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We’re moving indoors for the fall/winter! See details below.
Get ready for winter! Commonwealth Sustainability Works will provide a free* installation of energy saving equipment and conduct a whole-house energy efficiency consultation by one of Virginia’s top home energy auditors.
Up to $250 value at no cost to you.* Paid for by Dominion Virginia’s Power’s Home Energy Check-Up rebate.
Installed improvements may include:
- high-energy lightbulbs
- weatherstripping for exterior doors
- hot water pipe insulation
- smart power strips for electronics
- low-flow faucets and shower-heads
Mention Tricycle Gardens when you call and we’ll receive $20 for each check-up!
Call Andrew at 804.252.1486 to learn more.
*Certain conditions apply. Call us for details. Visit www.dom.com/hec-terms to view the Terms and Conditions for the Home Energy Check-Up program. Visit www.dom.com/hec-faq to view some frequently asked questions.
Support Tricycle Gardens during the Amazing Raise on September 17th – 18th by helping us raise $5,000 to support healthy food access for all!
To make a donation online:
1. Go to www.theamazingraise.org/#npo/tricycle-gardens
2. Make a donation of $25 or more (tip: if giving more, break the donation into $25 increments to maximize your support!).
3. Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express all accepted.
4. All donations are tax-deductible and support healthy food access for all!
Donors at the following levels will receive these cool prizes:
- $50: One ticket to the 6th Annual Harvest Celebration and Golden Trowel Awards
- $250: Guided tour of RVA’s Urban Farm with delicious farm treats
The highest supporter of each day will also receive a basket of fresh produce grown right on the farm!
Donations can be made either online or in person at our office location at 2314 Jefferson Avenue. We will have food, information about Tricycle Gardens, and an opportunity for you to help us win this amazing prize! For more information, click here.
On Friday, June 20th, Tricycle Gardens celebrated the launch of their new healthy corner store partners, Song’s Market and Fine Foods Market.
Richmond, VA is rated the country’s worst food desert for a city our size and Tricycle Gardens, in partnership with public and private partners, is working to change this through our Healthy Corner Store Program. A citywide expansion is underway.
As a participating healthy corner store, storeowners commit to offering fresh, local produce grown by Tricycle Gardens and other local farmers as well as in-store tasting and food skills education programming. Tricycle Gardens celebrated the store owners’ commitment to improve access to healthy foods and provide skills needed to buy, prepare and enjoy delicious, healthy and affordable meals with the company of community members, customers, store owners and program partners like the Richmond City Health District, Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, VDH, Bon Secours Health System
, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, CarMax Foundation and more.
The Executive Chef of the Governor’s Mansion Chris Blain prepared and demoed a Veggie and Black Bean Burrito Bowl in Bon Secours Virginia Health System’s Class-A-Roll with the help of youth from the Family Resource Center’s Youth Health Equity Leadership Institute and the Neighborhood Resource Center’s Food Landscape program. The recipe used only ingredients found in the corner stores and highlighted how to use seasonal produce to prepare affordable, healthy meals.
The events were free and open to the public. Families and individuals came out to learn about eating healthy on a budget and the expanded healthy food choices offered at the corner stores and celebrated the movement toward a healthier East End. Kids’ activities emphasizing physical activity and healthy food choices engaged the young people and community leaders talked to the adults to create an open line of communication.
Tricycle Gardens has several upcoming community-based food skills education programs including cooking demonstrations at the Robinson Theater on July 2nd, July 16th and July 30th from 6 – 7 PM and an in-store tasting at Fine Foods on July 9th from 3 – 4 PM.
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.
July 18th 12:00pm – 1:30 pm
Clay Street Market, 501 N 30th Street, Richmond, VA 23223
Come celebrate our official launch of the Healthy Corner Store Initiative! 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 Healthy Corner Store 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.