District of Columbia Profile
District of Columbia Supporting Partner
By setting an inclusive table, DC Greens drives long-term systems change to advance food justice in the nation’s capital. As the Core Partner for NFSN, DC Greens works with the DC Farm to School Network to put food education on the menu in every classroom, grow DC’s robust school garden network, and provide all students with culturally appropriate food that sustains the environment, reinvests in local economies, and improves health and well-being. They do this by: 1) Increasing equitable utilization of our city’s farm to school and ECE resources and best practices; 2) Influencing and supporting good food initiatives in DC school cafeterias; 3) Identifying and addressing local policy that grows the impact of farm to school and ECE in DC and supporting federal policy advocacy, and; 4) Convening stakeholders on a quarterly basis to set collective goals and strategies to advance the movement in DC.
The farm to school movement in DC was significantly bolstered in 2010 when the D.C. Council passed the Healthy Schools Act
, a landmark law designed to improve the health and wellness of students attending DC public and public charter schools. The Act includes additional funding to improve school food quality including an additional 5 cents per meal for local foods and provides support in the form of technical assistance and grants to the over 106 school gardens across the city. OSSE’s Farm to School and School Garden Specialists work collaboratively with DC Greens to provide teacher trainings, resources for food literacy cultivation, farm field trip grants, local and sustainable food procurement strategy, and technical assistance to farm to school practitioners across the city. DC schools participate in two city-wide farm to school celebrations: Growing Healthy Schools Week in October and Strawberry and Salad Greens Day in the Spring. They are currently supporting DCPS on their adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Policy
, a procurement framework that directs institutional buying power towards five core values: local, sustainable, humane, fair and healthy.
If you are an educator or farm to school stakeholder looking for PD opportunities in food system/school garden education, you can subscribe to DC Greens’ monthly DC Farm to School Newsletter
and/or join their Growing Garden Teachers listserv to stay up to date on upcoming local and regional trainings, convenings and resources.
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