What is a Community Brainstorm

Community Brainstorms are all about bringing networks of friends, neighbors, and groups from all over DC together to talk, learn and strategize about the food issues that affect them the most.

Over the past year, HAFA has invited folks to these events to answer the questions: What is the current state of our food system? What would a more just food system look like? In the process, we have shared meals, stories, knowledge and skills and have strengthened a network of people who want to reshape DC’s food system.

The Process

A Community Brainstorm has 5 basic steps:

  1. Elect
  2. Prep
  3. Brainstorm
  4. Analyze
  5. Return


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HAFA Brainstorms by the Numbers

# of Brainstorms: 15
# of Attendees: 350
# of Volunteers: 78
# of Wards: 7

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So What’s Next?

HAFA is invested in building a more sustainable, just Food System. We are partnering with organizers, gardeners, food workers, community members and policy professionals to use the results of our brainstorms in the most effective way. We hope that the data and discussions gives people a starting place for new projects to collaborate on or provides some clarity on what policy issues are most important to the community.

If you’d like to partner with HAFA to do a brainstorm in your community, email us at hafadc@gmail.com!