Urban Agriculture Institute
Urban Agriculture Institute at Richmond High School: A year-long accredited course, serving 20 to 30 Richmond youth each year for the past 8 years. The course uses our onsite garden, farm, orchard, and greenhouse as outdoor classrooms to dive into topics such as soil building, water conservation, healthy food choices, botany, and agroecology, agricultural economics and history, urban and watershed ecology, climate change, food and environmental justice.
Students complete 1 community engagement project each quarter including hosting pop-up salad bars where they grow and sell salad during lunch to their classmates and learn basic business skills in the process.
The Richmond High School Farm and Garden include the 8,000 square foot farm and 14 raised garden beds that the school district has allowed us to build and operate on-site at the school, where we also have a tool-shed and a greenhouse.