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In a Food Desert, Solutions Take Root

About one-quarter of Petersburg residents are food insecure. In a city grappling with high rates of poverty, diabetes and obesity, many have better access to corner markets than grocery stores. Community organizers and agricultural specialists are aiming to change that through grassroots organizing and an innovative indoor farm. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Exploring Shenandoah Valley’s Farm Trail

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.

Neighborhood Resource Center: Sowing Hope and Change in a Community

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 Civil Engineers Pioneer Llama Manure Water Filtration

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.

Community Process Guiding Future of 19th Century Remains Found at MCV

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.

Humans of Richmond: Capturing and Connecting a Diverse City

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.

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