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connecting with dc food growers at rooting dc

Liz Whitehurst

We love Rooting DC! As folks who've been involved in the urban agriculture movement, we so enjoyed connecting with old and new friends at the conference this year, and we're so glad that there is a free (!) food growing and food justice conference in the city.

Spencer and Liz did a 7x7 talk called "Planning and Planting for Continuous Harvest, and we got a couple requests to share our slides, so here's a link. Part of the idea behind a 7x7 talk is that you only have 7 minutes, and it was tough! Luckily, we talk fast.

We also dug the mushroom growing workshops led by Good Sense Farm and Mycosymbiotics. The most mind-blowing thing we learned was about experiments using parasitic mushrooms called cordyceps (see photo below) to create natural pesticides that might help save ash trees from emerald ash borers. Cool, huh?

Many thanks to the hardworking folks who make this conference happen every year!