Education Opportunities

Below is a variety of ways to learn how to garden from education courses and workshops, to online education and blogs, to learning hands on volunteering with a local urban Ag project.

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Education Programs

Organizations that Host Workshops

Webinar and Online Education

Places to Volunteer

Newsletters and Blogs

Educational Resource Guides & Websites

Urban Beekeeping

Job Training Programs

Policy and Regulations

 Education Programs

Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI) Kitchen Garden Education Program


Anacostia Watershed Stewards Academy 

Bee Care Institute Short Courses

Common Good City Farm City Farmers Volunteer Program

DC Beekeeper Alliance Annual Beginning Beekeeping Course

DPR Urban Garden Education Program (7 free courses a year)

Graduate School USA Horticultural Classes

Little Red Bird Botanical Community Herbalism

Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI) Kitchen Garden Education Program

UDC CAUSES Community Education and Trainings (DC Master Gardener, etc)

US Green Building Council Green Classroom Professional Certificate 

Greater DC (Maryland)

Bowie-Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association (Bumba) Short Course

CASA Beginner Farm Training Program

Centro Ashe Herbalist Courses

Eco City Farms Farm Apprenticeships and Courses

John Hopkins Center For Livable Future Courses

ILSR Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Composter Training Program

Maryland Master Gardener Program

Montgomery County Beekeepers Association Short Course

Montgomery County Master Gardener training program

UMD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Courses

UMD  Institute of Applied Agriculture Courses

Washington Institute of Natural Medicine Master Herbalist Program

Greater DC (Virginia)

Arcadia Veteran Farmer Program (Only for Veterans)

Audobon Naturalist Society Nature Classes and Field Trips

Arlington for a Clean Environment Energy Masters program 

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

The Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teachers Consortium

TreeStewards of Arlington & Alexandria Course

Virginia Master Naturalists

Arcadia Veteran Farmer Program (Only for Veterans)

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Organizations that Host Workshops

Work in all Wards

Anacostia Watershed Society

Audubon Naturalist Society

Bee Care Institute Short Courses

Casey Trees

DC Greens

DPR Urban Garden Division


Matt’s Habitat

Washington Gardener

Ward 1

Common Good City Farm – 300 V St NW

City Blossoms Girard St Children Garden (Youth Only) – Girard and 15th Street NW

The Emergence Community Arts Collective – 733 Euclid St NW

Little Red Bird Botanical – 2437 15th St NW

Ymca Cooking Classes – Anthony Bowen Center – 1325 W St NW

Ward 2

Culinaerie – 1131 14th Street NW

Smithsonian Gardens DC Mall

US Botanical Gardens – 100 Maryland Avenue SW

Ward 3

Rooting DC – 3950 Chesapeake St NW

Ward 4

Takoma Horticulture ClubTakoma

Ward 5

Casey Trees – 3030 12th St NE

Cultivate the City – H St Farms910 Bladensburg Road NE

National Arboretum – 3501 New York Avenue NE 

School of Food – 1309 5th St NE

Washington Youth Garden3501 New York Ave NE

Ward 6

Capitol Hill Garden Club – 330 7th St NE

Hill Center DC – 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Ward 8

THEARC Farm1901 Mississippi Ave SE


Centro Ashe – 1590-1598 Chester Ave, Bryans Road, MD 20616

Charm City Farms 1310 Hillman St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Behnke Nurseries – 11300 Baltimore Ave, Beltsville MD

Brookside Gardens – 1800 Glenallan Ave, Wheaton, MD

Community Forklift – 4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston, MD 20781

Eco City Farms Farm – (Edmonston & Bladensburg)

Forested – 3707 Enterprise Rd, Bowie, MD 20721

Fox Haven Organic Farm – 3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755

Grow It Eat ItUMD

REED Center Permaculture Design Courses (PDC)Morning View Food Forest – Middletown, MD


Arcadia Farms – 9000 Richmond Highway Alexandria

Master Gardeners of Northern VA (MGNV)  Northern Virignia

Merrifield Garden Center (Merrifield, Fair Oaks, Gainesville store)

Green Springs Garden – 4603 Green Spring Road  Alexandria, Virginia

Unique Workshops in Pennsylvania

Build Naturally – Down to Earth Design | 1376 W. Woodbine Road; Fawn Grove PA 17321

Unique Workshosp in West Virginia

School of the Woods –  1435 Providence Church Rd, Hedgesville, West Virginia 25427

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Webinar and Online Education

Orgs that Host Webinars

Chesapeake FoodShed Network

Conservation Webinars

Extension Live

Fox Haven Farm & Retreat Center

Master Gardeners of Northern Virgnina

Mid Atlantic Women in Ag Webinars

Science and Technology Training Library

Smile Herb Shop

Wild Ginger Herbal Center Bloom Online Center

Orgs that Host On Demand Online Video Tutorial

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Beekeeping Tutorial Videos

Farmer’s Office

Good Gardening Videos

UMASS Insect Xaminer

Online Courses

DC Parks and Rec Urban Grower Webinar Series

Mycologos Online Mushroom Classes

Online Herbal Medicine Course From Centro Ashé

UMass Sustainable Food and Farming Program Online Courses

Ultimate Paw Paw Master Class

Individual On Demand Online Tutorials

Cover Crops: Watching Grass Grow

QuickBooks for Farmers

Locally Made Tutorials

How to Transplant Seedings By City Blossoms

Planting Spinach by DC Bilingual Public Charter School

“Sprouting Sweet Potatoes” Distanced Learning / Aprendizaje a distancia “Sembrar Batata Dulces”
by Kiko Bourne (Mundo Verde)

Raising Chickens by Deborah Lakowicz Dramby

Lesson on Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
by Fox Haven Farm & Retreat Center

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Places to Volunteer

Below is a list of great organizations and places to volunteer in urban Ag and environmental conservation.

City Wide

Anacostia Riverkeeper

Anacostia Watershed Society

Audubon Naturalist Society

Casey Trees

Rock Creek Conservancy

Sustainable DC Green Ambassador Program

The Nature Conservancy – Maryland/DC/Virginia

Ward 1

Common Good City Farm – 300 V St NW

City Blossoms Girard St Children GardenGirard and 15th Street NW

Halo Green Garden (Howard U)2251 Sherman Ave NW

Ward 2

Brain Food Youth Garden755 8th St NW

City Blossoms Marion St Intergenerational Garden1519 Marion St NW

GroW Community Garden (GWU)23rd St and H St NW Washington

Old City Farm and Guild (plant nursery and urban farm)925 Rhode Island Ave NW

Ward 5

Arboretum (DPR) Intergenerational Youth Garden2412 Rand Place NE

Capital Area Food Bank Urban Demonstration Garden4900 Puerto Rico Avenue NE

Cultivate the City – H St Farms910 Bladensburg Road NE

Three Part Harmony Farm – 3104 4th St NE

Washington Youth Garden3501 New York Ave NE

Ward 6

DOL Organic Garden at Blind Whino – 700 Delaware Ave SW

DC Greens K St Farm – 111 K St NW

Ward 7

DOL Farm at Kelly Miller – 301 49th Street NE

DC Urban Greens Fort Dupont Urban Farm3779 Ely Pl SE

Ward 8

THEARC Farm1901 Mississippi Ave SE

Fort Stanton Urban Farm1812 Erie Street SE

Greater DC Virginia

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment

TreeStewards of Arlington & Alexandria

Virginia Native Plant Society: Potowmack Chapter 

Greater DC Maryland

Bethesda Green

Eco City Farms

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Newsletters and Blogs


Receive Comprehensive Updates on Garden Resources and Events

Chesapeake Foodshed Network Hive Newsletter

DC Ecowomen Newsletter

DC Food Policy Council Newsletter

DC State Fair Newsletter

Future Harvest CASA Newsletter

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia Email Alerts

National Farm to School Network Newsletters

Office of Partnerships and Grant Services Funding Alerts

Politico Morning Agriculture

Slow Food DC Newsletter

Sustainable DC Newsletter

Takoma Horticulture Club Newsletter


Communicate with other gardeners

DC Food For All Google Group

DC Urban Gardener Yahoo group

Takoma Horticultural Club Email Group


Learn about interesting garden topics and tips in greater DC

DC Honeybees Blog


Washington Gardener Blogspot

Event Calendars

Responsible Consumer DC Activism Calendar

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Educational Resource Guides and Websites

Looking to start your own garden? Here you can find guides for growing edible and non-edible plants, growing calendars, pest control information, and other online tools and resources for planning your garden or learning about gardening.

American Community Garden Association

Ask a Gardening Expert – Plant, Pest & Disease Identification – UMD

Bug of the Week

Cornell Garden Based Learning

ILSR Growing Local Fertility: A Guide to Community Composting

Johnny’s Selected Seeds Growing Center

Southern Exposure Growing Guides and Library

UMD Extension Website

Educational Gardening Videos and Podcasts

These sites offer curated library of videos and series of podcast episodes on gardening so that you don’t have to weed through thousands of options to find helpful visual and audio resources.

Community of Gardeners

Good Gardening Videos

The Organic Gardener Podcast

Urban Beekeeping

Beekeeping Education Programs

Bee Care Institute Short Courses

Bowie-Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association (Bumba) Short Course

DC Beekeeper Alliance Annual Course

Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium Education

Beekeeping Groups

Bowie-Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association (Bumba) Club Programs

DC Beekeeper Alliance Annual Monthly Meetings

Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium Education Meetings

Bee Supplies

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm


Purchase Local Bee Products

Good Sense Farm

Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium Education Honey for Sale

BeeKeeping Host Programs

DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Beekeeping Program

Eco Honey Bees

Online Bee Resources

Bee Informed Partnership

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Beekeeping Tutorial Videos

Report Swarms

DC – DC Beekeeper Alliance

Montgomery County – Montgomery County Beekeepers Association

 Northern VA – Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium

swarms of honeybees in different locations

Learn more about swarms at DC Beekeeper Alliance

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Job Training Programs

Arcadia Farms Veteran Farmer Program

Department of Energy and Environment Green Pathways

The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) Workforce Development

DPR Advanced Gardening Certification Course: 301 Series

Dreaming Out Loud Workforce Development

Environmental Leadership Program Chesapeake Regional Fellowship

Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture (CASA) Beginner Farmer Training Program

Int’l Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) – DC Chapter

School of Food


Washington Parks and PeopleGreen Corp

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Policy and Regulations

DC Urban Ag Policies

DC Environmental Literacy Plan of 2012

Chesapeake Bay Executive Order 13508: Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

The Sustainable DC Act of 2012

Cottage Food Act of 2013

The Sustainable DC Act of 2014

Animals in the Classroom Act of 2014

Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment Act of 2014

DOEE Foam Ban

Maryland Pollinator Protection Act of 2016

DC Recycling Regulations

The No Child Left Inside Bill of 2015 (Not Passed Yet)

Save the Good Food Act of 2017 (Not Yet Passed)

Local Policy Advocate Organizations

DC Environmental Network (DCEN)

DC Food Policy Council

DC Greens

Prince George’s County Food Equity Council

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