School Programs (Garden)

The DUG Network serves as a community connector and advocate for DC area residents of all ages and levels of interest. Below is a list of organizations offering programs and other activities developed specifically to engage students in school and classroom settings.

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

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture - Specific Information on School Programs

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.

City Blossoms

City Blossoms - Specific Information on School Programs

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.

Cultivate the City

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DC Greens

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DC Greens uses the power of partnerships to support food education, food access, and food policy in the nation’s capital. It works toward a city where food education is on the menu in every classroom; where doctors write prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables as a matter of course; where urban agriculture is a valued element of our cityscape; and where zipcode does not determine life expectancy.

DC Greens

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DC Schoolyard Greening Listserv

DC Schoolyard Greening, a program of the DC Environmental Education Consortium, is a group of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, teachers, and concerned individuals interested in improving green spaces at schools and expanding the outdoor educational opportunities for Washington, D.C. students.

DC Schoolyard Greening Listserv

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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Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension puts university knowledge into the hands of people. Credible experts and educators provide information, education, and tools that farmers, nurseries, and local gardeners can use every day. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose volunteers provide research-based horticultural information to home gardeners in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, Inc.

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FARMFRESH FoodPrints Program

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FRESHFARM is a non-profit that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access and equity in the Mid-Atlantic Region. We do this by operating producer-only farmers markets that provide vital economic opportunities to local farmers and food producers and through innovative outreach programs. FoodPrints, FRESHFARM’s education project in partnership with the DC Public Schools, aims to make positive changes in what children and their families eat through experiential, in-school hands-on experiences with growing, harvesting, cooking, and preparing nutritious, local foods in season.

FARMFRESH FoodPrints Program

FarmRaiser

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Crowdfunding for farmers, by farmers | A new kind of community supported agriculture.

FarmRaiser

Foodcorps

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FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Serving alongside educators and community leaders, FoodCorps members partner with schools to put in place a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids, creating a nourishing environment for all students.

Foodcorps

FRESHFARM Markets

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FreshFarm Markets strive to build and strengthen the local-food movement in the Chesapeake Bay region, using farmers markets to create vibrant urban and community places, providing economic opportunities for farmers and artisanal food producers and showcasing our region’s agricultural bounty. FRESHFARM Markets operates 11 producer-only farmers markets with more than 110 farmers and producers from 5 states who farm more than 9,000 acres.

FRESHFARM Markets

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Graduate School USA Horticultural Classes

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Courses which explore the basic principles of growing fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants. Learn about botany, taxonomy, plant pathology, soils, gardening techniques, greenhouse growing/nursery production and equipment.

Graduate School USA Horticultural Classes

Growing Healthy Schools Month

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Growing Healthy Schools Month celebrates the DC Healthy Schools Act in public schools throughout the District. During the annual celebration, public school staff collaborate with local community based organizations, DC government agencies, farmers, athletes, and chefs to coordinate inspiring activities aimed at engaging students in conversations about nutrition, the environment, recycling, and being active.

Growing Healthy Schools Month

GW Food Justice Alliance

The GroW Community Garden offers George Washington University students and community members a place to learn about native, organic food systems by providing service opportunities in sustainable gardening, food distribution, and community outreach.

GW Food Justice Alliance

Howard University Community Garden (Halo Green)

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The Howard University Community Garden offers plots for HU students and incubator space for student food entrepreneurs. Additionally, it operates a community composting program.

Howard University Community Garden (Halo Green)

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)

Kid Power

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Currently, Kid Power’s after-school and summer programs serve 425 elementary and middle school students at Title 1 DC Public Schools. Kid Power serves an additional 1,200 students at 5 DCPS schools with monthly in-school VeggieTime science lessons. Our programs include: The Academic Power Hour, The VeggieTime Project, The Citizenship Project, and The Summer Leadership Academy.

Kid Power

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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.

Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

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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.

OSSE School Garden Program

REAL School Gardens

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REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens in low-income elementary schools and trains teachers how to use them to improve student engagement and academic achievement.

REAL School Gardens

UMD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

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Welcome to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland. We offer comprehensive academic programs covering various topics in agriculture, environmental technology, food science, natural resources and much more. Centrally located in College Park, MD, AGNR has research centers and Extension offices throughout the state of Maryland.

UMD College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

University of Maryland Institute of Applied Agriculture

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The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) is a 60-credit, two-year academic certificate program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The IAA provides students with the entrepreneurial and technical skills needed to manage profitable agricultural enterprises, including golf courses, sports fields, landscaping companies, and farming operations.

University of Maryland Institute of Applied Agriculture

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.

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

Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

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The mission of Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is to educate children about the importance of agriculture. AITC does this through providing professional development and resources for educators and students; school grants for agriculturally themed projects; awards for teachers who successfully integrate agriculture into their classrooms; an Agriculture Week reading program; support for volunteer initiatives; and student outreach.

Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

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

Washington Youth Garden - Specific Information on School Programs

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