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



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.

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 ORDER TICKETS ONLINE:  click on “donate” tab on home page then email 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:


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!