UDC News

November 4, 2010


The University of the District of Columbia Farmers' Market Presents "LatinFest UDC," Saturday, November 6, 2010

In celebration of Hispanic heritage, the UDC Farmers’ Market presents LatinFest UDC featuring live music, greetings from government officials and community leaders and showcasing the rich produce of local Latino producers.


Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) Farmers’ Market, in celebration of Latino Heritage Month, presents LatinFest UDC this Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 7:30 am – 1:30 pm. In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, which runs from September 15 to October 15, UDC is continuing the celebration on November 6. All District residents are invited to come out and enjoy a day of good food, good fun, great entertainment and wonderful cultural enrichment. Market patrons will enjoy live musical and dance performances, as well as receive official greetings from government and community leaders.

LatinFest UDC will feature the exciting sounds of the Batala Percussion Band, an international, all women’s band that plays Afro-Brazilian and Samba Reggae rhythms. The band infuses world rhythms using “dobras,” “surdos,” and flexisticks, rousing intergenerational audiences that cross socio-economic, racial and cultural lines. Batala entertains and unites the masses through riveting music.

The celebration continues with a performance by Grufolpawa, a nonprofit organization with roots in the nation’s capital. Grufolpawa, established in the early 1970s is made up of a diverse group of men and women, mainly from Panama. Through their engaging musical and dance performances they share Panama’s rich culture and folklore.

Official greetings will be extended by Roxana Barillas, Deputy Director of the USDA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Ms. Barillas, a proud native El Salvadorian is pleased to greet all who come out to celebrate the rich Latin heritage represented in the nation’s capitol. Greetings will also be extended from other invited government officials and community leaders.

The LatinFest UDC is supported by USDA, Ruralco, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, as well as other key organizations. It provides a great opportunity to showcase the Latino vendors who are dedicated to providing the best produce at the best prices for District residents. It also allows local residents to celebrate the vibrant Latino culture in the city.

The University of the District of Columbia’s, America’s urban land grant institution, is proud to host the Farmers Market each Saturday from 7:30 am – 1:30 pm, through November 14, 2010. The Market is hosted by UDC’s new College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, also known as CAUSES. CAUSES provides a sustainable bridge from college to the world. The new college is the embodiment of the land-grant mission as it seamlessly ties together academics, research and extension/outreach to serve students and residents of the District of Columbia, helping to improve the quality of life in the urban environment.

For more information regarding UDC’s Farmers’ Market and the Latino celebration please contact Dr. Calvin Lewis at 202.274.7163 or by email at clewis@udc.edu or contact Mr. Gordon White at 202.274.7126 or by email at gwhite@udc.edu.

Contact: Mary N. Elliott, 202.274.7148 or melliott@udc.edu          






As the only urban land-grant institution in the country, the University System of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the University of the District of Columbia (David A. Clarke School of Law, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and the Community College of the District of Columbia.

Contact: Mary N. Elliott, 202.274.7148 or melliott@udc.edu