Word & Image: Amy Wildermann, 33, Urban Farm Manager at Tricycle Gardens 

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Scott Elmquist

"I just moved here three weeks ago. I had been doing this type of work in Seattle for eight years, running urban gardens and farms and doing social justice and food justice work. I came upon this job and my husband and I landed here. I am still trying figure out how to get around town, but it’s kind of amazing being here on this land, and being attached to this urban farm is making me feel at home really fast. I am working with amazing people, who are doing good work. I feel immediate kinship.

"I really like Richmond. It’s kind of got a cool vibe and good things are happening. I see that a lot of the focus in my work is the same. A lot of people here care about local organic food and trying to address issues of the food deserts in the city. But in Seattle people have been doing it for a really long time and there a lot of people doing it. In Richmond, it seems like the ball is just starting to get rolling. People are coming together to get this movement happening. It’s really exciting for me to be here and kind of help jump-start things.

"I got into this work because I had a passion to heal the environment and improve social issues. I found that addressing food system issues seemed to address all of it. It addresses personal health, lifestyle and nutrition. It addresses the agricultural system, which does a lot of damage to the environment through toxic pesticides. I like being outside and growing good food and providing good food to people. It creates community.

"From 11 to 1 on Thursdays, our produce goes to the 31st Street Baptist Church’s farm stand in Church Hill. We sell our produce and we offer EBTs [Electronic Benefit Transfers] for half price off. We also grow our food to give to corner stores. We have a corner farm program. Corner stores that otherwise have mostly junk food are able to sell fresh local produce. And it’s selling like hot cakes."

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