In the current political climate a lot of events, particularly protests, come up at the last minute and will not make it onto our monthly calendar. To stay up to date with last-minute events, visit our page “Political Action for the Climate!” and sign up for one or more of the email alerts listed there.
One of the biggest barriers to donating food is transportation. Community Plates, a national food rescue platform, is a FREE food runner app that coordinates volunteers to help transport food that would normally be thrown away (40% of all food ends of in the dump!) from a donor (restaurant, grocery, caterer, farmers market, event, etc.) to a place that feeds people in need. Community Plates just implemented a soft launch of their app in DC!
During this soft launch period, Community Plates is looking for volunteers, food donors, receiving organizations, and anyone who wants to lend a helping hand. Please email Kate Urbank, the DC Site Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas or questions and sign up at communityplates.org to volunteer or receive more information.
Community Compost Cooperative Network. The DPR Community Compost Cooperative Network uses new critter proof and smell proof compost bins designed by Urban Farm Plans to allow trained community members to compost food scraps with garden waste from DPR and partner DPR gardens to responsibly create high quality compost. To join each member must take an hour training and help process compost 1-hour a month. For more information and a map of the 50 DC sites follow this link.
Websites with event calendars
DC Parks and Recreation Urban Gardening Classes
Common Good City Farm workshops
Smithsonian Gardens presents “Let’s Talk Gardens”
US Botanic Gardens