Mission: Cultivates agriculture in w. Contra costa to help our community build a more sustainable healthy & just food system. Work with schools, community-based organizations, gov't agencies, businesses, & individuals to develop the capacity to produce 5% of our own food supply.
Programs: Urban agriculture institute is a farm, classroom and community program at richmond high school. The institute constitutes an in-class accredited class called "urban ecology and american food systems": an on-site 8000 square foot farm and a csa program serving the school community. The education and urban agriculture also includes our elementary school programs at verde elementary and lincoln elementary. At these two sites we manage large gardens, in-school and after-school gardening, nutrition and science programs. It also includes a 40,000 square foot urban farm at adams middle school, an abandoned middle school campus in partnership with the west conta costa unified school district.
community greening is a project open-to-all community farms, gardens and edible streetscapes located at sites through richmond, particularly centered on nearly two acres of the richmond greenway, a former railway line, where we have planted and manage a berryland, an edible forest. Also includes a 42 raised bed community garden also on the richmond greenway. We also operate a garden technical assistance team which employs and trains local youth to help other schools, community organizations and churches build and maintain their own gardens.
public policy work includes expenses connected with staff participation in forums, trainings, and meetings related to state, local and federal policies regarding food systems, urban agriculture, or other areas of expertise.
Urban Tilth is a great organization that brings gardens into communities in Richmond, CA and North Richmond, a low-income unincorporated area of Contra Costa County. Urban Tilth also has gardens located at a number of West Contra Costa Unified School District's schools that students and members of the surrounding community help to grow. Please check out their website for more information: http://www.urbantilth.org/