Urban Tilth to host MLK Day of service on Richmond Greenway

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A volunteer gardens on the Richmond Greenway during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event in January 2020.

By Kathy Chouteau

Urban Tilth, a Richmond organization dedicated to cultivating a more sustainable, healthy and just food system, is partnering with FORG (Friends of the Richmond Greenway) to host “Passion and Perseverance: A MLK Day Celebration at the Richmond Greenway,” Mon., Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free, family friendly event will take place at 16th Street and Ohio Avenue in Richmond and will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service, activities for the kids and remembrances of the Civil Rights leader and others who joined him.

Urban Tilth Greenway Community Organizer Arleide Santos said in a statement that the work and dedication to the service of Dr. King “has been a source of inspiration” for the organization and that they “look to continue the legacy of his work by being of service to the community.”

In addition to the aforementioned, the event will also feature live music, speakers and activities such as a mural painting, tree and lavender border planting, weeding and seeding native pollinators and flowers, caring for natives in the bioswale and more.

The MLK Day of Celebration has been made possible via support from the Hellman Family Foundation, a Love Your Block Mini-Grant from the City of Richmond City Manager’s Office, Economic Development and Community Services Department and numerous individual donors, said Urban Tilth.

To register for the free event, click here. For more info, contact Urban Tilth at greenway@urbantilth.org. Learn more about Urban Tilth here.

The members of FORG include Urban Tilth, Rich City Rides, St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, Iron Triangle Neighborhood Council, Richmond Friends of Recreation, Groundwork Richmond, SOS Richmond, The Watershed Project, Eco Village Farms, CURME, Moving forward for our Future, Pogo Park and Contra Costa County Resource Conservation District.