Hi everyone, I’m Jessica Overcash! I’ve been working with Tricycle Gardens to produce a documentary about the organization for one of my classes at VCU. The Celebration at Main Street Station last Friday night was amazing! It was wonderful to see so many  people coming out in support of Tricycle Gardens and the ideas of bringing agriculture, nutrition education and healthy food access to the urban core of Richmond, Virginia.

There were delicious beers, wines, and even beet martinis! The food from local vendors was oh so yummy, and the deserts were to die for! Decorations and music perfected the night while everyone mingled. Below are some pictures from the evening!


We had a lovely time at the SlowFoodRVA Food Day event at Pasture! The energy in the room was palpable and it was great to see so many groups and citizens rallying for good, clean, local food! The Mayor arrived shortly after the event began and discussed the Food Day proclamation he had signed while also addressing some of the priority recommendations of the Food Policy Task Force. Short discussions were held on the topics of: Hunger/Food Access, Safe + Healthy Diets for Kids, Support for Sustainable Small Farms, and Urban Agriculture. It was a great event and we look forward to seeing it grow for next years Food Day!

Sally Schwitters with Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Dr. Carolyn N. Graham


Our Golden Towel Awards is  an award program celebrating FOOD.
We are now accepting nominations for our Golden Trowel Awards, as we celebrate individuals and organizations making the greatest impact in the following four categories!

Focus on Community
Outreach & Education
Opportunities for Healthy Food Access
Design of Beautiful Spaces


Last year we were delighted to honor the First Lady of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, Dr. Morris G. Henderson of the 31st Street Baptist Church and the staff of Bon Secours Richmond Health System.

Help us select our 2012 recipients by submitting your nomination form today!

Awards will be presented at our 2012 Harvest Celebration on November 9th at Main Street Station in Richmond, Va.


HC-Golden Trowel Nomination Form Form 2012


Here at Tricycle Gardens we think every day is Earth Day! But we are going to be pulling out all the stops for a full weekend celebration for Earth Day next week!

On Friday, April 20th if you are on or by VCU’s Monroe Park Campus, be sure to stop by theRams Community Bazaar Earth Day event. We will have a booth with volunteer information, stickers, patches, and seed starters for sale! Come by and say ‘Hi’ to our group of VCU interns!

Then on Saturday, April 21st be sure to stop by our booth at the Earth Day Festival in Manchester! The day includes three scheduled tours at Richmond’s premiere urban farm at 9th and Bainbridge Streets. The tours will be held at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. And we’ve teamed with two great organizations for the Manchester event! We are working with RideRichmond for a group bike ride to the farm for our 4pm tour, and the BlueSky Fund to provide seeds and seedlings for children to experience the magic of growing their own food! Be sure to check our their booth!

To wrap things up, on Sunday,April 22nd we’ve teamed with our friends at Ellwood Thompson’s  for their Love Your Mother: Earth Day celebration. We will have special give-aways for this event and our local and organic seedlings are  currently available for sale!

It’s looking to be a great weekend celebrating what we love best! We truly hope to see you!


Check it out! Our friends at Richmond Time Lapse have created a great video of some of the construction being done at our headquarters for our new solar green house!

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Like what you see? Please consider making a donation to support our green house efforts and Help us Grow!



Modeled after the D.C.-based RAMMYS, the first awards ceremony to honor excellence in the Richmond region’s restaurant community will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Virginia Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. Nominees were chosen by 25 industry professionals, food writers, culinary instructors and food society members. Winners will be selected by a panel of nine qualified judges. “The Mother of the Presidents” party, sponsored by Richmond magazine, Starr Hill, Legend Brewing, and Cirrus Vodka, will follow the awards.

Net ticket proceeds from this event will benefit Tricycle Gardens! Tricycle Gardens is an environmental nonprofit organization focused on bringing agriculture, nutrition education and healthy food access to Richmond’s urban core.

For more information, please visit www.richmondmagazine.com/elbys 

To buy tickets directly, please visit https://www.myticketstobuy.com/event-details.php?event=335

We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!


This Wednesday from 6-8, Ten Thousand Villages will donate 20% of their sales to Tricycle Gardens! What better way to get some holiday shopping donate while supporting Tricycle Gardens!

Ten Thousand Villages has great gifts, especially for the Holidays –  ornaments and decorations, jewelry, wonderful baskets and linens – they even carry clothing now!

This year, they’re giving back to local nonprofit organizations by sponsoring Community Shopping Nights and Tricycle Gardens was one of the lucky organizations selected. So, please come out and support a great local organization while getting a little shopping done at the same time!

And this Friday the 2nd, as the city of Richmond lights up with Christmas cheer, Tricycle Gardens continues the Church Hill tradition of enjoying the view here at our headquarters as we light our own tree and join in celebration! Please, join us Dec. 2nd starting at 6pm at our headquarters, 2107 Jefferson Avenue.

Happy Holidays!



Board Chair Will Snyder, Golden Trowel Recipient Michael Robinson of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Executive Director Sally Schwitters, Golden Trowel Recipient & 1st Lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnel, & Golden Trowel Recipient Dr. Morris G. Henderson of the 31st Street Baptist Church.

 Tricycle Gardens Honors First Lady Maureen McDonnell at Third Annual Harvest Celebration

31st Street Baptist Church and Bon Secours Richmond Health System also recognized for championing gardening in central Virginia

         RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 8, 2011) – Tricycle Gardens, an environmental nonprofit working to expand access to healthy foods in the urban core of Richmond, honored First Lady Maureen McDonnell Friday, Nov. 4 with a Golden Trowel Award for the community garden she built at the Governor’s Mansion. Tricycle Gardens also honored Dr. Morris G. Henderson of the 31st Street Baptist Church with a Golden Trowel Award for his “soup garden,” and Bon Secours Richmond Health System for the Healing Garden at Memorial Regional Medical Center.

The Golden Trowel Awards recognize individuals, businesses and organizations for changing our food system, increasing food access and helping to improve the environment in central Virginia.  More than 200 attended the annual fundraiser, which was held at Tricycle Garden’s Third Annual Harvest Celebration Fri., Nov. 4, 2011 at the Robinson Theater in Church Hill.

“These individuals and organizations are a shining example of what a community garden can do to increase food access and awareness in Central Virginia,” said Sally Schwitters, executive director, Tricycle Gardens.  “The importance of healthy food choices and availability as well as a connection to the land and being good stewards of our land can not be over emphasized, no matter where you live. The recipients of this year’s Golden Trowel Awards are showing the power of gardens in civic, religious and medical spaces throughout the Richmond area.”

The Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center Healing Garden provides patients, their families and medical center staff a place to relax and simply enjoy nature. Fruit bearing and edible plants are incorporated throughout the landscape to complement other plants that appeal specifically to the senses of sight and smell. Fruits, vegetables and herbs grown in the Healing Garden will be used to prepare nutritious meals for patients and for community health education programs.


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Is there an individual, business or organization changing our food system, increasing food access or helping to improve the environment in Central Virginia? Is someone championing community gardens? Or is there a business composting its food waste? How about a church working on food security?

Now’s your chance to nominate them for a Golden Trowel. In 100 words or less describe what the individual or organization is doing or provide links to the projects. You can email nominations to learn@tricyclegardens.org.