This Saturday, DC’s having a massive neighborhood clean-up. Get outside in your neighborhood and clean your block, or join one of the many groups in your area, which you can find on the website below. Nice initiative by DC, that also brings us together. Thanks Charles, for bringing it to our attention!
DC’s First Food Runner Program, Community Plates!
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 has an app in DC, so you can do it in your spare time!
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 DC Department of Parks and Recreation 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. http://dpr.dc.gov/service/community-compost-cooperative-network.
Websites with event calendars
Casey Trees – http://caseytrees.org/events
Common Good City Farm workshops – http://commongoodcityfarm.org/programs/seedtotable
Smithsonian Gardens presents “Let’s Talk Gardens” – http://www.gardens.si.edu/whats-happening/lets-talk-gardens.html
US Botanic Gardens – https://www.usbg.gov/programs-and-events