What I’m Working On

The Capital Market of 20743
The Capital Market of 20743 is a bustling farmers market that supports 25 African American owned and operated businesses and community organizations including four farms, and served more than 3000 patrons in the 2020 market season. On any given Friday at the market, you can find Caribbean and West African staple crops like jama jama, callalloo, okra, hot peppers, bitter leaf, and huckleberries; southern staples like watermelon, peaches, sweet potatoes, collards, eggplant, apples, and tomatoes; and home good items such as candles, preservative free sauces, jewelry, soaps, baked goods, floral arrangements, and original artwork. 

In addition to providing healthy foods, the market also serves as an important community space during the time of Covid and mandatory physical distancing. In 2020, The Capital Market hosted voter registration drives, an HBCU recognition day, and community collaborative art projects. Through a collaboration with Shabach Ministries, a mission arm of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, and St. Paul Senior Center the Capital Market purchased more than a half a ton of produce from African American farmers and distributed it to seniors facing food insecurity.

Cottage City Community Garden
The Cottage City Community Garden opened in March 2010 as the first community garden in the Port Towns of Prince George’s County. The garden is supported through partnerships with the Anacostia Watershed Society, Community Forklift, ECO City Farms, Port Towns Health Partnership and the Port Towns Youth Council and Cottage City Residents. We see the importance of a ‘community asset’ like the garden in providing local organic food to our community and providing critical community networking and the type of neighbor-to-neighbor interaction and team spirit that helps to build strong communities.

Health and Racial Equity in Planning Practice and Administration
This taskforce explores the relationship between the health, racial equity, and urban planning and seeks to establish a framework for departmental discussion and procedural recommendations for supporting the health and racial equity for current and future County residents.

Radical Hospitality through Social Media
Radical Hospitality through Social Media is an ongoing digital and real-world engagement plan for the  United Methodist Women of the Greater Washington District. These conversations are designed as an introduction to social media networks; an opportunity to develop new tools to empower District-units and a catalyst to engage in intergenerational spiritual conversations online and in person.

Creating a 21st Century Zoning Ordinance 
The Prince George’s County Planning Department is conducting a comprehensive rewrite of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations. Zoning laws determines how land is used, how buildings are constructed, and what types of businesses are allowed in a community.  Prince George’s County’s zoning and subdivision code establishes fundamental aspects for neighborhoods like walkability, building heights, streetscapes, police stations, schools, and bike trails. As a result of the broad impact of zoning, this a critical aspect in ensuring environmental stewardship, justice, and sustainability.