VOLUNTEER

Be a part of the magic

The process of growing food sustainably may be more important to our health than consuming the bounty that comes from that work. At Tricycle we are hungry for everyone to experience that connection and the powerful magic that comes from getting your hands in the soil. And truly, we would never be able to accomplish all of our work without the many dedicated volunteers who dig in with us. Be a part of the magic and volunteer with us!

ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

OPEN HOURS

Open hours begin March 15th. Join us every Wednesday from 9am-1pm for an open volunteer session at RVA’s Urban Farm. Pre-registration is not required and you can come by for any amount of time that you’d like. Please make sure that you fill out the Volunteer Info Sheet below before you arrive! Open hours are not offered during our winter hours.

HandsOn Weekend Volunteer Opportunities

We offer weekend volunteer opportunities every month. Pre-registration is required for each occurrence, so be sure to sign up in advance as these opportunities tend to fill up!

2nd Saturday

31st Street St. Baptist Church Urban Farm
801 N. 32nd St in Church Hill
(Seasonal times vary)
Sign up here.

3rd Saturday

RVA’s Urban Farm
901 Bainbridge Street in Manchester
(Seasonal times vary)
Sign up here.

VOLUNTEER WAIVER

Volunteering with us? Great! Click here to fill out a waiver form.

EVENTS

Join us for these upcoming events

Lewis Ginter Spring PlantFest
Plant Sale
Members only presale: Thursday, May 4; 4–7pm;
Open to the public: Friday May 5, 9am–5pm and Saturday May 6; 9am–3pm.
1800 Lakeside Avenue

This year, Lewis Ginter’s plant sale celebrates 30 years! Among the largest plant sales in the region, be sure to check out our booth where we’ll be selling organic seedlings in a variety of heirlooms, hybrids and more!

Chipotle Celebrates Tricycle!
Wednesday, May 10; 5–9pm

Come out and support Tricycle at the Carytown Chipotle, located at 10 N. Nansemond St., Richmond, VA 23221. Chipotle will be donating 50% of their sales from the day to Tricycle. We look forward to seeing you all there!

ADVOCACY

WE WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO EAT, AND THAT MEANS YOU.

We know you care about your food, how it is grown, how much it costs, how it tastes, and if it is healthy for you and your loved ones. Much of the ingredients that impact these important factors are rooted in city, state and federal policy. As we strive to cultivate healthy eaters, successful farmers and vibrant communities we need your help in advocating for improved policies that result in vital food system for all.

Tricycle is leading a citywide effort to improve RVA’s policies to remove barriers to successful urban agriculture locally in our own city, we are working with state leaders to develop a rich understanding of the importance of urban ag and healthy food access and with national partners to drive positive influence for the upcoming federal farm bill.

As events, activities and calls for support are needed, we will call on people who eat to support our collective efforts.

“The future of rural agriculture depends on the success of urban agriculture, because cities are where many of the next generation of farmers now live,” said Lindsey Lusher Shute, National Young Farmers Coalition Executive Director. “Some of America’s most successful new farms are run by young people who launched their careers growing in backyards, community gardens and on rooftops.”

“Urban agriculture is an important part of meeting rising food demands, supplying easier access to highly nutritious vegetables and fruits, reconnecting the food consumer with the farmer, and establishing new market opportunities for emerging farmers,” said Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union President.

Nearly 1.7 million Virginians live in low income areas with limited access to supermarkets. Families who live in areas with limited supermarket access are more likely to suffer from diet-related disease. By 2030, Virginia will have over 1 million cases of diabetes and over 2 million cases of heart disease.

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