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To support Dreaming Out Loud continue to help build an equitable food system, provide youth with meaningful work experiences, and drive community economic development.

 

 

Join us at “When Dreams Emerge”

Join us at “When Dreams Emerge”

Join us at “When Dreams Emerge: Building an Equitable Food System”

Wednesday, December 3rd Dreaming Out Loud, will host When Dreams Emerge: Building an Equitable Food System, a fundraiser and celebration to support our work and vision for an equitable food system. Enjoy a great experience and be a part of building the world that you believe in. Our guest speaker and honoree will be Andy Shallal — the artist, activist, and entrepreneur who founded Busboys and Poets. The Pepco Edison Place Gallery (702 8th Street NW) will come to life with the sights, sounds, and spirit of our tagline “When Dreams Emerge, Communities Arise”.

Distinguished Speaker and Honoree
Our honoree, Andy Shallal is the artist, activist, and entrepreneur that founded Busboys and Poets. His contributions in building an equitable food system have been significant. From fair labor standards, to responsible sourcing, and providing an inspiring space for ideas he has made an indelible impression on DC and the regional food system.

Plus contributions from our partners that help you enjoy the experience:

  • Complimentary wine bar provided by Vino Lovers.
  • Great food provided by Catering by Seasons (local, seasonal items that are sure to please — vegan/vegetarian friend).
  • Live music from soulful singer Christen Hill.
  • Great raffle items featuring hot restaurants, stylish hair salons, and more.

About Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.

Dreaming Out Loud’s mission is to inspire and build a more ethical world through social enterprise. In 2014, the organization served more than 10,000 people through Aya Community Markets, the network of farmers markets and mobile farm-stands that it founded and manages. The markets also serve as a platform for improving community health, impacting youth, and furthering community economic development while strengthening the regional food system.

When Dreams Emerge: Building an Equitable Food System

When Dreams Emerge: Building an Equitable Food System

Celebrate and support a year in achievement as Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. hosts the third annual When Dreams Emerge  fundraising event. This year’s theme is Building an Equitable Food System, highlighting our work to build and vision for an inclusive food system where everyone has access and opportunity. On Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 (from 6-9pm) the Pepco Edison Place Gallery will come to life with the sights, sounds, and tastes of positive community change in action.

Our honoree, Andy Shallal is the artist, activist, and entrepreneur that founded Busboys and Poets. His contributions in building an equitable food system have been significant. From fair labor standards, to responsible sourcing, and providing an inspiring space for ideas he has made an indelible impression on DC and the regional food system.

In 2014, the organization served more than 10,000 people through Aya Community Markets, the network of farmers markets and mobile farm-stands that it founded and manages. The markets also serve as a platform for improving community health, impacting youth, and furthering community economic development while strengthening the regional food system.

Sample delicious dishes from some of DC’s most creative emerging chefs and food scene contributors, listen to live entertainment, and learn about how to support and get involved with one of the District’s leading social innovators.

RSVP today!

Green Festival DC: Community Award Finalists

Green Festival DC: Community Award Finalists

We are a finalist for the Green Festival Community Award. Join us at Washington DC Green Festival, May 31-June 1 at the DC Convention Center and cast your vote to help us win a $5,000 grant!

We are working to develop an innovative urban micro-farm that is a hub for learning, community-building, and community agricultural empowerment for sustainable food-system solutions. From the site we will host youth (ages 14-15) in the Summer Youth Employment Program, schools, community-based organizations, faith-based groups and other community members in learning best practices for application in their community spaces.

With your vote, we can win $5,000 towards making this great space come alive!

 

 

 

ISO: Urban Farming and Farmers Market Intern

ISO: Urban Farming and Farmers Market Intern

Dreaming Out Loud is seeking an energetic and dedicated urban farm and farmers market intern to assist in the implementation of its farm/community garden projects.

We founded and manage Aya Community Markets, a growing network of farmers markets and mobile farm-stands. We also manage an urban micro-farm within a few blocks of our farmers market. From this site, we will host ten (10) youth in DC’s Summer Youth Employment Program where the youth (ages 14-15) will design, plan, and implement community garden projects; and develop entrepreneurial skills by learning to run a farmers markets.

Job Description and Skills Required:

  • Training and directing of youth and volunteer work on the farm site.
  • Ensure farm activities adhere to safety regulations and standards.
  • Assisting in implementation of marketing strategy for farmers’ market.
  • Experience with youth education and lesson planning.
  • Previous experience in education, agriculture, environmental studies, health and nutrition, or related fields.
  • Familiarity with community gardens or urban agriculture.
  • Strong people and leadership skills.
  • Interest in local food systems, advocacy, and gardening.
  • Previous experience in education, agriculture, environmental studies, health and nutrition, or related fields.

Time commitment: 15-20 hours weekly

Compensation: Market sales commission + produce

Please email resume and cover letter to info@dreamingoutloud.org and place the words “URBAN FARM & MARKET INTERN” in the subject line.

Celebrate Six Years of Making a Difference

Celebrate Six Years of Making a Difference

Dreaming Out Loud will be celebrating six years of impacting children, youth, and communities. Thursday, April 24th from 5-8pm at Marvin (2007 14th Street NW)!!! We’d love your support if you can make it out.

RSVP today! http://dreamscape.splashthat.com/

Help us keep the movement going and growing as we celebrate our birthday at one of DC’s most popular rooftop venues. There is a suggested $10 donation and when you enjoy the happy hour specials below from 5:30-7:30pm, Dreaming Out Loud receives 10% of the sales.

Drinks
$4 Stella
$5 Rail
$6 Wine/ Absolute drinks
Food
$4 Frites
$6 Mushroom Croquettes
$6 Fried Oysters
$9 Ribs

Save the Date: April 24th

Save the Date: April 24th

Join us for Dreamscape as Dreaming Out Loud celebrates its sixth birthday. Help us keep the movement going and enjoy art, music and more on one of DC’s most popular rooftop venues at Marvin (2007 14th Street NW) from 5:00-7:30pm on Thursday, April 24th. You can be involved! Are you an artist? Follow this link to find out how your talent can benefit a great cause.

By the numbers we have impacted more than 500 children and youth in after school and summer programs; and served more than 10,000 people and distributed more than 30,000 pounds of produce in our partner communities through Aya Community Markets. Beyond the numbers our contribution can be felt on multiple levels.


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An example is Khalil: a 10 year-old boy. We met him days before our first farmers marketwhile hitting one of our yard-signs with a stick, attempting to damage it. When I gently approached him, I jokingly asked if he had something against vegetables; he blushed with embarrassment, as his friends laughed. I asked him to return to the market the next week along with his friends. They returned, along with several other friends, at 7:30am every Saturday for 18-weeks for training and learning through the farmers market. Read more about our impact.

 

For interest in becoming a sponsor email Chris Bradshaw, Executive Director at chris@dreamingoutloud.org.

 

 

Spring Is Near

Spring Is Near

Spring is near, so that means that we are busy planning for lots of fun and major impact. We’d love you have you join us, or donate today to our efforts. Spring means the return of Aya Community Markets, a developing network of farmers markets that help to provide access to fresh, local produce and build health equity.

On Saturday May 3rd Aya will return to Southwest DC’s Waterfront, operating from the grounds of Christ United Methodist Church (900 4th Street SW). In addition, we will be adding a location in Ward 7 and several farm stands — smaller scale mobile markets — that help to provide access to deeper within communities affected by food deserts and low-access to healthy food choices.

This season we will also be growing more food in more places, touching more people and communities along the way. At our micro-farm in Southwest (700 Delaware Avenue SW) we will expand our growing space through new raised beds and vertical growing spaces. We’ll also be helping Greenleaf Gardens (a public housing community) and Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC) to build gardens.

At Greenleaf Gardens, we will work to train youth and community members to help maintain gardens in common spaces and in individual yards, incorporating nutrition education and other programming. At CUMC, the young women’s and men’s ministries will work to build out a garden on church grounds. The churches many seniors, health ministries and the monthly Men’s Community Breakfast will benefit greatly from the harvest.

You are an important part of our work by volunteering your presence, energy, and support. Take action today to join us this spring!

Aya’s Evolution and Revolution: Not Just a Farmers Market

Aya’s Evolution and Revolution: Not Just a Farmers Market

This season, Aya Community Markets is poised to make great leaps in terms of connectedness with and reach into communities; as well as our impact on Washington, DC’s and the regional food system. This season we will open a new farmers markets in Ward 7, where the market began nearly three years ago. Here we will help to bring fresh, local produce to communities that deserve equal access to healthy options. 

We started Aya Community Markets (Aya) because we noticed many negative health impacts – obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. – in the communities in which our youth programs were held. We felt that we had to do more than teach a lesson about healthy eating.

Our vision for broader impact on the food system is the AyaUplift Project: an innovative and integrated approach to food access, urban farming and “healthy food hub” social enterprise within underserved, urban communities.

To support our communities, and this project, we purchased a refrigerated truck (from DC Central Kitchen) and recently had it wrapped with our logos. We will use the truck to connect our farmers who attend Aya in our partner communities to additional market opportunities through a community supported agriculture program and wholesale opportunities to restaurants and other food service businesses.

This makes it a win-win for everyone. The community has greater access, the farmers generate additional income, and we have the potential to create jobs through the delivery of the fresh produce in innovative ways. Look our for us rolling down DC streets!

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