Food in the Garden

LOGO: Food in the Garden, 2013 summer series - growing local

6-8 p.m.
July 18 through August 15, 2013


Join us this summer for tastes, tours, and talks outside in the new Victory Garden on the east side of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History! The Museum’s American Food History Project and Smithsonian Gardens are bringing together local growers, practitioners, educators, and researchers to explore and experience where our food comes from and how we grow it. Enjoy evenings of locally produced food, drinks, and dynamic conversation in a relaxed garden atmosphere on Thursday evenings starting on July 18 and ending on Julia Child’s 101st birthday, August 15.

Your food is your history: taste it!

Tickets are $20 each and include two cocktails featuring Green Hat Gin and WildCraft Soda, with food from local farms. 

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Upcoming programs:

Stay tuned for the Spring 2014 menu!


Past programs:

Heirlooms: Old, New, Local, Global
July 18, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

Heirloom foods let us taste history while preserving it, but what do “heirlooms” really mean and where do they come from? Join the conversation about native plants, new varieties, and the global influence of diverse communities on foods right here in the DC region.

Panelists: Pati Jinich, host of “Pati’s Mexican Table” and cookbook author; Rayna Green, National Museum of American History curator and Native American food and plant specialist; Hiu Newcomb of Potomac Vegetable Farm; Nick Maravell of Nick’s Organic Farm; Ira Wallace of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Also featuring: Tours from Smithsonian Gardens, seeds and samples from Nick’s Organic Farm, vegetable varieties on display from Potomac Vegetable Farm, and book signings by Pati Jinich

Missed this program on heirlooms? Read the blog post or enjoy the photos on Flickr.


Foraging: Finding Food at Your Feet
July 25, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

Food is all around us! Discover where to find food in your own backyard…and what to do with it.

Panelists: Matt Cohen, local forager and founder of Matt’s Habitats; Holly Poole-Kavana of Little Red Bird Botanicals; Nathan Zeender of WildCraft Sodas; and Lincoln Smith of Forested

Also featuring: Tours from Smithsonian Gardens, acorn cooking demos by Lincoln Smith, and Batty Batches locally made jams

Learn more about foraging on the blog or check out the photos of this event.

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Refreshments and nibbles each week made possible through the generous support of Green Hat Gin, Nick’s Organic Farm, WildCraft Soda, and Wegman’s


Grow Now: Local Growers Spill the Beans
August 1, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

Can gardening change the world? Join a conversation about gardening as an educational act of change in our local communities and across the country.

Panelists: Joan Horwitt, founder of LAWNS 2 LETTUCE 4 LUNCH; Sophia Maravell of Brickyard Educational Farm; Christina Conell of the USDA’s Farm to School Program; and Anna Benfield from Washington Youth Garden

Also featuring: Tours from Smithsonian Gardens, Common Good City Farm, and a visit from Arcadia Farms Mobil Market bus


Pay Dirt

August 8, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

Your soil is more than just dirt! From compost to fertilizer to worms, how does what you put into the ground affect what comes out? 

Panelists: Harriet Wegmeyer of Wegmeyer Farms and Nutrients for Life Foundation; Mark Smallwood from Rodale Institute; and Maxine Levin, National Liaison to the National Cooperative Soil Survey

Also featuring: Tours from Smithsonian Gardens, seeds and samples from Nick's Organic Farm, a reusable bag from Wegmans, composting demos from Veteran Compost, organic mushroom farming demos from Sharondale Farm, and eco-responsible potting mixes and soil amendments from Organic Mechanics. 


Celebrate Julia Child’s 101st Birthday!

August 15, 2013, 6-9 p.m.

Celebrate the 101st birthday of an American culinary icon with a film screening of Julie & Julia courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Keep Julia’s legacy alive by revisiting some of her “kitchen wisdom” about fresh ingredients and the pleasures of the table.


  • 6:00 p.m. Garden tours, food, and drinks in the Victory Garden (outside, east side of the Museum)
  • 6:25 p.m. Birthday Toast to Julia Child in the Victory Garden
  • 6:45 p.m. Special features clips from Julie & Julia in Warner Bros. Theater (inside, Museum Floor 1 Center)
  • 7:15 p.m. Julie & Julia film begins in Warner Bros. Theater 

Also featuring: Tours from Smithsonian Gardens 

Programs made possible through the generous support of:

DuPont Pioneer

The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.