PhillyEarth, an organization founded to teach local children about becoming community sustainability leaders, provides after-school programs, an urban farm site and community outreach programs to Fairhill.
Jon Hopkins, who runs the organization, welcomes a host of children into their space at the Village Arts and Humanities, 2544 Germantown Ave.
Hopkins most recently taught seven children on a Monday afternoon about different energy sources before organizing a craft to put his lesson into practice. The students, in teams of two, created their own homemade anemometers, a device designed to measure wind speed.
“I love this class because we get to go outside,” Rosemary, a 10-year-old student in the program, said. “[My anemometer] didn’t work, but it was so much fun.”
Dante Wright, 18, loved tying in the lessons with the urban garden which Hopkins also runs through PhillyEarth.
With produce such as peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and pickles, Dante and his classmates learn the basics of urban farming and the positive benefits in the community.
“It’s basically like science. And I love science,” Dante said.
Hopkins said he hopes the students take the initiative to share the lessons learned at PhillyEarth with their friends and classmates, spreading the benefits of urban sustainability to those who might not be reached by his organization.