Contact

Contact

We’d love to hear from you!

Want to get involved with POP? Have questions about our programs or resources? Want to know more about how to donate? You’ve come to the right place! Please contact us via email with your questions (info@phillyorchards.org, or specific contacts listed below). If you are a community member that wants to learn more about co-teaching a workshop with POP, please contact Corrie Spellman-Lopez via the email below or send a DM on Instagram.

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  info@phillyorchards.org  The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Staff Directory

Phil Forsyth

Co-Executive Director

Phil has led POP’s orchard design and development since our first plantings in the spring of 2007. As Executive Director, he works with POP’s board and staff to design and plant orchards, coordinate volunteers, lead educational programs, write grants and organize fundraising activities. Phil has eighteen years of experience in urban farming, gardening, and landscaping. He holds a BS in Horticulture and Landscape Design from Colorado State University and a Certificate in Permaculture Design & Teaching from the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute. Phil previously owned and operated an edible landscape design business in Philadelphia and also blogs on urban farming, edible landscaping, and food growing and has written articles for GRID, the Permaculture Activist, and Urban Farming magazine. In 2017, Phil received the first ever Mary Seton Corboy Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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Kim Jordan

Co-Executive Director

Kim joined the POP staff as Development Director in January 2019, and became Co-Executive Director in October 2019. Kim moved to Philadelphia in 2004 to pursue a PhD in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, completing her dissertation on food-borne parasites in 2010. While in school Kim began volunteering with POP, and after planting and tending trees in neighborhoods across Philadelphia, meeting inspirational community groups and growers, and falling in love with the city, she decided to call it home. She served on POP’s Board from 2009-2016, including terms as Board President and Treasurer. Outside of POP, she appreciates the many opportunities the city offers for civic engagement. Kim graduated from the Citizens Planning Institute in Fall 2017, currently serves as a Democratic committee person in Philadelphia’s 31st Ward, and supports mutual aid efforts around food growing and food distribution with Cooperative Gardens Commission and BunnyHopPHL.

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Sharon Appiah

Orchard Manager

Sharon has been a volunteer for various local farms and community gardens since relocating to Philadelphia in 2018. In the summer of 2020, Sharon worked with Soil Generation as a part of the Farm Brigade, assisting and learning under the guidance of Black-led community gardens across the city. Sharon is eager to use the knowledge they learn working with POP to expand their farming journey, lend a hand in providing food for the community they love to call home and most importantly, share skills with others who are also curious, passionate and empowered by learning how to grow food. Sharon will be leading the efforts to grow annual crops at the POP Learning Orchard in 2022, and sharing their new-found passion for maple tapping with the POP community.

Corrie Spellman-Lopez

Education Director

Corrie joined the POP team in early 2021, bringing with her over ten years of working to connect people with plants, and now serves as Education Director. Corrie loves to grow food with others as an act of celebration. She is a flower farmer, experiential educator, and sporadic medicine maker. She holds a BA in Peace and Social Justice from Berea College and a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz. Corrie previously managed educational garden spaces in Philadelphia and diversified organic production farms on the West Coast.

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Simone Shemshedini

Orchard Assistant

Simone, a transplant from Michigan, had her sights on POP since moving to Philly last year and began helping out in 2021 as an orchard intern supporting orchards in North/Northwest Philly. Since her early days, she's always had dirt under fingernails and that's how she likes it. Simone has dabbled in horticulture since high school, having worked with a few small farms, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Plant Conservatory in Detroit, a natural areas management crew, a few landscaping crews, and most recently, with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. She also started a gardening club with Bright Futures After School Program, planting a butterfly garden in the school courtyard with middle schoolers. Having gained deep knowledge about plants, plant maintenance, and restoration over the years, she now wants to focus more on the intersection between people and plants and move in a more environmental justice and food access-focused route. She is currently working towards a masters in landscape architecture at Temple and serves as an Orchard Assistant.

Cortina Mallozzi

Fundraising and Communications Assistant

Cortina originally joined the POP team as the Fundraising and Communications Intern in April 2021, and started as Fundraising and Communications Assistant in November 2021. Originally from Binghamton, New York, Cortina served in the US Navy for five years before starting her degree at University of Washington in Seattle. She became interested in learning more about environmental justice and urban agriculture during her time there and is now working towards finishing her degree in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at Drexel University. Cortina can't wait to learn more about gardening, but most of all she is passionate about helping POP achieve its vision of working with communities to connect and create green spaces in the city of Philadelphia that will provide access to fresh fruit in a sustainable way.

Erika D'Andrea

Orchard Assistant

Erika grew up in Massachusetts surrounded by small farms and orchards. Drawn to the natural beauty of the west, Erika went to college in California and stayed for several years after. They worked in social justice-oriented education as a a pre-school teacher, adjunct professor, and outdoor educator. When they moved to Philly in 2020, they knew that they wanted to enter the world of urban agriculture as it fit so many of their interests in land-based justice work. Soon after their move, they joined the Woodlands Learning Orchard team as a lead orchard volunteer. Erika is a people person with a plant hobby. They love how urban agriculture provides opportunities for neighbors to joyfully connect to one another and to the land around them. If you see them at one of the orchards, please say hi!