About the Podcast:

Domonique Peebles shares his secret to fighting hunger in his community. His work with Brick Gardens is bridging the gaps between transportation, food deserts, and employment. Domonique is transforming vacant buildings and empty lots in Ohio with his green thumb. During this episode, he digs into what it means to come together as a community, work and face challenges with intention, and make healthful food available to all.

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His #1 tip to improve access to healthy food:

You must understand why you want to fight hunger before you start. Understanding your “why” will create long-term success, resilience, stamina, and endurance.

About Domonique Peebles: 

Domonique Peebles is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping others in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the founder and CEO of Brick Gardens, a social-enterprise specializing in the conversion of vacant lots and buildings into therapeutic gardens that grow food for the food insecure. Aside from Brick Gardens, he also started Dance on Main in 2012. It’s a series of dance festivals created showcase the diversity of dance across his city It allows the public to sample the creativity of the world of dance through specialty vendors, food and performances in the exciting atmosphere of a street festival. At its inception, Dance on Main was comprised of a single performance area and eight performances; as a result of its popularity, the event now includes three performance areas with over 30 performances.

Discussion Takeaways:

  • Public transportation is not as simple as someone saying, “Take the bus.” Using public transit can be difficult and take a lot of time, money, and planning. Not having decent transportation can leave a community unhealthy.

  • Success comes from getting rid of the problem and finding a solution.

  • A community growing food brings back hope, love for others and the land, and economic stability.

These beautiful drawings have been created by Rebecca Garofano, artist at @veggiedoodlesoup on Instagram and Registered-Dietitian-to-be.

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