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 (901 Bainbridge Street). 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
Second Saturday of the month
Sign up here.

3rd Saturday

RVA’s Urban Farm
901 Bainbridge Street in Manchester
Third Saturday of the month
Sign up here.

VOLUNTEER WAIVER

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

EVENTS

Join us for these upcoming events

Virginia Food Access Network Day of Action
Friday, September 29th; 9am-11am
RVA's URBAN FARM / 901 Bainbridge Street

Join Tricycle for the Virginia Food Access Network Day of Action!

Community organizations, public agencies, and volunteers all play an important role in our efforts to increase access to healthy foods and promote healthy communities. Join Tricycle during the VFAN (Virginia Food Access Network) Day of Action on September 29, 2017 to help bridge the nutritional divide in Virginia among hundreds of other organizations. Join us on RVA’s Urban Farm for a number of farm tasks such as weeding, planting, harvesting, mulching, and composting.

The overall goals of the VFAN Day of Action are to:
– Raise awareness of organizations in Virginia working to increase food access in an effort to improve nutrition and end hunger.
– Encourage Virginians to get involved in the fight against hunger by facilitating volunteer opportunities with these organizations across the Commonwealth.

Once the volunteer session is over, we’ll share some farm-fresh snacks and offer a free tour of our urban farm! Anyone can join us for the tour at 11:30, but pre-registration is required to volunteer. You can sign up here.

Passport to Summer Parties
Thursdays: June 8, August 10, September 14; 5:30pm

Fire, Flour & Fork will be hosting a series of events at Libbie Mill-Midtown throughout the summer! Each party will feature a different focus, including the Pacific Rim, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, and will include specialty food trucks, craft beer, music, and dancing. Come party with Tricycle, the non-profit beneficiaries, these are sure to be a good time!

VCU Massey Cancer Center Farm Stand
Thursdays; 10am-1pm
Open to the public.
401 College Street (at the corner of Marshall)

Come out to purchase local produce and meet some of our Urban Ag fellows! Located at the VCU Massey Cancer Center. Buy One Get One BOGO benefits are available to patients, caregivers, and EBT customers!

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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