We believe that our schools can be powerful drivers for food justice - both in terms of what is taught and what is served. We work to put food education on the menu in every classroom, supporting teachers to fully integrate food education into the standard curriculum. We also work to put environmentally sustainable food into the cafeterias, supporting city officials and convening farm to school partners.
The Trellis System
DC Greens uses existing infrastructure and partnerships to provide support for teachers looking to infuse food systems education into their curriculum. In its eighth year, the Trellis Program has served teachers from over 100 schools in all eight wards in the district. If you are a public, charter school, or farm-based educator, you can take advantage of the free support we provide in the following ways:
Workshops, Networking and Resources
We offer a series of professional development workshops for garden and classroom teachers and farm-based educators. We provide resources and networks for these teachers to help them maximize their farms and gardens, and integrate food education into the standard curriculum.
School Garden Markets
Students sell produce from their school garden and local farms, creating healthy and sustainable fundraisers for their school garden programs. Start one at your school today!
We support DCPS Food and Nutrition Services as a policy thought partner on procurement practices, and a conduit to community feedback.
Core Partner, National Farm to School Network
We are the Washington DC core partner to the National Farm to School Network, convening local educators, nonprofits, food service providers and farmers to build a stronger and healthier school food system in the nation’s capital. For more information on how to get involved, contact Lea Howe, firstname.lastname@example.org.