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Point Breeze: Urban Farmer Shares His Craft With Community

Point Breeze: Urban Farmer Shares His Craft With Community

Twenty-seven-year-old Atiba Ellerby is a part-time barista and full-time urban farmer. When he’s not making coffee at The Pharmacy, a coffee shop in Point Breeze, he is tending to gardens throughout the city. Farming is a craft he learned 14 years ago through the Urban Nutrition Initiative. How do you feel you impact your community? […]

 By Max Pulcini and Erin Purcell

Axis Philly: Vacant Properties Damage Real Estate Values

Axis Philly: Vacant Properties Damage Real Estate Values

Would you rather live on a block that is speckled with ramshackle, rundown abandoned houses or one with inviting green community gardens? There are about 40,000 vacant parcels, which are property units, in the city of Philadelphia. Out of those 40,000 properties, 12,000 are owned by various city agencies. These city agencies are responsible for […]

 By Alyssa Saylor and Sara Khan

Plan Philly: Residents Look Forward to Community Gardens

Plan Philly: Residents Look Forward to Community Gardens

Scarecrows and shovels, trash cans and gardening gloves are strewn about in South Kensington community gardens. Few plants are blooming, but preparations are underway for another year of community-based gardening. “I think that community gardens can really bring people out from the community [and] give you a chance to meet your neighbors or people living […]

 By Steven Mitchell

Northeast: Parkwood Community Garden a Go, Volunteers Sought

Northeast: Parkwood Community Garden a Go, Volunteers Sought

A community garden is in the process of becoming a reality for the residents in Parkwood with help from the community to politicians. With support from Councilman Brian O’Neill, R-10th, an 18,000-sq. ft. garden located next to the Community College of Philadelphia along Townsend Road can now happen. O’Neill has dropped an amendment to the zoning code that would […]