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3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC, 20002
United States


Washington Youth Garden

Rooting DC is almost here!

April Martin


We’re so excited that the free urban gardening forum Rooting DC is happening this Saturday (Feb 18, 9:30am-4pm at Coolidge High School)!  You can still preregister before 5:00 pm today, or else register at the door.  There is free childcare available if your preregister.

For families, teachers, youth, and anyone who is interested in getting youth involved in gardening, we are helping to facilitate a Youth Gardening Track at Rooting DC:

Session 1 (10:45-11:45): How to Grow a Grassapillar and other Garden Crafts with the Washington Youth Garden

Get creative with garden crafts - make grassapillars, natural weavings, and potato stamps!


Session 2 (12:00-1:00): Tips & Tricks for Outdoor Cooking with Kids by Lola Bloom (City Blossoms)

Children, families and teachers are all invited to this hands-on learning experience on outdoor cooking.

Session 3 (2:15-3:15): How to build a successful school garden and use it! by Mia Ballard and Rebecca Lemos (City Blossoms), Anna Benfield (Washington Youth Garden), and Sarah Bernardi (DC Greens)

This workshop will begin with an overview of school gardening in DC and then break into two tracks:

101–How to Launch your School Garden Program (for those who are new to school gardening and want some tips on how to get off to a good start).

102–Early Childhood Education in the Garden: Ideas and Lessons for your Outdoor Classroom (for those who already have a school garden, and want to involve younger children).


Session 4 (3:30-4:30): 15 Minute Field Trips: Garden Activities Round Robin by Anna Benfield and Nadia Mercer (Washington Youth Garden), Jonna McKone (EW Stokes PCS), Andrea Northup (DC Farm to School), and Kealy Rudersdorf (Bancroft Elementary)

Come have fun with DC food and garden educators and walk away able to facilitate educational garden tastings, outdoor garden activities and short indoor lessons. Families, educators and kids of all ages are welcome.

We hope you join us at Rooting DC!