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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!

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

POP History 2015 & Volunteer Highlight: Tony Dorman

“I get to plant a tree that a child could someday take shade under, play on, breathe easier, and eat fresh fruit because of it?  Sign me up! ” -Tony Dorman, 2015 Golden Persimmon Volunteer In honor of the Philadelphia Orchard Project’s 10th anniversary in 2017, we’re looking back at a different year in our history every … Continue reading POP History 2015 & Volunteer Highlight: Tony Dorman

POP Fig Varieties and Introducing Megan Brookens: A Fellow Fig Lover!

My name is Megan Brookens and I am the new Repair the World Fellow partnered with POP for the year! I’m working with our Education Director, Alyssa Schimmel, to develop lesson plans and activities to use at our school orchard sites. This season, I am excited to learn with and from the students at our … Continue reading POP Fig Varieties and Introducing Megan Brookens: A Fellow Fig Lover!

POP History 2014 & Volunteer Highlight: Ryan Kuck

“This is the power of community orchards. They inspire, they lift spirits, they demonstrate resiliency, and they bring people together around that greatest of common denominators – food. ” -Ryan Kuck, 2014 Golden Persimmon Volunteer In honor of the Philadelphia Orchard Project’s 10th anniversary in 2017, we’re looking back at a different year in our history every … Continue reading POP History 2014 & Volunteer Highlight: Ryan Kuck

Getting Creative with Fall Foraging: Crabapples and Gingko Nuts and Leaves

If you’ve walked around the streets of Philadelphia in the fall, you’ve likely seen the gorgeous foliage and decor of crabapple and gingko trees. Although these trees are popular in urban landscapes and beyond, they are oft-overlooked as sources of foraged food. During this fall season, we encourage you to get creative and harvest these … Continue reading Getting Creative with Fall Foraging: Crabapples and Gingko Nuts and Leaves

POP History 2013 & Volunteer Highlight: Kevin Stutler

“The Philadelphia Orchard Project offered me many opportunities to work with a wide range of people to share my passion for teaching and working with plants.  ” -Kevin Stutler, 2013 Golden Persimmon Volunteer In honor of the Philadelphia Orchard Project’s 10th anniversary in 2017, we’re looking back at a different year in our history every month.  We’re … Continue reading POP History 2013 & Volunteer Highlight: Kevin Stutler

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