Building the Farm in Phases

Our plan is to build the farm in five phases over four years giving us time to raise the funds we need to build our capacity to better serve our community.

Phase I – Fred Jackson Way Project, Underground Utilities and Site Grading

COMPLETED: January 2023

As a part of Phase I, the Fred Jackson Way Project will replace the ditches along Fred Jackson Way (which runs adjacent to the North Richmond Farm) with a sidewalk, a bike lane, and rain gardens. Adding sidewalks and bike lanes from Wildcat Creek to Parr Blvd will ease access to the farm for local North Richmond residents and the rain gardens will filter the pollutants from the roadway sending cleaner, filtered rainwater to nearby San Pablo Creek.

We will also complete installation of the farm underground utilities and site grading. These are the first steps in the implementation of the ultimate farm design.

*Learn more about Phase I – the Fred Jackson Way Project and Site Utilities

Phase II – Farm Infrastructure

Start Date: October 2023

End Date: December 2024

During Phase II we will build all the facilities that help grow food: the greenhouse, the shade house, the tool shed, farm crew break room, lay down areas, soil sheds,  all crop rows, and the 80 fruit trees to complete our orchard. We will also build the Watershed Learning Center and our beloved Compost Toilet.

*Learn more about Phase II – Farm Infrastructure

Phase III – The Main Barn

Start Date: October 2023

End Date: December 2024

During this phase, we will build an indoor wash impact area, a meeting room where we can host our own and other groups’ events, and a farm stand — a permanent place for people to come any day of the week to get fruit and vegetables and other products that we make and that our partners make. It will be a place where we can employ local residents to work.

*Learn more about Phase III The Main Barn

Phase IV – Heart of the Farm

Anticipated Start Date: 2025

During Phase IV of construction we will build the cafe, community commercial kitchen, an amphitheater, and a permanent office for Urban Tilth.  

*Learn more about Phase IV – Heart of the Farm

Phase V – The Ohlone Reflection Garden

Anticipated Start Date: 2025

During Phase V, we will work with local Ohlone leaders to design and build the Ohlone Reflection Garden.

*Learn more about Phase V – The Ohlone Reflection Garden

Invest in the Farm

Help transform the farm into a permanent, community-owned asset that will create opportunity, fuel resident-led organizing, and feed hearts and minds, spirits and bellies for generations to come. 

Learn more about the Richmond Farm Project:

  • Apply to Join the Community Advisory Committee