Lessons Learned from Rooting DC

By: Hannah Cather, Member Support Fellow at Food Recovery Network …..  I’ve killed a lot of plants. The succulents somehow stay alive, but the herbs, those never last more than a month. It’s disheartening to watch a basil plant shrivel up and die. The cilantro, the rosemary, the parsley — all gone. When someone told me

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Food for Thought: Something to Chew On

By: Jennifer L. Lumpkin, Consultant at Creative Community Builders …..  For some years now, I’ve had this crazy idea about creatively combining technology and urban agriculture. At first I had no idea what this would look like, or if any of my grower friends would join in. I had met so many agricultural entrepreneurs who were

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How Vertical Farming Would Work in DC

By: Evan Bromfield, Founder at the Urban Vertical Project …..  Vertical farming would grow as much food as possible, for as many people as possible, and as close to where they live as possible. It’s a bright future, tinted green, and it would work wonders for DC. Sustainable DC, the city’s initiative to promote environmentally friendly

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Local Gardening Resources Inform New Nutrition Curriculum

By: Andrea Lindsay, AmeriCorps VISTA member at The Campus Kitchens Project …..  One of my first projects as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with The Campus Kitchens Project was to develop a garden-based nutrition education curriculum, pulling together best practices from Campus Kitchens around the country as well as my own experience and research on student gardens around

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Winter in the Garden

By: Laura Nelms, Greening and Nutrition Committee at Lafayette Elementary School …..  What happens to plants and animals when winter arrives? This was a question Lafayette kindergartners investigated out in the garden in February. Students first learned about different strategies that plants and animals have for dealing with the change in seasons (adaptation, hibernation, migration).  Outside, the

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Working Towards a Healthy, Hunger-Free DC

By: Melissa Roark, Americorps Anti-Hunger VISTA, DC Hunger Solutions …..  Right here in our Nation’s Capital, nearly one out of seven households struggles with hunger, with uncertain or limited access to, or ability to buy, nutritionally adequate and safe food. Founded as an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) in 2002, D.C.

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Eating Local All Year Long

By: Nikki Warner, Markets and Communication Manager at FRESHFARM Markets …..  You eat kale, you cook healthy meals, but do you know where you food comes from? If you shop at producer only farmers markets in our area, not only will you have access to healthy food, but you’ll have the opportunity to talk with the folks

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Give a Little Bit

By: Margi Fineran, Foodprints educator, School within a School @ Goding …..  “The most important thing in anyone’s life is to be giving something” – Ginger Rogers December 2014, SWS Goding, our youngest of students were learning about Giving. With the talk of special holiday treats and surprises set aside for a little while, the 3

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Healthy Alternatives at DCCK!

By: Erica Teti, Associate Director of Communications at DC Central Kitchen …..  DC Central Kitchen’s mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. With nearly 200,000 DC residents living on city blocks where the closest healthy food retailer is at least three times farther than the closest fast food

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Protecting Our Pollinators

By: Laura Vogel, Adult Education Program Manager, Brookside Gardens …..  Montgomery Parks salutes RootingDC and its goal of bringing people together in the name of growing a healthier food system. Who can argue with that? It is obviously of critical importance, however what may not be as obvious are some of the factors that contribute to

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