Donation Options

Urban Tilth's Urban Agriculture Institute



Our Urban Agriculture Institute is a year-round, student-driven “farm, classroom, and community” program that changes the way students think about our food system, and our world. The program engages low-income youth at Richmond High School in a school-year accredited course in urban agriculture and food systems; provides hands-on farming in our 8,000 square foot farm at the school; employs them in our 100-hour Summer Youth Apprenticeship; and takes them on field trips to rural sustainable farms.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In this ethnically diverse city of 105,000 people, it’s distressingly easy to summarize life for the 30,000 residents living in urbanized “downtown” Richmond: It is poorer, more violent, less educated, and less employed, with fewer resources and positive opportunities for youth, than almost anywhere in the state. With a ratio of 6:1 fast-food outlets to grocery stores and little green space, Richmond is considered a "food desert," offering young people few opportunities to hope for a better way.

How will this project solve this problem?

Our Urban Agriculture Institute program teaches young people how to farm, feed, forage, and give back to our community through the Community Supported Agriculture program they operate and the produce they raise at 12 school and community gardens on public land in Richmond. Every day - in the classroom, on the farms, and in the community - we see signs of progress springing up everywhere around us, with young people leading the way to a healthy, sustainable, and just Richmond.

Potential Long Term Impact

We are improving our community's ability to help itself by cultivating local young people as leaders in urban agriculture, project management and teamwork, which they can use as tools for economic growth, better health and community unity.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $6,844
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $10,657
Total Funding Goal: $17,500

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Donate by US Mobile Phone

Text GIVE 7769 to 80088 to donate $10 to Urban Tilth's Urban Agriculture Institute. Message and data rates may apply. Only works for US mobile phones.
TXT MSG from our lawyers: Note that your $10 donation will be made to the GlobalGiving Foundation-Urban Tilth's Urban Agriculture Institute project. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by the account holder. You must reply YES to the confirmation message. You must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Text STOP to 80088 to stop all communication. Text HELP to 80088 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Full Terms: Privacy Policy:
An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?


Urban Tilth

Richmond, CA, United States

Project Leader

Doria Robinson

Executive Director
Richmond, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Urban Tilth's Urban Agriculture Institute
Great; we do too!
Enter your email address to receive updates from this project and from GlobalGiving
We respect your privacy.