Kid-friendly (Garden)

The organizations below offer programs and information specifically designed to engage and educate youth in gardening and agriculture.

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

Brainfood

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Brainfood is a non-profit youth development organization in Washington, DC. Using food as a tool, Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment.

Brainfood

Brickyard Educational Farm

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A small education farm that offers educational garden programs for k-5 as well as the high school level including lessons about soil science, the water cycle, composting, planting, harvesting, and organic gardening. We are committed to connecting students and teaching them about local and sustainable food and agriculture.

Brickyard Educational Farm

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

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Capital Area Food Bank

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The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease, and obesity. By partnering with 444 community organizations in DC, MD, and VA, as well as delivering food directly into hard to reach areas, the CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year get access to good, healthy food.

Capital Area Food Bank

City Blossoms

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City Blossoms is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources, approaches, and techniques.

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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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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.

DPR Urban Garden Division

Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.

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Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. is a nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is to create economic opportunity within marginalized communities through creating a healthy, equitable food system. We are rebuilding urban, community-based food systems through social enterprise, helping to increase access to healthy food and improve community health, develop low-income entrepreneurs and cooperatives, and train at-risk adult residents for sustainable, family-supporting wages.

Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.

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.

ECO City Farms

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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.

Everybody Grows

Girard Children’s Community Garden

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A City Blossom’s youth education garden.

Girard Children’s Community Garden

Green Scheme

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The Green Scheme is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization promoting environmental sustainability, health awareness, and social justice. We are improving the trajectory of health, educational and economic outcomes in at-risk communities through training and awareness of environmental issues.

Green Scheme

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.

Grow It Eat It: Maryland’s Food Gardening Network

Laurel Academy Farm

Laurel Academy Farm is a Urban Farm and Sustainability Demonstration project in Historic Takoma, launching Un-school & After-school programs in 2015

Laurel Academy Farm

Marion Street Intergenerational Garden

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A City Blossom’s intergenerational education garden.

Marion Street Intergenerational Garden

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

Project EDEN

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Intergenerational community and education garden inside a hoop house.

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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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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.

Virginia Cooperative Extension – Arlington County

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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.

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