The Board of Directors happily announces the appointment of Sally G. Schwitters as the new Executive Director of Tricycle Gardens beginning August 22, 2011.

Mrs. Schwitters has worked in non-profit advancement for the the Conductor’s Guild, the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and the Virginia State Golf Association Foundation, where she helped successfully raise nearly $19 million. Before moving back to her native Richmond, Mrs. Schwitters was the workshop director for the Real Goods Solar Living Institute in northern California. There she oversaw a calendar of classes and events that covered everything from renewable energy to permaculture gardening. In addition to her professional experience, she helped build the school garden at Bon Air Elementary and serves on the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Smarter Growth.

“Tricycle Gardens is excited to begin this new chapter with Sally. We have the support, the goodwill and the partners to help build a region that is healthier and greener. We have big plans to expand our food production, food access and educational offerings, and we know Sally is the person with the vision and skills to help us achieve those goals,” said Will Snyder, Chairman of the Board for Tricycle Gardens.

 

Come help us spruce up our Permaculture Garden at the Science Museum of Virginia and get a free work out!

See our Events Page for More Details.

We’ll be cutting back grasses, weeding, and adding compost and mulch around our trees and bed areas. Learn about Permaculture while you work!

Have Extra Newspaper or cardboard? – we can use it for mulch!  Please contact Scotty to let her know.

 

Sadly, one of our two orchards in Church Hill was destroyed by vandals who uprooted all of 34 of our fruit trees at a site on North 32nd Street. Obviously we’re distraught that someone would commit such an act and we’re sad that all of the volunteer work (nearly 200 hours) has been lost. The trees included figs, apples, pears, pomegranates and juneberries. They were mostly heirloom varieties and ranged in age from 3-7 years. Our organization has always worked to be part of the communities we serve and have experienced almost no vandalism to our various gardens and urban farm in the past. We appreciate everyone’s support and concern and know that with your help we will continue to plant and replant until all Richmonders have access to healthy, fresh food.

Sincerely,
Will Snyder

 

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Kitchen Garden Tour. This Year’s Tour showcases ten kitchen and community gardens in Richmond’s East End Neighborhoods.

COOKOUT – 7pm:  After the Tour we will be hosting a FAMILY FRIENDLY cookout at the Chimborazo Community Garden for all Tour Attendees and volunteers.

TICKETS:  Tickets and Maps will be available at Tricycle Gardens Headquarters (2107 Jefferson Ave) from 2:30-4pm the day of the Tour

COST:  TICKETS ARE $15 IF RESERVED  in advance * and $20 the day of the tour.. GARDEN HOSTS AND VOLUNTEERS ATTEND FOR FREE!

* TO RESERVE TICKETS & QUESTIONS:  Email: aalmond19@hotmail.com TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS OR WITH QUESTIONS.

TO ORDER TICKETS ONLINE:  click on “donate” tab on home page then email aalmond19@hotmail.com with the name(s) of the purchaser & # of tickets.  (Maps and tickets emailed  on the friday before the tour).

RAIN DATE: Saturday, July 23rd

 

Registration Deadline now Friday, June 24th 5pm

For more info about this workshop:

http://tricyclegardens.org/program/water-conservation-and-efficient-garden-irrigation-workshop/

 

New Artwork Installed at the Jefferson Ave Garden

Jefferson Avenue Garden Manager, Stacey Moulds, asked gardeners Katy Thomas and Mark Lavery to have their daughters make a poster of the Garden Chore Chart. This chart lists the tasks that each gardener is responsible for doing in addition to keeping up with his or her garden plot.

This is the result! A fun way of reminding all of their tasks and a nice addition to the garden!

 

 

Huguenot Hundred Acres Goat

Come celebrate the beginning of Richmond’s Farmers Market Season & Cinco De Mayo with us!

Pet some baby goats from Huguenot Hundred Acres

Cinco De Mayo Drinks & Nibbles – We’ll have ice-cold coronas with limes & an assortment of Virginia wines. Snack on some zesty Texas Caviar from the Alamo BBQ & some Latin-infused tasty treats from Hispania Bakery (Old World with a New World Twist, opening soon!). Both businesses are located right here in Union Hill.

Lamplighter Roasting Co. will have freshly made coffee & tea drinks and coffee beans for sale.

Mexican hand-made embroidered shirts for sale, brought back from Mexico by Amy Hicks of Amy’s Garden.

Music from Evrim Dogu of Sub Rosa Breadwill be singing and playing some music. Chris Hale with Scattered, Smothered & Covered (and owner of BioForm Landscape Architecture hopes to join him towards the end of the evening.

Tricycle Gardens Farm Products for Sale This Week:

Veggies to Eat:

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Collards
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Strawberries (only a few, so get there early!)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

Veggie & Flower Seedlings to Plant – Last of Spring veggies, Lots of Summer Veggies including Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Basil & More

Sustainability Products for Sale – Rain Barrels, Worm Bins, Worm Castings, Worm Leachate

Other Vendors that will be at our Farm Stand This Season:

Looking for Farm Stand Volunteers – Want to meet lots of interesting folks and help sell our fresh produce?! Anyone interested in helping long term, or even for a few farm stands during the season, please let us know! Email Stacey Moulds for more info.

 

Check out the activities happening this weekend! 

Earth Day Service Projects at the Urban Farm
It’s the season of rebirth and rejuvenation, so please join the Tricycle Gardens crew at the urban farm this Saturday, April 23, in conjunction with the city’s official Earth Day celebration. We’ll be offering tours from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and a chance to get dirty in Richmond’s only urban farm.

Bring the whole family or roll in solo. For every two hours of service you and your family give Tricycle Gardens you’ll receive one of our fine, heirloom seedlings to jumpstart your own garden. We have numerous projects for all skill levels of workers from weeding and seeding to trellis construction and soil prep.

Earth Day at Plant Zero
If you’re not up for an afternoon of farm service projects, swing by our table at the official Earth Day Festival, just down the road by Plant Zero. We’ll have seedlings, rain barrels and other products for sale. Our knowledgeable crew will be happy to help you with any gardening questions. The Tricycle Gardens table will be near the Main Stage from 12:00 – 7:00 pm.

Earth Day continues on Easter Sunday at the Green Acre
Looking for something to do on Easter Sunday?  Want to give back to your community while enjoying the beautiful weather?  Join Tricycle Gardens on Sunday, April 24 at the Science Museum of Virginia, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, to spread some love!  Spring is here and in following with our permaculture design methods we are ready to add some of the nitrogen fixers, dynamic accumulators, mulch and insectary plants to our corner of the Green Acre.  Come on out and get dirty! 

The Green Acre garden plot is located behind the domed building of the Science Museum off Broad Street.  Please bring your own gloves!