Farm for the City: Growing for Greater Good

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

2017
$300,000

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The Summer Winter Community Garden at 32nd and Summer Streets in Philadelphia, a community garden supported through Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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The PHS Pop Up Garden at the Viaduct Rail Park at 10th and Hamilton Streets in Philadelphia, created by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2016. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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Aspen Farms, in West Philadelphia, a community garden supported through the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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A view looking west in the PHS Pop Up Garden at 20th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, created by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2011. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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A view looking southeast in the PHS Pop Up Garden at 20th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, created by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2011. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Farm for the City: Growing for Greater Good will transform center city Philadelphia’s Thomas Paine Plaza into a temporary “farm-as-art installation” to encourage public conversations about the role of urban agriculture in strengthening communities. Demonstrating to visitors that, as PHS says, “gardens are places where people come together,” the project will offer gardening workshops, large-scale community dinners, and poetry and storytelling performances, along with interactive panel discussions organized around the themes of food access and community revitalization. Over the course of four months, the farm’s raised bed gardens will grow an estimated 1,000 pounds of produce, which will be donated to Broad Street Ministry, a nearby community service organization dedicated to serving the homeless. The project will also enable PHS to develop an apprenticeship model to cultivate emerging community and civic leaders who will continue the momentum sparked by Farm for the City.