Doria Robinson Executive Director at Urban Tilth

Doria Robinson

Interview: How to create a successful urban farm with Doria Robinson

Doria Robinson is Executive Director of Urban Tilth, an organization giving people in the community of Richmond, CA the skills to grow urban farms that are producing thousands of pounds of food a year. We chat about the challenges of expanding successful urban farms.

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Below is a summary of our interview:

Quote

To plant a seed, watch it grow, to tend to it, and then harvest it – Nelson Mandela

Her Journey

Doria discusses how families from the South in the US grew up in farms and moved to Richmond, California continuing to grow food. After a career in marketing in San Francisco, she returned to Richmond to start Urban Tilth.

Low Point

Doria was laid off from a job at a Dot Com company and was considering an offer to work for a slimy business. She is realized if that she stopped living at that moment she would not be remembered because she was not doing anything worthwhile.

Aha Moment

One of the staff members at Urban Tilth spent several years in prison and the organization became his opportunity to stay out of incarceration. He now has a profound in how he sees himself. He is actually designing urban farms as we write this blog post.

Doria’s work now  

Urban Tilth hires and trains people from within the community in northern California to run all 13 of the urban farms. Parents can sign up to get a box of food grown by their children for just $5 a week.

What’s exciting Doria now

Improving the circumstances for the people near the 13 community farms Urban Tilth manages. She is also excited about the staff stepping out and starting ventures on their own.

Lightning Round

Books Doria Recommends: Small is beautiful

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Where to follow Doria

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Parting Words

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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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