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

Join us every Thursday from 10am-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 our Volunteer Waiver below before you arrive!

2019 Open Hours: April 11- November 14th

*Please contact volunteer@tricycleurbanag.org about Open Hours availability for groups larger than 5.

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!

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

VCU Massey Cancer Center Farm Stand
Tuesdays from 10am-2pm
VCU Massey Cancer Center
College & Marshall Streets

The 2019 Farm Stand Season runs from March 19th – November 19th. An all organic, chemical-free market featuring BOGO (Buy one item, Get one item free) pricing for all patients, caregivers, and SNAP recipients. Join us for bi-monthly healthy recipe tastings featuring an MCV Dietician!

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. Many 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 an equitable food system for all.

Tricycle is leading a city-wide effort to improve Richmond’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 we are working with national partners to advocate for continued support of urban ag and healthy food access initiatives.

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, the Executive Director of the National Young Farmers Coalition. “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.”

Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union, said “[u]rban 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.”

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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