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UDC and Hay-Adams Partnership Promotes Locally Grown Food

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Locally grown food is high in nutritional value, super fresh, and tasty. The Hay Adams will receive a steady supply of locally grown food from the Muirkirk Research Farm of the UDC College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES).  The farm of the District's only landgrant university uses sustainable growing methods to produce a range of fresh herbs and vegetables that are rare in DC supermarkets. Many of them are so-called ethnic crops that do not originate on the American continent but can be grown locally.

"We wanted to be a part of the CAUSES initiatives to increase local food production and to serve our local community at the same time," says Hans Bruland, Vice President and General Manager of The Hay-Adams, "and this partnership also benefits our clients. There is nothing better than food that was harvested in the morning and is served that same evening; better yet when some of the food reminds you of home – even if home is on the other side of the globe." 

CAUSES Dean Dr. Sabine O'Hara has launched a number of community partnerships that connect the dots between locally grown food, nutritional health and economic empowerment such as the Project EDEN (Everyone Deserves to Eat Naturally) initiative with ReGeneration House of Praise in Ward 8. The new partnership with the Hay Adams will also bring collaborative community service events, focusing on nutritional health, local food production and culinary training, to the residents in some of the District's food desert areas.

"Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of where their food comes from and how it impacts their health and well-being," explained Dr. O'Hara. "The partnership between Hay-Adams and the University of the District of Columbia recognizes that people want to eat locally grown food they can trust."

For more information, contact Dean O'Hara at or 202.274.7124.

About The Hay-Adams

Located at Sixteenth and H Streets at Lafayette Park across from the White House, The Hay-Adams is Washington's finest luxury hotel and one of the most historic and celebrated properties in the world. The Hotel offers 145 rooms and suites, many with White House views. It has won numerous awards for its impeccable service and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, an exclusive group of discriminating luxury hotels worldwide. For more information, visit and follow The Hay-Adams on Facebook and Twitter @HayAdamsHotel.

About the University of the District of Columbia

An HBCU, urban land-grant, and the only public university in the nation's capital, The University of the District of Columbia is committed to a broad mission of education, research and community service.  Established by abolitionist Myrtilla Miner in 1851, the University of DC offers Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's Degrees and a host of workplace development services designed to create opportunities for student success.  The University is comprised of a Community CollegeSchool of Engineering and Applied SciencesSchool of Business and Public AdministrationCollege of Arts and SciencesCollege of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, and the David A. Clarke School of Law. To learn more, visit

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