GNDC Guest Speaker: Stella Tarney, Capital Nature and Biophilic DC, February 25th, 7 pm, Petworth Library Meeting Room, 4200 Kansas Avenue.
Stella Tarnay is the Executive Director of Capital Nature, as well as the co-founder of Biophilic DC and a Master Naturalist. She will speak about these organizations have been bringing people into a relationship with the living world within DC region, and how a Biophilic (i.e., nature-loving) approach changes how we practice policy, design buildings and steward/manage our own backyards. Stella will also share updates about DC’s participation in the international City Nature Challenge, and talk about how folks can participate.
See more at CapitalNature.org.
She’s also happy to field any questions you might have about DC wildlife, and if you have questions about our local bats, possums, coyotes, etc.., she can either help answer or steer you to the right expert.
Stella’s talk will be prefaced by a short GNDC meeting from 6:30-7:00, which everyone is welcome to join. Come help us plan our monthly activities for 2019, especially the next set in March!
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