeners in 2007, has grown into an annual event with more than 1200 individual attendees from across the city, and more than 60 local nonprofits and urban farm collectives sharing their knowledge and learning from one another.

Rooting DC

Science and Technology Training Library

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Through this webinar portal you can stay up-to-date with the latest research and industry practices in forestry, conservation, bioenergy, climate change and natural resources.

Science and Technology Training Library

Seed Keepers Collective

Join the DC Seed Keepers Collective! Gardeners, because: you grow; you want to help protect our food system; the plant people of color developed are an essential part of everyone’s diet; and we need each other. If you’re in DC, MD or VA and want to help farmers save seeds. Sign up. You get free/cheap seeds in interesting varieties and learn how to grow our supply of safe, diverse seed.

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Smithsonian Gardens

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An integral part of the Smithsonian Institution (SI), the Smithsonian Gardens creates and manages the Smithsonian’s outdoor gardens, interiorscapes, and horticulture-related collections and exhibits. Established in 1972 to manage the museum grounds, Smithsonian Gardens extends the museums’ exhibits and learning environment in a public garden setting while shaping visitors’ overall experience of the Smithsonian. Smithsonian Gardens are located around museums throughout the National Mall in Washington, DC. They are open year-round, seven days a week, with something to see in every season!

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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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Grants and Education to Advance Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture

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Takoma Horticultural Club

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A garden club and listserv in Takoma Park. The objective of this Club is to promote the knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of horticulture in the Takoma Park community and beyond via a wide range of educational and outreach programs.

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Techshop DC-Arlington

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TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. With locations nationwide, TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels.

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The Emergence Community Arts Collective

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The ECAC builds on the strengths of the community by providing informal and formal gathering space, capturing neighborhood history, engaging new and old residents in civic discourse, and reconnecting the generations of residents.

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THEARC Farm

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THEARC FARM is an urban farm operating as a community project of Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) and developed to involve our community in nature, nutrition, and healthy eating. During the summer and fall months, THEARC’s farm provides affordable, organic fruits and vegetables the community through our CSA program, as well as educational programming, field trips, volunteer opportunities, tours and community events.

THEARC Farm

UMD Extension

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University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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University of the District of Columbia (UDC Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education (CAUSES)

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The Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences of the University of the District of Columbia seeks to expand academic and public knowledge of sustainable farming techniques that improve food and water security, health and wellness by providing research and education on urban and peri-urban agroecology and gardening techniques to residents and organizations in Washington, DC, and beyond.

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Urban Farm Plans

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Serving the DC metro area, Urban Farm Plans offers turnkey design, building, and installation services for urban farmers and edible gardeners alike. Tailored workshops are also available through Urban Farm Plans, along with wholesale kit systems.

Urban Farm Plans

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VegU (USDA)

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Attend short 10-minute classes every Friday between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM, May to October, in the VegU tent at the USDA Farmers Market. Classes are free.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension – Arlington County

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The Arlington County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Arlington County improve their lives. We provide education through programs in horticulture, personal finance, nutrition, youth development, and energy conservation.

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Wangari Gardens

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Nonprofit DC garden park designed, created, and sustained by the community. Provides public (free) and private (fee) garden plots, education/workshops, tool share, CSA, garden consultations, and more.

Wangari Gardens

Washington Gardener

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Washington Gardener magazine, blog, enewsletter and events are designed specifically for gardeners in the District of Coumbia and its suburbs.

Washington Gardener

Washington Parks and People

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Washington Parks and People is a nonprofit organization that operates a community food hub, fitness center and farm market at the Riverside Healthy Living Center in NE/Deanwood It offers classes, job training programs (Green Corps & Jobs in the Community), and a variety of community eduction and gardening opportunities at its urban agricutlure sites in NE/Marvin Gaye Greenig Ceter and NW/Columbia Heights Green.

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Washington Youth Garden

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Washington Youth Garden is a nonprofit organization that educates youth about food, health and envirnomental science through self-exploration programs such a SPROUT garden science field trips and Green Ambassador summer high school internships.

Washington Youth Garden

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