Are grocery stores enough to ensure healthy food access?

Proximity Does Not Equal Access: Why Grocery Stores Aren’t Enough

Joanna Williams Advocacy & Policy, Urban Agriculture

Share this Post Adding more grocery stores to marginalized communities will not solve the food crisis in DC. The solution requires a more nuanced and community-based approach. There is a healthy food crisis in DC. Less apparent than the gentrification—which ranks number two in the nation and lends itself to the District’s affordable housing crisis—the food access crisis in DC …

Dreaming Out Loud Welcomes New Team Members!

Brandy Brooks DOL In the Office

2016 has been a year of amazing growth for Dreaming Out Loud. In addition to a new season at our community markets in Northeast and Southwest, the past several months have seen new volunteer groups and community members joining us at our organic garden, the launch of our community engagement process for the Farm at Kelly Miller, and an expansion …

Chris Bradshaw with Dave Matthews at Farm Aid 2016

Discovering Farm Aid with DOL

Joanna Williams DOL Out and About

Joanna Williams is an Emerson National Hunger Fellow with Dreaming Out Loud. Below, she shares her reflection on our day at Farm Aid 2016. A couple of weekends ago, I attended Farm Aid 2016 with our team from Dreaming Out Loud. Being relatively new to the team and to the food justice scene, I didn’t know what to expect from the …

Join Us TODAY for the First Meeting of DC’s Food Policy Council!

Brandy Brooks Advocacy & Policy

Following the passage of the Food Policy Council and Director Act of 2014, DC now has a Food Policy Director, Laine Cidlowski, and 11 of 12 appointed members of the city’s first Food Policy Council. The first four members were appointed in February, and Dreaming Out Loud Executive Director Chris Bradshaw was among the seven additional members appointed at the end of …

DOL Community Markets Vendor Profile: Sandy Bottom Acres

Brandy Brooks Community Markets

Husband and wife duo, Chris and Joan Farrell of Sandy Bottom Acres have got you covered for all the fresh, ethically raised beef, pork, chicken, and eggs you need. From Allen’s Fresh, Maryland, the couple was inspired to start Sandy Bottom Acres two years ago after helping their two young sons raise animals for 4-H. Now that their boys are grown and out …

DOL Community Markets Vendor Profile: Mighty Greens

Brandy Brooks Community Markets

Mighty Greens is a youth-led garden-based entrepreneurship program. They are a cooperative of young people (ages 15-18) that uses school gardens and greenhouses as spaces to learn how to care for edible and native plants while growing a food business. Their cooperative members are primarily students from Eastern Senior High School, Cardozo High School and the University of the District of Columbia. They make a variety of value-added …

DOL Community Markets Vendor Profile: Sun World Sun Market

Brandy Brooks Community Markets, Micro-Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

My name is Alemtsehay Adnew, the owner of Sun World Sun Market. I was born in Dessie, Ethiopia where my mother taught me how to cook and inspired my love of food and feeding others at a young age. I’ve now been living in this beautiful country for 6 years, and in addition to running my market business, I work …