New edible garden in Parchester Village to have lasting impact

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Photos courtesy of the Richmond Love Your Block team.

Richmond’s Parchester Village is known as a food desert for its relative lack of access to healthy options.

But an effort by a couple of clever do-gooders in the community aims to provide a little food oasis in the neighborhood.

At 3 p.m. Friday, a showcase will be held for the new Children’s Edible Garden at the Parchester Village Community Center at 900 Williams Drive in Richmond.

The showcase will take place at the community center in conjunction with a City of Richmond Recreation Department Open House event.

The garden has been envisioned to produce everything from orange and apple trees to tomatoes, radishes and strawberries, among other foods. Patricia Hall and Raynard Lozano were able to launch the charitable project after winning a grant from Richmond Love Your Block, a three-year program providing mini-grants to local residents and groups with ideas to make meaningful and sustainable improvements in the city.

Hall, a social worker and longtime Parchester Village resident, and Lozano, co-owner of new local food truck Curbside Kitchen, have worked with city representatives to construct the Children’s Edible Garden in Parchester Village. They are also collaborating with Parchester Village Community Center to incorporate garden maintenance and healthy eating into the center’s afterschool program curriculum.

Two volunteer build-days have recently been held to construct the edible garden, which includes planter boxes and picnic tables.

Along with showcasing the new garden Friday, the Recreation Department will hold an Open House featuring an Easter egg hunt at 4:30 p.m. Families will also be able to access information about Recreation opportunities from representatives of city, and also from representatives of the East Bay Regional Park District and Boys & Girls Club of El Sobrante.

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