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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!

The Farm at Bartram's Garden Orchard Update: Bartram’s Garden

Big changes are in the works at Bartram’s Garden, the country’s first garden and home of the largest community orchard in the city.  This season, Bartram’s Garden unveiled their first major garden restoration in nearly 100 years. Construction is also underway on the Bartram’s Mile trail, which will connect the Garden to the popular Schuylkill … Continue reading Orchard Update: Bartram’s Garden

20160622_200235 Volunteer Spotlight: Plant Donor Jeanette DiMeo

We are eternally grateful to our volunteers and supporters, including POP plant donor Jeanette DiMeo, who has generously donated us many fig trees that we have planted in orchards across the city! We asked Jeanette to share her experience as a volunteer with us. Read on to learn about her “Hershey bar figs.” Q. Did you … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Plant Donor Jeanette DiMeo

IMG_20160607_155735070 POP Intern Experience: Bridget Downey

The first day I interned with POP was at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. It was the first day of March and incidentally the morning after my beloved dog passed on. We started many perennial seeds in the Federation of Neighborhood Centers’ greenhouse space, and it felt like a good way to honor the … Continue reading POP Intern Experience: Bridget Downey

Tony Dorman helping with an orchar Volunteer Spotlight: Orchard Liaison Tony Dorman

POP is able to support 54 city orchards thanks to the efforts of our amazing and dedicated volunteers! Especially crucial to our success are our orchard liaisons, who serve as lead volunteers for our many orchard sites. We asked Tony Dorman, who serves as the orchard liaison for both Philadelphia Montessori Charter School and Tilden Middle School, … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Orchard Liaison Tony Dorman

Black Mulberries Plant Spotlight: The Plucky Mulberry (Morus)

Written by 2016 POP Intern, Lucia Kearney.  Despite their reputation as a weed tree, many people in both urban and rural environments have very fond childhood memories of mulberries!  My own past is filled deliciously with mulberries. When I was a kid, my parents worked in Manayunk. On days when there was no school, I’d go to … Continue reading Plant Spotlight: The Plucky Mulberry (Morus)

Juneberry 1 Plant Spotlight: The Joyful Juneberry (Amelanchier spp)

By 2016 POP Intern, Lucia Kearney. It’s June, and that means a piece of good news for us all: the juneberries are ripening! While this is making some of us leap up and down doing happy dances, I’m sure it’s also making some ask, “What the heck’s a juneberry?!” Great question. Read all about them … Continue reading Plant Spotlight: The Joyful Juneberry (Amelanchier spp)

Pawpaw fruit Plant Spotlight: Meet the Pawpaw! (Asimina triloba)

By 2016 POP Intern, Lucia Kearney. I first encountered the pawpaw one late-September day when my former elementary school art teacher came to my parents’ house for dinner. She and her husband had gone foraging for them on Swarthmore College’s campus before heading our way. I was perplexed; these fruits were native to the area, … Continue reading Plant Spotlight: Meet the Pawpaw! (Asimina triloba)

Volunteers preparing the soil for orchard planting at Penn Alexander School in West Philly. Volunteer Spotlight: Chris

POP could not continue to plant and maintain orchards throughout the city without the help of our dedicated volunteers. We asked Chris Poehlmann, who recently participated in our new orchard planting day at Penn Alexander School, to share his volunteer experience with us. Read on to learn about how his unique skillset came in handy … Continue reading Volunteer Spotlight: Chris

Air Layering Pictogram Edible Perennial Propagation: Cuttings and Layering

By 2015-2016 POP Education and Outreach Intern, Alyssa Schimmel. In this edition of our Edible Plant Propagation series, we’ll cover cuttings and layering as easy and inexpensive methods for generating new fruiting vines and berry bushes for your garden or orchard. Cuttings and layering are two forms of asexual or vegetative propagation in which we … Continue reading Edible Perennial Propagation: Cuttings and Layering

grafting cut Fruit Tree Propagation: Grafting

By Lucia Kearney, 2016 POP Orchard Intern It might surprise you to learn that almost no fruit trees are grown from seed. There are several reasons for this, one of the primary being that most fruit tree seeds are unlikely to produce the same variety of fruit as the parent tree. This is especially true … Continue reading Fruit Tree Propagation: Grafting

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