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Visitors of all ages are invited to explore the world of orchids at the “Orchid Exhibit Family Festival” in the Evans Gallery at the National Museum of Natural History on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 10am – 2pm. This fun-filled day of free activities celebrates the exhibition, Orchids of Latin America. The event is a collaboration between Smithsonian Gardens, the United States Botanic Garden, the National Museum of Natural History and the North American Orchid Conservation Center. Activities include constructing a giant mosaic made from felt pieces and assembling a garland similar to those made for celebrations in some Latin American countries. Visitors can even pot an orchid to take home! Orchid experts from the Smithsonian and U. S. Botanic Garden will be available to answer questions and tell visitors about unique plants from their collections that will be on display. FREE

Come meet Neighborhood Farm Initiative at Fort Dupont Park! Come by on Saturday August 11, 6PM-7:30PM (before the DC’s legends n’ Soul night at the Summer theatre) for an opportunity to meet and greet with our Director. Whether you’re interesting in signing up as a volunteer, gardening student, or just seeing what we’ve been up to at our Fort Dupont farm, we can’t wait to meet you! See you there!

THURSDAY July 19th

A Bigger Future for Local Food – Industry Panel and Reception

Location: The Phillips Collection Auditorium, 21st and Q Streets NW
Date: 7/18
Time: Panel: 3-5 p.m.; Happy Hour: 5-7 p.m.
Price: Free, Food Industry Attendees by RSVP.

ATTENDEE NOTE: This is the week’s food industry event, open to restauranteurs, grocers, farmers, urban farmers, CSAs, artisan food and beverage producers, food writers, and entrepreneurs. For a wrap up of this event and more for the general public, please see Thursday’s“Transforming Business for the Locavore Event”.

Panelists will discuss actions and strategies for continuing to grow the local food movement with restaurants, grocery stores, farms, CSAs, markets, and artisanal products. This is a food industry event, followed by a local food and spirits reception.

Panel Featuring: Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms; Ann Yonkers of FreshFarm Markets; Jim Epstein of Blue Ridge Produce; Tommy Langford of Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market and Dawson’s Market; Erin Johnson of Sandy Spring CSA, and David Winer of Eat Well DC, moderated by Flavor Magazine.

We welcome attendees from across the food industry to join us in this discussion of action and ideas for a bigger future for local food!

Reception at Tryst at the Philips Featuring: Tryst, Local 16 with Whipple Farms, Goûter, DC Brau, Barboursville Vineyards, and Copper Fox Distillery.

Presented by Flavor Magazine and Penn Quarter Bodega

StartUp Kitchen Chopping Block Competition

Location: Domku, 821 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
Date: 7/18
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Price: Free – Reserve tickets here.

Hear the StartUp Kitchen project finalists present their concepts before a panel of food industry veterans who will critique business plans, offer constructive advice, ask probing questions, and review the general soundness of the concepts.

Live Green’s Summer Bash

Location: Local 16 1602 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009 
Date: 7/18
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Price: $10 members/$15 non-members/$20 door Purchase tickets here.

Join one of DC’s most exciting environmental organizations, Live Green, on Local 16’s beautiful rooftop to celebrate another year of growing the green community! Come out for an awesome night of sipping delicious drinks, including specialty Honest Tea cocktails, grooving to music from DJ Payne of FunkDC, and enjoying tasty bites by Local 16, Java and Cafe Green.

Check out some amazing events this week with the “Eat Local First” week! Eat Local First is a campaign of “Think Local First DC” a non-profit organization that works with independent businesses, consumers and policymakers to grow a sustainable local economy in Washington DC.

TONIGHT with Eat Local First: Edible Urban Garden Tour and After-Party

Location: Old City Green, 9th and N Streets
Date: 7/17
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Price: $20 – Purchase tickets here.

Tour starts at OLD CITY green in the garden at 9th and N Streets, NW in Shaw.

Come see and be inspired by local DC residents who have created sustainable and edible gardens here in a historic heart of the city. Set up as a self-guided tour (bike, walk or drive), you will have the opportunity to meet the gardeners, ask them questions and get inspired.

After-party back at OCG with jammin’ bluegrass from the Sligo Creek Stompers, delicious food, good drinks and great company. From 8:00 p.m. until…

Presented by Loulies.

Please join the Accokeek Foundation for a workshop “Raising Sheep: Meat, Dairy, and Wool” on Saturday July 7 from 1:30-3:30

This will be an in-depth class on raising sheep on a small scale. Learn strategies for raising and managing sheep on small acreage. This class is for both the serious small-scale producer and the homesteader. We will look at everything from selection of breeds to marketing your sheep. Participants will receive a copy of Storeys Guide to Raising Sheep with their registration.

Registration is required please find more information

For questions regarding this training and scholarships, and translation services for our programs please email Molly Meehan.

Traducción al español está disponible, si necesita estos servicios por favor díganosdurante el registro. Becas disponibles; pongase en contacto con Molly Meehan en mmeehan@accokeek.org301-283-2113 ext 32.

Upcoming Workshops at the Accokeek Foundation:

October 13 Livestock 101 – An all day intensive overview of livestock varieties, breed information, and more for those interested in homesteading and farming.

October 13-14 Food and Farming Fest
October 20 – Farming for Seed
November 2-4 Skills, Scale, Sustainability
November 10 – Farming in the Four Directions : A Look at Our Ancestral Past and Future of Farming In Our Region
December 1-2 Tractor Operation and Maintenance
March 2013 – Permaculture Design Certificate Course and Intro to Biodynamics Intensive with Wayne Weiseman

Edible Urban Garden Tour + After Party

Tuesday, July 17th from 5-8PM

Greening DC One Garden at a Time is the theme for this year’s Edible Urban Garden Tour hosted by and Old City green (, Tuesday, July 17th from 5-8PM.

Explore city spaces and private residential gardens that will open their doors and gates for the public to see what growing good food in our own backyards, front yards, rooftops, and empty lots is all about.  Private and public gardens to include a local chef’s beautiful garden, an amazing rooftop design, front porch growing, “share-yard” gardening, urban farming, and a unique garden grown and harvested by children.  It’s a chance to ask questions, learn from and hear what inspires some of DC’s best gardeners. Plus, we will have an after-party at OLD CITY green with music by the Sligo Creek Stompers, garden-to-table food and drinks, a rain barrel raffle by dcgreenworks ( and seed bomb workshop.

The tour will start at the beautiful, plant-filled garden shop named OLD CITY green (corner of 9th Street and N Street, NW) and stretch through the historic neighborhood of Shaw.   A map of tour locations will be distributed on the day of the event at OLD CITY green. The tour is self-guided and will cover about 2 miles so a bike or walking is recommended.

This event is one of many local events being promoted throughout the city as part of Eat Local First ( week.  By organizing this tour, we hope to support the “grow your own” movement and create a community event designed to be a resource for so many DC residents interested in finding ways to grow their own food at home or in their communities.  For questions, please send an email to

Tickets: To purchase tickets for this event, visit  Tickets are $20 each, with a portion of the proceeds to support Eat Local First DC. – real kitchens, real food


Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern post advice and inspiration for cooking in your home kitchen at They strongly encourage their readers to eat in-season and locally and they try to teach people how to shop and what to cook. Visit their site or sign-up with them for upcoming posts on in-season cooking and eating.

[Cross posted from City Blossoms' website]

Every June we like to celebrate the successes of the spring and the upcoming summer with a themed garden fiesta. We are excited to announce that this year will be the Mustache Masquerade. Come flaunting your most impressive mask or mustache and enjoy an enchanting evening in the garden, under the stars. There will be scrumptious delights, colorful cocktails, juicy raffle items, and a photo booth to capture all nights best and brightest.

Thursday June 21st, 2012

6:30 – 9:00pm in the garden on
Harvard & 11th Sts.
Washington DC 20009

$15 donation, RSVP to info@cityblossoms

All proceeds support City Blossoms’ summer programming. Interested in sponsoring or donating to the fiesta fund? Contact

Special Thanks to Emily Dove for her designs (, David Bloom & Ryan Ulbrich for their hot DJ skills. Also thanks Eat Well DC, James Forsythe, Great American Restaurants, Keen, Steven Munoz, Passenger Bar, Pleasant Pops, Revonav, Room 11, Seasonal Pantry, Tusuva, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America & Whole Foods.

Come and check out DC Field to Fork’s Cyntia Cabib and the presentation of her documentary on DC’s community gardens, “A Community of Gardeners” on June 24th!!

The Benevolent Media Festival will be screening the documentary “A Community of Gardeners” on Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. at The Fridge DC.  The film focuses on the people who tend plots at seven diverse community gardens in Washington, D.C. and shows how these green spaces are changing their lives, their communities and their environment.

The festival will also premiere “Planting Community:  The Story of Wangari Gardens,” a five-minute documentary produced by Still Life Projects that tells the story of Josh Singer and his determination to reclaim an abandoned piece of land in D.C.’s Park View neighborhood.  The screenings will be followed by a discussion and Q & A with filmmaker Cintia Cabib, Josh Singer of Wangari Gardens and Kate Lee of the Brainfood Youth Garden.  There will be a social hour afterwards with drinks and treats!  Tickets to the event are $5.  To purchase tickets, visit

Prior to the screening, there will be a free group bike ride of two community gardens.  Riders will meet at 1 p.m. at City Bikes in Adams Morgan located at 2501 Champlain St., NW and will make their way to The Fridge.  For details, visit

The Fridge DC is located at 516 Eighth St., SE, Washington, D.C. across from Matchbox restaurant.  It is two blocks from the Eastern Market Metro station on the Orange and Blue lines.

This event is part of the Benevolent Media Festival, a celebration of storytelling and design for good.

To learn more about the film and the festival, visit and

We look forward to seeing you on June 24!


Benevolent Media is an all-volunteer startup dedicated to celebrating storytelling and design for good.

We do this in three ways:

  1. Solutions-based editorial content on our website;
  2. Monthly community events, hosted in partnership with cause-oriented groups; and,
  3. An annual festival, convening mediamakers and changemakers to share best practices, case studies and special projects.

We focus on people, organizations and projects that compel audiences to care about a cause, take action on an issue, or promote a point of view through strategic and inspiring multimedia.

Storytelling” means anything to do with journalism, blogging, filmmaking or other narratives, based on fact and truth.

Design” means anything to do with graphics, interactive data, information visualization, branding and marketing, or other human-centered problem-solving and innovation.

Good” means anything to do with positive and lasting social or environmental change.

And of course, for the public good, storytelling and design must exist through community engagement—both online and offline—in order to be inspiring, effective and sustainable. This can be achieved through social networking, events, partnerships, information-sharing and other types of relationship-building between content creators, consumers and curators.