Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program
Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program: Our nation is now experiencing a transformation of how we eat, produce and distribute our food and the rapid growth of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture across the county are evidence of this shift. Virginia’s farmers are aging out, while the demand for local food is increasing. Our workforce development program is addressing this need. Urban Ag fellows work with us for 9-month terms that provide in-depth and hands-on experiences grounded in the business of sustainable urban agriculture. Fellows are prepared to address the gaps across food production and delivery through our training and earn a certificate upon completion that is recognized by the USDA/NRCS.
Bon Secours Memorial "Healing Garden"
Established in 2011 in partnership with Bon Secours Richmond Health System, the Healing Garden provides patients, their families and staff with a beautiful place of therapeutic healing and respite. Health care begins with a healthy diet and produce and herbs grown in the Healing Garden are used for community health education and by the cafeteria staff to create nutritious meals for patients and families. Growing sustainability one gardener at a time is the empowerment tool that the Children's Garden brings to Peter Paul Development Center. Tricycle Gardens' garden educator is bringing SOL-based curriculum to the organic experience of growing your own food. We are connecting children to our true source of food, providing enriching outdoor experiences and bringing classroom learning to life with the students of Peter Paul Development Center.
Workforce Development Programs
In addition to providing healthy food access to the community, RVA?s Urban Farm serves as a living classroom and working model where both adults and children learn through hands-on interactive experiences. Virginia's farmers are aging out, while the demand for local food is increasing and Tricycle Gardens' workforce development program is addressing this need. Workforce development participants and interns dig in with us for 3, 6 and 12-month programs that provide in-depth and hands-on experiences learning the business of sustainable farming at RVA?s Urban Farm.
Healthy Corner Store Initiative
Tricycle Gardens is directly addressing the food deserts in our community through outreach, education and distribution of healthy, local produce to the corner and neighborhood markets within food deserts. "Healthy Corner Stores" promotes healthy eating habits by increasing access and availability of healthy, local food to neighborhoods currently lacking, while complementing the distribution with nutrition education and food skills training.
Way to Grow Educational Programs, Tours, and Fieldtrips
Outreach to schoolchildren, teachers, families, youth groups, garden clubs, and universities is provided through the "Way to Grow" educational programs that include hands-on learning programs that connect the organic experience of RVA?s Urban Farm to garden based curriculum and the SOLs. Participants gain a connection to the earth and our true source of our food, while also learning science, math and history through direct, hands-on interactive experiences.
RVA's Urban Farm
In 2010, Tricycle Gardens developed RVA?s Urban Farm. This program is proving to be a highly productive, four-season, local food-learning center. The produce grown here is distributed to several local restaurants, an on-line grocer, at our Four Season Farm Stand and to Healthy Corner Stores. The site is used to host our ?Way to Grow? and Workforce Development Programs.
The Children's Garden at Peter Paul Development Center
Growing sustainability one gardener at a time is the empowerment tool that the Children's Garden brings to Peter Paul Development Center. Tricycle Gardens' garden educator is bringing SOL-based curriculum to the organic experience of growing your own food. We are connecting children to our true source of food, providing enriching outdoor experiences and bringing classroom learning to life with the students of Peter Paul Development Center.
RVA's & 31st Street Urban Farms
RVA’s & 31st Street Urban Farms: Two highly productive, four-season urban farms are local food learning centers located in low-access areas. They showcase and teach multiple methods of sustainable urban agriculture including: soil health through traditional and worm-composting, greenhouse management and seed starting, crop planning and succession planting, sustainable and integrated pest management practices and the harvesting, marketing, and distribution of produce to market. The produce grown is distributed to our Four Season Farmers’ Markets, to participating Corner Farm stores, and to a diverse array of local restaurants and grocers.
Four Season Farmers' Markets
Four Season Farmers’ Markets: Our markets are in important strategy in our efforts to bring affordable, healthy food options to the most vulnerable of our cities residents. Held weekly in partnership with VCU Massey Cancer Center, our markets provide produce to patients receiving treatments at Massey’s Dalton Oncology Clinic. Our markets offer Double Up incentives which are designed to overcome the two most common barriers to produce consumption by SNAP participants: It increases the amount that families have available to spend on produce by matching SNAP benefits with additional funds and uses the new buying power to bring farm-fresh fruits and vegetables into underserved low-income communities.
Corner Farm- RVA's Healthy Corner Store Initiative
Corner Farm: RVA’s Citywide Healthy Corner Store Initiative is directly addressing the food deserts in our community. Corner Farm promotes healthy eating habits by increasing access and availability to healthy, local food for neighborhoods currently lacking by creating partnerships with local corner and convenience store owners in order to distribute weekly orders of fresh, healthy food. We support store owners and employees in the handling and marketing of fresh produce and create risk-free opportunities for owners to integrate healthy food options in their store. We enhance the distribution with nutrition education, food skills training, and in-depth cooking classes aimed to support consumers using SNAP which take place on-site at participating stores, in public housing resource centers and community service organizations throughout the city.