Learning from the Ground up - Urban Tilth keeps West County Healthy by Developing Community Gardens

By Matt Larson

Eating healthy is no easy task. It’s not cheap either. Urban Tilth was founded in 2005 to fight this problem from the ground up. Literally.

Over the past 15 years, Urban Tilth has developed, and continues developing, 7 agricultural garden sites throughout the greater Richmond area. They’ve been devoted to teaching kids and community members alike all about how to grow their own food, and how to eat healthier.

One of these gardens supports the community surrounding Verde Elementary School. The Verde Partnership Garden functions like a sort of outdoor laboratory where students can learn all about cooking, nutrition, even math, science, and leadership skills.

“The garden also brings affordable, healthy food to Verde School students and the North Richmond community,” Urban Tilth proudly boasts.

At another garden, located at Richmond High School, Urban Tilth’s Urban Agriculture Academy gets to work on an 8,000-sq. ft. farm with 14 raised garden beds, complete with a tool shed and greenhouse. This provides enough resources for 30 students to take a year-long accredited course learning all a