Sankofa Community Orchard
Over 80 Fruit Trees on 5 acres on Richmond’s Southside
The Sankofa Community Orchard is a five acre green space dedicated to food justice and climate resiliency consisting of over 80 fruit trees in the Southside of Richmond Virginia.
WHY SANKOFA COMMUNITY ORCHARD
The City of Richmond and local nonprofits have long dedicated efforts to ensure stormwater best management practices are implemented along Reedy Creek to ensure a healthier Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Sankofa Community Orchard has Reedy Creek as boundaries on two of its sides. Our vision for Sankofa Community orchard is that it will serve as a 5 acre BMP using fruit trees and fruiting shrubs as green infrastructure.
increasing access to healthy food through fresh fruit for the community
Historically, the larger portion of Richmond that is denoted as Southside exists as a result of its annexation from Chesterfield in the 1970’s; an effort to dilute African American political power. As a result of the annexation; there are fewer public greenspaces in Richmond’s Southside. In addition to lack of public greenspace, Southside Richmond also has limited access to healthy food dependent upon where you live. The Sankofa Community Orchard addresses the need for public greenspace while simultaneously addressing community need for food access through the installation of over 80 fruit trees and fruiting shrubs.
Open House + Black Ribbon Cutting
The Sankofa Community Orchard is excited to announce the grand opening and ribbon cutting of its location at 309 Covington Road, in Richmond, Virginia. The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 12:00 pm on Friday, October 29th, where attendees can tour the beautiful orchard and learn more about its products, services and programming.
Sankofa Community Orchard serves as an example of community resiliency, urban greening, and beautification in the Richmond region.
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