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

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

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!

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

Why Pollinator Gardens Matter

Why do we garden? Access to whole foods, exercise, fresh air and sunlight, community, a sense of purpose, beautifying underutilized environments — the list goes on. What about gardens as habitat for non-human neighbors? As an environmental scientist and gardener, I am fascinated by the potential of green spaces to promote the wellbeing of our … Continue reading Why Pollinator Gardens Matter

POP in Peru

Several months ago, I traveled to Peru for a 5 day trek to Macchu Picchu. Although the views were breathtaking, I couldn’t help but be distracted by the many small farms along the hike growing delicious fruit that we don’t grow here in Pennsylvania. From the well known banana and avocado to more unusual fruits, … Continue reading POP in Peru

Recapping Juneberry Joy 2017!

After our Juneberry Joy jubilee, we are jumping for joy! An annual tradition in its second year, Juneberry Joy is an exciting collaboration between the Philadelphia Orchard Project, volunteers, and food artisans across the city. Each year, our POP volunteers help us harvest juneberries (also known as serviceberries or saskatoons) from the many juneberry trees polka-dotting … Continue reading Recapping Juneberry Joy 2017!

Bramble On: It’s Blackberry Time!

Q: What makes blackberries special? A: So many things! In order to properly research this blog post, a memory refresher of the taste of blackberries was in order! While the organic vegetable farm I work on does have blackberries growing, (mostly as a side enterprise) they are not yet ripe, and so I trekked to … Continue reading Bramble On: It’s Blackberry Time!

The World of Apples: A Tour of The USDA Apple Collection

  Article and photos by Robyn Mello, POP Program Director. See an extensive photo selection from the tour below the article. On Monday, I had the sheer joy and privilege of taking the day to visit what is likely the most unique display of Malus (apple) trees in the country, a dream nearly two years … Continue reading The World of Apples: A Tour of The USDA Apple Collection