To plant orchards in the city of Philadelphia that grow healthy food, green spaces and community food security.
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Mission. The Philadelphia Orchard Project plants orchards in the city of Philadelphia that grow healthy food, green spaces and community food security.
POP works with community-based groups and volunteers to plan and plant orchards filled with useful and edible plants. POP provides the plants, trees, and training. Community organizations own, maintain, and harvest the orchards, expanding community-based food production. 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 community food security for Philadelphia’s future!
Some of the highlights from Fall 2012:
Planted our 500th fruit tree and our 1000th berry bush in
Celebrated our second annual Philadelphia Orchard Day with
harvest festivals, cider-pressing, pumpkin-painting, and lots of
fresh fruit at POP partner sites in neighborhoods across the
Formed a new Education Committee and hosted orchard all-star
Lee Reich for a Fruit Growing Simplified workshop.
Involved over five hundred Philadelphians from across the city
in planting and caring for community orchards.
Hired Phil Forsyth as Executive Director through grant support from the Claneil Foundation, the Samuel Fels Fund, the Patricia Kind Family Foundation, the Austelle Foundation and the Union Benevolent Association.