Online Learning

Below is a list of digital workshops, webinars, and podcasts, covering many topics of interest including gardening, farming and food!

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Gardening and Farming

Preparing and Cooking Food


Food Justice


Organizations that Consistently Host Online Learning

Gardening and Farming

Urban Growing

DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Urban Grower Courses

  • DPR Urban Grower Webinar Course Recordings
    • FREE 12 class online course focused on teaching people all the basics of gardening from building a home garden to cooking and preserving your harvest.
    • Class List
      • Building a Garden
      • Vegetable Planting and Maintenance
      • Garden Calendar
      • Starting Seeds and Propagating at Home
      • Container Gardening
      • Garden Pest, Diseases, and Weeds
      • Critter Proofing, Season Extension, and Garden Carpentry
      • Urban Composting
      • Urban Fruit Trees and Berries
      • Food Justice 101: National/International Issues
      • Food Justice 201: Local Issues
      • Harvesting, Cooking, and Preserving
  • DPR Advanced Grower Webinar Series
    • This series includes over 20 free webinars taught by over a dozen local experts on a variety of advance gardening techniques and skills.
    • Class List
      • Urban Foraging in DC
      • Optimizing Time and Space in the Urban Garden
      • Chickens in the City; Bringing DC’s Healthy Living Initiatives to our Schools, Homes, & Community Gardens
      • Growing Herbs and Greens Indoors with Kratky Hydroponics
      • Growing and Brewing with Hops
      • Intro to Drip Irrigation
      • Connecting with Plants in a Climate of Disconnection
      • Overview of Food Recovery in DC
      • Foraging Mushrooms
      • Intro to Canning and Food Preservation
      • Urban Stealth Composting; Bokashi, Compost Hiding-Pots, Garden Towers, Worm Towers, Kambha Stacks and More
      • Growing Mushrooms in the City
      • Beekeeping Basics
      • DIY Organic Home Products
      • Forgotten Foods; Cooking from Garden and Field with all the Taste but None of the Waste!
      • Finding Land and Organizing Gardens in DC
      • Website Optimization
      • Design and Build a Trommel Compost Sifter
      • Intro to Cover Crops
      • Intro to Seed Saving
      • Intro to Soil Microbiology
      • Gardening & Cooking the Harvest with Kids
      • Roots of Food Apartheid
      • A Greenhouse and STEM Activity for Educators (we are all educators) – Tara McNerney and Willa Pohlman from City Blossoms and Lee Coykendall from U.S. Botanic Gardens

Washington Youth Garden Resources

  • Garden Resources – Whether starting your first home garden or looking to improve your school garden, look below for a selection of some of our favorite resources. 
  • Distance Learning Resources – Washington Youth Garden is supporting our schools and families in their garden-based learning at home. Keep an eye out here for tried-and-true WYG activities, particularly for PK-5th grade.

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia Virtual Classroom

Virginia Cooperative Extension: Virginia Virtual Farm to Table Recorded Webinars

  • Virginia Virtual Farm to Table: Strawberries
  • Virginia Virtual Farm to Table: Hydroponic Salad Greens
  • Virginia Virtual Farm to Table: Honey
  • More webinars will be added all summer

Virginia Cooperative Extension: Get Gardening! Beginning Gardening via Facebook Live Recorded Tutorials

  • Watering 101 with Chris Epes
  • Introduction to Woody Plants with Joel Koci
  • Gardening for Wildlife with Michelle Prysby
  • Beyond the Backyard – Alternative Gardening
  • Veggie Gardening in Containers
  • Successful seeding and transplanting in the home…
  • How to Create and Maintain a Raised Bed Garden
  • Basics of Home of Vegetable Gardening with Chris Mullins
  • More webinars will be added all summer

GardenDC Podcast
Podcast by Washington Gardener
Highlighted episodes

Gardens ‘n Plants Podcast
Podcast by pegplant andTeri Speight at

Good Gardening Videos
Learn to garden and be inspired by over 1,000 gardening videos curated for accuracy and quality. Use the Search Box, Browse by Topic, or go to Best Videos for each month in the sidebar. Good Gardening Videos is pro-science, pro-environment, ad-free and nonprofit

UMASS:Insect Xaminer

Mycologos Online Mushroom Classes

  • Mushroom Identification: Basics & Beyond
  • Everything’s Connected: Fungal Ecology from the Sea to the Sky
  • The Many Ways of Fungi: First Steps Into the World of Mycology

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Beekeeping Tutorial Videos
A Bee Supply Company that creates tons of short video tutorials about bee keeping

Permaculture Women’s Guild

A Slow Food Skill-Share Series
Tons of recorded webinars on food, cooking, gardening, animals
Gardening and Animal Topics

  • Starting Seeds: in flats, low tunnels and in garden beds!
  • Growing Cool Weather Plants
  • Beekeeping Basics
  • Soil!
  • Biodiversity and the Plant a Seed Story
  • The Magic of Microgreens (and how to grow them)
  • Urban Gardening with Kelly McGlinchey
  • Seed Saving with Jeff, Hillie and Ben
  • More webinars will be added all summer

The Ultimate Paw Paw Master Class
Propagate, plant, process, and manage this incredible fruit like a pro with the internet’s most comprehensive online course



The Farmers Office
The full line-up of video courses available that give you the tools you need to run a profitable business. (Accounting, Quickbooks, Cash Flow management, etc)

Future Harvest CASA Recorded Webinars

  • “Hands-on” Bed Preparation at Oak Spring Farm
  • Strategies for Managing Financial Risk During COVID-19
  • Farmer-to-Farmer Flower Chat: Farming in a Changing Industry
  • Marketing Part 1: Crafting Your Vision
  • Marketing Part 2: Connecting With Your Customer
  • Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Post Harvest Handling
  • Future Harvest COVID-19 Discussion
  • We Want You! (To Start a Buying Club)

Refed Recorded Webinars

  • Organizational Financial Health During and After COVID-19
  • Getting Government Support During COVID-19
  • Safe Operations & Food Handling During COVID-19
  • Connecting Labor Surpluses and Shortages During COVID-19
  • Connecting Food and Transportation Surpluses and Shortages Caused by COVID-19

PENN State Extension Online Course
Highlighted Lessons

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Preparing and Cooking Food

Serv Safe: Free Food Safety and Career Development Training and Resources
For 30 years, ServSafe has been at the forefront of preparing restaurant and foodservice workers to deliver safe dining experiences for their guests, while also keeping themselves safe. Every day, we train the restaurant and food service industry on topics like cooking temperatures, safe storage, and cross contamination, as well as hygiene, sanitation, and other risk mitigation activities. Because of the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have developed a number of free resources aimed at keeping our workers and the dining public safe

A Slow Food Skill-Share Series
Tons of recorded webinars on food, cooking, gardening, animals
Food & Cooking Topics

  • Sourdough Starter
  • How-To Homemade Pizza with Chef Facchini
  • Zero Waste Minestrone with Chef Eric Lee
  • Japanese Curry Bricks with Sonoko Sakai
  • Cooking on a Farm with Annemarie Ahearn
  • Dumplings with Mei Li Pantry
  • Staples Sauces with Katherine Deumling
  • Nose-to-Tail Fish Prep with Chef Evan Mallett
  • Ginger Beer + Quarantine Cocktails
  • Make Masala Chai with Sapna Punjabi-Gupta
  • Intro to Kombucha with Teatulia
  • Make Horchata with Chef Regina Escalante

Taste Life:
Taste Life inspires curiosity about food and culture through positive and educational videos.
Highlighted Videos

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Fox Haven Farms Mini Lessons: Chickweed salve, All about Motherwort, Wild Soda Making, Intro to the Digestive System + Herbal Support, Intro to the Human Respiratory System + Herbal Support, All Things Nettles

Centro Ashé Online Herbal Medicine Course: Part 1 – Foundations in Herbalism
Gain a foundation in herbal medicine right from the comfort of your own home!
Course Topics:
– Introduction to Folk Herbalism
– Basic Herbal Preparation Making (teas, tinctures, linaments, oils, salves,)
– Intro to Herbal Tastes
– Intro to Herbal Energetics
– Creating Basic Herbal Formulations
– Building Your Home Apothecary
– Resources Lists!

A Slow Food Skill-Share Series
Tons of recorded webinars on food, cooking, gardening, animals
Health & Wellness

  • Mental Health in Times of Uncertainty
  • Plant Magic Spa Day
  • Intuitive Eating & Herbal Teas
  • DIY Elderberry Syrup

Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine: Online Herbal Immersions Program, Online Herbal Medicine Course

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Food Justice

Food Justice Webinars

How to create a Community Seed Library by Morag Gamble at the Lampeter Seed Library, Wales
A seed library is essentially a local exchange system, just like borrowing a book from a library. You can borrow seeds and when you grow more, you return them to the library so they can continue to be distributed. The idea is that the library grows over time in both volume and diversity – particularly of older open-pollinated local varieties.

Conservation Webinar Portal
A “multi discipline” web platform used to promote and deliver live and on-demand webinars focused on forestry, conservation, climate science and other natural resource disciplines.
Highlighted Classes

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Conservation Webinar Portal
A “multi discipline” web platform used to promote and deliver live and on-demand webinars focused on forestry, conservation, climate science and other natural resource disciplines.
Highlighted Classes

Casey Trees Your City, Your Trees
Our newest *virtual* class, Your City, Your Trees will introduce you to the history of trees in Washington, teach you about the importance of greenery in a city, highlight urban trees in a new light, and most of all, show how you can leave a lasting, positive impact on our urban forest.

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Organizations that Consistently Host Online Learning

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Beekeeping

Conservation Webinar Portal

DC Parks and Rec Urban Garden Division

Forestry Webinar Portal

Future Harvest CASA

Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture

Slow Food US

Smile Herb Shop

University of Maryland Extension Workshops Ag Zoom Sessions

Virginia Cooperative Extension

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