DC Urban Greens—Feeding Bodies, Nourishing Minds
Oct 25, 2017
Julie Kirkwood
DC Urban Greens—Feeding Bodies, Nourishing Minds

Ms. Kirkwood is the Founder of DC UrbanGreens, Inc. A Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, she pursued a career in the world of commercial construction for 15 years before she chose to shift her focus to local food security. Julie is a firm believer that community-based food systems can reduce the impact of DC’s food deserts. As a mother of two sons, Ms. Kirkwood’s passion resonates at home. She witnesses behavioral differences in her children when they consume processed foods versus whole foods. She strongly believes that the glycemic response to processed foods causes crashes in blood sugar levels, resulting in emotional and physical fatigue. This fatigue negatively affects both behavior and focus, inhibiting a child’s ability to succeed at home or at school. DC UrbanGreens was born from the concept that access to healthy, whole foods will have a positive impact on a child’s ability to grow and learn. This is her belief—​and bringing a solution to this challenge is Julie’s passion.