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Rooting DC has been the District’s central meeting ground for individuals and nonprofits looking to grow a healthier food system in the nation’s capital. This annual, day-long event started in 2007 as a small gathering of about 150 urban gardeners and has grown into an annual event with more than 1200 attendees from across the region. Over the last 15 years, the event has been held in-person and virtually and includes educational workshops, networking space, and valuable community building where local food-systems stakeholders share their knowledge and learn from one another. 

Rooting DC 2022 Presentations  

Power-Point Presentations: 

Gardening in Challenging Spaces, by Love and Carrots
Have a shadier yard or a smaller space to grow your vegetables? Learn some key tips to make a more challenging area work for growing edibles, and how to maximize your harvest if you only have room for a few beds or planters.  

Growing Good Looks, By Felice Hodge Denison
The workshop will offer participants the opportunity to learn & discuss the best farm to beauty practices and plant-based personal care. 

Turn Your Lawn into a Vegetable Garden, By Patricia Welty
This workshop will take the wannabe gardener through the steps of seed germination, repotting those young plants indoors, using grow lights, and finally sowing seeds and plants outdoors. We'll discuss what plants can be sown directly outside and which ones need to be nurtured indoors first.  

Virtual Presentations:

Growing Great Tomatoes, By Kathy Jentz, Washington Gardener Magazine
Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine and host of the popular GardenDC Podcast, will share tips and tricks for growing great tomatoes in the Mid-Atlantic region. She will give her top tomato variety picks for flavors that do well in our region. 

Virtual Tours:

Lederer Gardens (DPR Communal Gardens), By Josh Singer, DC Department of Parks & Recreation
Lederer Gardens is a 50-year-old urban agriculture site  in Ward 7. Last year it was restored into Communal Farms are communal production farms. This tour includes mini lessons like managing flooding, propagating berry plants, installing tomato trellises, building waddle fences, bug ID, etc. 

Region's Largest Food Forest Project, By Ben Fritton, The Reed Center for Ecosystem Regeneration (Passcode: !SR#[email protected])
Ben discusses the methods of developing and caring for diverse food forests including native and perennial plants, and diversified food production systems (aka, permaculture). Virtually walk with Ben as he shows displays various models employed across the 150-acre farm. Learning about a wide variety of plants that are currently underutilized in our culinary markets and see for yourself what an all-native food forest can look like.  

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