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Spruce Hill: Greensgrow Urban Farm Talks Food Insecurity And Community

Spruce Hill: Greensgrow Urban Farm Talks Food Insecurity And Community

Greensgrow Farm was created to bring fresh, locally-grown produce to Philadelphia. Today, two locations and mobile markets (in Fishtown and West Philadelphia) provide fruits, vegetables, flowers and a sense of community across the city. The urban farm located at 5123 Baltimore Ave. seeks to raise awareness of the necessity of wholesome agricultural practices, as well […]

 

Immigration: Artist Mobilizes Immigrant Communities For Social Justice

Immigration: Artist Mobilizes Immigrant Communities For Social Justice

Ten years ago, Michelle Angela Ortiz hoped to be where she is today – a successful visual artist, skilled muralist and community arts educator. For more than 18 years, Ortiz has been using art as a tool for communication between communities. Through painting, printmaking and community arts practices, Ortiz is able to share the narratives […]

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Kingsessing: Through Teamwork, Coach Teaches More Than Football To Youth

Kingsessing: Through Teamwork, Coach Teaches More Than Football To Youth

As a sixth grade student, Dontae Privette walked by the Kingsessing Recreation Center every day to get to school. “I’ve always just been connected to Kingsessing and this neighborhood,” said Privette, who grew up nearby in West Philadelphia. Now he’s constantly at the center, where he works as the executive director of the Kingsessing Roadrunners, […]

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City Politics: Philly Food Bucks Reaches A Milestone In Empowering SNAP Shoppers

City Politics: Philly Food Bucks Reaches A Milestone In Empowering SNAP Shoppers

“When Food Bucks came out at Clark Park, I was on the SNAP benefits,” said Meghan Filoromo of The Food Trust’s Philly Food Bucks program. Filoromo was working at the market at the time. “It made such a huge difference for what I could purchase,” Filoromo said. “[Before Philly Food Bucks] I was trying to just buy […]

 

Kingsessing: Developing Adult Literacy Provides Opportunities

Kingsessing: Developing Adult Literacy Provides Opportunities

Eight years ago, Darrow Lyons’ wife encouraged him to join Never 2 Late, an adult literacy program offered through the Center for Literacy, an organization that provides programs to adult learners. The 63-year-old South Philly resident has been attending classes ever since. The program is held at the Kingsessing Branch of the Free Library every […]

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Belmont: Entrepreneur Jennell Moody Hopes To Inspire City’s Youth

Belmont: Entrepreneur Jennell Moody Hopes To Inspire City’s Youth

When she was 14 years old, Jennell Moody (above) started braiding her neighbors’ hair on the front steps of her mother’s North Philadelphia home. Word of her skills spread through word of mouth, and Moody eventually turned her hairstyling into a small business, charging $10 for the neighborhood girls to come get their hair done. […]

 

Fishtown: Joe Primavera Building Community One Music Lesson At A Time

Fishtown: Joe Primavera Building Community One Music Lesson At A Time

After graduating from Temple University in 2008 with a degree in music, Joe Primavera taught private guitar and piano lessons throughout Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, he founded Philly Music Lessons, working out of a small recording studio in the basement of his Fishtown home. Soon after hiring a few close friends to teach […]

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Mayfair: Behind The Counter For 46 Years, And Counting

Mayfair: Behind The Counter For 46 Years, And Counting

Walking through the chrome-handled door at the Mayfair Diner, there is often a familiar face to greet you on the other side. Betty Woods has worked the tables here on Frankford Avenue for 46 years. “I just fell in love with it. I don’t think I could have worked in an office,” Woods said with […]

 

Immigration: Using Art to Share the Asian American Migration Experience

Immigration: Using Art to Share the Asian American Migration Experience

Through the power of art, even the most complex stories of immigration and assimilation can be expressed. Located on the 1200 block of Vine Street, the Asian Arts Initiative has linked art and communities since 1993. AAI is a multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to exploring experiences of Asian Americans and bridging dialogue with diverse communities. […]

 

Spruce Hill: Neighbors in Little Osage Come Together for Disaster Relief

Spruce Hill: Neighbors in Little Osage Come Together for Disaster Relief

Carlos Pérez Sámano wasn’t sure why his phone kept losing service on Sept. 19, but when he returned home from Center City and connected to the wifi, he was bombarded with text messages. “Everyone was saying, ‘I’m OK. I’m OK. I’m OK,’” Pérez Sámano said. “And I was like, what happened?” There had been a […]

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