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Plant the future with the Philadelphia Orchard Project!

POP works with community-based groups and volunteers to plan and plant orchards filled with useful and edible plants. POP provides orchard design assistance, plant materials, and training in orchard care. Community organizations own, maintain, and harvest the orchards, expanding community-based food production, environmental benefits, and opportunities for nature education. Orchards are planted in formerly vacant lots, community gardens, schoolyards, and other spaces, almost exclusively in low-wealth neighborhoods where people lack access to fresh fruit.

Please join POP in building a more beautiful and bountiful city for all!

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Learn more about POP’s work via our recent feature video on WHYY TV!

Hawthorns planted on the edges of Teens 4 Good 8th & Poplar Farm and Community Orchard Site Plant of The Month: Hawthorn

Hawthorns planted near 15th & Arch! Check out the leaf shape and fruit blossom end to help with identification. In December, POPHarvest’s last community gleaning of the season was a hawthorn berry harvest from the edges of Teens 4 Good’s farm at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Want to know about future events? Feel free … Continue reading Plant of The Month: Hawthorn

GT pruning 2015 POP Pruning Guide: Fruit Trees

Pruning is the regulation of plant growth and productivity through branch removal and bud manipulation. Good pruning can help fruit trees become more resistant to pests and disease, as well as bear a larger, more consistent, and better quality harvest.  Annual pruning is strongly recommended for best health and production of the more common pome and stone fruits (apples, pears, … Continue reading POP Pruning Guide: Fruit Trees

fruit Orchard Partner: Overbrook School for the Blind

Source: Overbrook School for the Blind Tower News Fall 2015 Overbrook School for the Blind has taken great strides in recent years to enhance the quality of our campus in the city by creating a healthy (and beautiful!) learning environment. The most visible development has been the OSB Edible Orchard Project which is largely located … Continue reading Orchard Partner: Overbrook School for the Blind

Great for gifts! Orchard-themed Holiday Gift Idea: Easy Apple Pie Filling

Post prepared by POP Education Committee Member, Karen Stark, GMO Free PA. I love apple season–the sight of reddening fruit hanging heavy from trees as the leaves change; the first bite of a tart, crisp apple picked straight from a tree; apple-cider and apple cider donuts; and all of the apple-themed recipes. Extend the autumnal warmth a … Continue reading Orchard-themed Holiday Gift Idea: Easy Apple Pie Filling

POPHarvest volunteers picking crabapples at UPenn POP and UPenn Team Up Again To Make Use of Unharvested Campus Fruits

Did you know that there are dozens of edible fruit trees planted throughout the University of Pennsylvania campus? POP and UPenn’s Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) collaborated for a second season to harvest from some of these underutilized trees, educating many passersby in the process. POP has been partnering with various grassroots groups, organizations, and … Continue reading POP and UPenn Team Up Again To Make Use of Unharvested Campus Fruits

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This year on December 1, Philadelphia Orchard Project will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving!   Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that … Continue reading #GivingTuesday

lea elementary rain garden Capturing and Conserving Water with Stormwater Catchments and Edible Rain Gardens

Volunteers plant water-loving perennials in the rain garden at new Lea Elementary partner orchard (above) In areas where runoff rainwater or overflow is a concern for causing soil erosion and the possible spread of chemical pollutants, pesticides, or sediment into the watertable, stormwater catchment allows for precipitation to be redirected into the landscape to benefit … Continue reading Capturing and Conserving Water with Stormwater Catchments and Edible Rain Gardens

wine caps Partnering with Stropharia: Integrating Beneficial and Edible Mushrooms into a Forest Garden Design

If you’ve ever had the urge to dig down a few inches into a pile of woodchips or a sheet­-mulched forest garden, you may have noticed the filamentous white tendrils of fungal mycelium inhabiting the woody debris below. This is just a glimpse of the natural processes that govern the life cycles within all forests: as plants and trees eventually die, … Continue reading Partnering with Stropharia: Integrating Beneficial and Edible Mushrooms into a Forest Garden Design

jujubes Late-Season Ripeners: A How-to on harvesting and preserving Jujubes, Persimmons, Medlars, Hardy Kiwis, & Gojis

POP plants orchards with an intention of having as long a season of harvestable crops as possible in our urban Northeast temperate climate. We’ve now experienced our first frosts of the season–bad for many annual plants and crops still hanging on trees, but a very necessary part of the ripening process for some of the … Continue reading Late-Season Ripeners: A How-to on harvesting and preserving Jujubes, Persimmons, Medlars, Hardy Kiwis, & Gojis

leaf compost Autumn Composting in Orchards

Compost Benefits Why put compost in your orchard? The benefits are many. Adding compost will add organic matter to your soil, and thereby feed your trees and bushes with vital nutrients. Additionally, spreading compost around the base of your trees and bushes will help with water retention and may reduce your irrigation needs. Compost also … Continue reading Autumn Composting in Orchards

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