I'm v. grateful to to support @freshfarmdc as part of their community engagement council, and that gratitude AMPLIFIED this past October when Community Foodworks (another, pre-existing farmer's market network in DC that was also doing incredible work) came under the FRESHFARM umbrella via a merger of markets and missions. I feel SO VERY STRONGLY about local economy and local agriculture (to the point that if you know me IRL, I have likely at some point annoyed you with one or the other, sorry! but we should all talk MORE about OUR THINGS!) and I realized that I can and should be a little louder about the FOOD ACCESS, FOOD DISTRIBUTION, AND FOOD EDUCATION parts of the miracle that is the third biggest farmers market network in the country.
This city's (and region's) wildly varying degrees of food access and inequity are structural and systemic. "Underserved" and "low-income" are not euphemisms, but in DC they are likely to venn diagram with Black and Brown communities.
If you'll bear with me for another paragraph, one FRESHFARM initiative I want to share is the Pop Up Food Hub. It tackles food distribution, and facilitates directly purchased, farm-grown food to businesses and community orgs who are often serving folks w/otherwise limited access to fresh/healthy produce. The Pop-Up Food Hub is also the muscle behind FRESHFARM’s produce subscription program (the @freshfarmmarketshare ), which offers subsidies to SNAP and WIC shoppers, and to families facing food insecurity in general. I think it is a very big deal.
Food is a universal need, a deeply personal form of identity, and it's always political. There are so many ways to connect over it, and there's so much work to be done around access and education so that affordability and nutrition are rights and not privileges. Beyond @freshfarmdc , it feels important to call out the work of @doldc , @dc_greens , @capitalareafoodbank , and @broccolicity (as you and I both know, that list could go on; I will stop there for reasons of not wanting to inevitably leave someone out, but please comment with your faves so we can all follow and support as well I APPRECIATE YOU THANK YOU FOR LISTENING). - 6 minutes ago