New this year – Agriculture, Food, and Craft Demos!

For the first year ever, we will have a tent solely devoted to educational demos. Check out our lineup of workshops and click on the links below for more info on the workshops and instructors.

12:00- 12:30pm: Rose Care by Byron Gwinn,  Frager’s Hardware

12:45 – 1:15pm: Growing Traditional Ethnic Crops and Why This is Important by Yao  Afantchao, University of DC

1:30-2:00pm: Terrarium Craft by Byron Gwinn, Frager’s Hardware

2:15-2:45pm: Healthy Cooking, YMCA

3:00-3:30pm: Yoga for Beginners by Ben Sislen, Shaw Yoga

3:45-4:15pm: Fall Gardening/Winterizing Your Garden by Caroline Selle, Neighborhood Farm Initiative

4:30-5:00pm: How to Cook Delectable Risotto, Chef Matt Finarelli

5:15-5:45pm: Container Gardening by Caroline Selle, Neighborhood Farm Initiative

6:00-6:30pm: Tiny Houses, Jay Austin

Workshop Descriptions


12:00 – 12:30pm: Rose Care by Byron Gwinn,  Frager’s Hardware

The Rose Care workshop will cover the following topics: selecting a rose for the area, proper dead heading, and after winter pruning.

Byron Gwinn is the Assistant Manager at Frager’s Garden center and garden design consultant. As well as owning and operating Gwinn Landscape Design LLC native/organic driven  garden design.  Masters of Landscape Design candidate at  GWU. All around plant geek.

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12:45 – 1:15pm: Growing Traditional Ethnic Crops and Why This is Important, Yao Afantchao at UDC

This workshop will cover the creation of an ethnic food system in Washington DC, through making ethnic crops available, accessible and affordable.

Yao Afantchao is the leading specialist in the ethnic and specialty crops program, at the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) University of the District of Columbia. As an MCE program specialist, Mr. Afantchao contributed to the ethnic vegetables program with the following outcomes (1) ethnic and specialty program recognition at the University of Maryland research and education center; (2) dissemination of ethnic vegetables production guide to farmers; (3) adoption of ethnic and specialty vegetables by Maryland farmers including Amish and Mennonite farmers; (4) expansion of specialty produce acreage bringing additional profit to farmers; and (5) ethnic vegetable markets expansion including Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West States. Mr. Afantchao has received several recognitions and awards including smoke house grant, (Maryland Industrial Partnerships) the Mid-Atlantic Food and Farm Summit’s Farming Leadership award and the most prestigious Honorary County Agent and Service to Agriculture award.

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1:30 – 2:00pm: Terrarium Craft, Byron Gwinn from Frager’s Hardware

The Terrarium Craft workshop will cover the following topics: the importance of the layers, choosing a container, and long term care.

Byron Gwinn is the Assistant Manager at Frager’s Garden center and garden design consultant. As well as owning and operating Gwinn Landscape Design LLC native/organic driven  garden design.  Masters of Landscape Design candidate at  GWU. All around plant geek.

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2:15 – 2:45pm: Healthy Cooking, YMCA

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3:00 – 3:30pm: Yoga by Ben Sislen, Shaw Yoga

Namaste Shaw! We are thrilled to open the doors of our light-filled studio to the Shaw and greater DC Community. Yoga means union: of body and mind, of individuals, of intention and action. Shaw Yoga sits at a crossroads in DC. Walk out of the studio and look left, and you see the houses and smaller businesses of Uptown. Look right, and the bustle of Downtown greets you. Across the street sits the Convention Center. To this urban union point, we bring the uniting opportunity of yoga. Come relax, breathe, stretch, sweat, strengthen, and grow with us.

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3:45 – 4:15pm: Fall Gardening/Winterizing Your Garden by Caroline Selle, Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Winter doesn’t have to mean an end to the garden. Join us as we discuss the optimal fall crops for climate and some simple ways to extend the growing season.

Caroline Selle grew up gardening and is passionate about food and climate justice and about bringing diverse groups together around food growing. She holds a self-designed degree in Environmental Outreach and Communications from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University, and is pursuing her interests in botany and soil science. Caroline has grown food on a historic plantation and on the St. Mary’s campus farm, which she helped to found. She is working on turning her yard into an edible landscape

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4:30 – 5:00pm: Cooking Risotto, Chef Matt Finarelli

In this workshop, he’ll be demonstrating one of his favorite dishes – risotto. This rice dish, popular in Northern Italy is one that people seem to have trouble mastering, but it all comes down to a few simple tricks that Chef Matt will demonstrate. And of course, at the end, there’ll be plenty for everyone to sample!

Chef Matt Finarelli is a DC-area native having grown up just across the river in Arlington, VA. In his many years as a chef and culinary instructor, he’s taught thousands of people in the area to love not just the eating of food, but the cooking as well! Featured in cooking schools around the area like the Hill Center in DC, he also gives lessons right in student’s homes, so you can enjoy great food, great times and learn a little something along the way.

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5:15 – 5:45pm: Container Gardening by Caroline Selle, National Farm Initiative

Container gardening can be simple and productive. Learn how to grow fresh herbs and vegetables on your balcony, windowsill, or patio.

Caroline grew up gardening and is passionate about food and climate justice and about bringing diverse groups together around food growing. She holds a self-designed degree in Environmental Outreach and Communications from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University, and is pursuing her interests in botany and soil science. Caroline has grown food on a historic plantation and on the St. Mary’s campus farm, which she helped to found. She is working on turning her yard into an edible landscape.

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6:00 – 6:30: Tiny House, Jay Austin

Jay Austin is the  is currently living in the Matchbox,  which is a Tiny House stationed at  Old City Farm and Guild. He will be giving tours at the top of every hour and will be in the education tent at 6pm to tell you about the Tiny House concept, where it originated and why people are choosing a different lifestyle.  Find out more at the Tiny House.

Boneyard Studios is DC’s only tiny house community—a not-for-profit showcasing sustainable and space-efficient construction and community in the District and beyond—and this fall one of its tiny houses, the Matchbox, is at Old City Farm & Guild. Tiny house tours will be held at the top of every hour, and at 6PM Boneyard Studios co-founders Lee Pera and Jay Austin will be in the education tent to chat about the tiny house concept, why folks are choosing to right-size, life in a tiny house, and more about tiny houses in DC.

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Questions? Contact the us at board@thedcstatefair.org.

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