Organized by DC Greens, Rooting DC is an all-day gardening forum that serves as a central location for those seeking information about growing healthy food in D.C. The event “provides education about urban food production and consumption, to cultivate health and preserve the environment.” Rooting DC hosts an information fair that this year featured more than 60 nonprofits and exhibitors, including CAUSES. The program also included workshops, demonstrations, and panel discussions focusing on youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and healthy food access. This year’s event was held Feb. 28, 2015, at Wilson High School.
“Rooting DC is a popular annual event now in its eighth year that brings out the novices in a casual, but informative way. I have already seen at least 50 Master Gardeners this morning, who are so passionate about this event,” stated Sandr Farber-Bandier, the Master Gardener Coordinator for the District of Columbia.
“It allows people to come out at the beginning of the growing season and gets people really excited, giving them the starting tools to getting a garden going; whether that’s one container in a window sill or a plot; it also gets people involved in the community,” Master Gardener Haley Baron explained about the event’s popularity.
|Crowd gathers around the CAUSES/DC Master Gardeners table.|
Diane Bradley, another Master Gardener on hand at the CAUSES table, said: “You don’t realize how interested people are in this until events like these. I’m also glad to see so many gardens in DC.”
Visit rootingdc.org for more information and resources from this year’s event. Hope to see you at Rooting DC 2016!