The CFN Webinar Series

The CFN offers webinars on high priority food system and network development topics to share innovative approaches, key findings, & lessons learned in order to reduce duplication, leverage knowledge, & grow our collective capacity. Some webinars are followed by regionally-focused videoconferences so you can dig in deeper from the comfort of your office or home.


If you have ideas for a webinar you’d like to host or attend, please fill out the form below.

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People with lived experience of food insecurity are routinely excluded in the planning and execution of programs and policies intended to “serve” them. This webinar explores “Community In-reach” and “Community In-roads” as strategies for shifting power into the hands of people of color and low income residents, while building pathways for community ownership of food programs and policies. Presenters will share insights from their Market Champion, Farmers Market Brigade and Community Advocate programs. DC Greens staff will also share lessons the organization has learned about incorporating community ownership principles and practices into internal operations.

View DC Green’s video of Community Advocate Tony Lawson in the lead-up to the Grocery Walk, a community walk in Wards 7 & 8 to raise awareness of the “grocery gap.” Check out the Washington City Paper’s article about the walk here. 

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Resource Experts

Asha Carter (a CFN Steering Team member) is a Community Engagement Specialist at DC Greens, overseeing the Community Advocates Program. Prior to joining the team, Asha served in the Obama Administration as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is an alumna of Wellesley College, where she earned her B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies with a concentration in Urban Development and Sustainability.

Dominique Hazzard is a Community Engagement Specialist at DC Greens, overseeing the Market Champion Program. Prior to joining the DC Greens team, Dominique was a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center and worked as Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator with the global public health organization GlobeMed. Dominique is a writer, a community organizer, and a proud second generation resident of Anacostia in Southeast D.C. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College.

Lauren Shweder Biel is the Executive Director and co-founder of DC Greens. Lauren is the Co-Chair of D.C.’s “Diabesity” Committee within the Department of Health, and served two terms on the D.C. Mayor’s Commission on Healthy Youth and Schools. Prior to DC Greens, Lauren worked at Sesame Workshop in the International Education, Research and Outreach department. Lauren has a B.A. from Princeton University, and an M.Phil. in Anthropology from NYU with a focus on Culture and Media.

Mary Alice Reilly is the Volunteer Coordinator at DC Greens, managing the Farmers Market Brigade. Prior to joining the team, Mary Alice managed farmers’ markets in underserved DC communities with Dreaming Out Loud, and served as a coordinator with the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and the Brown Market Shares program. Mary Alice has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University.



“This was a great webinar with some great new ideas! I have sat in on many many webinars and usually it is a lot of ideas I have heard or are already using. There were really good, unique things happening here and I was thrilled to hear about them.”
– Webinar Participant, “Learning the ABC’s of Farm2Childcare”