Thanks to everyone who has come out over the past three and a half months to help us out on the 1/2 acre farm project in Old Manchester. 700 volunteer hours have moved compost, chopped compacted soil, built and filled 17 compost bins, planted veggies, herbs, flowers and berries. We could not have done it without you! And to all the volunteers who worked with Allison Mesnard in the greenhouse-thank you!

Thanks to Mayor Jones and DCAO Carolyn Graham for making a visit and spending the time to learn about what we are doing and why.

Thanks and WELCOME to Vicky Campbell for stepping into the role of Community Garden Coordinator for the City of Richmond, and thanks to Alicia Zatcoff, Director of Sustainability for making it happen, along with the whole team. Thanks to the folks at Department of Public Utilities for helping us get our water straight!

Thanks to all the generous financial donations that have come in over the past two months. We have raised close to $20,000 to match our anonymous donation of $10,000–bringing us to our goal of $30,000 to get the farm started.

Thanks to everyone who has dropped off tools for us, or come by to say an encouraging word, and to just figure out what the heck we are doing on this vacant corner!

And to Jennifer Q. for help with our 990’s, and Hugh Joyce of James River Air for infrastructure help. And Lewis Plumbing Supply! And Mary Anne’s Trucking! And to Halcyon Vintage and Deep Grove Records!

It has been a phenomenal few months, and we look forward to all the goodness that is coming our way. See you at the farm or at the Farmers Market! This 1/2 acre plot of a prototype of what we can see all over town–restoring an ecology, creating jobs and healthy food. Join us!

Farm Stand opens Tuesday, June 1st, 4-7pm. We will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7pm throughout the growing season.



Folks–community radio and community gardens go together like arugula and olive oil, like fresh warm tomatoes and a pinch of salt, like raspberries and cream!  We are big fans of  WRIR, and urge you to show your support during their Spring Fund Drive, this week!  Your support of WRIR at the $200 and above level will help provide Tricycle Gardens with some underwriting time. So $how your love of all things community by giving them some dough, some clams, some cash, some love…you have until Sunday May 2nd!

Yours truly, The Tricycle Gardens Crew!


Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Currently residing in Richmond’s Museum District, Jonathan Brown is a certified urban permaculturalist who, with his wife, developed the nation’s first edible, public forest garden in the City of Asheville, NC, the George Washington Carver Edible Park. This presentation will highlight this and some well developed urban ecology projects from around the country.

DATE : Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 7-9pm

Cost: $5      Location: Tricycle Gardens HQ



Join J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Sustainable Agriculture Students and Grow BIOINTENSIVE teacher Cindy Conner for a Book Discussion of Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Tour the Sustainable Ag. Garden immediately followed by the Book Discussion.

6-8:30 PM

JSRCC Western Campus, 1851 Dickinson Road, Goochland VA



Join us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1pm for farm workdays.  Also, Saturday April 3rd and Saturday April 10th, from 10am-2pm we welcome your help! Or just stop by to say hello.

Volunteers always needed, and always welcomed! Email us to get regular updates on what is happening down on the farm. Please wear sturdy shoes, and bring your favorite pair of work gloves!

xoxox the Tricycle Gardens Crew xoxox

Land use in the Fan District and at Short Pump Towne Centre. Both are shown at the same scale. Click on pictures for a larger image.
And here it is in comparison to part of the Church Hill Neighborhood.

“The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous, and enduring, and thus more intelligent,  even competitive.”

-Paul Hawken, Author of Natural Capitalism and the Ecology of Commerce