By Kathy Chouteau
Urban Tilth will be hosting the “2nd Saturday Greenway Community Garden Volunteer Day/Tomato & Pepper Workshop” this Sat., May 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a tutorial on home gardening followed by a volunteering sesh.
The event will take place behind Lincoln Elementary at 6th St. and Ohio Ave. in Richmond and will offer a take-home bonus: Those attending will be given tomato and pepper plants to call their own.
Community members coming out Saturday will “learn everything [they] need to grow tomatoes and peppers in [their] home garden,” according to Urban Tilth reps, who said that after the workshop volunteers will “help beautify the community gardens with a fun volunteer day.”
Trish Clifford will lead the workshop and will offer a tomato and pepper growing demo that will include choosing the right varieties, giving the plants a good start, maintaining them as they grow and avoiding common issues. There will also be some helpful 411 on transplanting the plants from pots.
The nonprofit highlighted an additional bonus about the event being that participants will get to meet their neighbors “while learning new skills and helping to create a beautiful place on the Greenway.”
Urban Tilth’s event is made possible via a Love Your Block Mini-Grant from the City of Richmond City Manager’s Office, Economic Development and Community Services Department.