The Great Tomato Sale

Photo Essay • David Meza

Did you know that Russia has its own special tomato? How about Japan? Kentucky?

If you attended the Great Tomato Plant Sale, “Heirlooms Of The World,” at the AdamsCrest Urban Farm in East Richmond Heights Apr. 11, you would have seen all of them and more. University of California Master Gardeners, along with city environmental officials and local agricultural advocates, all collaborated to host the annual event, now in its fourth year.

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Green 2.0 Wants to Know: How Diverse Is Your Staff?

By Chanelle Ignant A national campaign to make environmental groups more racially diverse is asking Bay Area non-profits to share their diversity data with the public. It’s the first step in addressing a problem that’s been going on for decades: People of color are disproportionately affected by environmental problems like pollution, yet environmental organizations continue […]

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Continuing a Tradition of Service

Photo Essay, David Meza Nearly twenty organizations working under the umbrella group “Friends of the Richmond Greenway,” and hundreds of participants came together on January 19 for the 8th annual Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service on the Richmond Greenway—a special tradition in Richmond. The day of service started with big smiles and […]

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Seeing Gardens in the Blight

Photo Essay, Luis Cubas Richmond is a city plagued with blight. While some areas are revitalized, too many lots are left empty throughout neighborhoods—standing out like gaps in a crooked smile. While out on a walk down California Avenue, in the North and East neighborhood near Richmond High School, I passed three large lots in […]

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Composting Program Expands to Richmond Businesses


Nancy Deville, Richmond Pulse A new weekly curbside service is helping Richmond businesses be a bit greener without the hassle. Richmond Sanitary has launched a commercial food scrap collection program to pick up scraps from businesses in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Pinole, Hercules and unincorporated West Contra Costa County. Under the program, businesses collect […]

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No ‘Executive Action’ for Environmental Migrants

News Report, Jenny Manrique,  New America Media Posted: Dec 06, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO – As government officials and climate experts from around the world meet this week in Lima, Peru for a U.N. climate conference, tens of thousands worldwide have already been displaced by the effects of climate change. Some have remained within their country of origin, while […]

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Transformation on the Richmond Greenway

Story, Malcolm Marshall | Photos, David Meza It was a warm fall day, with temperatures near 70 degrees, when Iron Triangle residents and community members gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Harbour 8, Richmond’s newest park, designed and built by local residents. “It takes a village to build a park,” said Toody Maher, executive […]

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Greening North Richmond

Story , Tania Pulido | Photos, David Meza It was a cold, cloudy day and I was standing outside of the Multicultural Senior Center in Richmond waiting for volunteers and staff to arrive for this year’s “Beautification Project” ahead of the 5th Annual North Richmond Green Festival. As I waited a burst of rain came […]

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The Power of Being Outside

By Zaira Sierra For over four years, I’ve worked with Richmond families. I’ve volunteered with Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization assisting undocumented youth with their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications and Building Blocks for Kids where I was part of the Community Engagement and Advocacy Team. Recently, I joined the Youth Enrichment […]

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Cleaning up Richmond

Photo Essay, David Meza David Batiste says he loves the job he describes as “a little dangerous” and “never the same routine.” Baptiste is an equipment operator with Richmond’s Code Enforcement Abatement crew. On this day, he is helping demolish a burned down house at 24th and Maricopa Ave. He said this home has been […]

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