Money for food can grow on trees, vines and plants if grow your own fruits and vegetables.
Community Gardens and cooperatives are all over Contra Costa County, and offer a public space for families to grow fresh, healthy and nutritious food. One of the best ways to feed your future is to grow it yourself, and there are many local resources and organizations to support this process.
Contra Costa Master Gardeners are part of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), a group of trained gardeners who support local gardens through community programming in fields such as agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, and 4-H. To learn more about CCMG sponsored community gardens, visit their website or contact their office at 925-646-6586.
Garden club meet-ups offer a space for local gardeners to discuss and collaborate on projects. Richmond, Calif. is home to a number of local and nearby garden clubs.
Urban Tilth is a Richmond-based organization that provides schools, community-based organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals in West Contra Costa County develop the capacity to produce 5 percent of their own food supply. For more information about Urban Tilth, visit their website or call at 510-232-0091.
The EcoVillage Farm Learning Center is a Richmond-based organization that connects people of all ages with the earth through a variety of programs designed to improve people's access to healthy and sustainable food sources. The EcoVillage Learning Center is accessible by public transportation. For more information visit their website or call at 510-223-1693.
Richmond Grows offers a local seed-lending library that connects local community gardeners and provides the opportunity to try different seed varieties, creating a more abundant and sustainable food system among urban gardeners.
Planting Justice is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve food security and access in the local community through urban food production and ecological training. Planting Justice looks to transform empty lots and backyards in urban areas in to sustainable food ecosystems that produce healthy, affordable food options for disadvantaged persons. To learn more visit their website or call at 510-730-1153.