Students in Richmond giving away organic food

February 28, 2010 7:16:34 PM PST
Students are sewing the seeds of change in Richmond where they are growing organic produce at their schools and giving it away.

The program is a joint venture between two Richmond schools and the non-profit Urban Tilth.

Richmond High students spent Sunday expanding the size of the organic garden. Last year, teens grew enough food to supply 10 families. This year they hope to serve 80.

"They need opportunities to lead. They need opportunities to have mentors. They need opportunities to grow and learn things that they can then share," Urban Tilth Executive Director Doria Robinson told ABC7. "That's really how you get at these kinds of really deep societal problems, is to empower these kids to make positive decisions."

Over the next few months, the students will grow a variety of fruit and vegetables including lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes and strawberries.