TRELLIS Program: For teachers and schools working toward a healthy and equitable food system

DC Greens uses existing infrastructure and partnerships to provide support for teachers looking to infuse food systems education into their curriculum. In its seventh year, the Trellis Program has served teachers from over 100 schools in all eight wards in the district. If you are a public or charter school teacher, you can take advantage of the free support we provide in the following ways:

Attend a professional development workshop

We offer a menu of professional development workshops often aligned with the DCPS Professional Development Days. All workshops are free for DCPS and Public Charter School teachers. You decide which ones are best for you! Agenda and RSVP form will also be sent out via the Trellis listserv 2-4 weeks before each workshop. Questions: contact

Workshop Descriptions: (Workshop calendar with SY 2017/2018 dates below)

School Garden 101: For K-12 teachers, garden coordinators, school staff or volunteers looking to start up a new garden program or revitalize a dormant one. Learn about different kinds of program models and hear from local government agencies and non-profits about their programs designed to help you start a strong school garden program. Includes hands-on activities and a session on basic garden classroom management. Meet others in the field and leave with plenty ideas and curricular resources to get you started! 

School Food 201: For K-12 teachers, garden coordinators, volunteers, school staff looking for ways to support positive changes in the cafeteria. This workshop will feature presentations from food service vendors, city agencies and teachers that feature tried and true lessons, activities and programs designed to engage students in healthy eating and more deeply connect the cafeteria to the classroom.

Cooking with Kids: For K-8 classroom teachers and garden coordinators who teach cooking to students in a garden or classroom setting. Cooking education is the missing link in transforming the food system! Participants will learn ways to weave cooking into their garden or classroom curriculum and receive a cooking kit and curricular resources. Past presenters include City Blossoms, DC and Education Outside, CA, Common Threads.

Digging Deeper: For anyone running a school garden program looking to more deeply engage the school staff and community. The key to a fully integrated school food education program is engaging the whole school staff. Learn how to support your school staff in feeling comfortable and excited about using the garden as a teaching resource. Past presenters include Real School Gardens, TX and Lifelab, CA

Food Justice: For K-12 teachers or administrators looking to incorporate food justice into their existing curriculum. This workshop provides an overview of food justice and curricular resources. Presenters will model activities that can be used to educate students and staff. Past presenters include The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, MD and Shelburne Farms, VT

Teacher Farm Field Trip: For K-12 teachers interested in incorporating a farm field trip into their curriculum. Come see firsthand what a farm field trip experience can do for your students and get a behind the scenes look at the farm’s programming. Afterwards, participate in a discussion about learning extension over lunch. Past farms include Rocklands, MD, Common Good City Farm, DC, THEARC Farm, DC

Workshop for Farm-based Educators: Experts in the field of farm-based education (rural and urban) will co-present program models, model hands-on activities, provide curricular resources, Group discussions will allow participants to learn from their peers as they develop strong educational programs. Open to farm-based educators at all levels of program development. Previous presenters include Shelburne Farms, VT and Soulful City, DC.

Get free seeds and seedlings for your school garden:

DC Greens partners with a local farm to grow seedlings twice a year for school gardens. We also partner with ACE Hardware stores to distribute their leftover seeds from their five area stores. Seeds are available for pickup at DC Greens’ offices, and at workshops throughout the year. Order forms for seedlings and dates for seeds are sent via the listserv in February of each year. Sign up for the listserv here!

Join the Trellis teacher network!

DC Greens manages a listserv of over 300 teachers that provides a forum for best practice and resource sharing. Find out about upcoming meetings, trainings, share resources, and order seedlings for your school garden. Also receive our monthly newsletter. Sign up for the listserv here!

Attend a Farm to School Network gathering:

DC Greens is the Core Partner for the National Farm to School Network. We host quarterly stakeholder gatherings to advance the farm to school movement in the District. For more information on how to get involved, contact Lea Howe,

Take your students on a farm field trip!

Preview Farm to School Approved farm field trips available in the DC Area here. Check for farm field trip grant availability from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education here.

Order a set of DC Urban Farmer Trading Cards

Our cards are a fun way to teach your students about the amazing urban farmers working in DC. Coming in March 2018!

Attend the annual Regional School Garden Summit:

The goal of the Summit is to nurture the emerging tri-state network of nonprofits, schools, and government agencies interested in capacity and network building around school gardens by providing a space to learn, share best practices and make new connections. This year’s summit is October 14th. REGISTER HERE

2017-2018 School Year Calendar of Events:

September 22 School Garden 101 

September 27 Farm to School Gathering 

October 14th Regional School Garden Summit 

October 21 Teacher Farm Field Trip to Pierce Mill and Orchard

December Farm to School Gathering

February 16 School Food 201


April 27th Digging Deeper 

May 25th Cooking with Kids 

June 14/15 (date TBD) School Garden 101