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Food: Five Community Gardens Enriching Philadelphia

Food: Five Community Gardens Enriching Philadelphia

Community gardens are spreading like weeds throughout Philadelphia. These beautiful green spaces ensure sustainable, fresh produce in a concrete jungle and provide a refreshing feel to a metropolitan area. Not only do these open spaces equip their communities with healthy food options, they also improve the daily quality of people’s lives and give them opportunities […]

 

Squirrel Hill: Paradise In Progress Contributes To The Urban Farming Movement

Squirrel Hill: Paradise In Progress Contributes To The Urban Farming Movement

Peggy Nowak has a house in West Philadelphia that sits next to the lot her old home used to be situated on. Since being torn down, Nowak reclaimed that land to create her idea of a lavish garden filled with everything from milkweed to fig trees. The garden is called Paradise in Progress and is one of […]

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Brewerytown: Brewerytown Garden Brings Neighbors Together Through Food and Fun

Brewerytown: Brewerytown Garden Brings Neighbors Together Through Food and Fun

The Brewerytown Garden, located at 27th and Master streets, has become a staple in the community, bringing people together by welcoming them into the space, whether or not they have gardening experience. Nissa Eisenburg is a regular gardener at the garden. She explained what the garden means to the surrounding area. When was the garden […]

 

Queen Village: Community Gardeners Prepare for Winter

Queen Village: Community Gardeners Prepare for Winter

As the temperatures dropped, local gardeners came out in droves to clean up their community garden before hanging up their racks, hoses, pruners and shovels for the season. The Southwark Queen Village Community Garden hosted its fifth cleanup before the approaching winter season after months of growing plants, fruits, herbs and vegetables. Gardeners pruned dry leaves […]

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Northern Liberties: Liberty Lands Brings the Community Closer

Northern Liberties: Liberty Lands Brings the Community Closer

The Liberty Lands committee wakes up early many Saturday mornings not to drink coffee and relax but to plant trees, clean up trash and pull out weeds from more than 30 garden plots. Liberty Lands sits along North 3rd Street in Northern Liberties, covering two acres of land. The existence and upkeep of this park is all […]

 

North Philadelphia: Keeping the Strawberries in Strawberry Mansion

North Philadelphia: Keeping the Strawberries in Strawberry Mansion

On April 25, residents, volunteers and workers came outside during National Garden Month to weed, mulch and plant a new strawberry patch at the Fairmount Park orchard shared by Woodford Mansion and Strawberry Mansion. Leaders and organizers of the event such as Phil Forsyth, executive director at Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP), began by explaining the day’s plans […]

 

Kensington: Growers of Neighborhoods

Kensington: Growers of Neighborhoods

Since 1997, Greensgrow Farms has been an active member of Kensington, Philadelphia. A nationally recognized leader in urban farming, the farm aims to grow food in sustainable and economical ways. Through the use of greenhouses and high tunnel farming, the farm grows food that is sold at their farm stand In addition to selling produce, the farm […]

 

East Passyunk: Urban Jungle Helps Beautify Homes

A walk down Tasker Street from the subway to Urban Jungle on Passyunk Avenue takes one past two or three neighborhood Italian restaurants but nothing beats fresh tomatoes from your own garden. Kristin Mulvenna, the store and landscape manager at Urban Jungle, knows that South Philadelphians take pride in their gardens and their homegrown vegetables. “A […]

 

Cedar Park: Greensgrow West Teams Up With Mobile Markets To Supply Fresh Produce

Cedar Park: Greensgrow West Teams Up With Mobile Markets To Supply Fresh Produce

Nestled in the middle of the 4900 block of Baltimore Avenue sun shines on what would otherwise be a vacant lot and reminder of what once was a burnt down building. “We take pride in our area,” said Jennifer Foster, retail manger of Greensgrow West. “Gardening isn’t just a hobby it’s much more than that. […]

 

Kensington: Greensgrow Farms Teaches Alternative Ways to Garden

Kensington: Greensgrow Farms Teaches Alternative Ways to Garden

Founded in 1997 by Mary Seton Corboy and Tom Sereduk, Greensgrow Farms took over the littered lot of what used to be a steel-galvanizing factory on the corner of Cumberland and Almond streets in Kensington. Now a nationally recognized leader in urban farming, Greensgrow is open to the public year round with a mission to […]