FoodCorps Alumni and Partners to Speak at Rooting D.C.

Rooting D.C. is a free, all-day urban gardening forum happening on March 3. The event will provide education about urban agriculture and food systems, cultivate health and protection of the environment, and build community.

FoodCorps alumni and partners are speaking at the event! Check out their workshops below and register for the event here.

My Food has Friends: Companion Planting 101

Lola Bloom, Director of Food and Wellness at DC Bilingual Public Charter School (and FoodCorps partner!)

Plants, just like people, have relationships that can make them stronger and live longer. Come and find out how to design a diverse edible garden with companion plantings!

Building Equitable Food Systems through Food Policy

Ruth Tyson, Coalitions Coordinator for the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (FoodCorps Alumna ’17)

This interactive discussion explores opportunities to advance equity in the food movement through federal policy. We will provide examples of organizing efforts to uplift marginal voices through legislation- such as the Farm Bill and Local FARMS Act.

School Food and What YOU Can Do About It

Lea Howe, Farm to School Director at DC Greens (FoodCorps Alumna)

Nearly 50,000 DC public school students rely on school food to meet the bulk of their nutritional needs. This session will provide an overview of national school meal programs and illuminate the rules and regulations that govern DC school food. Attendees will learn about local initiatives to improve school meals and ways to get involved.

Karen Davison, the FoodCorps fellow in Washington, D.C.,  will also be presenting on what it’s like to serve in the district.