Amelanchier lamarckii (Juneberry)

Presenter: Chiara D'Amore

The mission of the Community Ecology Institute is to cultivate communities where people and nature thrive together. Based on a six and a half-acre urban farm in Maryland, the organization’s newest program is called Nourishing Gardens, which transforms lawns into ecologically beneficial food growing gardens that support the multi-faceted health of our community members. The Nourishing Gardens program emphasizes the empowerment and resiliency of our community by teaching people how to grow their own food and increasing access to fresh food grown where people live, learn, work, and play. This presentation will describe the development and implementation of the Nourishing Gardens program including lessons learned, impacts in the program’s first year, and goals for the future.

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 2:30 - 3:45 PM ET* 

Location: Virtual

Fee: Free

Event Category: Non-Professional


Register by: 3 months after the live session date

*The session will be recorded and viewable to registrants for 3 months after the live session date.



Registration is open and recording is viewable for 3 months after the live session date.


Chiara D’Amore, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Community Ecology Institute, a non-profit organization working to cultivate communities in which people and nature thrive together. She teaches courses related to climate change, civic ecology, experiential education, and research design. She worked as an environmental consultant for over 15 years serving clients such as the U.N. and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Chiara’s work is focused on fostering environmental and social well-being by reconnecting people with the natural environment as well as designing, implementing, and evaluating environmental and educational programs.


  • Recording: Will this course be recorded for me to view later? Do I have to attend the live session in order to access the recording?

    The entire course will be recorded and available (not downloadable) to all registrants after the live session ends for three (3) months. If you are registered, you do not need to attend the live session in order to access the recording.

  • Recording: Can I purchase only the recording later?

    You can register for 3 months past the live session date, and access the materials - including the recording - until that point.

  • Webinar Platform: Which webinar platform will the live session be held on?

    Zoom Webinar. Please make sure to download the Zoom application ( and download the latest Zoom update if needed prior to the live course. We recommend that you join at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. The instructor will use PowerPoint presentations. *If you have any technical difficulties during the session and need to contact us, please email Sara Weaner, NDAL Executive Director, at instead of calling.*

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Can I get CEUs for taking this course?

    As this is a non-professional session, there are no CEUs associated.