Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sharing the Joy of Planting

The Park and Trust are collaborating in many ways to "green" Richmond and seed Victory Gardens throughout the City. Here are just a few examples on a growing list.

  • Last spring, the Trust, in partnership with the Park’s Hometown Richmond Youth and the Richmond College Prep Parents Association, created a Victory Garden at the Maritime Childcare Center.
  • During summer 2012, Hometown Richmond and Rosie’s Girls planted trees and installed bike racks along the Richmond Greenway.
  • A new City of Richmond Project for greening Matthieu Alley—intended to transform a trash-filled alley near low-income housing into a safe and beautiful walkway with seating, Victory Garden vegetables, and flowers—received support from the Rosie the Riveter Trust.
  • National Park Service docents planted and tended a Victory Garden at the Visitor Center that now includes fava beans and artichokes, but will soon be fully planted for spring.
  • The new restaurant, Assemble - recently opened across from the Visitor Center - is planning a garden to provide wonderful organic ingredients.
  • The Park received a donation of a Victory Garden Model that is on display at the Visitor Center. Intricate in detail, it was built by Ted Meland of Apache Junction, Arizona, over a five-month period. Ranger Matt said of the model "I could look at it all day". Come by and enjoy this re-creation of a wartime homestead.

But we will not rest on our laurels, or for that matter heirloom tomatoes. There is much room for growth as we seek additional partners to enrich health and vitality for Richmond and beyond.

Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276

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