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
Anticipated Start Date: September 2022
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.
Phase II – Farm Infrastructure
Anticipated Start Date: Nov 2022
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.
Phase III – The Main Barn
Anticipated Start Date: March 2023
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.
Phase IV – Heart of the Farm
Anticipated Start Date: 2024
During Phase IV of construction we will build the cafe, community commercial kitchen, an amphitheater, and a permanent office for Urban Tilth.
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.
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:
- Keep up-to-date with our progress by visiting our Farm Construction News blog
- Apply to Join the Community Advisory Committee