Urban Tilth cultivates agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help their community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. They hire and train residents to work with schools, community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals to develop the capacity to produce 5% of their own food supply.
Founded in 2005 to help build a more sustainable, healthy, and just local food system, Urban Tilth has emerged as a local leader, a catalyst drawing together a variety of individual, discrete initiatives into a web of integrated, food- and community-focused efforts. In sum, they farm, feed, forage, teach, train, build community, employ, and give back. They help their community grow their own food; train and employ young people as “home grown experts”; teach local residents about the relationships among food, health, poverty, and justice; and forge partnerships with local small farmers to increase demand for their produce.
They use 7 school and community gardens and small urban farms to teach and employ community members to grow, distribute, cook, and consume thousands of pounds of local produce each year, to create a more equitable and just food system within a healthier and more self-sufficient community.
Creating Freedom Movements partners with Urban Tilth's North Richmond Farm. The North Richmond Farm will be an Agricultural Park and Riparian Restoration Learning Center with the mission of creating a space in the heart of the most impacted neighborhood in Richmond where children, youth and adults can deeply engage with nature.
The North Richmond Farm will feature North Richmond’s only daily fresh fruit & vegetable produce market stand, and community commercial kitchen, cafe, amphitheater, Rich City Rides bike shop, watershed learning center and a working urban farm providing fresh fruits and vegetables through a youth run Farm Stand and CSA (community Supported Agriculture) project, and an agricultural co-op incubator space creating meaningful employment opportunities for North Richmond residents.