Job Responsibilities:

Tricycle Gardens is seeking a Communications and Outreach Intern to learn and grow with our organization. This position is ideal for those interested in non-profit management, communications, food justice and sustainable agriculture.

In collaboration with the Program Coordinator, the Communications and Outreach Intern will:

  • Update website, blog and social media content
  • Support special events (e.g. cause marketing events, video shoots, etc.)
  • Develop press releases
  • Coordinate staff meetings
  • Design promotional materials
  • Support staff where needed

Skills Desired:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter and motivator
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Graphic design experience
  • Ability to adapt to new situations
  • Willingness to help with a myriad of tasks
  • Passionate about urban agriculture, food justice and security and/or community building

Duration:

The ideal candidate will be able to commit 15 – 20 hours per week for at least six months. Please specify your availability in your cover letter.  This is an unpaid internship. To apply, please send a cover letter, writing sample, design sample (if applicable) and resume to Claire Sadeghzadeh at claire@tricyclegardens.org by February 21, 2014.

 

In 2012, Delegate Dolores McQuinn requested the Virginia General Assembly review the issue of food deserts in Virginia. The Honorable William Howell, Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Virginia General Assembly, then commissioned Dr. Jewel Hairston, Dean of Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture, and Dr. Alan Grant, Dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, to conduct to a study of food deserts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The deans led a broad-based task force to conduct the study, and last week the Food Desert Task Force pubished the “Food Desert Study Report” identifying challenges and strategies to address food deserts in Virginia.

The report also includes eight recommendations for the General Assembly’s consideration.These recommendations closely align with the work and mission of Tricycle Gardens to eradicate food deserts in our community. 

On Tuesday, January 14th, Sally Schwitters, Tricycle Gardens’ Executive Director, joined fellow Food Desert Task Force members to support Dr. Jewel Hairston as she presented the report and recommendations at our state’s capital.

Read the full report here: Food Deserts in Virginia Study.

 

Tricycle Gardens is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grow healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy local food system. Since breaking ground on our first garden, we have engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to change the overall health of our community.

This work addresses a myriad of challenging issues, and ultimately our mission is about FOOD:

F- Focus on community needs

O- Outreach and education

O- Opportunities for healthy food access

D- Design of beautiful spaces

Tricycle Gardens has grown and sprouted about across our region and our programs include: five community-run gardens, the Children’s Garden at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the Healing Garden at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center and Tricycle Gardens’ Urban Farm.

Job Responsibilities and Skills Desired:  

Tricycle Gardens is seeking a dynamic and energetic Urban Farm Manager to oversee Richmond’s Premier Urban Farm.  The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of organic and sustainable growing practices, season extension techniques, four season farming and enjoy sharing their knowledge with farm visitors, interns, workforce development participants, students and volunteers.

The Urban Farm Manager will:

  • Oversee all aspects of day-to-day farm operations, including seed starting, soil amendment, planting, pest control, weed management, composting, harvest and distribution.
  • Manage four season production and distribution
  • Manage hoop house operation
  • Work with Program Manager to manage compost operation
  • Maintain, care for and service farm tools and equipment
  • Maintain water catchment and irrigation systems
  • Maintain insectary, herb and flower gardens
  • Maintain a high standard of aesthetic for the farm
  • Prepare and implement the organic growing plan that yields desirable produce, herbs and flowers for sale year-round
  • Ensure farm activities adhere to safety regulations and standards
  • Work with Director to maintain financial, operational, production and volunteers records as appropriate
  • Maintain detailed farm records related to production and harvest
  • Manage harvest and distribution to restaurants, grocery stores and online grocer
  • Work with Tricycle Gardens staff to manage harvest and distribution to Healthy Corner Stores
  • Manage Four Season Farm Stand
  • Coordinate product pricing
  • Train and manage farm interns and workforce development participants
  • Supervise farm volunteers
  • Work with staff to conduct educational activities and tours for youth and adults
  • Participate in various educational programming and special events through out the year
  • Participate in workdays and “all staff” activities, where Tricycle Gardens staff manage a large project, event or educational program or volunteer day
  • Be willing and able to lend a hand throughout the organization as needed

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 3-5 years of farm management experience, preferably with an organic or sustainable farm
  • Experience supervising staff and/or interns and volunteers and working with diverse communities
  • Experience teaching children and adults in a farm or garden setting
  • Interest and familiarity with issues related to local food, food access and sustainable agriculture, and an appreciation of the urban environment
  • Strong organizational and written/verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team that feels like a family

How to apply:

Interested candidates should forward letter of interest and resume to Executive Director, Sally Schwitters at sally@tricyclegardens.org by Monday, January 6, 2014. No phone calls please.

 

Job Title: Farm Intern

Job Description:
Tricycle Gardens is a nonprofit organization with a mission to grow healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy local food system. Since breaking ground on our first garden, we have engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to change the overall health of our community.

This work addresses a myriad of challenging issues, and ultimately our mission is about FOOD:

F- Focus on community needs
O- Outreach and education
O- Opportunities for healthy food access
D- Design of beautiful spaces

Tricycle Gardens has grown and sprouted about across our region and our programs include: five community-run gardens, the Children’s Garden at the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the Healing Garden at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center and Tricycle Gardens’ Urban Farm.

Job Responsibilities:

This position is ideal for an aspiring urban farmer, steadfast food justice advocate or anyone with a passion for growing food and building community.

In collaboration with and under direction of the Farm Manager and Program Manager, Farm Interns carry out all aspects of the farm and greenhouse operations. Tasks include soil preparation, seeding and transplanting, cultivating and weeding, irrigation set-up and harvesting and processing produce. Farm Interns are also responsible for managing and running our weekly Four Season Farm Stand and assisting in produce deliveries to and compost pick-ups from local restaurants and businesses as needed. Occasionally Farm Interns may be asked to assist workshops, volunteer workdays and/or educational tours on the farm.

Farm Interns must be punctual and reliable in attendance. Farm Interns must take pride in the quality of their work and be eager to engage in work that strengthens our local food system. The ideal candidate will be looking to deepen their knowledge by participating in all aspects of maintaining an urban farm. Farm Intern must have a reliable vehicle to assist with deliveries and compost pick-ups.

Hours:

Farm Interns typically work an average of 12-15 hours a week during the Fall/Winter and 18-20 hours a week during the Spring/Summer.

The Farm Internship program is a nine to twelve month-commitment. Please specify your availability in your cover letter.

Skills Desired:

Prior experience is not required, only a willingness and desire to learn. The position requires physical stamina and cold/heat tolerance. Interns will be expected to work long hours outside, lift heavy objects and use power tools occasionally.

Educational Opportunities:

While working with Tricycle Gardens you will have access to all of our knowledge and experience as well as our small library. Depending on your interests or desired skills, it may be possible to provide appropriate learning projects and/or seek out opportunities within the community.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Claire Sadeghzadeh at claire@tricyclegardens.org.

 

Join Tricycle Gardens every Thursday from 4 – 6 PM during the winter months for beautiful cold-weather crops including varieties of:

Fall Greens

  • turnips
  • mustard greens
  • collard greens
  • kale 
  • arugula
  • spinach 
  • radishes 
  • lettuces 
  • bok choy
  • Swiss Chard
  • and more!

The farm stand is located at 2314 Jefferson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23223.  Please call 804.231.7767 with any questions, or follow us on Facebook for weekly updates on the produce available. 

 

Tricycle Gardens is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing sustainable agriculture, nutrition education and healthy food access to Richmond, VA. Tricycle Gardens has engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to change the overall health of our community.

Our program sites include five community gardens, an urban agriculture demonstration site, the Children’s Garden at the Children Museum, The Healing Garden at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center and the Tricycle Gardens’ Urban Farm.

General Description:

This position is ideal for an aspiring urban farmer, steadfast food justice advocate or anyone who has a passion for growing food. In collaboration with and under direction of the Farm Manager and Program Coordinator, Farm Interns carry out all aspects of the farm and greenhouse operations.

Tasks include:

  • preparing soil
  • seeding and transplanting
  • cultivating and weeding
  • constructing irrigation
  • harvesting and processing produce
  • teaching the next group of interns
  • managing and running our weekly Four Season Farm Stand
  • assisting in produce deliveries
  • picking-up compost from local restaurants
  • managing the greenhouse

Position Requirements:

Prior experience is not required, only a willingness to learn. This position requires physical stamina as Farm and Healing Garden Interns are expected to work long hours outside, lift heavy objects and use power tools occasionally.

Interns must be punctual and reliable in attendance with a positive attitude and strong work ethic. Interns must be eager to complete work that strengthens our local food system. The ideal candidate will be looking to deepen their knowledge by participating in all aspects of maintaining an urban farm.

Farm Interns must have a car to help with deliveries to the farm stand and partner restaurants on occasion as well as access to a computer and printer.

Hours:

Farm Interns typically work an average of 12-15 hours a week during the Fall/Winter session.

  • October 1st – March 31st (6 months)
  • October 1st – December 31st (3 months)

Healing Garden Interns typically work an average of 8 – 10 hours a week during the Fall/Winter session.

  • November 1st – March 31st (6 months)
  • November 1st – January 31st (3 months)

All internships are unpaid.

Educational Opportunities:

While working with Tricycle Gardens you will have access to all of our knowledge and experience as well as our small library. Depending on your interests or desired skills, it may be possible to provide appropriate learning projects and/or seek out opportunities within the community. Internships can be applied for course credit when available.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter and resume to Claire Sadeghzadeh, Program Coordinator: claire@tricyclegardens.org by Friday, September 27th. 

 

July 18th 12:00pm – 1:30 pm

Clay Street Market, 501 N 30th Street, Richmond, VA 23223

Come celebrate our official launch of Get Fresh East End! There will be food tastings, information on healthy eating, an unveiling of the logo, a ribbon cutting, and wonderful people to get to know. Clay Street Market, located in Richmond’s historic Church Hill, is hosting the launch of a healthy foods initiative designed to eradicate food deserts. Clay Street Market is one of two pilot corner stores participating in this initiative.

“Richmond’s East End is one of the largest urban food deserts in the United States.” Sally Schwitters, Executive Director of Tricycle Gardens, explains, “Get Fresh eats away at this problem by getting fresh, healthy foods right where people do their daily shopping.”

Studies have shown that 53% of the youth in an urban food desert stop into a corner store at least once per day and 42% shop there more than once. The average caloric intake of each purchase, mostly from processed foods high in fat and refined sugars, is 356 calories.

Richmond’s 7th District Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille stated, “Health outcomes are directly and negatively impacted by a lack of regular access to healthy foods. However, healthy choices can only be made in communities where there are healthy options. Having access to wholesome, local foods can help people eat better, feel better and have better health outcomes.”

The Get Fresh East End! initiative, modeled after the national Healthy Corner Stores Initiative, will increase community access to fresh, affordable, locally grown produce through neighborhood corner stores. Store owners, in partnership with public?private stakeholders, are assisted in expanding their customer base with the implementation of this program.

 

Job Title: Healing Garden Intern

Tricycle Gardens is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing sustainable agriculture, nutrition education and healthy food access to Richmond, VA. Tricycle Gardens has engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to change the overall health of our community.

Tricycle Gardens has grown and sprouted about across our region. Our programs include: 5 community gardens, our HQ Urban Agriculture Demonstration Site, the Children’s Garden at the Children Museum, The Healing Garden at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, and the Tricycle Gardens’ Urban Farm.

General Description:

This position is ideal for an aspiring urban gardener, or for someone who wants to learn more about organic vegetable gardening, native plants and permaculture design. In collaboration with and under direction of the Project Gardener and Program Coordinator, the Healing Garden Intern will carry out all aspects of the garden planning and maintenance operations. Tasks include but are not limited to: soil preparation, seeding and transplanting, cultivating and harvesting, weeding, and drip irrigation work. The Healing Garden Intern will also be responsible for helping us teach and manage volunteer work sessions. Must be comfortable in a hospital setting.

Job Responsibilities:

The Healing Garden Intern must be punctual and reliable in attendance, and work hard and smart. Bringing a positive attitude to the Garden is also paramount. Interns must take pride in the quality of their work and be eager to engage in work that strengthens our urban agriculture. The ideal candidate will be looking to deepen their knowledge by participating in all aspects of maintaining an organic garden.

Hours:

The Healing Garden Intern will typically work an average of 8-10 hours a week during the Spring/Summer. The internship will run June – October.

Skills Desired:

Attitude is everything. Common sense is appreciated. Personal motivation is needed. Looking for positive, can-do folks who are open to learning new skills. The position requires physical stamina and heat tolerance. Interns will be expected to work their hours outside, lift heavy objects and use power tools occasionally.

Educational Opportunities:

While working with Tricycle Gardens you will have access to all of our knowledge and experience as well as our small library. Depending on your interests or desired skills, it may be possible to provide appropriate learning projects and/or seek out opportunities within the community.

The Healing Garden Intern will typically be working with our Project Gardener, other interns, and volunteers. The type of work done will vary seasonally, but the Healing Garden Intern can expect to have experience with: weeding, pruning, planting, planning, harvesting, and packing. If you have other interests or skills, we are happy to discuss other ways you can contribute.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to learn@tricyclegardens.org

Application deadline: May 22, 2013

 

 

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Our friends at Urban Farmhouse believe in and try to support local efforts, especially when it involves growing fresh healthy produce. That’s why our new partnership with Urban Farmhouse is a match made in local heaven. We love Urban Farmhouse and the delicious products they carry and from the beginning they’ve been on of our strongest compost partners.

So we’ve partnered for an exciting fundraiser for these groovy t-shirts and  all proceeds from these t-shirts go straight to Tricycle Gardens so we can continue to thrive and grow!

If you are local you can take advantage of the Shared Shipping option. If you use ourFree Shipping/Handling Coupon, your shirt and receipt will be shipped directly to our urban Farmhouse downtown location. 1217 E. Cary Street. By choosing this option, you will reduce the trash and fuel used to ship your shirt individually. Plus, we will give you a free coffee when you come in to pick up your shirt! We are planning a shirt distribution day on Saturday, April 13th. Free Shipping/Handling Coupon =bzsob1119

 

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR T-SHIRT!

 

As always, your support is appreciated!