Shahriar Abbassi’s got the goods, and the chickens in Randolph College’s organic garden know it.

As soon as he nears the bucket where their food is stored, they circle him and the bucket, waiting and occasionally pecking at his shoes and pants.

The real scrambling begins, though, when he starts tossing out handfuls of grain all over their pen.

Every now and then, the rooster — Abbassi calls him Bruce — makes a low, guttural noise that sounds almost like a growl. Abbassi says Bruce does this to let the other three, all hens, know he’s found food.

“I have a hard time coming here and leaving,” says Abbassi, night supervisor of the college’s library and the faculty/staff adviser for the garden. “They’re just so entertaining.”

They also serve many purposes in the garden, which Abbassi and a group of students from the college’s Environmental Club are cultivating, using the principles of something called permaculture. READ MORE>>


Humphrey Calder Community Garden now has it’s own website! Check it out and stay in touch with the newest community garden project in Richmond! Garden on!


    Please join Tricycle Gardens for our FIRST Annual Seed Swap & Pot Luck

FEBRUARY, Saturday 14th, 11am-2pm

Start your Valentines Day with a seed swap! Bring some seeds / perennials to trade, and a dish to share.

****Breaking News*******
We will be joined by our friends and neighbors from Mineral Virgina, The Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

Go home with new varieties, tips, stories and a full belly!

LOCATION: Tricycle Garden’s Office, 211 West 7th Street (in Old Manchester)

FREE! (Donations always accepted!)


Check this story out.

How many resources are going down the drain?


Sub-Irrigated Planters are a great way of container gardening which produce high yields, and can be used on roofs, patios, balconies and decks. You can be growing your own food with a few simple steps.

Take a workshop with us Sunday March 8th, 1-4pm, and go home with your own sub-irrigated planter! $65

Here are some great websites that explain it:
Inside Urban Green (on a roof)
Inside Urban Green (in an urban courtyard)
Green Roof Growers


Bombs Over Richmond is a Seed Bomb Workshop.

Seed bombs are little capsules with everything you need to grow a plant all bundled up.
They are a great way to introduce vegetation and beautification onto barren, abandoned, or otherwise inhospitable spaces.

Come out and learn about a fun, cheap and easy way to bring new light to this city that we love.

FREE Sunday, February 1st, 1-3
Rumors Boutique, 404 N Harrison St
(804) 726-9944


Please join us for the next planning meeting of Richmond’s newest community garden, at the Humphrey Calder Community Center, 414 N. Thompson Street, (Patterson & Thompson!), 7:30pm. All 25 plots have been reserved, and we are now onto a waiting list.

Spring is just around the corner!