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 has been involved with POP since it was formed in 2007, first serving as a volunteer while in grad school, then as a Board member from 2009-2016. She joined POP's staff as Development Director in January 2019, and has served as Co-Executive Director since October 2019, helping POP grow its programs, staff, and impact. 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. It was through planting and tending trees in community orchards across Philadelphia while meeting inspirational community groups and growers that she grew to love with the city and decided to call it home. Outside of POP, Kim appreciates the many opportunities the city offers for civic engagement: she is a 2017 graduate of the Citizens Planning Institute, a member of the Riverwards Area Democrats, and since 2018 has served as a Democratic committee person in the 31st Ward. In 2023 she joined the Board of Directors of Norris Square Neighborhood Project.
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 has been leading the efforts to grow annual crops at the POP Learning Orchard since 2022, and sharing their new-found passion for maple tapping with the POP community.
Corrie joined the POP team in 2021, bringing with them 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 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.
Simone, a transplant from Michigan, had her sights on POP since moving to Philly 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.
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.
Julian grew up in Massachusetts surrounded by small farms and orchards. Drawn to the natural beauty of the west, Julian 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. Julian 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!
Deja is a community-based chef and land worker who deeply loves feeding people and dreams of building self-sufficient communities. While studying under Amirah Mitchell (Sistah Seeds) as a Seed Keeping Fellow, she developed a profound awareness and understanding of her southern roots. Tending to seeds significant to her Texas upbringing ignited Deja’s curiosity and interest in Black Foodways and the connection of her lineage through food and its stories. In the fall of 2021, Deja created and facilitated an Intergenerational African Diaspora Cooking Class at Life Do Grow Farm in North Philadelphia. This opportunity allowed her to create a safe space for others to learn about cooking resourcefully and build on the practices of their ancestors. These experiences shaped Deja’s belief that knowing how to grow food, feeding each other, and understanding the stories behind our dishes are all tools of collective preservation. Deja is so grateful for the opportunity to join POP, where she will deepen her relationship to growing food and build a stronger connection with the community across Philadelphia.
Carolina started at POP in January 2023 and was excited to join the team as an Orchard Assistant. Originally from Curico, Chile, Carolina immigrated to East Falls with their family in 1996. They studied International Business and Trade at Drexel University where their academic interests focused on the globalized food system. Since graduating, Carolina has worked in southeastern PA in a variety of jobs at the crux of immigration justice, the restaurant industry, labor rights, and urban gardening. They are a proud member of the Cesar Iglesias Garden, where they support monthly work days to tend to the land. In 2021, they became a Philly County Master Gardener through Penn State Extension. Carolina is a budding herbalist who recently wrapped up their apprenticeship with Master Herbalist Karen Rose at Sacred Vibes Apothecary; they are also a scholarship recipient at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine for medicine making.
Indy joined POP in 2023 to support critical communication, fundraising, storytelling and educational initiatives to further cultivate POP’s reach and impact. He is interested in regenerative systems for shared humanity, peace, and prosperity. Along with a broad background in communications and media, Indy is an educator and lifelong student of the mind. His diversity of work has included strategic development for community organizations, design for artists, award-winning documentary films, and performing music around the world. Most recently, he led the Digital Media and Sustainability programs at Dobbins Technical High School in North Philadelphia. Born in India and raised across four countries, he moved to Philly in 2017 inspired by the city’s social and environmental justice activism.