As agri-tourism grows across Virginia, a regional effort in the Shenandoah Valley is promoting the region’s abundance of homegrown products and services. The state’s first “farm trail,” Fields of Gold connects the public to growers, ranchers and producers and aims to boost economic activity for these small businesses. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
More than a decade ago, a Richmond neighborhood came together to confront crime, drugs and a lack of community resources. Together, they built the Fulton Neighborhood Resource Center, which provides educational, financial and cultural programs and has galvanized residents to advocate for their future. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
Virginia Military Institute students are getting ready to depart for a remote village in Bolivia where they’re helping the community access clean water. Part of the civil engineering initiative “Keydets Without Borders,” they’re testing an innovation that takes advantage of an abundant resource - llama manure. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp reports.
More than two decades ago, the remains of several dozen people were discovered in a 19th Century well near the Egyptian Building on MCV’s downtown campus. VCU is now bringing together the community to determine how the remains should be studied, memorialized and reburied. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp reports.
The Virginia-based organization Kid Pan Alley has helped thousands of schoolchildren across the country write their own songs. The innovative program fosters creativity, collaboration and self-confidence. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Environmental groups in Virginia are working to improve the state’s water resources by restoring the ecosystems along riverbanks. One area of focus is the historic property St. Francis/St. Emma in Powhatan. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Inspired by the popular blog Humans of New York, two local residents are documenting the diversity of people in Richmond. Pairing portraits with quotes, Humans of Richmond aims to connect the city’s inhabitants to each other. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.
Learn More: Follow the Humans of Richmond and see their collaboration with TEDxRVA featuring the " uncommon ideas and life experiences" of 10 Richmonders.
Researchers at the University of Richmond have created a 3D map of the city’s slave district in 1853. Part of the Library of Virginia’s “To Be Sold” exhibit, the map traces the steps of a British artist whose experience in Richmond led to abolitionist sketches, essays and paintings. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
About 1400 youth in Virginia’s foster care system have a goal of adoption. More than 200 of them are older teens, who are less likely than other age groups to find permanent homes. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp recently witnessed the rare adoption between a foster mom and a 17-year-old and brings you their story.
An estimated 1.6 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. As patients face diagnosis, treatment and recovery, family members will provide much of the care and support that’s needed. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp has more.