Orchard Report: Overbrook Environmental Education Center – Summer 2015

“If knowing was a prerequisite, then we would have never started.” Jerome Shabazz started Overbrook Environmental Education in 1998 by teaching at Overbrook High School. As he saw grades continue to improve, he wanted a way to accommodate continuous student engagement and sought the space at 61st and Lancaster Avenue for hands-on education, and thus birthed … Continue reading Orchard Report: Overbrook Environmental Education Center – Summer 2015

Strawberry Fest 2015

The Annual Strawberry Festival hosted by POP partners Historic Woodford Mansion, Historic Strawberry Mansion, and East Park Revitalization Alliance (EPRA) took place on Saturday, June 20 at Historic Strawberry Mansion. It was JAM packed and a BERRY big success! In the morning, volunteers participated in a grape trellising workshop, learning to build a very sturdy … Continue reading Strawberry Fest 2015

Orchard Report: Earth’s Keepers Farm – Winter 2015

Earth’s Keepers Urban Farm is under ice and snow right now, but when the weather warms up the corner of 51st and Kingsessing will be full of fruit, vegetables, and most importantly, community members.  The ¼ acre farm was started by community activist and educator Alia Walker and her partner Safiyah Abdul Latif after a … Continue reading Orchard Report: Earth’s Keepers Farm – Winter 2015

Orchard Report: Teens 4 Good – Winter 2014

Teens 4 Good (T4G), a program developed and managed the Federation of Neighborhood Centers, has been addressing hunger and poor nutrition since 2005 by training inner city youth to reclaim their communities by transforming vacant forgotten spaces into sustainable urban farms, using sustainable agricultural growing methods to grow healthy food for our communities and  people in need. … Continue reading Orchard Report: Teens 4 Good – Winter 2014

Orchard Report: Tertulias – Summer 2014

Tertulias Herb Garden is taking its place in the barrio one day at a time. It is amazing to see the space change every minute. It could be the developing of a new planting area with all the struggles and triumphs that come with it. It could be a new visitor and his or her … Continue reading Orchard Report: Tertulias – Summer 2014

Orchard Report: Edible Belmont – Summer 2013

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

Orchard Report: Nice Roots Farm at SHARE – Winter 2012

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

Orchard Report: Fairhill – Summer 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