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Chronicle Watch Solicits Help for Greenway's Transformation

Usually featuring unresolved problems, Chronicle Watch today gave a boost for a service project at the Richmond Greenway to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Part of the celebration will be to provide locally grown healthy food for participants to show how we can take control of what we consume for healthier lives. I will be bringing honey from my beehives for lemonade and hundreds of strawberry plants from my garden for planting at Lincoln School.

Special soups are being made. Park Guthrie writes:


Greetings Soupsters,


Thanks everyone for your help making West County soups for the MLK event. Together we turned 30+ pounds of West County Jerusalem Artichokes, beets, turnips, chard, mizuna, kale, oregano, thyme, sorrel, bay, squash, and leeks (plus 10 pounds non-local potatoes, 5 pounds non-local carrots, almost-local butter and cream) into 2 gallons of butternut squash/greens/beet/turnip soup, 2 gallons of potato-sorrel-leek soup, and 4 gallons of Cream of Jerusalem artichoke soup. They are all delicious.


Beets and turnips came from Verde School garden and Wildcat Farm (our home). Sorrel and greens came from Wildcat Farm, Elinor Blake's home in Richmond View, Carla Koops home in Oakland (not quite West County, but close enough), and Doria Robinson and Barry Jansen's home in the Santa Fe neighborhood. All 20 pounds of Jerusalem artichokes came from Elinor Blake's garden in San Pablo.


Thank you, Sabina, for creating the soup vision and cooking. About all I am good for is washing and chopping produce, so this would not have happened without you. Clell, such a bummer you were feeling bad and couldn't attend, but the tri-tip, flank steak, and tacos and fixings you sent along with Sabina were absurdly delicious.


Kudos to Rick who took 8 pounds of Capay Valley wheat (about as local as wheat gets in these parts) and made 300 biscuits. These will complement the soups nicely.


Follow the link below for the Chronicle Watch article. "Local produce" gets a mention!



I think the local soups are a very important contribution to the MLK event. Not only will the volunteers be happy for warm, tasty soups at the end of a chilly workday, but they are tangible demonstration that we can get at least some of our food from our very own foodshed---and that this local food can be tastier, more healthy, and more meaningful that the food coming to us down industrial-food pipeline.


Next Sunday, we will be teaming up with Opportunity West at the Nevin Community Center to make as-local-as possible frittatas, greens, and lemonade. Please spread the word: I am still looking for more West County collard greens and honey to sweeten the lemonade.


Thanks again for your good cheer and hard work. Together we can build a local food system that is more sustainable, healthy, and just.



Park Guthrie

(510) 691-5051




Please join the 5% Local Coalition to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by making January 21st, a day on, not a day off. We are teaming up with Urban Creeks Council, The Watershed Project, Opportunity West, Friends of the Richmond Greenway and others to host volunteer work parties improving food security and wildlife habitat along the Richmond Greenway. Teams at Berryland will add new planters and plant berry bushes. Teams at Lincoln School Farm will mulch, fill raised planter-beds, and establish ornamental beds. Teams at the Greenway Swales will plant creek-adapted native plants along the drainage ditches. “Away” teams will walk the Greenway picking up trash, whacking weeds, and painting over graffiti. Before and after the work, we will join together as a whole group to share local food and reflect on the legacy of Dr. King and the work we can do to realize our own dreams for our community.


When: Monday, January 21st from 9:00 to 12:30

Where: Meet at Berryland on the Richmond Greenway (6th Street and the Greenway---between Ohio and Chanslor. Right next to Lincoln Elementary School.)

Other Details:

-The 5% Local Coalition will be serving up morning and noon snacks made mostly with food from the West County foodshed.

-Speakers include Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Shyaam Shabaka of EcoVillage Farm Learning Center, and teacher/activist Wendy Gonzalez

-Tools and gloves will be provided, but wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothes.

-Children must be accompanied by an adult.

-Youth journalists with the EarthTeam GreenScene will be videotaping interviews with participants.


We expect that the work we do and the relationships we build at this event will have positive effects on our community long after Martin Luther King Day.


Please contact Park Guthrie to RSVP at park@urbantilth.org or (510) 691-5051.


Finally, if you have produce, honey, or eggs from West County gardens/hives/coops you wish to donate for the snacks, we are still in need of some local food.


I look forward to seeing you on Martin Luther King Day.





P.S. Here is a link to download a flyer about the event.



Park Guthrie

(510) 691-5051


Richmond: Help wanted for Greenway's transformation

Monday, January 14, 2008

Richmond Greenway supporters have organized a volunteer d...


From railway to greenway: The Richmond Greenway's ongoing transformation from a former Santa Fe Railroad freight line to a grassy path rich with foliage and fauna needs some helping hands. So, greenway supporters have organized a volunteer day for next Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Teams of workers will help put in berry bushes, create planter beds and plant native plants. Others will pick up trash, whack weeds and paint over graffiti. Snacks will include local produce, and volunteers will have an opportunity to share thoughts about Martin Luther King Jr. The freight line was turned over to the city more than 25 years ago, and the first phase of the Richmond Greenway opened in May. The three-mile stretch runs near or through eight densely populated neighborhoods, including the Iron Triangle, Coronado and Park Plaza. About half of the greensward has been graded, landscaped and cleaned up, but there is more to do. And the portion that is complete needs maintenance. Anyone who is interested in helping is asked to meet on the greenway at Sixth Street, between Ohio and Chanslor avenues, next to Lincoln Elementary School. Work is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. The nonprofit group Urban Tilth is cosponsoring the event. For more information, visit the group's Web site at www.urbantilth.org or call (510) 691-5051.

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Sponsored by: Urban Tilth, www.urbantilth .org; (510) 691-5051