Community Gardens

Grounded in Philly

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Every time I turn around, something really cool is going on in Philadelphia. This time, it’s Grounded in Philly. The website lists all the vacant lots in Philly, along with a lot of information—including the owner, size of the lot, why the lot is considered vacant, and the property’s City Council, planning and zoning districts. Why is this important? Because Grounded in Philly wants you to find a vacant lot near you and turn it into an urban garden or other green space. They’re part of Garden Justice Legal Initiative, so it’s all done legally.

There are a plethora of ways for you to get involved with Grounded in Philly.

Head over there and play around with the map/lot finder. It’s shocking how many abandoned lots there are—you can take the lead in creating a place for public food foraging, community gardens, etc!

Posted by Nicole on 06/27 at 05:53 PM

Coming to a Garden Near You: Philadelphia Pepper Project

Thursday, February 16, 2012

pepperHot peppers may not be in season right now (unless you’ve got a greenhouse), but there are plans afoot for an exciting pepper project in Philadelphia. Called the Philadelphia Pepper Project, it aims to grow heirloom peppers with Philly history and make them available in public gardens and byways in the city. The idea is to reintroduce the heritage of these peppers to gardeners and others and help preserve the history.

Anita McKelvey, a semi-retired chef and director of Authentic Philadelphia, is behind the project. Be sure to check out the blog to see what projects she’s participating in each month. The blog is also full of useful information on pepper varieties, seed houses, pepper history, interviews, and advice on seed saving.

Keep an eye out for heirloom varieties of peppers available through the Philadelphia Pepper Project this summer. We’ll definitely be waiting to see what kind of peppers pop up throughout the city!

Posted by Nicole on 02/16 at 01:35 PM

Walnut Hill Farm Stand Opens!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Farm Stand 2

The farm that Erica and Nick from Philly Rooted (and Farm to Philly!) have been working so hard at has produced its first full crops and the farm stand, in cooperation with the Enterprise Center, is open for business!

The Walnut Hill Community Farm, in collaboration with Farm to City and Common Market, is operating two farm stands this season. The farm stands are operated by our Youth Growers, who learn business skills, tend the urban farm, and sell the fresh produce back to the community. One stand is located on-site at the Community Farm (4610 Market Street), supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It runs on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:00-6:00 PM. A second farm stand is located on the concourse level of SEPTA’s offices (1234 Market Street). This stand operates every other Wednesday (next market day is June 15th from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM). For more information, please contact Bryan Fenstermaker at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 215-895-4020.

Posted by Erin on 06/09 at 01:49 PM

Start Your Own Community Garden!

Monday, January 17, 2011

I can personally attest to the awesome-ness of this course - after I took the winter and spring sessions I started not one, but two community gardens in West Philly!

Garden Tenders:  Create a Neighborhood Garden

These self-help courses are designed for individuals and groups who want to improve their neighborhoods by turning vacant lots and other spaces into both community and individual gardens.  Garden Tenders participants learn how to get gardens started, and how to keep things going once the garden is in the ground.

Winter:    Saturday, January 29, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Fee $10 Preregistration deadline: Jan 21.

Spring:    Wednesdays, March 23, 30, April 6, 20, and 27, May 4 and 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m. &
                    Saturday, April 16, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.:  Fee $25 Preregistration deadline: March 18.

These trainings are held at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th Street, 5th Floor.
To register and pay online, go to
Act 48 credits are available.

For more information, contact Sally McCabe at 215-988-8846 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by Erica on 01/17 at 07:34 PM

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