Trellis Program


DC Greens’ Trellis Program supports teachers to integrate food systems education into their curricula, prepares local farms to offer educationally robust field trips and supports administrators in prioritizing food education in the city’s school systems. 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:

Join the Trellis network! DC Greens manages a listserv of over 300 teachers that provides a forum for best practice and resource sharing. Subscribe to the group to find out about upcoming meetings, trainings, share resources, order seedlings for your school garden, and receive our monthly newsletter!

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 Menu:

School Garden 101: Learn about program models and hear from local government agencies and non-profits about their programs designed to help you start a strong school garden program. Meet other folks in the field and leave with plenty of curricular resources to get you started!

School Food 201: The best way to support positive changes in the cafeteria is to know the system and meet the players. This workshop will bring together food service vendors, city agencies and teachers to start to build a collaborative relationship.

Cooking with Kids: 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: 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: This workshop provides an overview of the 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: 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.

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.

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,

Set up a School Garden Market at your school: A School Garden Market is a single-vendor farmers’ market located on school property and managed by the students and staff of that school. SGMs offer schools an exciting opportunity to engage community members in the school garden and to show off their fruitful harvests! Each School Garden Market is unique and based on the needs and resources of a school’s community and youth. Contact for more information.

Order a set of DC Urban Farmer Trading cards to showcase the amazing agricultural landscape of our city to your students. 
Coming in March!

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

2017-2018 Calendar of Upcoming Events:

January 10th Farm to School Gathering 4:30-6:30pm DC Greens Office RSVP here!

February 16th School Food 201 Teacher Workshop

March 17th and 18th Two Day LifeLab Growing Classroom Workshop at Oak Spring (for MD and VA teachers only) REGISTER HERE

May 30th Farm to School Gathering 4:30-6:30pm K Street Farm

May 25th Cooking with Kids Teacher Workshop

June 15th Rocklands Teacher Farm Field Trip