About Us – OLD


Urban Tilth cultivates agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help our community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. We hire and train residents to work with schools, community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals to develop the capacity to produce 5% of our own food supply.

Founded in 2005 to help build a more sustainable, healthy, and just local food system, Urban Tilth has emerged as a local leader, a catalyst drawing together a variety of individual, discrete initiatives into a web of integrated, food- and community-focused efforts. In sum, we farm, feed, forage, teach, train, build community, employ, and give back. We help our community grow our own food; train and employ our own young people as “home grown experts”; teach our local residents about the relationships among food, health, poverty, and justice; foster public foraging programs; and forge partnerships with local small farmers to increase demand for their produce. We use our 13 school and community gardens and small urban farms to teach and employ community members to grow, distribute, cook, and consume thousands of pounds of local produce each year, to create a more equitable and just food system within a healthier and more self-sufficient community.

Our Staff

  • Jessie Alberto: Project Manager, AdamsCrest Farm
  • Tania Pulido: Community Engagement Manager, North Richmond Farm
  • Amber Doty: Project Assistant
  • Sherman Dean: Project Manager, Edible Forest
  • Brandon Clark: Project Assistant, Edible Forest
  • Paula Kristovich: Project Manager Greenway Gardens
  • Deja Dean: Project Assistant, Greenway Gardens
  • Yareli Villanueva: Project Assistant, Greenway Gardens
  • Adam Boisvert: Project Manager, Richmond High Urban Ag Institute
  • Alfonso Leon: Project Assistant, Richmond High School Urban Ag Institute
  • Bob Gade: WCCUSD Instructor, Richmond High School Urban Ag Institute
  • Kelli Barram-Cochran: Project Manager, Washington School Garden
  • Bienvenida Meza: Education Manager, Verde Partnership Garden
  • Sergio Solis: Education Assistant, Verde Partnership Garden
  • Luis Chavez: Garden Manager, Verde Partnership Garden
  • Teresa Jimenez: Technical Assistance Project Manager, Faith-based Initiatives
  • Juan Magana: Technical Assistance Project Manager, Faith-based Initiatives
  • Doria Robinson: Executive Director & Project Lead Richmond Food Policy Council

Interested in joining Urban Tilth? CLICK HERE for our current openings.

Board of Directors

  • Cheryl Vaughn: Board Chair
  • Jen Loy: Secretary
  • Rich Walkling: Treasurer
  • Richard Boyd
  • Navina Khanna
  • Jesse Kurtz-Nichol
  • Carla Perez
  • Doria Robinson
  • Nicole Valentino
  • Cheryl Vaughn


Without the support from a large number of individuals and organizations, we would not be able to work towards our mission. To all of our supporters, thank you. If you have contact with these businesses, organizations, or individuals, please thank them for supporting Urban Tilth.

We have received financial support from the following funders:

  • Aepoch Foundation
  • Bridgebuilder’s Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • Cesar Chavez Foundation
  • Contra Costa County Community Block Grants
  • East Bay Community Foundation
  • Firedoll Foundation
  • Foundation for Youth Investment
  • Kaiser Community Benefits
  • Lef Family Foundation
  • Marin Clean Energy
  • Mechanics Bank
  • Mitchell Kapor Foundation
  • North Richmond Mitigation Fund
  • Nutiva
  • Placzek Family Foundation
  • Richmond Community Foundation
  • Silbert Foundation
  • Stewardship Council: Youth Investment Program
  • Subaru Foundation
  • United Way of the East Bay
  • USDA: Community Food Projects
  • USFS: More Kids in the Woods Grant
  • Veolia Fund
  • And hundreds of fearless, regular everyday people who give what they can to support this work and to whom we are deeply grateful!

We have received in-kind support from the following businesses:

Our work is also supported by the following agencies:

  • The City of Richmond, City Manager’s Office
  • The City of Richmond, Office of the Mayor
  • The City of Richmond, Parks and Landscaping Division
  • The City of Richmond, Richmond Works
  • West Contra Costa County Unifed School District


We work with the following organizations: