How To: Start A Community Garden

How To: Start A Community Garden

Finding a place to care for plants or harvest crops in an urban setting like Philadelphia may not be easy. However, throughout the city there are more than 60 community gardens at the public’s disposal. If none of the established gardens are close enough to home, or the waiting list to join is too long, there’s […]

 

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 […]

 

South Philadelphia: Local Tree Planters Breathe Life Into Community

South Philadelphia: Local Tree Planters Breathe Life Into Community

Finding the time and energy to maintain one’s property can be a daunting task in a city like Philadelphia. In certain neighborhoods, having “curb appeal” can be as simple as not having a pileup of trash on your sidewalk. For the many local groups involved with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tenders program, beautification takes […]

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Queen Village: Tree Tenders Put Down Roots In The Community

Queen Village: Tree Tenders Put Down Roots In The Community

A group of volunteers in Queen Village known as the Tree Tenders came together on Nov. 19 for their bi-annual tree planting. They devoted their Saturday morning to improving the quality of life in the neighborhood. Volunteers were dispersed in groups of four throughout the community, as well as across other sections of the city. […]

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South Philadelphia: Juliane Ramic Helps Southeast Asian Refugees Grow Gardens And Plant Roots

South Philadelphia: Juliane Ramic Helps Southeast Asian Refugees Grow Gardens And Plant Roots

At first glance, it looks like a weed. Chin Baung, a slender, leafy plant with a sour taste, isn’t native to South Philadelphia. But come spring, Chin Baung thrives in three small gardens near 8th and Emily streets. The plots where it grows belong to Growing Home Gardens, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower […]

 

Poverty Beat: Making the Grass Greener for Returning Citizens

Poverty Beat: Making the Grass Greener for Returning Citizens

As the prison population in the United States has more than quintupled since the 1970s, re-entry to society has become nearly impossible for returning citizens. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the US holds 25 percent of the world’s prison population. About 65 million Americans possess a criminal record that not only limits tangible […]

 

Point Breeze: The Greening of a Neighborhood

Point Breeze homes don’t typically come with yards. An unbroken line of rowhouse after rowhouse is the dominant motif for several blocks on end, going up and down the compact neighborhood wedged just south of Center City between Washington Avenue and Moore Streets. Still, the neighborhood boasts plenty of green. “The philosophy is everything that […]

 By Dominique T. Johnson and Alexis Sachdev

Olney: Tending To Community

Olney: Tending To Community

Tree Tenders is a city-wide program in Philadelphia developed by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The primary mission of the program is to encourage people to volunteer and plant trees in their neighborhood. John Dobbs, coordinator for the Olney Tree Tenders, had always been a lover of trees and when first hearing about the Tree Tenders, […]

 

Powelton Village: City Harvest, Summer Winter Garden Give Back

Powelton Village: City Harvest, Summer Winter Garden Give Back

[vimeo 69130357] The City Harvest Program, founded by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, provides fresh produce to residents in need. The program, which is in its seventh year, was started by local gardeners who wanted to share the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor. Over the past seven years, PHS estimates that they have grown […]

 By Diana Cooper and Colin Lindsley

Kensington: Emerald Street Park Receives Grant

Kensington: Emerald Street Park Receives Grant

When the Emerald Street Park received a grant earlier this month from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the emphasis was put more on its value than the actual dollar amount. “The project’s worth is not something you can put a price tag on because it’s about education and influence in a community,” Tammy Leigh DeMent, program […]