Food Deserts Be Gone: Farm-to-Fork Movement and Farmers’ Markets; Fresh Food Abundance in the Inner Cities [07/19/15]


  • Tyrell Holcomb, Distribution Manager, (Washington, D.C.) Capital Area Food Bank, (In-Studio);
  • Manifest Ra, Life Balance Expert, Manifest Innertainment, (In Studio);
  • Michelle White, Chef/Owner, ConfexionConnexion, (In-Studio);
  • Alimou Diallo, Director of Marketing, Harrar Coffee & Roastery, (By Telephone)*.

Segment 1

guest1-071915Tyrell Holcomb, Distribution Manager, (Washington, D.C.) Capital Area Food Bank, (In-Studio)

Segment 2

guest2-071915Manifest Ra, Life Balance Expert, Manifest Innertainment, (In Studio)

Segment 3


Michelle White, Chef/Owner, ConfexionConnexion, (In-Studio)

Segment 4


Alimou Diallo, Director of Marketing, Harrar Coffee & Roastery, (By Telephone)*

Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The programs are being simulcast to 532 stations around the United States and then overseas by the Internet and C-SPAN television. The EmeraldPlanet programs are currently available in all countries and territories around the world.  The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Our outstanding guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’:  Tyrell Holcomb, Distribution Manager, (Washington, D.C.) Capital Area Food Bank, (In-Studio);
  • Segment ‘2’:  Manifest Ra, Life Balance Expert, Manifest Innertainment, (In Studio);
  • Segment ‘3’:  Michelle White, Chef/Owner, ConfexionConnexion, (In-Studio);
  • Segment ‘4’:  Alimou Diallo, Director of Marketing, Harrar Coffee & Roastery, (By Telephone)*.

The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is the largest hunger relief organization in the Washington metro area serving over 530,000 people through direct food distribution programs and a network of 500 partner agencies.

Last year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 42 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 35 million meals – one-third of which was fresh fruits and vegetables. 

A member of Feeding America, CAFB takes a comprehensive approach to addressing hunger by increasing access to nutritious food, initiating change through skill-building and advocacy, and creating sustainability with outreach and training for those at risk of hunger.  

The mission of CAFB is to create access to good, healthy food for people in every community. Many of the food bank’s 500 partner agencies report they are seeing a tremendous increase in those seeking food assistance, from 30 to 100 percent. This increase is due to: job loss, the economy, high cost of housing, lack of health care and other issues. The CAFB’s motto is Together we can solve hunger.

Manifest Innertainment is a Transformational Living, Wellness and Empowerment Company providing Transformational Speaking, Balanced Living Training Seminars & Tai Chi-Chi Gong Classes for Corporations, Colleges, Conferences, Retreats & Groups and Transformational Living Coaching for Individuals. Our purpose is to help people live a life of balance, optimal health, longevity and happiness. 

Manifest Ra, CEO of Manifest Innertainment LLC, is a Transformational Speaker and Tai Chi-Chi Gong Ambassador. As a passionate and electrifying speaker, Manifest Ra’s messages focus on the upliftment and healing of humanity. He speaks on the principles of Transformational Living, Wellness and Living Authentically and on Purpose that are universal to our human experience. Manifest Innertainment directs partial proceeds to Heal Humanity, the DC based non-profit founded and directed by Manifest Ra. 

The ConfexionConnexion creates artisanal baked confections by embracing bright bold flavors from unique ingredients like all natural freeze dried fruits and integrating them with modern techniques in small batches by hand. It operates out of Union Kitchen, a food incubator, in NE DC, which is a shared space where about 50 start-up food businesses operate.

The ConfexionConnexion supports the community by sourcing as many of our ingredients locally as possible. The organic cage free eggs come from Kreider Farms in Lancaster County, PA as well as our buttermilk and heavy cream. The flour it uses is GMO free and locally milled in Ellicot City, MD by Wilkins Roger Mills. It sources the fresh fruit that goes into the cake truffles from local farmer markets when in season.

Harrar Coffee & Roastery is a local, family-owned business offering a variety of high-quality coffees at a competitive price. The coffee shop was opened with a single vision: to deliver outstanding coffee to the community. It is determined to become a “must-have” and the go-to cafe for the neighborhood’s coffee lovers and local businesses.

Harrar Coffee & Roastery roasts its coffee in small batches daily. Fresh is the way to go for the best cup of coffee. It provides the freshest and flavorful coffee in town and takes the best beans from Ethiopia to develop its own way of roasting. It delivers smooth, rich, or authentic tastes–always flavorful and of the high quality our customers have come to expect. At the moment, it offers Harrar, Sidama, Yirgacheffe, Amaro Gayo, Limu from Ethiopia, Supremo, Excelso and Decaf from Colombia, Kenya and Peru.

Coffee is more than making sure that every small batch delivers big flavor. The art of coffee making can be found in Harrar Coffee & Roasterycoffee ceremonies, where coffee is roasted, ground, and served before the customers. To share a ceremony is a traditional sign of friendship–the perfect way to show how it feels about the customers.

Harrar Coffee & Roastery invests time, energy, and passion to get the blends right whether in its shop, customers’ home or their office.  It has built the reputation on high quality blends–roasted fresh every day for the shop, or after the customer ordered it for online customers–and Harrar Coffee & Roastery is proud of that.

The future plan of Harrar Coffee & Roastery is to grow coffee to contribute its part to the environment, and at the same time works with small-scale farmers and bring the unknown numerous different coffee types from Ethiopia and other African countries and introduce it to the customers for an affordable price. Harrar Coffee & Roastery wants to create a business connection between African small-scale farmers and USA coffee lovers.

Program overview

As you may know EmeraldPlanet is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to identifying at least 1,000 ‘best practices’ for sustainable environmental and economic development. Our efforts are to link those having such “best practices” with those needing the technologies, processes, services, and products to be outstanding ecological stewards of their resources. Please support The Emerald Planet Television and The Emerald Trek through your generous donations of US$25, US$50, or US$100. Click the donations button to make your contributions now
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