May 24, 2016
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That edible garden you’ve worked so hard to build in your back yard could earn you even more than a delicious salad.

Mayor Tom Butt is encouraging Richmond and North Richmond residents to enter the first Urban Garden Contest and Showcase, where they can show off the edible gardens they’ve grown on their properties and vie for the title, “Best Edible Garden in Richmond 2016.”

Residents will have a chance to win gardening prizes and participate in a garden showcase on July 2, where community members will be given a map of participating gardens citywide that they can tour.

The mayor hopes the contest will not only recognize top amateur gardeners but also encourage more residents to grow their own food.

“There’s a great tradition of edible gardens in Richmond. They are fun to grow, they improve the health of a household…,” Mayor Butt said in a statement. “Urban Gardens can become the new Victory Gardens, which were a symbol of the Home Front in World War II.”

Residents must enter their garden into the contest by Saturday, June 25. For information on how to register, visit

The contest’s grand prize winner will receive a package with gifts from Annie’s Annuals and Perennials, Acapulco Rock and Soil, The Urban Farmer Store, and The Watershed Nursery. All contest participants will receive compost provided by Republic Services and mulch provided by the city.

Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia will join a panel of judges to determine the winners.

“We want to encourage more residents to grow home gardens, connect with other gardeners, and learn about local gardening resources,” Butt said.


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.