Rooting DC 2009 – Partner Organizations
We were joined by dozens of local organizations providing information about community gardening resources in Washington DC:
Capitol Area Food Bank
Founded in 1980 on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, we are the largest, nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan area. Since that time, we have made tremendous strides to expand our services and annually distribute 23 million pounds of food to more than 383,000 people through our invaluable network of partner agencies. We are committed to uplifting those in need, providing the best services possible and helping those who are without the means to help themselves.
Casey Trees plants trees, trains people to become Citizen Foresters, engages thousands of volunteers in tree planting and care, teaches students in District schools about trees, monitors the city’s tree canopy and provides guidelines for better planting space design so trees will thrive in the city.
City Farm DC
City Farm DC (CFDC) is a not-for-profit, urban gardening collective in the District of Columbia (DC).
Community Greens, an initiative of Ashoka, restores community to neighborhoods across the country, enhances the environment, and empowers citizens by integrating citizen-managed shared green spaces into places where people live and work.
DC Department of Parks and Recreation
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers, as well as coordinates a wide variety of recreation programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.
District Department of the Environment
The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) is responsible for the natural and indoor environments in the District of Columbia. DDOE’s work includes direct assistance to residents and businesses, policymaking, and monitoring and enforcement.
Ecolocity exists to empower residents and groups in the Metro DC area to build environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable communities. To meet this urgent need, the group provides a hub for networking, connects people to local resources, creates cohesion from existing projects, and meets needs that are not yet met elsewhere.
Food and Earth Systems International
Our goal is to help society make the transitiion from a chemically-intensive agriculture system to a more sustainable organic system. This will include agriculture and horticulture that are ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just. We aim to achieve this through information, education research and intefrating the broader community into this effort.
Glut Food Co-op
GLUT is a not-for-profit charitable trust, democratically managed by a collective whose members share equal responsibility for the store. We support local and/or organic enterprises over conglomerates and agribusiness whenever possible. Glut has traditionally supported peace, environmental and social justice movements.
Live Green makes eco-friendly living and business practices easier and more affordable in DC, Chicago and beyond. We are a membership organization that provides support to green businesses in the local community and secures great discounts on everyday green products and services for consumers.
My Grow Bag
Your instant container garden for growing vegtables, herbs, flowers above ground sutiable for use on decks, patios, backyards,balconies or more!
Neighborhood Farm Initiative
The Neighborhood Farm Initiative is a non-profit project of America the Beautiful Fund which aims to improve unused or under-utilized public green space in Washington, D.C., provide a self-sustaining and reliable educational resource for gardening and small scale organic food production for DC-area residents, provide better access to nutritious food in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables for urban neighborhoods and communities, create a replicable program that can be used to expand the opportunities for urban agriculture throughout the region, and increase the number of gardeners in Washington, D.C. leading to more outdoor activities and healthier lifestyles.
Purple Mountain Organics
Purple Mountain Organics is committed to offering quality organic garden and growing supplies. Whether it’s a backyard garden, community plot, or market farm we can help you grow organically. Our service is to help and do our part in the movement towards a more sustainable future. Growing, buying, and selling locally grown organic food is a step towards a more livable future for all.
Renaissance Community Youth Bike Shop
We are a hands-on learning bike shop that works to develop healthy individuals and sustainable communities. Bike recycling, repair and riding serve as catalysts to enhance the lives of young people through educational, recreational, and entrepreneurial opportunities that train, inspire and prepare them to become leaders in their communities.
Sharing Backyards DC
Sharing Backyards encourages urban gardening by connecting those who have space to garden and are willing to share with those who would like to have a gardening space. The program makes maximum use of city space by making sure that even those who dwell in apartments, condos, and shared housing have ample place to garden. It connects neighbours of different socio-economic conditions together in a atmosphere of trust while doing something that beautifies the homeowner’s yard and provides food for everyone.
Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.
The Historical Society of Washington
With more than a century of history itself, The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is a respected and valued city institution. Over the years, countless members, volunteers, donors and professional staff have created a wide range of educational programming, accumulated an impressive collection and developed a strong body
UDC Cooperative Extension/Jr. Master Gardeners Program
The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities.
Washington Gardener Magazine
Washington Gardener magazine is the gardening publication published specifically for the local metro area – zones 6-7 – Washington DC and its suburbs. The content of the magazine gives real examples that you can use immediately in your own garden, will save you time and show you how to stretch your garden resources and will inspire you with new ideas and new ways of looking at things.
Washington Youth Garden
Founded in 1971, the Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum provides a unique, year-round environmental science and food education program for D.C. youth and their families. Using the garden and Arboretum as a living classroom, the program teaches participants to explore their relationships with food and the natural world.