Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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180 Landscape Architect and Specifier News s t e w a rd s h i p Renew Richmond Takes on Food Deserts Left Timmons Group, a landscape architecture firm in Richmond, Va., provided pro bono design services to help alleviate food shortages to impoverished areas in the city. Renew Richmond envisions a community in which all members have access to fresh produce and nutrition. Right Phase one of the first community garden, located at the Jerusalem Connection Community Center, was constructed with volunteers from Hands On Richmond (Virginia) and Altria (formerly Phillip Morris). Two more gardens are slated for volunteers to build in the next few months. Landscape Architect & Specifier News (ISSN 1060-9962) is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc., 14771 Plaza Drive Suite M, Tustin, California 92780 Phone: 714-979-LASN (5276); Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9123). Copyright 2015 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed/Registered Landscape Architects free of charge. Others, Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada: 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LASN at or 714-979-5276 ext. 115. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Architect & Specifier News, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. When Timmons Group heard about what Renew- Richmond was planning to do, we knew that we needed to lend our design services in support of their mission and goals. To date, we have provided pro bono design services for three community garden projects here in our back yard in Richmond, Va. The mission of the non-profit stems from the successes of the first of the three projects where we offered our services. The goal of this organization is to identify food deserts (impoverished portions) in our city and help to provide fresh, organic food sources grown within the limits of the most impoverished portions of the community. Our services included consultation and design services for the three community gardens that will contribute to food production within these deserts. RVA Farms, a commercial urban agricultural program of the nonprofit Renew Richmond, will create and operate an urban farm located on Covington Road in Richmond, Va. that grows and sells fresh organic fruits and vegetables in food deserts. Our urban farm will feature hoop houses, an outdoor demonstration garden, farm stand, solar powered drip irrigation system, storage shed, trails and environmental space a butterfly garden with intersecting pathways, and an outdoor education area and learning pavilion. Through partnership with Richmond Economic Development and Department of Social Services, RVA Farms will provide employment training, workforce development, and community work experience for recipients of SNAP benefits and participants of the VIEW program. Community members employed by RVA Farms will in turn run independent commercial operations, which will transform RVA Farms into Richmond's first urban farm B-Corporation. While Renew Richmond's programs serve individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds, the nonprofit's primary focus is low-income populations with increased statistical risk for nutrition related health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and chronic obesity. Renew is confident that a holistic program focusing on the hands-on growth and consumption of nutrient dense food can repair the health and well-being of individuals and build healthier, more tightly knit communities. By Scott Wiley, Timmons Group If you have a project where landscape architectural design services were provided pro bono, you can submit your Stewardship proposal to: or call Larry Shield at (714) 979-5276 x125. Story Ideas? Photos Courtesy of timmons GrouP

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