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 food service departments and schools that enrich school garden programs.
  • Growing Networks: Building networks is the 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 3 sites across DC that have exemplary school gardens and food education programs. (Eastern High School, Janney Elementary School and DC Bilingual Public Charter School – map here.)

5:00-7:00 Happy Hour/Dinner: Networking reception with drinks and seasonal bites prepared by local chefs in Tubman Elementary School’s new outdoor kitchen garden.


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, Co-Founder, City Blossoms
Jill Vinson and Amanda Geary, Herndon Elementary School

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
Tegan Hagy, Senior Program Specialist, 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

Growing Networks
Sarah Holway, Co-Founder, DC Greens
Lisa Buttner, Rolling Terrace Elementary, Montgomery County Public Schools
Mark Pankau, FounderGreen Network  
Joe Ludes, Instructional Coach, Real School Gardens
Kyle Cornforth, Program Director, The Edible Schoolyard