Community and backyard gardens are spreading in Virginia, as more people take an interest in locally grown food. Now several initiatives are helping people become urban agriculture entrepreneurs, including an intensive program at Tricycle Gardens. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
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Richmond city leaders have been gathering public feedback on the draft “RVA Education Compact.” Part of Levar Stoney’s campaign platform, the Compact is an agreement between the Mayor, City Council and the School Board to work together to raise academic achievement and reduce poverty.
The Compact aims to “institutionalize collaboration,” by holding quarterly meetings between Council and the Board, developing an Education Compact Team and setting up a Children’s Cabinet to more effectively facilitate wrap-around services.
A new book explores the family behind one of Richmond’s most popular public spaces - Maymont. Author Mary Lynn Bayliss spent decades piecing together the history of the Dooley Family. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Nearly 140 years ago, the Jones family moved to Western Henrico. They didn’t have much at first, but eventually owned more than 1000 acres of land. A descendant is protecting what they have left and sharing his family’s history. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Special thanks to Alan Weatherhead for composing original music and scoring this story. All family photos courtesy of the Jones Family.
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I. Virginia author and historian Kitty Snow is piecing together local stories about the war and its aftermath in her new project, From Richmond to France. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean each year, according to researchers. It affects the health of marine wildlife, ecosystems and humans. When it washes ashore, localities spend millions cleaning it up. In Virginia, several efforts are working to highlight and address the problem. 88.9 WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
Henrico County schools are in the midst of a redistricting process, aiming to reduce overcrowding and concentrations of poverty.
The first phase, approved in March, will redirect 68 rising sixth graders from Hungary Creek Middle School to Holman in the 2017/2018 school year.
The county is currently gathering input on the next phase, to further reduce crowding and address the high rates of poverty at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School.
VCU Police are seeing an increase in sexual assault reports. This coincides with a new program called You Have Options, which gives survivors more control of how the crime is investigated. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.