Firebird Research Farm hosted Ethnic Crops: Food Production and Marketing Strategies on
March 19, 2016. Ethnic foods have grown in popularity throughout the U.S. in recent years, and this trend is projected to continue grow, especially in the Greater Metropolitan Area with its diverse population. Our Ethnic Crops program seeks to provide consumers with foods that meet their desire for healthy foods with an international flavor while also showcasing options for Mid-Atlantic producers seeking profitable alternative crops to plant. For some consumers, the availability of ethnic crops allows them to continue cultural food traditions that have been passed down through generations, and community education events allow DC area residents the opportunity to sample and learn to prepare these crops in dishes that are both tasty and healthy
CAUSES has initiated research and outreach efforts to improve crop production and galvanize relationships between producers and consumers using the UDC research farm as a home base. Our goal is to assist in making these ethnic foods both accessible and affordable, while increasing knowledge in nutrition as well as soil and crop management.
Organized by UDC Ethnic Crops Specialist and NE SARE representative, Yao Afantchao, presenters also included:
- Olukemi Adeola, UDC-CC Food Science Adjunct
- John B. Manirakiza, Community Leader
- Tambra Raye Stevenson, NativSol Kitchen and WANDA
- W. Dean Hively, USDA Agricultural Research Service and SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)