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To plant and support community orchards in the city of Philadelphia.
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About POP

Imagine a Philadelphia where every community regardless of location or wealth has access to fresh, healthy fruit grown right in the neighborhood. . .

The Philadelphia Orchard Project plants and supports community orchards in the city of Philadelphia. Since 2007, POP has worked with community-based groups and volunteers to plan and plant orchards filled with useful and edible plants in neighborhoods across the city. 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. Orchards are planted in formerly vacant lots, community gardens, schoolyards, and other urban spaces, almost exclusively in low-wealth neighborhoods where people lack access to fresh fruit.


POP builds a knowledge-base and culture of orcharding and fruit-growing that connects diverse communities in Philadelphia.

POP is positioned at the intersection of Philadelphia’s burgeoning food and environmental justice movements, particularly in our focus on serving low-wealth communities.

POP plants orchards with partners who share our long-term commitment to communities to create and care for an environmental infrastructure that will endure.

Moving beyond sustainability, POP seeks to regenerate the health of communities, the fertility of the land, and the overall environmental balance throughout Philadelphia.

Orchards bring beauty as well as bounty to urban spaces. Orchards embody fundamental cultural yearnings to repair the earth, and with it, its people.


Founded in 2007 by economic development pioneer Paul Glover, POP is part of a growing movement across the world to develop more sustainable, equitable, and ethical local food systems. Philadelphia is one of the centers of this work, with some 40,000 vacant lots and the highest poverty rate among big cities in America. As the cost of energy, food, and health care rises, the low-wealth neighborhoods where POP plants are the most vulnerable to hunger and related health problems. Orchards and community vegetable gardens offer neighborhoods the most direct access to healthy food, and build people’s capacity to feed their families and neighbors.


Phil Forsyth, Executive Director:, 215-724-1247

Robyn Mello, Education & Outreach Director:

Philadelphia Orchard Project
4934 Larchwood Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143

POP in the News!

"Planting a Revolution," Philly Daily News, 06/15

"Why Urban Ag Will Make You Healthier," US News, 06/15

"Philadelphia Orchard Project," WHYY TV, 06/15

"POP Weed Identification Guide," WHYY TV, 06/15

"Urban Food Forests," NPR, 05/15

"Urban Orchards from the Ground Up," Food & Nutrition, 04/15

"Green Hour Interview of POP's Phil Forsyth," WURD 900am, 03/15

"POP Pruning Workshop @ Grumblethorpe," Philly Permaculture, 02/15

"Interview with POP's Robyn Mello," Talkupy Radio, 02/15

"CON Webcast featuring POP," Community Orchard Network, 01/15

"Philadelphia Orchard Project," Fox 29, 11/14

"UPenn Campus Orchard," UPenn Current, 10/14

"Urban Orchards," TEDx Arcadia, 04/14

"Philadelphia Prison Systems Orchard," Philadelphia Inquirer, 04/14

"Philadelphia Prison Systems Orchard," CBS Philly, 04/14

"Hort Center Food Forest," Master Gardeners, 10/13

"Cincinnati Food Forest," Epoch Times, 07/13

"New website helps gardeners secure vacant land," Plan Philly, 06/13

"Crime Fighting Trees Transform Philly," NBC10, 05/13

"Rivera Rec Orchard," Plan Philly, 04/13

"Philadelphia Orchard Day 2012," Plan Philly, 10/12

"Urban Orchard Movement," American Orchard, 10/12

"Guerilla Grafters," LA Times, 09/12

"POP Case Study," Sonoran Institute, 09/12

"Chicago Rarities Orchard Project," GRIST, 09/12

"City Council to Introduce ‘Land Bank’ Bill," Philadelphia Weekly, 01/12

"Community Orchards," eHow, 08/11

"Weekend urban farms bike tour becomes test of endurance ," Newsworks, 07/11

"Playing for Peaches: 3rd Annual POP Music Festival," GRID Philly, 07/11

"Organizers hope to plant change in KC with urban orchards," Kansas City Star, 06/11

"Happy Hollow celebrates 100 years with a new orchard," Newsworks, 05/11

"Discover the Philadelphia Orchard Project," Philadelphia Green News, 02/11

"Edible Landscapes," American Forests, 02/11

"Urban Orchards Taking Root in St. Louis," Stl Today, 10/10

"Urban Foraging - A Pick Your Own Buffet," Philadelphia Enquirer, 08/10

"Deliciously Fresh Produce Philadelphia," NBC News, 08/10

"Container Gardening," Organic Gardening, 08/10

"Urban Agriculture and Ecological Citizenship in Philadelphia," Local Environment, 07/10

"Strawberry Mansion: Orchard Educates Children on Healthy Eating," Philadelphia Neighborhoods, 06/10

"Jumping the Fence," Philadelphia Citypaper, 05/10

"Teach a Man to Fish... er, Plant," The Fallser, 05/10

"The Makers of Green Works Natural Cleaners Announce The 2010 Green Heroes Grant Winners," PRweb, 04/10

"More urbanites have their pick of fresh fruit," USA Today, 03/10

"A Forest of Foods Planned for City," Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 11/09

"Free food can be yours for the picking," Illinois Times, 07/09

"Power Plants," GRID Magazine, 04/09

"Victory Garden meets urban permaculture and it works," The Chestnut Hill Local, 03/09

"An Elf in an Orchard," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/08

"Orchards crop up around the city," The Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/08

"A Fruit Tree that (Could) Grow in Brooklyn," Scienceline, 08/08

"POP in the Garden," Phillyist, 05/08

"Enthusiastis Find Reward in their Backyard Orchards," Philadelphia Inquirer, 05/08

"Making Philadelphia Fruity!," Farm to Philly, 04/08

"Philly Orchard Project: Hartranft Planting,", 04/08

"Urban Renewal, the Philly Orchard Project Way," Treehugger, 11/07

"Instant Orchard," Citypaper, 11/07

"Philly Orchard Project</a>," Ecospace, 10/07

"Replacing Neglect with Peach Trees," New York Times, 09/07

"Vacant Lots Start Bearing Fruit," Daily Pennsylvanian, 09/07

"A Peach of a Plan," City Paper, 05/07

"One Planet: Ours," US Botanical Garden, overview of the project: POP is #4, 01/07

Upcoming Events

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Saturday, Oct 10

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what we're planting:

  • apples
  • asian pears
  • cherries
  • figs
  • pawpaws
  • peaches
  • pears
  • persimmons
  • plums
  • serviceberries
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • bush cherries
  • currants
  • elderberries
  • gooseberries
  • goumis
  • hazelnuts
  • raspberries
  • grapes
  • kiwis