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Our Mission:

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

The Philadelphia Orchard Project’s mission is to plant orchards in the city of Philadelphia that grow healthy food, green spaces and community food security.

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.

Orchards benefit communities in many ways:

Read Paul Glover's "founding manifesto" – a broad vision for transforming Philadelphia into the world’s “next great orchard.”

POP in the News!

"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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

"Philly Orchard Project: Hartranft Planting," BlogNetNews.com, 04/08

"Instant Orchard," Citypaper, 11/07

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

"Philly Orchard Project," 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

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

"Guerilla Grafters," LA Times, 09/12

Upcoming Events

PLANTING: TABLESPREAD ORCHARD
Sunday, Oct 26

WORK DAY: AWBURY ORCHARD
Wednesday, Oct 29

FARM FEST: MILL CREEK
Saturday, Nov 01

PLANTING: T4G GORGAS ORCHARD
Saturday, Nov 08

# orchards supported:
46
# orchards planted:
36
# of trees planted:
697
# shrubs & vines:
1320
# of perennials:
8324

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