What’s on the farm today?
Today, the North Richmond Farm is thriving. We took what was once a dumped-on piece of public land and transformed it into a community gathering place where we hire and train youth and local residents to restore the land so that we can grow nutritious food and share it with families across West Contra Costa County.
Today the farm is home to 4 major produce growing areas: (1) The first garden established on-site was the 4 Corners Garden, which was designed and installed by the 40 youth in our 2017 Summer Youth Apprentice Program. We have been growing natives and pollinators flowering plants, herbs, purple tree collards, and seasonal vegetables in this beloved circular raised bed garden oriented to the cardinal directions for the past 2 years.(2) We also have 20 – 50 ft long, 4 ft wide crop rows created by hundreds of volunteers during the 2019 Season of Service Project. The majority of the produce for our CSA and farm stands is grown in these new crop rows and at AdamsCrest Farm and our partner farms in Brentwood, 1st Generation Farmers and Frog Hollow Farms. (3) In the spring of 2019, we added a pumpkin patch and marigold garden where we hope to host our 1st Harvest Festival. (4) And finally, we are investing in growing some of our own fruit in our 64 fruit tree Orchard installed in 2017 during the Martin Luther King National Day of Service by over 300 local volunteers. It currently is home to thriving Blenheim apricot, Seckel pears, 2 varieties of Asian pears, 3 varieties of apples and persimmon trees.
Because creating habitat for beneficial insects is essential to gardening without chemicals, we also have 6 native and pollinator plant beds around the Farm office and along the fence at Brookside Drive. We plan to expand these beds throughout the growing areas to create more pollinator forage and additional beneficial insect habitat.
In order to create the compost, we need to nurture the soil in our growing areas we also have 8 compost windrows where we recycle our green waste on-site closing the waste loop and decreasing compost miles.
We have a temporary produce wash and pack area where we clean and pack produce for our farm stands and CSA, as well as 3 tool and program materials, sheds and finally our office where we do the work to keep this farm and Urban Tilth 7 other sites and programs running.
The People Behind the Food
The farm is cared for each day by an outstanding crew of six local residents. They work Monday – Fridays 9 am – 1 pm.
2019 Farm Crew
- Tania Hammond, Farm Manager in Training
- Maria Hernandez, Farm Coordinator
- Luis Jacobo, Farm Coordinator
- Deandre Evans, Farm & Community Engagement Coordinator
Growing Leaders and Visionaries, not only Food
Many of our staff started with us with no farming or gardening experience. The North Richmond Farm is an opportunity for them for personal and professional growth. Urban Tilth supports our staff’s growth by bringing in trainers, covering the costs to attend outside workshops and lectures, and most recently, hiring on Vivian Santana of Alemany Farm as our own Farm Management consultant and coach to support the development of Tania Hammond, our Farm Manager in training.
Learn more about the People Behind the Food…
What’s growing on the farm?
It’s been more than two years since North Richmond Farm started producing healthy and delicious produce grown without any chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
The Richmond, California weather allows us to keep the farm in production year-round.
SPRING (February – June)
In the spring we grow a number of leafy greens including chard, arugula, mizuna, and spinach, We also grow beets, lettuces, cilantro, parsley, potatoes, onions, cabbage, carrots, apples, pears, lemons, and honey.
SUMMER (June – September)
In the summer, we grow tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers (pickling and slicing), lemon cucumbers,, eggplants, green beans, corn, peppers, garlic, apricots, basil, heat-tolerant leafy greens mustard greens, collards, chard, purple kale, onions, and honey.
FALL and WINTER (October – February)
In the fall and winter, we grow collard greens, beets, kales, carrots, potatoes, onions, oranges, apples, and winter squash.
Learn more about the produce we grow: the history of each plant, its health benefits & recipes
How can you get food from the farm?
You can become a member of our CSA program
The mission of our Farm to Table CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) is to give access to all West Contra Costa residents to fresh, locally grown, organic produce. Members receive weekly, a 10-lb. box of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The produce comes from Urban Tilth gardens and farms in collaboration with other local farms. Through our Pay-it-Forward Membership, we are able to provide our produce to low-income family members at an affordable price.
You can purchase food from our Farm Stands
We have a Farm Stand at Catahoula Coffee at 12472 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA
Pick up a delicious cup or pound of Catahoula coffee and support something good in Richmond.
Sundays, 9:00am – 1:00pm
* All proceeds support the community and school gardens of Urban Tilth.
You can get FREE food from our North Richmond FREE Farm Stand
We have a Farm Stand in North Richmond across from the Center for Health.
Tuesdays, 1:00 pm until produce is gone (1st come first serve)
You can Volunteer and get free food
Every fourth Saturday of the month is volunteer day at the North Richmond Farm.
It goes from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Family and friends are welcome to join.
We have healthy snacks and rocking jams to enjoy our day.
Our address is:
323 Brookside Dr.
Richmond, California 94801
Show up at the Farm, harvest and get free produce
Feel free to come to the farm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to harvest food for yourself and your household.
Serving the Community While We Build!
In classic Urban Tilth style, we continue to serve the community while we are developing the plan for the Future Farm. Since 2016 we have hosted more than 82 community events at the North Richmond Farm; and we have been growing thousands of pounds of fresh, delicious produce for our community. This produce is distributed through our Farm to Table CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project, Pop-up, and Free Farm Stands and through direct giveaways during our volunteer days every 4th Saturday of the month.
The Season of Service Project
This Spring alone, over 395 volunteers – visionaries, climate justice activists, local doctors, friends, family, and neighbors have visited the farm during our Season of Service Project. During the Season of Service volunteers came as individuals and teams to help create our 1st – 20 new permanent crop rows, helping us increase our capacity to grow healthy food 20 times what it was before this spring, and also helped build a few new benches for us out of old pallets – demonstrating how we can reuse everything around us to make life better!
Special Events on the Farm
We have welcomed hundreds of community members and guests during the past 4 years, such as visitors from Japan, Cuba, and Mexico, as well as visitors from universities and colleges, elementary schools and sister farms. We are proud to have been able to host large annual community gatherings for Martin Luther King National Day of Service in January, Earth Day in March, the Festival of Flowers Mother’s Day Celebration in May, Coastal Clean-up Day in September, Harvest Festival and Día de los Muertos in October/November, and the Winter Solstice Celebration in December. It is a part of the mission of the farm to serve as a gathering place for neighbors, families, and friends to strengthen our community by living and learning together.