May 26, 2015
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The community has once again banded together to construct a gorgeous garden.

On Saturday, volunteers helped put the finishing touches on the Davis Chapel A. Moore Community Garden at 369 Chesley Ave. in North Richmond. The garden was recently relocated due to the selling of its previous space. Its relocation and ongoing maintenance are a strong commitment to community beautification and came just in time for summer, organizers said.

The garden project stems from a partnership with Urban Tilth, the nonprofit operating more than a dozen school and community gardens in West County. The children who benefit from educational activities offered at the lot are “excited and ready” to get back to it, church officials said.

davischapel.5-26-1“Residents of the community serve as mentors to the children and youth as they learn the elements and concepts of gardening in a fun-filled healthy and safe environment,” organizers said.

A North Richmond Mitigation Fund grant provided to the Davis Chapel Neighborhood Enhancement Team (DCNET) paid for the beautification day and will also fund ongoing maintenance. DCNET offers a spectrum of services for at-risk community residents.

davischapel.5-26-2Volunteers on Saturday came from a long list of community partners including the Shields-Reid Neighborhood Council, West Contra Costa Youth Services Bureau, the Black American Political Action Committee, Chevron Richmond, Urban Tilth, Solar Homes Construction, Neighborhood House of North Richmond, and Davis Chapel CME Church congregation.

The volunteers will be recognized after Davis Chapel CME Church reopens later this year following a major renovation, organizers said Tuesday. The church burned down on Thanksgiving Day 2003 and congregation members have been worshiping at their sister church, St. Peter CME Church in El Cerrito, during the oft-delayed renovation.



About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.