Who should attend this event?
This event is for any resident of Washington, DC, and the surrounding region, interested in gardening, farming, the local food system, food justice and policy work, and environmental advocacy.
Do I need to register?
Walk-ins are welcome at the event but we encourage you to register ahead of time. Due to facility capacity and an interest in preventing over-crowding, we do have limitations on attendance. Those who pre-register will have guaranteed access to the event.
When does registration open?
Registration for the 2019 event will open in January 2019.
How do I get updates about the event?
Visit the bottom of our homepage to subscribe to our mailing list.
How much does Rooting DC cost and what is included in the price?
There are no registration or attendance fees for Rooting DC, however we do encourage a donation of $10/person. There are number of costs to hosting a free event and donations help off-set those costs to keep the event running. Attendees are responsible the costs for their parking and meals.
What is the schedule for the event?
You can find the schedule of events on the Schedule page.
Are children invited?
Absolutely. Guardians must accompany children at all times but we love to have future environmentalist and activists at Rooting DC. We work to incorporate kid-friendly workshops into the schedule and identify them in the event program. While workshops are generally geared toward adult skill-sets, this is a family-friendly event.
Does Rooting DC offer childcare?
Children are welcome to attend however we do not offer onsite childcare services. Guardians must accompany their children at all times during the event.
Can attendees pre-register for specific workshops ahead of time?
In an effort to maintain equal access for attendees, we do not offer pre-registration options for individual workshops. With over 1,500 attendees, some have ample access to the internet and feel comfortable surfing the web and website, while others do not. All workshops are first-come, first-served the day of the event.
How can attendees get to and from the event?
Wilson High School is located one block from the Tenleytown-AU Metro (red line). It is also within walking distance of the 30N, 30S, 31, 33, 37, 96, H2, H4, M4 and N2 MetroBus lines. There are three Capital Bikeshare docking stations within five blocks and nike racks available on school grounds. Limited, metered street parking is available.
DPR offers a free shuttle from the Deanwood Recreation Center (ward 7) and the Barry Farms Recreation Center (ward 8) throughout the day. See schedule here.
What are the parking options?
There is limited, metered street parking available around Wilson High School. City Line at Tenley (the retail/condo building at 4500 Wisconsin Avenue) has parking available for $4.50/hour with a max daily rate of $26.50.
What are food options throughout the day?
Throughout the day, coffee is available for purchase in the cafeteria. From 11:00am - 2pm, a number of locally-operated food trucks provide a variety of lunch options for purchase. There is also a Whole Foods a block from Wilson High School, which provides an array of options for purchase and can meet the needs of those with dietary restrictions. We also encourage people to bring their own brown-bag lunch for the event.
How can I help get the word out about this event?
How can I become a presenter/ tabler at future Rooting DC conferences?
Visit the Event Info page for information on becoming a presenter or tabler.
Where can I find copies of handouts and presentations?
2018 conference presentations are now posted!
As an attendee, what should I expect and shouldn’t I expect from this event?
This is a community event designed to meet people at their various levels of entry into food systems work. You can expect to have an amazing networking experience with the premier businesses and organizations working to strengthen our regional and national food system. You will receive exposure to skills and knowledge from our variety of educational workshops.
We host the event each year at Wilson High School because of the expansive space it offers us while working within the budgetary constraints of hosting a free event. In past years, we have worked to identify other locations around the city to host this gathering but are unable to find an alternative site that meets the various factors of hosting an event of this magnitude on our budget.
Over our ten years, Rooting DC has grown to draw around 1300 attendees, annually. We offer many workshops throughout the day; workshop attendance is first-come-first-serve. We schedule highly attended workshops more than once during the day to alleviate room crowding and us volunteer support to manage workshop arttanedace and secure space for alter-abled persons. If you find you are uncomfortable with the popularity of your workshop we encourage to seek out one of the many other choices offered during that timeframe.
One of the beautiful things about Rooting DC is that it is volunteer run and there is no cost to attend. All presenters and tablers donate their time to be at Rooting DC. Each year we receive positive feedback from attendees who adore this event and ask that it be multiple days because it’s so hard to get to every workshop of interest. We agree! However, It’s important to the hosting organizations to keep this event free to attendees and there are many costs associated with hosting the event such as space rental fees, program printing, etc. In addition, all presenters and tablers donate their time to be at Rooting DC. So, in order to preserve the generous community spirit of the event, Rooting DC will remain a one-day event.