February 10, 2011

Rooting DC

We’re getting all giddy over here at Bread for the City as we think about next weekend’s headline event -- Rooting DC, an annual free urban gardening forum. We’ll be tabling the event next Saturday, talking with people about the need for a grassroots movement for food justice and our own plans for rooftop gardens at both of our centers.

There are two workshops we’re particularly enthusiastic about. The first is Green Roofs for Agriculture by Michael Lucy from the Anacostia Watershed Society. It’s 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the small classroom. Bread for the City will be there -- staff, volunteers, and clients alike!

We’re especially psyched about this session because we’re in the process of developing our own rooftop agriculture projects! So we intend to build from this workshop into a Bread for the City rooftop garden visioning session during Rooting DC’s lunch period (1pm). Join us to hear our ideas, and share yours, about how these new spaces can be not just “fruitful,” but educational and transformative.

Lastly, Bread for the City advocates are helping to plan the workshop Community Brainstorm: Building a Healthy and Hunger-free DC. It is the first in a series of conversations about how to sustain a grassroots, city-wide movement toward a just, healthy, and nourished D.C. It’s from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the Armory. We’ll be asking questions like: What would it look like if all DC residents had access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food? What changes would we need to make in our communities? How can we work together to make a positive change? Bring your ideas!

These are the workshops that we’re excited about -- but the whole day is exciting! There are fabulous workshops by our friends at Groundwork Anacostia, Thurgood Marshall Academy, Common Good City Farm, the Capital Area Food Bank, and City Blossoms. There are also sessions for children and Spanish-speakers.

Here’s a video of last year’s conference:

And here are the details:
9:00am - 4:30 pm
Saturday February 19th
Coolidge High School, Armory Room
6315 5th St NW (Takoma Station on Red Line, 62 & 63 buses)

Please pre-register at 202-638-1649 and help us get the word out with this flyer.

Be in touch with me (jpodschun(at)breadforthecity.org) if you’re interested in volunteering.

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