Washington, DC is the most powerful city in the nation. It’s where policy is made, international organizations call home and sustainability ideologues thrive. These three Washingtonians have blazed the path to a more sustainable future.
Bernadine and her partner brought the FRESHFARM Markets to the DC metro area, connecting farmers with consumers in a way that greatly impacts access to sustainably raised foods. FRESHFARM now has 11 farmers’ markets including the popular Sunday Dupont market and the White House Market. FRESHFARM extended its program in 2009 to include SNAP Matching Dollars, which gives lower income families a dollar-for-dollar match on healthy organic produce that they find at the market, making their dollars go further if they make healthier choices and providing them with access to local farmers. FRESHFARM also instituted an edible garden school program, called FoodPrints, which introduces students at Watkins Elementary School to agriculture and gardening.
The popular suburban city of Bethesda, Maryland wanted to create a more eco-friendly place to live. In 2008, Dave Feldman created Bethesda Green. As a community leader in sustainability, Feldman focuses on education for the community as well as creating opportunities to live a little greener, like having a local farmers’ market, creating composting and recycling and purchasing carbon offset credits and renewable energy. Bethesda Green also created an incubator to grow new sustainable businesses. There are always seminars and information on the website that will help anyone in the DC region make their home a little more sustainable.
Lola Bloom and Rebecca Lemos
The dynamic duo of Bloom and Lemos started out as high school friends who noticed the lack of gardening space inside Washington, DC. They began City Blossoms in the Columbia Heights area of the district to address the need for youth to have an activity to occupy them with a positive focus. Since 2003, they’ve created a program that intertwines the areas of environmental education, healthy living skills, community development and artistic expression. Partnering with other community organizations and schools, City Blossoms brings both teaching and curriculum development to schools, as well as consulting for those interested in start their own educational garden.
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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture
Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.