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!

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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

Strawberry Mansion picking 4 POP Newsletter Summer 2015

“For Ms. Lisa, UTC staff and Pearl Street resident for practically her entire life, the orchard is a sanctuary. She can see it from her kitchen window, blooming in the spring and bearing fruit in the summer, and she wonders how she is so blessed to have an orchard in the city.” –Sue Witte, Urban … Continue reading POP Newsletter Summer 2015

adult of moth Tips for Managing Codling Moth: Don’t Give Me that Frass!

  The worm in your apple is usually actually a codling moth larvae! Often found inside apples, pears, and walnuts as the light pink worm that’s beaten you to the crunch, the codling moth, Cydia (Laspeyresia) pomonella, is a common orchard pest that can survive between seasons, and if left unchecked, can consume 20 to … Continue reading Tips for Managing Codling Moth: Don’t Give Me that Frass!

peach butter Preservation: Canning Safety and Summer Recipes

Whether you’re making jams, jellies, preserves, conserves, fruit butters, shrubs, sauces or something else – canning is a great way to preserve the abundance of the harvest to enjoy throughout the year! Intro to Canning Safety Ensuring that the food you’re eating is free from things that will make you sick is extremely important. If … Continue reading Preservation: Canning Safety and Summer Recipes

POPharvest Asian Pear Summer Harvest Timing and Equipment

After years of cultivation and year-round attention to orchard maintenance, it may finally be time to harvest from your fruit trees! It is often quite simple to tell when fruits are ready, as ripe fruits are well-colored and are easily plucked off the spur, with little resistance. The ground color, or the color of the … Continue reading Summer Harvest Timing and Equipment

7579 “Planting a revolution, one vegetable garden at a time” – Philly News

BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927 IT WAS 2011. Outside City Hall were rows of tents where many flavors of political persuasion could be found – anarchists, communists, Democratic socialists, libertarians. This was Occupy Philadelphia, or, as Dusty Hinz remembers it, a “great coming-out party for the general left.” Amid the monthslong … Continue reading “Planting a revolution, one vegetable garden at a time” – Philly News

Giovanni Gagliardi's Paradiso figs Fresh Figs for Cold Climates

One of the wonder’s of Philadelphia’s fine fruit-growing climate is that we can grow certain warmer climate crops like the fig. South Philly is full of decades old fig trees brought over by immigrants from Italy and other Mediterranean countries. These trees were probably coddled in their youth, wrapped every winter as fig-growers still do in Brooklyn … Continue reading Fresh Figs for Cold Climates

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