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.
Thousands of Virginians have taken workshops sponsored by the state that help people self-manage chronic disease. Conducted at hospitals, health clinics and community centers, the program is also offered in some state prisons. Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp recently sat in on a class and brings you this report.
The UCI Road World Championships are expected to draw hundreds of thousands to Richmond this September. An event that size has a big environmental footprint. But the city and green advocates are working to make the race and other events as sustainable as possible. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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.