A project to provide 100 container gardens to low income residents of North Richmond, California
early part of the 20th century, North Richmond was populated by
Italian-Americans. During World War II, many African-Americans moved from the South and Midwest and came to the Richmond in order to find jobs helping the war effort. Many came to work in
Richmond's shipyards and consequently, moved into North Richmond. To this day,
most of the residents are African American.
Today, the area retains the label
of "The Ghetto " due to its high crime rates, unemployment, and poverty. Since
the 1970s, many Latinos, especially Mexicans, have moved into the area. More recently, there has been an
influx of Asian
Richmond has a reputation for being extremely dangerous. It is often vilified
in the media, as its citizens are often the victims or perpetrators of gang
violence, shoot-outs and drive-by shootings. Drug dealing and drug possession
are common. The area is also worked by Crack dealers and prostitutes. The community has been described by county
officials as a "magnet" for illegal
Richmond is next to Chevron’s Richmond Refinery in Richmond's Point Richmond District. The public
health risks associated with emissions and chemical spills, especially of Sulfur-trioxide are major concerns for
the entire area. A community warning system of loud sirens is in place to warn
residents of chemical spills. This warning is tested on the first Wednesday of
every month, and can be heard from miles away. The Richmond Dump is
also in a tiny strip of Richmond that
runs through North Richmond.
is no grocery store in North Richmond, creating a lack of
available to residents of North Richmond. Home gardens can help provide continuing education
in area of nutrition and food choices as well as provide children with food producing experiences in
Home gardens help to demonstrate
the relative ease with which fresh food can be grown in homes, driveways and backyards and expands the concept of “locally grown” to the home.
The “Gardens in a Day” project will be centered at Verde School in North Richmond and managed by the Verde School Family Association. Eligibility in the program requires participation in the Verde School Family Association as well as completion of agreed upon volunteer hours spent at Verde School
“Gardens” consists of,
- Common plastic containers, such as storage tubs and
boxes, small trash cans, used highway crash barriers, and recycling containers.
- Reclaimed soil and compost.
- Drip irrigation.
- Various vegetable plants, donated by Art Department,
family will get,
large containers for tomatoes, squash, eggplant, etc.
medium containers for peppers, herbs, onions, etc.
small containers for garlic, chard, radishes, etc.
A test garden of recycled and reusable containers has been created to demonstrate the simplicity of container gardening.
of 100 gardens will be installed in one day (day TBD)