Tricycle Gardens are Making a Difference in Communities and our Health

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Source: http://tricyclegardens.org/about/

When you think of tricycles, you probably think of litte tykes cycling around on their bikes. But Tricycle Gardens is a lot more.

Richmondmom.com recently celebrated Tricycle Gardens at our Wine Down at The Wine Loft as we raised funds to support their incredible work towards sustainable living. We had a great time socializing, but more importantly, it was fascinating to hear about all of the great work they do in the Greater Richmond Area.

As a nonprofit organization, Tricycle Gardens has done ground breaking work engaging individuals, community centers, non-profits, businesses and the city government. They work to restore our urban ecologies and create beautiful public spaces throughout Richmond, Virginia.  They also provide nutrition education and healthy food access to greater Richmond in many ways.

There are plenty of ways they reach out to the entire Richmond community and surrounding areas, including:

  • Advocating for more food producing green spaces within the City of Richmond.
  • Creating and selling rain barrels.
  • Managing an urban, year-round, highly productive farm in Manchester at the corner of 9th & Bainbridge Streets (a living classroom for adults and youth to learn about farming, soil improvement, nutrition, organic growing, and more – they hold tours the first Saturday of every month at 10am for just $5 per sallywithkidsperson).
  • Working with HandsOn Greater Richmond to educate, encourage, and support sustainable projects with organizations such as Bon Secours Healing Garden.
  • Offering workshops to educate and train others.
  • Managing five (5) Community Gardens.
  • Managing community and school-based gardens for hands-on educational programs for youth age 5 and up that connects inner-city youth with the food they eat.
  • In partnership with the Children’s Museum of Richmond, they have developed a garden for children and families to experience where food comes from – and to understand the science of nature through an interactive experience. This garden’s harvest is donated to guests at the nearby Ronald McDonald House.

Tricycle Farm Stand

In addition to the many opportunities listed above, they also operate a Four Season Farm Stand on Thursdays from 4-7pm. It is located at 2107 Jefferson Avenue, Richmond VA 23223.

You’ll find a rotating supply of locally grown seasonal produce that is grown at the Urban Farm in Manchester all year long. You can also purchase:

  • Rain barrels
  • Worm bins
  • Worm castings
  • Worm leachate
  • Products from other vendors (milk, soap, shampoo, chicken eggs and delicious homemade goods)

You will be amazed at all they do at Tricycle Gardens – visit their website to learn more. They area always looking for volunteers to help in many different ways. You can be part of this life-changing experience and promotion of sustainable living.

And you also may want to consider making a donation which can help:

  • Provide seeds for gardens
  • Build a compost bin
  • Sponsor a child for summer programs
  • Fund a raised garden bed
  • Help start an urban farm to create jobs and healthy food
  • And much more

Thanks to Tricycle Gardens for making a positive difference in the lives of adults and youth. And for helping us find a better way for healthy nutrition and sustainable living in the Greater Richmond Area.

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