Regional School Garden Summit

On October 14th, 2017, DC Greens will host the first annual Regional School Garden Summit. The goal of the Summit is to nurture the emerging regional 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.




9:00-9:30 Welcome and Keynote: Anupama Joshi, Executive Director and Co-founder, National Farm to School Network

9:45-12:30 Breakout sessions: Select one panel each session to dig deeper into a topic of your choice.


  • Program Models: This panel will provide a look into innovative school garden program model structures.
  • Sustaining School Gardens; Policy/Advocacy/Funding: This panel will dig into funding opportunities (both local and federal) and existing policies that support school garden programs.



  • Connecting Garden and Cafeteria: This panel will explore models of collaboration between school food service departments and garden programs that work to build a healthier school culture.
  • Growing Networks: Building networks is key to the success of this movement. This panel will explore local, regional and national networks models.


12:30-1:45 Lunch: Enjoy a FoodPrints school lunch prepared by school food service staff at Ludlow Taylor.

2:00-5:00 Food Education Program Tour: Visit sites across DC that have exemplary school gardens and food education programs. (Eastern High School and DC Bilingual Public Charter School)

5:00-7:00 Happy Hour/Dinner: Networking reception with drinks and seasonal bites prepared by local chefs at H Street Farms.


Program Models
Niraj Ray, Founder, Cultivate the City
Jennifer Mampara, Director of Education, FoodPrints
Kaifa Anderson-Hall, Special Needs and Behavioral Management Specialist, former Washington Youth Garden Program Director and School Garden Specialist
Rebecca Lemos-Otero, Executive Director, City Blossoms
Jill Vinson and Amanda Geary, Herndon Elementary School
Drew Harrison, Executive Director, The Green Heart Project

Connecting Garden and Cafeteria
Kristin Rowe, Manager of Nutrition and Compliance, DC Public Schools
Rodney Taylor, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Fairfax County Public Schools 
Stefanie Dove, School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator, Loudoun County Public Schools
Lola Bloom, Director of Food and Wellness, DC Bilingual Public Charter School
Bonnie Moore, Executive Chef, Willowsford Farm Kitchen

Sustaining School Gardens
Maximillian Merrill, Policy Director, National Farm to School Network
Eva Barinas, School Garden Coordinator, Grow Pittsburgh
Christina Conell, Senior Technical Advisor, USDA, FNS, Office of Community Food Systems
Mary Van Dyke, Founder, GreenSTEM Learning
Sam Ullery, School Garden Specialist, Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Amy Jagodnik, School Garden Coordinator, Horace Mann Elementary
Jenny Brown, School Garden Manager, Audubon Naturalist Society

Growing Networks
Sarah Holway, Co-Founder, DC Greens
Lisa Büttner, PTA Garden Committee Co-Chair and Educator, Rolling Terrace Elementary, MCPS
Mark Pankau, FounderGreen Network  
Joe Ludes, Instructional Coach, Real School Gardens
Kyle Cornforth, Program Director, The Edible Schoolyard