Thursday, January 17, 2013

MLK Day Volunteer Events with Urban Tilth

This Monday, people all over the country will be volunteering in their communities as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. You can find local volunteer opportunities at:

If you're local and want to spend a few hours working for food justice and sustainability (or just enjoy gardening, music, art, and community), consider joining Urban Tilth and a few hundred volunteers at the Richmond Greenway to plant fruit trees, build a market stand, plant spring gardens, rebuild a medicinal garden, and more.


Monday, January 21, 2013
9:00am - 2:00pm
Richmond Greenway
Between Ohio & Chanslor Ave (from 6th Street to 16th Streets)
More info at:


Richmond BART station is just a 4 minute walk from the Richmond Greenway @ 16th Street.
Ride your bike to the event! FREE secure Valet and Bike Fix-in with Rich City Rides.

Volunteer Projects

  • Greenway Community Garden: Plant spring seeds and seedlings (Urban Tilth)
  • VALET Bike Parking: Help keep this event environmentally friendly, park and care for petroleum free travelers vehicles (Rich City Rides)
  • Bike Trail Improvements: Trail sign making Project for nearby landmarks (Rich City Rides, BPAC & EBBC)
  • Butterfly Gardens: Plant spring pollinator and butterfly plants (Urban Tilth)
  • Bioswale and Native Plant Garden: Help improve the Bioswale and Native Plant Garden (the Watershed Project)
  • Greenway Medicinal and Herb Garden: Rebuild Medicine Garden (CURME)
  • Berryland: Plant berries and rebuild berry beds (Urban Tilth)
  • Compost Sign Making: Help create signs to teach the community about the beauty of composting 
  • Mosaic Project (Daud Abdullah Mosaic Artist): Help beautify Richmond by creating mosaic panels for Greenway trash cans 
  • Gompers Guerillas Garden: Help build new gardens beds for the Gompers school garden
  • Bulletin Board Installation: Help build and install a new bulletin board on the Greenway (Artisan Hub)
  • COMPOST SIGN PROJECT: Help create informative signs teaching Greenway visitors about composting (Growing West County Gardens)
  • DUMP IT FREE: Help stop dumping on the Greenway by doing outreach and manning the DUMP IT FREE dumpsters which will allow local residents to dump their extra trash for FREE on MLK Day. (Richmond Sanitary and City of Service)
  • 8th Street Neighborhood Garden: Help expand the Neighborhood Gardeners Garden (The Neighborhood Gardeners)
  • Community Mural: Help create a community mural for the Richmond Greenway (Community Rejuvenation Project)
  • Community Mural: Help create a community mural for the Richmond Greenway (Karen & Malik Seneferu Fine Artists)
  • Edible Forest Garden: Join the Urban Tilth, the US Forest Service and Y.E.S. youth in plant fruit trees and hundreds and native and edible understory plants (Urban Tilth)

Entertainment & Activities

  • FREE Food
  • FREE Hot Tea Bar (Sip to Live Teas)
  • Stages with live performances (EBCPAs)
    • Jennifer Johns 
    • Earth Amplified
    • Raw Talent
    • Iron Triangle Ballet
    • Voice of Reason
  • Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's life and work
  • Bike parking (Rich City Rides)
  • Bike Fix-in (Rich City Rides)
  • Face painting (Marinette Tovar and friends)
  • KidZ Zone (Arts Activities, Pot Paining)
  • Healthy Living Booths (Eco-Village, Richmond Food Policy Council, Weigh for Life)
  • Zumba demos and classes (Richmond Main Street)

 Schedule of Events

  9:00 am     Official WELCOME (Both Stages)
  9:15 am     Service Projects
11:55 pm     Remembering the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King
12:00 pm     MOMENT OF SILENCE: All sites
12:05 pm     Jennifer Johns (Go Liv): OPENING SONGS                
12:20 pm     MLK Commemoration
12:25 pm     Live Entertainment, Spoken Word, Speakers & Activities
  1:45 pm     Closing Ceremony

Pre-register for the Urban Tilth MLK Day Events at: 

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