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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 […]

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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 […]

 

Manayunk: Along With Healthy Foods, Pretzel Park Farmers Market Offers A Sense Of Community

Manayunk: Along With Healthy Foods, Pretzel Park Farmers Market Offers A Sense Of Community

The Pretzel Park Farmers Market, now in its fourth year of operation, provides fresh and organic fruits and vegetables to the people of Manayunk, a community known to be lacking in accessible healthy food retailers. The market takes place every Saturday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) from mid-May through November. It’s run by Friends of […]

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Manayunk: Kevin Smith Fights for Development that Makes Sense

Manayunk: Kevin Smith Fights for Development that Makes Sense

Kevin Smith is president of the Manayunk Neighborhood Council, a not-for-profit civic association dedicated to promoting a unified and sustainable community in Manayunk. Smith, who was raised in Southern California and moved to Manayunk about 20 years ago, sat down at Volo Coffeehouse on Main Street to discuss some of the issues and projects the […]

 

Center City: Weekly Farmers Markets Giving Philadelphians A Chance to Eat Fresh and Buy Locally

Center City: Weekly Farmers Markets Giving Philadelphians A Chance to Eat Fresh and Buy Locally

Farmers’ markets play an integral role in the community. They are an essential tool in linking urban and rural populations. Not only are people getting the opportunity to buy fresh locally grown foods, but it gives them the chance to connect with others in their communities. Founded in 2001 by Bob Pierson, Farm to City […]

 

Fitler Square: The Biggest and Most Intensely Local Farmers Market

Fitler Square: The Biggest and Most Intensely Local Farmers Market

As the old postal adage goes, neither rain nor sleet nor snow deters the numerous Fitler Square residents who descend upon the park’s weekly farmers market. Held every Saturday, the modest outdoor market is comprised of local farmers and businesses from throughout the region, plying their locally-sourced produce, meats and baked goods. The market is one […]

 

Mayfair: Joe DeFelice and The City’s Premier Civic Association

Mayfair: Joe DeFelice and The City’s Premier Civic Association

Joe DeFelice is a true Mayfair man. Living in the city his entire life, DeFelice moved back to the neighborhood after graduating from La Salle University and began his role as a community leader. Even as a young child growing up in Mayfair, DeFelice took on the role as a leader by becoming president of the […]

 

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 […]

 

Health Beat: Five People Making a Difference

Health Beat: Five People Making a Difference

When looking at health issues in Philadelphia, many people stand out as making a difference in the field. There are a plethora of people trying improve well-being through healthy eating establishments, wellness places, urban farms and meal clubs. They support change and encourage people to think differently about wellness. 1. Jan Shaeffer (above), president and CEO of St. […]

 By Micaella Wesley and Samuel Scimeca

Mill Creek: Urban Farm Gives Residents a Healthy Choice

Mill Creek: Urban Farm Gives Residents a Healthy Choice

Mill Creek Farm is an educational urban farm that’s dedicated to improving local access to fresh produce, building a healthy community and promoting sustainable food system. Micaiah Hall, the assistant farm manager, makes sure that the farm, located at 4901 Brown St. in West Philadelphia, produces to demand. He plants the next season’s crops, runs their produce […]