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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