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.
Below is a summary of our interview:
To plant a seed, watch it grow, to tend to it, and then harvest it – Nelson Mandela
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.
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.
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.
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We lost audio for the end of Doria’s interview. You can follow Urban Tilth and her awesome work below.
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