Terra Verde

Growing Food in an Oil Town

In Richmond, California, fenceline communities near the Chevron oil refinery are impacted daily by the fossil fuel industry’s influence over local politics and the economy, as well as by the environmental and health risks of living in an oil town. But in the face of industry negligence, pollution, food insecurity, and more, community activists in Richmond have stepped up to fight for the place they call home.

On this episode of Terra Verde, Doria Robinson, Executive Director of Urban Tilth, and Madeline Ostrander, author of the new book At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earthjoin host Fiona McLeod to discuss how community members in Richmond are transforming local food systems through urban farms, holding oil companies and elected officials accountable, and building a blueprint for a just transition away from fossil fuels.