Upcoming POP Events


We invite you to participate by planting with POP, working alongside volunteers from our community partners to plant orchards all over the city. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. These events involve digging, planting, and spreading compost and mulch, so expect to get dirty. We can’t guarantee tools for all; if you bring your own, it is advisable to write your name on them. Snacks and beverages to share are also welcome.

Planting events can generally be expected to last 3 or 4 hours. Please sign up for our volunteer email list for up-to-date info on events. We recommend that you check your email the morning of a planting to confirm whether if will be postponed to the raindate. Plantings happen in the spring and fall months.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Raindate for POPLuck: Mercy-Emily Edible Park (MEEP)
(519-531 Mercy Street, South Philadelphia, PA 19148)

Join us for our first POPLuck, co-creative workparties with food, music, and orchard-related skillsharing! With these, we hope to have once-a-month evening workparties with various community orchard partners that include scheduled time for orchard-related education, eating potluck-style food and drink, getting our hands in the soil and working on projects, and sharing our collective creative endeavors through music, poetry, dance, and art. These events are completely co-created by the people who attend, so every one will be different. Bring food and drink, gloves, whatever orchard tools you may have, picnic blankets/chairs, musical instruments, creative work-in-progress, and whatever you think may add to the magic! This month, we will start at MEEP, a collectively-managed food forest in South Philly that Robyn started in 2010 and built almost entirely through workparties in its first two seasons. MEEP is a supported POP Partner that is in process of becoming a Neighborhood Gardens Trust protected space!


Attending (8): Paul Ghayad, Alyssa Schimmel, Tj guille , Tj guille, Amanda Troise(+1), Max Brekke(+1), Maureen Carson(+2)
Friday, May 6, 2016 9:30 am

Orchard Work Day: Horticulture Center
(Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia PA, 19131)

Help out in caring for the demonstration food forest at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center with POP and the Master Gardeners of Philadelphia. We'll be weeding, mulching, and planting at this beautiful display garden full of fruit, flowers, and herbs. RSVP to receive detailed directions and instructions.


3 more volunteers needed!

Attending (17): Tanya Grinblat, Lily Strater, John Eskate, John Eskate, Daniel Roque(+4), Ashwini Walde(+4), Ashwini Walde(+8)
Saturday, May 7, 2016; 9:00am-1:00pm

Orchard Workday and Garden Planting: Solid Rock United Methodist Church
(199 E Tabor Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19120)

Help to mulch a new area of the Solid Rock Community Orchard, making way for less grass, less mowing, and more useful perennials! Tend the orchard space and help to plant out their veggie garden for the season.


Friday, May 13 2016 2:30pm

Orchard Work Day: Teens4Good Poplar Orchard
(800 Poplar Street Philadelphia, PA 19123)

Lend a hand in caring for the Teens4Good Poplar orchard! We will be thinning fruit from our trees and weeding berries.


6 more volunteers needed!

Attending (1): Tanya Grinblat
Friday, May 13, 2016 10:00 am

Orchard Work Day: Strawberry Mansion and Woodford
(Historic Strawberry Mansion, 2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr, East Fairmount Park)

Lend a hand in caring for the community orchards at Historic Strawberry Mansion and Woodford. We'll be weeding, mulching, and planting some new fruit trees, strawberries, and pollinator garden plants to get these spaces ready for the 8th annual Strawberry Harvest Festival in June!


8 more volunteers needed!

Attending (22): Tanya Grinblat, Lizzie Grobbel(+20)
Saturday, May 14, 2016 6:30pm

Philadelphia Soul Fundraiser: Soul Arena Football
(Well Fargo Center)

Join us for a Philadelphia Orchard Project night at the Soul (arena football)! Come watch Philadelphia's winningest team while also supporting POP!

Purchase tickets here: http://www.philadelphiasoul.com/orchardproject

Saturday, May 14, 2016 9:30 am

Orchard Care Day: Bartram's Garden
(Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, West Philly)

Help out in caring for the city's largest community orchard as part of the Second Saturday Volunteer Day at Bartram's Garden Community Farm.


10 more volunteers needed!

Saturday, May 14, 2016 10:00 am

Orchard Expansion: PhillyEarth and The Village of Arts and Humanities
(1019 W Cumberland Street (W Cumberland at N Warnock St))

Join us for the exciting expansion of the permaculture demonstration space at The Village of Arts and Humanities. We'll be adding new trees and layers to the already productive Asian pear and peach trees on site during the annual Village Park Day Event.


Attending (6): Michael Rayfield(+1), Maureen Carson(+1), Brian C(+1), Sarah Richardsen(+1), Alyssa Schimmel(+1), Kim J(+1), Cassidy Arrington(+1)
Saturday, June 4

Strawberry Festival: Strawberry Mansion
(Historic Strawberry Mansion, 2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr, Philadelphia PA 19132)

Save the date for our 8th annual East Park Strawberry Harvest Festival! A fun family event featuring lots of food, crafts, games, and other activities organized by Historic Strawberry Mansion, East Park Revitalization Alliance, and POP. More details to come.


Attending (1): Maureen Carson, Cassidy Arrington
Wednesday, June 8, 2016; 6:00pm-7:30pm

Urban Orchards and Backyard Fruits: Fleisher Art Memorial
(719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147)

In this edition of Fleisher Art Memorial's Sanctuary Series, learn about the work that POP does throughout the city and engage in a discussion that could go in any number of directions depending on who's in attendance and their interests. Some topics covered could include the creativity involved in edible landscape design, an introduction to permaculture design and principles, varieties of edible and medicinal perennial plants that will grow well in Philadelphia's climate, land use policy and community organizing, and ways you can get involved in your community, your home, and in your own self care to leave this world a greener, healthier place than you found it.


Attending (3): Maureen Carson(+1), Christopher Barrett Sheridan(+1)
Sunday, June 12, 2016 11:00 am

Heartwood Music Fest & Awbury Centennial
(Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia PA 19138)

Festival attendees are welcome to stop by POP's plant sale and info table! This is the second annual Heartwood Music Festival organized by the Philadelphia Folksong Society and Awbury Arboretum, which is also celebrating its 100th birthday! For tickets and more info: http://awbury.org/events/heartwood-music-festival-centennial-celebration/

Thursday, June 16 - Saturday, June 18, 2016

Beardfest: Music, Art, and Sustainable Skillsharing
(Paradise Lakes Campground at Rte 206 and W Mills Rd, Hammonton, NJ 08037)

POP is once again sponsoring the workshops and skillsharing at Beardfest, organized by POP Program Director, Robyn Mello. Located in a remote part of New Jersey's unique Pinelands ecosystem, the festival's ethos states: "In a world where entertainment is too often reduced to a passive, spectator/performer relationship, where social interactions are too often reduced to quick moments of stolen time, and appreciation of nature is too often kicked aside for the price of progress, Beardfest attempts to be a breath of fresh air." Stay tuned for workshop and music lineup announcements: https://www.facebook.com/beardfestmusicfestival/
$75 for 3 days and 3 nights of camping, education, music, particpatory art, swimming, body work, and more! Day passes also available. For more info and tickets: http://beardfest.net/

Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10:00am-3:00pm

Applied Permaculture Workshop – Food Forests and Appropriate Technologies: The Village of Arts and Humanities
(2544 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19133)

There will be indoor and outdoor components to this hands-on day. In addition to its orchard and food-producing space, PhillyEarth has a host of projects exemplifying permaculture techniques. POP's Program Director, Robyn Mello, and PhillyEarth's Director, Jon Hopkins, are collaborating on this educational event to introduce attendees to permaculture principles and ethics in an urban environment via some of its more tangible applications.

Mark your calendars! More details, including cost and sign-up info, TBA!


Attending (2): Ash , Maureen Carson, Cris Larson, Cris Larson, Ula Katsoulis, Alyssa Schimmel, Cassidy Arrington

Please contact phil@phillyorchards.org for more information on a particular planting.