Urban farmers in DC are rediscovering their roots and helping the community

FOOD | One returning citizen has formed a partnership with two gardeners to create a community garden in DC’s Ward 7 to help other returning citizens learn urban agriculture skills and to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the food desert. (Civil Eats, 4/5)

Xavier Brown formed a partnership with Boe Luther and Wallace Kirby, two gardeners from Ward 7 who started Hustlaz 2 Harvesters to offer people released from incarceration ways out of poverty into urban agriculture careers and other social enterprises. Brown, a certified master composter for the city, helped Luther and Kirby transform an empty lot into the Dix Street community garden as part of an urban agricultural initiative called Soilful City.

Only 1 in 10 Americans eats the daily recommendation of fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and people living in poverty have especially low rates of consumption of fresh produce. Access to healthy produce is difficult in low-income communities like Clay Terrace, because major chain supermarkets are reluctant to locate their stores there.

HEALTH | Here’s the state of marijuana laws in the Greater Washington region on this special day for the plant. (WAMU, 4/20)

ARTS & HUMANITIESWho Has A Right To The City? Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum Asks (WAMU, 4/20)

– An audit has found that a DC rule stating that private companies that receive public dollars should hire residents has not been enforced. (WaPo, 4/19)

– A survey by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Association of Fundraising Professionals found that about one in four female fundraisers has experienced sexual harassment. (Chronicle, 4/5)

– Earth Day is April 22. The region is celebrating the day by giving free or discounted rides on public transportation. (WTOP, 4/20)

– Here’s how researchers think the Washington-Baltimore region could look in 20 years (WaPo, 4/18)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Vice President of Strategy | Gill Foundation – New!
Associate, Program Design | Flamboyan Foundation – New!
Associate, Program Operations | Flamboyan Foundation – New!
Director of Communications and Marketing | Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Part-Time Program Administrator for the Bernie Scholarship Awards Program Fund | Greater Washington Community Foundation
Membership and Program Coordinator | Funders Together to End Homelessness
Executive Assistant to the President | Public Welfare Foundation
Communications Associate | Venture Philanthropy Partners
Programs Officer | DC Bar Foundation
2018 Summer Intern | Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Council on Foundations
Development Director | Critical Exposure
Director, Washington, DC Community | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Director, Engineering Initiatives | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Operations & Grants Manager | A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation
Finance Manager (Part-Time) | United Philanthropy Forum
Communications Manager | United Philanthropy Forum

Hiring? Post your job on WRAG’s job board and get it included in the Daily! Free for members; $60/60 days for non-members. Details here.

Community Calendar

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Where to get shaved iced desserts from the Philippines, Japan and Taiwan in our region.

– Kendra