One of our readers contacted DC Field to Fork to let us know about a potential garden space for someone to grow food on if they are interested.
The space is located in the Shaw neighborhood, close to Bloomingdale. It’s about 8 feet wide. It’ll need some prep work to get it ready for growing, but it seems like good space for the city. If anyone is interested contact Clayton: claytonoc [@] yahoo.com.
Clint Smith is a teacher at Parkdale High School in Greater Washington DC. Everyday he see how the battles we fight in public health, education, housing, and poverty are so deeply connected. Clint says “one of the biggest issues we face is food access. 26.5 million Americans live in food deserts, and those disproportionately exists in communities of color–the community in which I teach in. In DC, Wards 7 and 8, which have the District’s highest poverty rates, also have the city’s highest obesity rates. What my kids do or don’t eat affects how they are able to perform when they come to my class. Where grocery stores do or don’t decide to build affects the health of my students and their families. What places accept WIC and food stamps literally plays a role in determining the life expectancies of the people in those neighborhoods. As ‘guerilla gardener’Ron Finley put it, in our communities, “drive thrus are killing more people than drive bys.” I wanted to write something that spoke to how pervasive this issue is, yet how little attention it receives.”
DC Field to Fork (a project of the Neighborhood Farm Initiative) represent urban gardeners, farmers’ markets, distribution co-operatives, food banks, local government agencies, academic institutions, nutrition educators, community organizers, and cooks – our work encompasses everything between a gardener’s or farmer’s field and your fork! DC Field to Fork (F2F) works to strengthen the links between community gardening, food preparation, and nutritional outreach.
We are currently seeking a Social Media Intern. The social media intern is tasked with developing and maintaining F2F’s social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and our blog; creating and maintaining our currently online presence and increasing online traffic; researching new and alternative ways to leverage social media activities; and monitoring the various platforms.
The social media intern will have the opportunity to:
Participate in regular staff meetings and activities respective to their intern role,
Develop creative content to capture and engage our social media audience
Meet many local organizations working together in all areas around urban agriculture, nutrituion, and community
Profile and showcase various events happening within the DC Field to Fork Network
Maintain the monthly F2F newsletter
Attend F2F events to write and take photos to publish on F2F’s blog
Additionally, throughout the internship, interns are expected to:
Submit monthly timesheets itemizing time spent on the internship
Submit brief weekly reports, itemizing accomplishments and goals
Meet with his/her direct supervisor for a performance evaluation Assist as-needed with administrative functions of the program
Requirements Internships are open to any person (young and old) who is familiar with social media, but also has enthusiasm to spread the word about the various events and activities happening in and around the Washington, DC area. Candidates must be available to work 5-10 hours per week. All NFI internships are unpaid. The social media internship may count toward course credits. The intern must have regular access to a computer and internet.
In partnership with urban gardening company Love & Carrots, Wangari Gardens will host two community work days this Saturday and Sunday (March 15 & 16) from 12-5. Volunteers will be constructing a wheelchair accessible sensory garden and medicinal plant garden. Learn how to build raised beds from garden professionals. A community potluck and BBQ will be held Saturday afternoon for volunteers.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Believing that gardening has benefits both physical and spiritual for people of all abilities, Meredith of Love & Carrots designed a sensory garden to American Disabilities Act specifications. A sensory garden provides visitors heightened sensory opportunities that they may not normally experience in a traditional garden, focusing on different textures and stunning visuals. The raised beds are wheelchair accessible and offer inviting spaces for people with autism to be able to contribute to garden activities.
Rally to support workers’ rights for food workers!
We Feed DC, We Are DC
Stand Up for an Equal and Sustainable Future
with DC food workers and families
Thurs, Feb 28 at 4:30pm
African American Civil War Memorial, U St metro
Employees at Bon Appetit at American University just won a new contract that includes much better wages, working conditions and protections and hope that workers at other universities can win the same benefits.
The Petworth Community Market (PCM) is seeking a creative, organized and energetic person qualified to assist the Board of Directors to manage the weekly seasonal farmers market.
The Petworth Community Market is a seasonal weekly market founded in 2010. Located on 9th Street between Georgia Avenue and Upshur Streets NW, the market provides an opportunity for the sale, trade, and promotion of local produce, goods, and services with a focus on producers, artisans, and entrepreneurs in the Greater Petworth area. The 2013 season will be open from 4 PM to 8 PM every Friday from May 4th until September 27th (22 weeks) and from 4 PM to 7 PM until October 25th (4 weeks).
The successful market manager candidate will exhibit the following:
a basic knowledge of and interest in farmers market operations
excellent communication skills
effective problem-solving skills
excellent time-management skills
an interest in working with people – farmers, vendors, and community residents
physically able to move and set up the market tents and related market equipment
Job Description: This position will be responsible for overseeing the day of operations of the market
and weekly accounting updates. A partial list of duties includes:
Manage the overall operation of the market every Friday
Retrieve Farmers Market equipment from storage and setup market
Close 9th Street to traffic and ensure all non-market oriented vehicles are removed
Design market layout and direct Farmers and Vendors to their designated spaces as they
Conduct vendor inspections on market day
Manage vendor payments, record transactions, manage EBT accounting in cooperation with
the treasurer of the Board of Directors.
Manage market day credit card transactions and food assistance programs (EBT, WIC, etc.)
Administer patron counts
Assist with special events
Answer questions and provide information to patrons visiting the Farmers Market
Time Commitment: Approx. 8 hours per week, between May and October. Attendance at monthly Board Meetings through January 2014 is also expected. Not to exceed 220 hours total.
Pay Rate: Hourly rate of $12.50
Application: To apply send a cover letter and resume to:
email@example.com by February 24th
Here’s a good excuse for spring cleaning: donate gently-used garden tools to a good cause, and receive a 10% discount coupon for brand- new purchases!
American Plant Nursery and Landscaping, in partnership with John Shorb Landscaping, will collect donations of garden supplies on two weekends in February and March. Donations will go to Community Forklift, a local nonprofit building material reuse center.
There will be 3 drop-off locations
Montgomery County: both American Plant locations in Bethesda:
5258 River Road
7405 River Road
Washington, DC: John Shorb Landscaping will be accepting items at 2931 Albemarle Street NW.
Donations will only be accepted at these locations during collection weekends:
February 16–17, and March 16–17
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lawn and garden supplies in working condition (mowers, hoses, hand tools, power tools, or lighting) or decorative lawn items (pottery, birdbaths, arbors, edging, brick, or stone) will all be accepted. If you are unable to attend the collection events, or if you have a large donation such as a riding mower or building materials, contact Community Forklift directly to schedule a free pickup at your home.
Everyone donating at the collection events will receive a coupon from American Plant good for 10% off an entire purchase (Coupon is valid through March 17, 2013. Excludes gift certificates and landscape services).