The Department of Park and Recreation (DPR) is excited to expand the Urban Garden Programs into 2016
In 2014, DPR created the Urban Garden Programs to increase access, knowledge and ability around expanding urban agriculture in DC. Some of the Urban Garden Programs consisted of creating over 100 free garden classes, creating a critter proof and efficient community compost network, and creating a garden tool share. 1000s of DC residents have participated in these programs for the last two years. DPR is hoping to continue and expand these programs in 2016.
Currently 1000s of DC residents are experiencing various forms of food insecurity. 12.2% of all households in DC report difficulties in affordability and access to fruits and vegetables. This inability for DC households to get access to healthy and affordable food has helped contributed to the increase of many preventable health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, adult and childhood obesity. A significant way to increase the District�s access to healthy and affordable food is to support DC�s Urban Garden Movement. The DPR Urban Garden Programs are designed to expand and increase the success for the urban gardening movement.
If fully funded DPR will offer over 100 free classes throughout DC during the 2016 fiscal year from an urban garden certification course, a garden carpentry course, a master urban composter course and a summer class series of 50 plus classes about every aspect of urban gardening from growing in containers to mushroom growing. DPR will also maintain and expand its new garden tool share and Community Compost Network. DPR has set up 30 critter proof, responsible, and efficient community compost systems around the district manage by trained community cooperatives with the capacity for reaching 3000 participants and processing 30 tons of material a month. This is comparable with a small scale compost facility but with no carbon footprint and needing no operational budget! If funded DPR can continue to grow and expand this network. More information on Community Compost Network.
Please support this initiative to help increase access, knowledge and ability for DC communities to grow their own healthy foods. Our goal is to raise $20,000.00 to cover the cost of the teaching contracts, new compost bins, and new garden tools.