Trees make life better. Arbor Day is officially on April 30th but many cities including Richmond celebrate it in late Autumn. As part of this year’s Arbor celebration, Reforest Richmond and the City of Richmond are giving away 10,000 free Eastern Redbud seedlings at citywide pickup sites.
Why are Eastern Redbuds special?
Eastern Redbuds are fantastic understory trees known for their heart-shaped leaves and pink flowers. They are native to the Richmond region and a fantastic source of food and habitat for local birds and pollinating insects.
Watering: Keeping your baby trees watered is important during their first year. One heavy watering every week is ideal. Keep the soil and mulch moist but not soggy. The water should soak into the soil and mulch, but avoid watering so much that you see standing water.
Location: Redbuds love both shady and sunny spots. They live happily under the shade of larger overstory trees or in full sun. Redbuds top out at 25’ tall and are low maintenance and can be planted individually or in little groups.
The bright pink flowers that cover the twigs in spring are edible and somewhat tangy. Great for salads.
Mature Spread: 25 – 35′
Bloom Time: April
Fall Color: Yellow
Tree pickup sites will be open on the following dates at the locations you can see on the map:
- Friday, October 30th + Saturday, October 31st
- Friday, November 6th + Saturday, November 7th
- Friday, November 13th + Saturday, November 14th
Three Businesses Heading Into Red Cap Patisserie Spot
Where once stood a bakery will now stand vendors selling Filipino food, Italian food, and coffee.
Red Cap Patisserie was one of my favorite bakeries in town. Unfortunately, it hasn’t survived. The location at 719 N. Meadow instead is turning into Market on Meadow.
Spotted on Instagram (edited for format).
We are SO EXCITED to finally announce our small business collaboration, Market on Meadow.
We are founded by 3 local RVA market vendors who create their products from the ground up:
- Polpetti, with the most delicious Italian goods & creators of the amazing Polpetti Pockets.
- Auntie Ning’s, a Filipino-owned business spearheading quality Filipino food into the RVA scene with their lumpia, pancit, lechon, empanadas, and much more.
- Column 15, a Black & Filipino, women-owned coffee roastery that specializes in nitro cold brew and adds those really refreshing coffee ice spheres into your drink.
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Filipino food truck Auntie Ning’s, coffee shop Column 15 and Polpetti Catering, which sells Italian fare, are going in together to launch Market on Meadow in the former Red Cap Patisserie at 719 N. Meadow St.
Combining retail sales, a shared kitchen and a sit-down dining area, the market also will feature a commissary kitchen program for other users.
Each of the three tenants will continue to operate as an independent brand. Each concept will have a separate menu and retail offerings, and will each facilitate its operations at the market with its own staff, Column 15 co-owner Victoria Goldsby said.
Science Museum of Virginia and RVAir Looking for Volunteers to Check Out Forest Hill Park
Collaborators will take walks through Forest Hill Park or other Richmond neighborhoods to collect data using hand-held AirBeam sensors to test for particulate matter (PM).
Details snagged from the Science Musuem of Virginia RVAir page.
What Is RVAir?
The Museum’s current community science project is studying air quality in Richmond neighborhoods and we need you! We need individuals and community partners to help us measure local concentrations of airborne pollution known as particulate matter (PM), a mixture of microscopic particles in the air that has been linked with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
Why Is This needed?
According to our project partners at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Richmond region experienced zero unhealthy ozone air quality days for the first time since monitoring began in the 1970s in 2019 (yay!). However, the National Asthma and Allergy Foundation consistently ranks Richmond as the 12th worst city in the U.S. for asthma sufferers. Why might this be?
Air quality ratings for the entire Richmond area are based on data collected that represents the regional “airshed.” We know from studies in other cities that local changes in the environment such as wide streets, traffic volume, close proximity to interstates and the number of trees lining streets can significantly change the amount of pollution in the air we breathe at the hyper-local level.
By getting local experts (you!) to help us get locally-specific air quality data throughout Richmond, we can help create home-grown solutions to Richmond’s climate resiliency challenge.How Can I Get Involved?
We need collaborators to join us on walks through Richmond neighborhoods to collect data using hand-held AirBeam sensors to test for particulate matter (PM). By joining us whenever you can, you’ll be helping us collect data that will be directly uploaded to public, open source GIS maps showing local PM concentrations.
- Feel free to bring kids! Families are encouraged to participate. Just have one lead adult fill out the form.
- You must be 18 or older to participate on your own.
- Routes vary from 2-4 miles and typically take about an hour, but shorter 30-minute options are available.
- Most route options are on flat, paved surfaces and are wheelchair accessible.
- Accompaniment is available for anyone who may require assistance.
- Biking is an option.
- There are options for remote participation.
- There’s no cost to participate.
- Let us know about anything else you may need to ensure this project is accessible and inclusive.
Looks like they need 12 folks each day for three different days later this month. They’re also looking for volunteers to hit up Abner Clay Park and the Science Museum of Virginia.