Volunteer Opportunities (Garden)

Interesting in volunteering? There are lots of ways to get involved. The organizations below can use your help!

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.

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Beet Street Gardens

Beet Street Gardens purpose is to cultivate community gardens at social service organizations working with marginalized adults, teens and their families with a two fold purpose: to address economic and social divisions associated with limited access to nutritious food, safe outdoor space, and recreational and skill building opportunities; and to reduce the barriers of marginalized people to participate in community gardening, the local and organic food movements, and the green economy

Beet Street Gardens

Bowie-Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association (Bumba)

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Bowie-Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association (Bumba) helps to support be keeping in a variety of different programs including a short course.

Bowie-Upper Marlboro Beekeepers Association (Bumba)

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.

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Bread for the City

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The mission of Bread for the City is to provide vulnerable residents of Washington, DC with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

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Bread for the City – City Orchard

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City Orchard is our brand new 2.75 acre organic fruit orchard in nearby Beltsville, MD. This orchard contains more than 2,500 trees and bushes, including apple, Asian pear, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry. These plants will yield upwards of 45,000 lbs. of fresh fruit — all of which will be distributed to DC residents in need through Bread for the City’s two food pantry locations.

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Bread for the City – Rooftop Gardens

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Two rooftop gardens for programs to serve Bread for the City clients

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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

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.

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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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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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Claggett Farm

For 20 years the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 285 acre Clagett Farm has provided free and reduced-price, fresh produce to people living in poverty and near-poverty in Washington, D.C. The project, a collaboration with Capital Area Food Bank, blends local, sustainable organic agriculture with social justice.

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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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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.

Creative Community Builders, LLC

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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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.

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DC Master Gardeners (UDC)

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DC Master Gardeners is a volunteer program affiliated with land-grant universities. Volunteers utilize research-based information to educate the public on best practices in horticulture and environmental stewardship. The program provides interested individuals with extensive training in topics such as plant pathology, entomology, urban soils, and plant propagation and pruning.

DC Master Gardeners (UDC)

DC State Fair

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The DC State Fair is a free showcase of the region’s agricultural and artistic talents.

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DC UrbanGreens, Inc.

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DC UrbanGreens’ mission is to feed bodies and nourish minds by increasing accessibility of affordable healthy foods to residents of food desert neighborhoods. A non-profit organization east of the Anacostia River in DC’s Ward 7 and Ward 8, DC UrbanGreens produces chemical-free fruits and vegetables on under-utilitized urban land. The organization employs innovative and scalable methods, techniques and business models to implement small-scale urban agriculture in a fiscally and environmentally sustainable way.

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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.

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Earth Sangha

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In the Washington area, we operate an ecological restoration program to restore native forests and meadows, stabilize streams, and control invasive alien plants. The Wild Plant Nursery is the heart of our DC-area field work.

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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.

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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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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

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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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.

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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!

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.

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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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Growing Food, Growing Community Intergenerational Gardening Program

Gardens offer great opportunities not only to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, but also to meet your neighbors. This year, Age-Friendly DC, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, the Office of the State Superintendent for Education, and the newly formed DC Food Policy Council are partnering in an effort to connect residents of all ages and abilities who want to garden with spaces and opportunities that need garden assistance from community gardeners that need assistance, home owners that have space to garden and school gardens that are dormant in the summer when schools out.

Growing Food, Growing Community Intergenerational Gardening Program

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

Harvest Collective

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The Harvest Collective is a grassroots movement dedicated to creating edible ecosystems and providing permaculture education programs that are empowering homeowners, students, and volunteers to develop a deeper connection with their food, health, community, and habitat.

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.

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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

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.

Little Red Bird Botanicals

Little Wild Things City Farm

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Little Wild Things is an urban micro farm in Washington DC producing organic microgreens, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

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Maryland Master Gardener Program

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The Maryland Master Gardener Program, a volunteer education program taught and administered by University of Maryland Extension (UME), puts research-based knowledge and environmental power into the hands of people who want to create sustainable gardens and landscapes, and protect and improve natural resources.

Maryland Master Gardener Program

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.

Montgomery County Master Gardeners

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)

Neighborhood Farm Initiative

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The Neighborhood Farm Initiative’s Kitchen Garden Education Program is a year-long, hands-on, program for new and aspiring urban gardeners at Fort Totten, in NE, Washington DC. Income qualified applicants can participate at no cost. Trainees receive their own small garden plot, supplies, materials, instruction, and support. Committed students gain the knowledge and confidence to start growing on their own. They also reap many sustainability, health, and wellness benefits along with their own harvest of super-fresh, hyper-local, seasonal organic produce.

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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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Plant & Herb Sale at the Franciscan Monastery

Annual plant sale to buy monastery-grown herbs and vegetables and other regionally-grown plants, take a tour of the historic gardens and enjoy food and craft vendors. The sale benefits the preservation and care of the gardens, which were designed by Franciscan friars over 100 years ago.

Plant & Herb Sale at the Franciscan Monastery

Project EDEN

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Intergenerational community and education garden inside a hoop house.

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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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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

Three Part Harmony Farm

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Three Part Harmony Farm is part of a community that grows, sells and eats healthy food. An urban farm on a 2-acre parcel in Northeast Washington, DC, most of its produce is sold through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, and at area stores and restaurants.

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UDC East Capital Farm

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Temporary UDC urban farm on DOH land to create a reserach farm and community garden.

UDC East Capital 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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William Penn Quaker Workcamps

Over the past few years, William Penn Quaker Workcamps has become involved in the urban garden movement, with a commitment to do what we can to remove economic barriers to healthy food. Starting with gleaning and then community gardens, this year we have started installing raised gardens in the yards and on porches of DC residents. Many of these residents live in underserved communities, often in “food deserts”.

William Penn Quaker Workcamps

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