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

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

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!

POP History 2012 & Volunteer Highlight: Danie Greenwell

“Dollar for dollar, a donation to POP will do a lot. It will most likely be used to plant a fruit tree or bush that will continue to produce high quality food for years to come. ” -Danie Greenwell, 2012 Golden Persimmon Volunteer In honor of the Philadelphia Orchard Project’s 10th anniversary in 2017, we’re … Continue reading POP History 2012 & Volunteer Highlight: Danie Greenwell

POP History 2011 & Volunteer Spotlight: Robyn Mello

“I am continually learning that I’m a steward to each piece of earth I touch, and my history with POP has ensured that I can not only survive, but I am able to thrive, doing what I am compelled with all of my being to do.” -Robyn Mello, POP Orchard Director and 2011 Golden Persimmon … Continue reading POP History 2011 & Volunteer Spotlight: Robyn Mello

POP History 2010 & Volunteer Spotlight: Brian Olszak

“One of the great things about POP is that everyone is welcomed and accepted, at all skill levels and abilities.” -Brian Olszak, 2010 POP 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 also designating Golden Persimmon … Continue reading POP History 2010 & Volunteer Spotlight: Brian Olszak

POP History 2009 & Volunteer Highlight: Jerry Silberman

“Community orchards resonated with me because of all the things that trees can provide that vegetables gardens alone can’t – shade for one, but more importantly, a visible symbol of permanence and continuity.”  -Jerry Silberman, 2009 POP Golden Persimmon volunteer In honor of the Philadelphia Orchard Project’s 10th anniversary in 2017, we’re looking back at … Continue reading POP History 2009 & Volunteer Highlight: Jerry Silberman