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July 6, 2009

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UDC's Community Outreach and Extension Services Launches New and Innovative Farmers' Market

Mid-Atlantic Growers and Consumers Cooperative in partnership with the University of the District of Columbia offer access to fresh food and fresh ideas for District residents.

Washington, DC -- The University of the District of Columbia’s Community Outreach and Extension Services (UDC COES) along with the Mid-Atlantic Growers and Consumers Cooperative (MAGCC) are proud to launch the city’s newest and innovative farmers’ market on the University’s campus. The market, which was created to provide healthy, nutritional foods to local residents, will feature fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices with plans to eventually expand the product line to include free-range meats, dairy products and more.

The launch will take place Saturday, July, 11, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, the entrance of the UDC campus, conveniently located on Metro’s Red Line at the Van Ness Metro stop.

Consumers will benefit from access to food for the table and food for thought, as the market will also feature free research based publications and on site consultations offered to help residents improve their quality of life on matters including nutrition, financial literacy, gardening, parenting, home repair, water quality and more. As the Nation’s only totally urban land grant institution and the city’s only public institution for higher education, UDC conducts research on matters relevant to the District and extends beneficial, research based information to assist residents with improving their quality of life, through its land grant units the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Cooperative Extension Service (CES).

University President Dr. Allen Sessoms states “This is an exciting time for UDC as we are creating an even stronger presence in the city, beyond the classroom. This is the first of several markets planned for the District. Indeed, our land grant units are working diligently to provide residents with practical resources and information to improve their daily living.”

According to Quinton Robinson, Market Manager “The creation of this market is exciting and unique because of our focus on supporting local farmers and providing access to healthy food alternatives for urban dwellers.” The MAGCC is a DC based organization comprised of farmers and consumers located from Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, Virginia and North Carolina. MAGCC is dedicated to providing urban consumers with a consistent source of regionally grown fresh foods.

All District residents are invited to come out and enjoy a day filled with good food, great information and plenty of fun. The occasion will provide an opportunity for neighbors to connect and to cultivate a sense of community.

The University of the District of Columbia is the only fully-accredited public source of accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant economic engine for the District of Columbia. The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro.

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In cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture and District of Columbia Government, Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station programs and employment opportunities are available to all people regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital status or family status.

 

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The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant economic engine for the District of Columbia.  The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. 

Contact:
Jackie Boynton, Assistant Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Alumni Relations, jboynton@udc.edu or 202.997.7161

Mary N. Elliott, Marketing Specialist, melliott@udc.edu, 202.274.7148