Celebrating a DECADE of Growing Our Own!
We did it!
We raised over $20,000 by midnight New Years Eve 2014!
Thank you all so much for helping set up our 10th Anniversary Year so that we have the resources we need to continue transforming our food system, our community and our lives.
Wishing you all peace, love and gardening in 2015 <3
A Decade of Growing Our Own
It’s hard to believe that almost 10 years have passed since Park Guthrie had the vision, self-sacrificing compassion and drive to start Urban Tilth.
Since that day Urban Tilth has grown dramatically. Starting as one man’s dream it has bloomed into a team of 17 visionaries, working in 13 different school and community gardens, deeply devoted to our City and to transforming our food system by employing and training Richmond residents to improve healthy food access; and by becoming the solution to the challenges they face.
It has been a PHENOMENAL journey…
We’ve grown thousands of fresh, local and organic food for Richmond and San Pablo residents.
We’ve partnered with our youth, community organizations and faith based groups to build over 25 gardens for providing fresh, and oftentimes FREE, organic produce where produce is hard to find.
We have trained and mentored over 240 Richmond and San Pablo youth in our Urban Agriculture Summer Apprentice Program.
We have taught thousands of West Contra Costa County students in our garden programs, gathered and gardened together with over 24,000 program participants during our volunteer events, garden gatherings, workshops and classes over the last 9 years.
In our world where everyone is expected to live at a breakneck speed. It is harder and harder to find time to stop and care for ourselves and our families. And fewer and fewer people even know how to cook. We have led over 700 cooking classes and over 2400 formal community workshops and academic classes.
We have taught not only how to grow food but we also introduce our youth, our families and neighbors to mindfulness practices, emotional literacy and conflict resolution training and for the past 6 years we have taken over 240 Richmond youth, from different neighborhoods, camping, many for the 1st time.
“I will never forget when we first saw stars at the camping trip, and I realized they were up there all along” - Brian Munoz, 2014 Summer Apprentice Program Participant
Most importantly we have grown into a family, that spans across neighborhoods, ethnicities and generations, from the Richmond Greenway Gardens, to the AdamsCrest Farm; from Richmond High to Verde Elementary; from Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Garden to Sojourner Truth and Davis Chapel Garden; from the new Roots and Restoration Farm in North Richmond to the Richmond Food Policy Council; our family is dedicated to nurturing a healthy, resilient, triumphant vision of Richmond!
“I learned that if I work hard, it will pay off and if I open up I’ll make friends . . . Thank you so much for including me in such an amazing, rewarding organization. You all gave me a family.” - Anonymous: 2014 Summer Apprentice Program Participant
Our 10th Year: Getting Down to the Business of Farming
As we move forward passed this Amazing 10 year milestone, our commitment to our youth, school and garden community gardens and nutrition education programs will remain unwavering.
And, we are so excited to also be turning our attention at this critical juncture to developing, launching and re-launching 3 game changing, social-entrepreneurial projects:
Roots and Restoration Farm, North Richmond, CA
A robust Mobile Farm Stand Program
The Farm to Table CSA
These projects will:
Increase healthy food access
Improve the quality of life in our community
WHILE creating, healthy, self-sustaining, living wage JOBS for Richmond and West County residents and Inspiring a new DECADE of healthy micro-enterprise development
We need your help, your investment to make this vision a reality.
It’s Never Too Late to Support Our Work!
Even though the End of Year 2014 Fundraiser is over it is never too late to support our work. If you love what we do please consider making a contribution today:
If you would like to mail in a contribution please make checks payable to:
31 Maine Ave
Richmond, CA 94804
With so much love and our deepest gratitude,
The whole Urban Tilth Familia <3