Sankofa Commuity Orchard2021-05-21T09:46:08-04:00

Sankofa Community Orchard

Over 80 Fruit Trees on 1 acre on Richmond’s Southside

The Sankofa Community Orchard is a one-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 1 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.

Sankofa Community Orchard serves as an example of community resiliency, urban greening, and beautification in the Richmond region. 

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