“For most of those involved, this was the first time they had ever seen or tasted food grown right in front of their eyes and by their own hands.” -Vicki Mehl, Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School Orchard Thanks for being friends and supporters of POP! We hope you will take a moment to read … Continue reading POP Winter Newsletter 2014 & Workshops
As always, we thank you for being a friend and supporter of POP. We had another successful season of pruning, planting, and building towards our vision of fresh, community-grown fruit in every neighborhood in the city. Please take a minute to read the story of our spring and consider a donation to help us build a beautiful, bountiful … Continue reading 2013 POP Summer Newsletter!
The Edible Belmont project continues to progress with now 9 sites in the neighborhood featuring some type of edible landscape. Our flagship orchard at the ALAW Home for Autistic Adults is entering it’s third year and has reached peak performance. The entire neighborhood came out to enjoy the strawberry season that just ended, and now the raspberries, … Continue reading Orchard Report: Edible Belmont – Summer 2013
Thank you for being a friend and supporter of the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP)! We had another exciting fall season of expanding community orchards in the city and would like to share some of the highlights with you. Please listen to our recent interview on WHYY and consider a donation to help us continue to build a green, abundant … Continue reading December 2012 POP Newsletter
The Nice Roots Farm is a three year old urban agriculture project associated with the SHARE Food Program in the West Allegheny neighborhood of North Philadelphia. For the last two years we have grown vegetables in raised beds and fruit in partnership with POP on what used to be a gravel parking lot. We sell half of … Continue reading Orchard Report: Nice Roots Farm at SHARE – Winter 2012
The Fairhill neighborhood around 9th & Indiana Streets in North Philly has plenty of new life in the form of edible greenery & community, thanks largely to its partnership with POP! Throughout the season, neighbors of various ages have been planting, harvesting, & spending much more time in the Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground Orchard … Continue reading Orchard Report: Fairhill – Summer 2012
Thank you for being a friend and supporter of the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP)! Spring 2012 was our biggest, most exciting season yet and we would like to share some of the highlights with you. And as we start planning for another busy fall season of expanding and supporting Philadelphia’s community orchards, we ask you … Continue reading Summer 2012 POP Newsletter
One of the wonder’s of Philadelphia’s fine fruit-growing climate is that we can grow certain warmer climate crops like the fig. South Philly is full of decades old fig trees brought over by immigrants from Italy and other Mediterranean countries. These trees were probably coddled in their youth, wrapped every winter as fig-growers still do in Brooklyn … Continue reading Fresh Figs for Cold Climates