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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!

Amaranth: Super feed, Super weed

Amaranth/Pigweed is one of dozens of the most common urban weeds included in POP’s Weed Identification Guide, which is available for order through our website.  I must have seen amaranth a thousand times, as an easily-pulled seedling in my vegetable garden—but I never really noticed it until I stepped onto an organic farm in early … Continue reading Amaranth: Super feed, Super weed

Stink Bugs: A Widespread Orchard Pest

Most of us have seen a stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), whether it’s crawling in your house or on your crops. These mottled grayish-brown bugs are ¾’’ in length, six-legged, and have a triangular or shield-shaped body and are probably most perceptibly known for the nauseating stench they release from their thorax when disturbed or crushed. … Continue reading Stink Bugs: A Widespread Orchard Pest

Shrubs with Shrubs: Incorporating Underutilized Shrubs into Your Garden, and Your Cocktails

Consider this, in part, a preview to POPCORE3: Plants & Fungi We Love and What To Do With Them on March 22nd, part of our Community Orchard Resilience Education series.  We hope you’ll join us to learn new ways to craft from and celebrate your orchard plantings.  Shrub: a small to medium-sized woody plant Shrub: a cocktail or soft … Continue reading Shrubs with Shrubs: Incorporating Underutilized Shrubs into Your Garden, and Your Cocktails

Unusual Fruits for Philly Orchards: The Benefits of Being Different

On February 10th 2018, more than 20 people gathered at Awbury Agricultural Village to learn about some of the “unusual” fruits that POP plants and why. There were some great takeaways from this workshop including learning more in depth about some of the less common options available to Philadelphia-based orchards. The most important piece from … Continue reading Unusual Fruits for Philly Orchards: The Benefits of Being Different

Farming for the Future: Recap of the 2018 PASA Winter Conference

POP staff were thrilled to attend Farming for the Future, the 2018 PASA Winter Conference. The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, or PASA, is the largest statewide, member-based sustainable farming organization in the United States, which grew out of the need for an educational and support system for farmers – both experienced and beginning. PASA works … Continue reading Farming for the Future: Recap of the 2018 PASA Winter Conference

2017 School Orchard Update & Linked PDF Lesson ‘Tea Time’

2017 was the kickoff year for POP’s new School Orchard Program. In collaboration with POP’s 12 school orchard partners from around the city, we began developing a framework and database of materials to activate school orchards as centers of learning and exploration for students from kindergarten to college. Beginning in the early winter while the … Continue reading 2017 School Orchard Update & Linked PDF Lesson ‘Tea Time’

How did we do last year? POP’s 2017 Orchard Survey Summary

POP surveyed all of our orchard partners at season’s end and we’d like to share what we learned this year. In all, 48 of 59 POP partners (81%) participated in our 5th annual Orchard Partner Survey in November and December 2017, which is on par with our response rate in previous years. Orchard Value This … Continue reading How did we do last year? POP’s 2017 Orchard Survey Summary

Orchard Partner Stories: a look back at 2017

Every year we ask our orchard partners to reflect on the season and to share stories with us about what the orchard provides for their community. Below are some of our favorite excerpts from 2017 celebrating the beauty, abundance, and power of orchards to serve as an engaging place of discovery and connection.   FNC … Continue reading Orchard Partner Stories: a look back at 2017

POP Orchard Partner Feature: 5000 Cedars & Jewish Farm School

For the past nearly six years, Nati Passow and Rachel Tali Kaplan of 5000 Cedars and Jewish Farm School have been working to build a bountiful garden, communal gathering space, and home-scale food forest from three de-fenced, vacant lots in West Philadelphia. Their project is part of a growing movement of de-fencing advocates that work … Continue reading POP Orchard Partner Feature: 5000 Cedars & Jewish Farm School

POP History 2016 & Volunteer Highlight: Angelina Conti

“That’s what keeps me coming back: the Bartram Orchard and Sankofa Farm offer beauty, nourishment, self-determination and community now, but they also move thoughtfully and intentionally towards an uncertain future.” -Angelina Conti, 2016 Golden Persimmon Volunteer In honor of the Philadelphia Orchard Project’s 10th anniversary in 2017, we’re looking back at a different year in … Continue reading POP History 2016 & Volunteer Highlight: Angelina Conti

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