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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 […]

 

Spruce Hill: Uhuru’s Flea Market Coordinator Inspires Young Africans To Make Change

Spruce Hill: Uhuru’s Flea Market Coordinator Inspires Young Africans To Make Change

Tiffany Murphy, a native of West Philadelphia, fell in love with community organization and civic engagement during her childhood. Years later, she is now the coordinator for the Uhuru Flea Market and the upcoming One Africa, One Nation Uhuru Book Fair Market that institutionalizes and develops programs to defend the human and civil rights of people […]

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Clark Park: Eating Healthy and Affordable with Livengood Family Farm

Clark Park: Eating Healthy and Affordable with Livengood Family Farm

Eating healthy, wholesome and local is no longer a privilege but a possibility for everyone in West Philadelphia, thanks to Livengood Family Farms. Entering its 15th year of selling Lancaster, Pennsylvania-grown produce and vegetables, Livengood Family Farms has become one of Clark Park Farmers Market’s biggest vendors. Dwain Livengood and his family are at the center […]

 

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Just when you think the fast-paced, industrialized, city life is dry and desolate, the Philadelphia Orchard Project brings nature’s beauties to brighten up Philly’s urban neighborhoods. As a nonprofit, community-based organization, the Philadelphia Orchard Project transforms vacant lots, schoolyards, community gardens and areas in low-wealth neighborhoods into green spaces to harvest useful and edible plants for the […]

 

Spruce Hill: Frank Chance Says Friends of Clark Park are Looking for Funding for Park Projects

Spruce Hill: Frank Chance Says Friends of Clark Park are Looking for Funding for Park Projects

Frank Chance (above) is secretary of Friends of Clark Park, a nonprofit corporation and volunteer organization that helps improve and maintain Clark Park in the Spruce Hill section of West Philadelphia. Chance previously served as the president of the organization from 2007 to 2009. Why did you join Friends of Clark Park? We live about a […]

 

Spruce Hill: Farmers’ Market Provides Locally Grown Produce

Spruce Hill: Farmers’ Market Provides Locally Grown Produce

Spruce Hill has access to farm-fresh fruits and vegetables at Clark Park. Takia McClendon is the manager of the area Farmers’ Market. How has the turnout been? This market on average brings in about 5oo to 600 people every Thursday. Then we do the same market on Saturday with a lot more vendors, and that […]

 

Spruce Hill and Walnut Hill: Local Bands Gear Up for Clark Park Fest

Spruce Hill and Walnut Hill: Local Bands Gear Up for Clark Park Fest

Since 1970, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival has been a summer staple in the West Philadelphia area, attracting local musical acts, artists and vendors. This year’s festival is at the end of the month, but preparations have been underway since late March. “There’s a number of different attractions we have,” said Joshua Craft, owner […]

 By Lucas Rodgers

Spruce Hill: Dollar Strollin’ in West Philly

Spruce Hill: Dollar Strollin’ in West Philly

These days, it’s hard to get much out of a dollar, especially in an urban area such as Philadelphia. Then again, a dollar can still cover a good bargain on certain occasions. During the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll on Sept. 12, great deals were everywhere along this busy street in West Philadelphia. Businesses located on Baltimore […]

 By Amelia Brust and Lucas Rodgers

Spruce Hill: Philly Celebrates Pagan Pride at Clark Park

Spruce Hill: Philly Celebrates Pagan Pride at Clark Park

Philadelphia Pagan Pride hosted its first incorporated Pagan Pride Day at Clark Park last week on Aug. 31. Pagan Pride Day is a chance for Pagans, Wiccans, Heathens and other groups to celebrate shared traditions and learn about different customs. Robert Schreiwer, president of the board of directors for Philadelphia Pagan Pride, got the idea […]

 By Colin Gerrity

Walnut Hill: Park Advocates Ask City to Show Them the Money

Walnut Hill: Park Advocates Ask City to Show Them the Money

Broken tree branches, cracked sidewalks, cluttered paths. These issues should be routine maintenance. But with the uncertainty of proper funding to the Parks and Recreation Department, these problems could continue to increase and spiral out of control. On April 17, members of the Friends of Clark Park joined with 250 enraged citizens inside City Council […]