Tricycle Gardens
2314 Jefferson Avenue
Richmond VA 23223
Mission Statement Tricycle Gardens grows healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy local food system.
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Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Sally G. Schwitters
Board Chair Ivor Massey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Triad Lc
Contact Information
Address 2314 Jefferson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23223
Telephone 804 231-7767
Fax 804 000-000
E-mail sally@tricyclegardens.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $701,000.00
Projected Expenses $649,225.00
Statements
Mission Tricycle Gardens grows healthy food, healthy communities and a healthy local food system.
Impact

Tricycle Gardens addresses complex issues with simple solutions.  Since inception, we have engaged thousands of neighbors, families, and organizations and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to change the overall health of our community.

This work addresses a myriad of challenging issues, and ultimately our mission is about FOOD.

FFocus on Community Needs

OOutreach & Education

OOpportunities for Healthy Food Access

DDesign of Beautiful Spaces

Needs
Tricycle Gardens celebrates the volunteers who make our work possible each day.  
 
 Below is a brief list of items needed in order to make the farm more successful to the community 
 
For the farm: 
  • Six hopper seeders 
  • One bean sheller 
  • Two large wheelbarrows  
  • One Chipper /Shredder 
  • Two industrial-sized salad spinner 
For the cooking/nutrition classes and demonstrations: 
  • New gently used pans knives and blenders 
  • Mag cart
  • New kitchen equipment for class participants   
For the library: 
  • Children's garden books 
  • Rodale's Garden Insect. Disease and Weed Identification Guide by Miranda Smith 
  • How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition by John Jeavons 
 
We need financial contributions to help us grow! 
Background

Tricycle Gardens has sprouted and grown across our region and our programs include:

Urban Agriculture Programs

RVA’s & 31st Street Urban Farms: Two highly productive, four-season urban farms are local food learning centers located in low-access areas. They showcase and teach multiple methods of sustainable urban agriculture including: soil health through traditional and worm-composting, greenhouse management and seed starting, crop planning and succession planting, sustainable and integrated pest management practices and the harvesting, marketing, and distribution of produce to market. The produce grown is distributed to our Four Season Farmers’ Markets, to participating Corner Farm stores, and to a diverse array of local restaurants and grocers.

Way to Grow Educational Programs, Tours and Field Trips: Outreach to schoolchildren, teachers, families, youth groups, garden clubs, and universities is provided through Way to Grow educational programs that include hands-on learning activities that connect the hands-on experiences of our urban farms to garden-based curriculum and the Virginia SOLs (Standards of Learning exams). Participants gain a connection to the earth, the outdoors, and the true source of our food, while also learning science, math, and history through direct, interactive experiences.

Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program: Our nation is now experiencing a transformation of how we eat, produce and distribute our food and the rapid growth of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture across the county are evidence of this shift. Virginia’s farmers are aging out, while the demand for local food is increasing. Our workforce development program is addressing this need. Urban Ag fellows work with us for 12-month terms that provide in-depth and hands-on experiences grounded in the business of sustainable urban agriculture. Fellows are prepared to address the gaps across food production and delivery through our training and earn a certificate upon completion recognized by the USDA/NRCS. 

Food Access Programs

Corner Farm: RVA’s Citywide Healthy Corner Store Initiative is directly addressing the food deserts in our community. Corner Farm promotes healthy eating habits by increasing access and availability to healthy, local food for neighborhoods currently lacking by creating partnerships with local corner and convenience store owners in order to distribute weekly orders of fresh, healthy food. We support store owners and employees in the handling and marketing of fresh produce and create risk-free opportunities for owners to integrate healthy food options in their store. We enhance the distribution with nutrition education, food skills training, and in-depth cooking classes aimed to support consumers using SNAP which take place on-site at participating stores, in public housing resource centers and community service organizations throughout the city.

Four Season Farmers’ Markets: Our markets are in important strategy in our efforts to bring affordable, healthy food options to the most vulnerable of our cities residents. Held weekly in partnership with VCU Massey Cancer Center our markets provide produce to patients receiving treatments at Massey’s Dalton Oncology Clinic. Our markets offer Double Up incentives which are designed to overcome the two most common barriers to produce consumption by SNAP participants: It increases the amount that families have available to spend on produce by matching SNAP benefits with additional funds and uses the new buying power to bring farm-fresh fruits and vegetables into underserved low-income communities.

Partner Programs

Children’s Gardens at Peter Paul Development Center & Fore Kids at Independence Golf Club: Growing sustainability one gardener at a time is the empowerment tool that the Children’s Gardens bring to youth at PPDC and Fore Children. Tricycle Gardens’ garden educator is bringing SOL-related curriculum to the experiential activities provided to participants. We are connecting children to our true source of food, providing enriching outdoor experiences and bringing classroom learning to life with hundreds of students at each site, each year.

Partner Sites

Additional sites include: The Children’s Museum, The Neighborhood Resource Center, and The Community Art Garden at the Visual Arts Center.

CEO Statement         
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Statewide
Tricycle Gardens serves the Richmond Region, with a special focus on the City of Richmond.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ivor Massey
Company Affiliation Triad Lc
Term Dec 2014 to Dec 2017
Email ivor.massey@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Richard Bennett Dr. Richard Bennett, MD
Tess Bosher Hamilton Beach
William Bradley CBRE
James Faison Milton's Local
Anne Fletcher Capital One
Dr. Morris Henderson 31st Baptist Church
Richard Hood Ellwood Thompson
Ivor Massey Jr.Triad Lc
Tavis Maxwell Capital One
Frank Robinson President & CEO, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Sally Schwitters Executive Director
Daniel Slone McGuire Woods
Cathy Taylor Dominion
Madison Wootton BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Executive
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Sally G. Schwitters
Experience

Sally Schwitters brings a love for gardening, good food and people to her work.  She has worked in non-profit advancement for several groups, where she helped successfully raise nearly $19 million. Before moving back to her native Richmond, Sally was the workshop director for the Real Goods Solar Living Institute in northern California. There she oversaw a calendar of programs and events that covered everything from renewable energy to permaculture gardening. In addition to her professional experience, she helped build the school garden at Bon Air Elementary and serves on the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Smarter Growth. 

Staff
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 3000
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 83
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
HandsOn Greater Richmond
City of Richmond
Richmond City Department of Health 
Virginia Association for Biological Farming
Better Housing Coalition
Fulton Hill Neighborhood Resource Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Peter Paul Development Center
Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Hands On Greater Richmond
Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
City of Richmond
Science Museum of Virginia
Children's Museum of Richmond
Virginia Department of Health
VCU School of Public Health
Ellwood Thompson's  
Virginia State University
Visual Arts Center
21+ corner store owner partnerships
VCU Massey Cancer Center
USDA
NRCS
31st Street Baptist Church 
VCU School of Social Work
University of Richmond Bonner Scholars  
 
 
 
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
ConnectRichmond2004
HandsOn Greater Richmond2004
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Green HeroStyle Weekly2008
St. Francis Award for Environmental StewardshipCatholic Diocese of Central Virginia2008
The First Lady's Opportunity Hall of FameThe First Lady's FLITE Foundation2012
Best in SustainabilityRichmond Magazine2014
Good Food OrganizationFood Tank and James Beard Foundation2014
Good Food OrganizationFood Tank and James Beard Foundation2015
Catalyst for Change nomineePartnership for Healthier America2016
Good Food OrganizationFood Tank and James Beard Foundation2016
Programs
Description

RVA’s & 31st Street Urban Farms: Two highly productive, four-season urban farms are local food learning centers located in low-access areas. They showcase and teach multiple methods of sustainable urban agriculture including: soil health through traditional and worm-composting, greenhouse management and seed starting, crop planning and succession planting, sustainable and integrated pest management practices and the harvesting, marketing, and distribution of produce to market. The produce grown is distributed to our Four Season Farmers’ Markets, to participating Corner Farm stores, and to a diverse array of local restaurants and grocers.


Description

Four Season Farmers’ Markets: Our markets are in important strategy in our efforts to bring affordable, healthy food options to the most vulnerable of our cities residents. Held weekly in partnership with VCU Massey Cancer Center, our markets provide produce to patients receiving treatments at Massey’s Dalton Oncology Clinic. Our markets offer Double Up incentives which are designed to overcome the two most common barriers to produce consumption by SNAP participants: It increases the amount that families have available to spend on produce by matching SNAP benefits with additional funds and uses the new buying power to bring farm-fresh fruits and vegetables into underserved low-income communities.

Description

Corner Farm: RVA’s Citywide Healthy Corner Store Initiative is directly addressing the food deserts in our community. Corner Farm promotes healthy eating habits by increasing access and availability to healthy, local food for neighborhoods currently lacking by creating partnerships with local corner and convenience store owners in order to distribute weekly orders of fresh, healthy food. We support store owners and employees in the handling and marketing of fresh produce and create risk-free opportunities for owners to integrate healthy food options in their store. We enhance the distribution with nutrition education, food skills training, and in-depth cooking classes aimed to support consumers using SNAP which take place on-site at participating stores, in public housing resource centers and community service organizations throughout the city.


Description

Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program: Our nation is now experiencing a transformation of how we eat, produce and distribute our food and the rapid growth of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture across the county are evidence of this shift. Virginia’s farmers are aging out, while the demand for local food is increasing. Our workforce development program is addressing this need. Urban Ag fellows work with us for 12-month terms that provide in-depth and hands-on experiences grounded in the business of sustainable urban agriculture. Fellows are prepared to address the gaps across food production and delivery through our training and earn a certificate upon completion that is recognized by the USDA/NRCS.

Description

Children’s Gardens at Peter Paul Development Center & Fore Kids at Independence Golf Club: Growing sustainability one gardener at a time is the empowerment tool that the Children’s Gardens bring to youth at PPDC and Fore Children. Tricycle Gardens’ garden educator is bringing SOL-related curriculum to the experiential activities provided to participants. We are connecting children to our true source of food, providing enriching outdoor experiences and bringing classroom learning to life with hundreds of students at each site, each year.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $701,000.00
Projected Expenses $649,225.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$394,178----
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$98,138$392,649$201,789
------
$80,008$38,377$26,482
Investment Income, Net of Losses$136($200)$5
Membership Dues------
Special Events$2,533$39,840$29,961
Revenue In-Kind$33,000$2,000--
Other$18,628$9,862$19,224
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$387,220$228,312$123,394
Administration Expense$31,496$30,387$66,788
Fundraising Expense$47,821$29,003$24,492
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.341.681.29
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%79%57%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%7%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$444,993$284,909$91,697
Current Assets$393,296$264,943$91,288
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0--$26
Total Net Assets$444,993$284,909$91,671
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----3511.08
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 prepared internally by the organization
  • Financial information provided by the Form 990
  • Revenue from "Individuals" may also include support from corporations