Monday, May 23, 2016

Partner Spotlight: Groundwork Anacostia

Groundwork Anacostia River DC is an organization dedicated to the communities neighboring the Anacostia River and surrounding watershed, using environmental restoration as a means for community development. By caring for the Anacostia, local parks and other environmental assets, the Ward 7 organization seeks to reclaim vacant land for "conservation, recreation and economic development."

Groundwork Anacostia recently launched a workforce development program with the River Terrace Education Campus. The program provides green industry skills training to special needs young adults. Not only is the group is a regular at the nearby East Capitol Urban Farm, helping us prepare the farm to serve the residents of Ward 7, they are also regulars on our Van Ness campus, helping out on our green roof, greenhouse and the Garden of the Senses. River Terrace is also participating in a six week healthy cooking course taught by Chef Tyrome "T" Henson from the CAUSES Center for Nutrition, Diet and Health, in our new state of the art nutrition lab.  

"In our cooking classes, we focus on MyPlate education. Through this type of education, the young adults become more aware of healthier eating habits and are excited to share what fruits and vegetables they've eaten between classes," explained Chef T. 

Visit for more information on Groundwork Anacostia. Learn more about their workforce development program and see photos of a recent cooking class below.

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