Field placement: Dreaming Out Loud (Washington, D.C.)
Joanna conducted qualitative research to capture community stories around the history of food access, culture, and agriculture within northeast Ward 7 in DC. She also examined aggregation methods with farmers in Westmoreland County, VA, in order to facilitate the movement of farmers of color into the D.C. wholesaling market. In addition, she managed Dreaming Out Loud’s organic urban farm in southwest DC, reorganized their volunteer structure, and supported garden volunteers multiple times a week.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Urban Agriculture as Activism: A Guide for Community Organizers is a guidebook that details how community residents can turn urban agriculture spaces into hubs for community organizing. Using the Dreaming Out Loud Garden and Dix Street Garden in DC as case studies, the guide explains how food sovereignty principles are tools for community empowerment.
Policy Placement: National League of Cities (Washington, DC)
Joanna assisted with an environmental scan of racial equity efforts in city governments across the U.S. while working on the Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL) Initiative. She developed a monitoring and evaluation dashboard cities can use to track racial equity indicators over time. Additionally, she conducted research on progressive local policies that advance racial equity and wrote city profiles to highlight best practices for city leaders.