Urban Tilth envisions West Contra Costa County as a healthy and vibrant community with ample access to locally grown, organic food, plenty of jobs and programs for youth. We know that we cannot achieve this goal alone. In order to realize this vision, Urban Tilth partners with organizations across West Contra Costa County build strong collaborations that can provide a strong support network to each organization. We also offer fiscal sponsorship to nascent organizations with similar or complimentary goals.
Current Fiscally Sponsored Projects:
Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library
Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library is a free urban seed project committed to increasing the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by offering seeds and education. The Seed Library celebrates biodiversity through the time-honored tradition of seed saving, nurtures locally-adapted plant varieties, and fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing. We celebrate our human diversity through outreach and inclusion. For more information visit the Richmond Grows website or email RichmondGrows@gmail.com.
Rich City Rides www.richcityrides.org Rich City RIDES was formed in August 2012 to use cycling as a method to increase healthy activity, community skill building, build businesses and create opportunities for the most vulnerable members of marginalized communities.
Rich City Rides is based in West Contra Costa County, Richmond. The City of Richmond, specifically the Iron Triangle and North Richmond area is a historically marginalized community comprised of people defined as ethnic minorities/people, of color. Our program is unique as local residents and community volunteers exclusively staff Rich City Rides. Thus, adding a community engagement and empowerment aspect to our program in a community that historically has been on the outskirts of local development efforts.
We currently host our program activities from the Rich City Rides Community Shop, our latest business endeavor. Come visit us to show your support.
Rich City Rides Community Shop
1500 Macdonald Ave. • RICHMOND, California 94801
Mon. – Fri. 11am – 7pm | Sat. 12pm – 5pm
Our programs consist of
- Rich City Rides Community Shop Program
- Earn-A-Bike Program
- Commuter Cyclist Program
- Bike Clinic Program
- Special Event: Valet Bike Parking & Bike Repairs Activity
- Social Rides
The Richmond Coop Incubator is a not-for-profit, worker-owned cooperative incubator. It is a one-stop-shop for the incubation, education, training, mentorship and capital support required to create, launch and continue to develop a successful cooperative business or enterprise in Richmond.
The Richmond Coop Incubator will acquire physical location offering in-person services for those who commit to forming a worker cooperative business operating in Richmond. Formal or informal matchmaking of co-op business founders and members will be encouraged. Outreach to and education of the public regarding worker owned cooperatives would also be offered.
The Richmond Coop Incubator builds community controlled wealth through worker-owned and community owned cooperative businesses and enterprises by and for low-income communities and communities of color in Richmond whose wealth has been extracted.
We encourage, incubate and facilitate the launch and successful operation of diverse cooperative enterprises in Richmond operated by local residents, especially those of us coming from legacies of systemic marginalization and barred opportunity.
The economy of Richmond is powered by locally worker and community owned and operated businesses. The people once excluded from the economic opportunity of the extractive economy are now empowered through a regenerative economy and are actively building a socially just and ecologically sustainable economic system.
Solidarity – We can do more and better together, and cooperatives are the perfect vehicle.
Family & Community – We view community as a larger family and call upon others to do the same in order to create the world in which we wish to live.
Integrity – We do our utmost to practice what we’ll be expecting of every worker-owner and community member.
Resilience – We firmly believe and understand that worker-cooperatives and community-owned enterprises are a game-changing and necessary strategy for resilience in Richmond and beyond.
Equality & Justice – Cooperatives represent a means to economically empower those most affected by income inequality, therefore moving toward a more just Richmond.
Provides incubation services for Richmond worker owned and developing cooperatives including:
Work plan development
Assistance with financing
Matchmaking – connecting community members with shared interests
Worker Cooperative Popular Education