POP orchards planted

POP has planted orchards with a diverse range of community-based organizations throughout Philadelphia.

Check out the Philadelphia Orchard Project map to see where our orchard partners are located:

DEMONSTRATION POP ORCHARDS (sites with public access)

  • Awbury Orchard, Germantown. This food forest orchard demonstrates permaculture techniques and is used as the centerpiece of educational programs for school and camp groups. A partnership between POP and Awbury Arboretum with intitial support from the Harlon Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.  The best way to visit is though Awbury’s educational programs (http://awbury.org/).
  • Bartram’s Orchard, West Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s largest community orchard is located at Bartram’s Garden, America’s first botanic garden. Over 120 fruit and nut trees demonstrate the breadth of what can be grown in Philadelphia. The orchard is one part of the Farm at Bartram’s Garden, a larger partnership with Bartram’s Garden, PHS, and Parks & Rec. Fruit from the orchard supplements other produce distributed via a youth farmer program within the communities of Southwest Philly. The park and garden is open for visitation during daylight hours.
  • Fair Hill Orchard, North Philadelphia. Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground added an orchard to the community garden on the edge of their landmark cemetery, where famous abolitionists rest. Fair Hill maintains several garden locations in the neighborhood and youth involved in their environmental education programs share the harvest with families and neighbors. See website (historicfairhill.org) for events and limited open hours.
  • Fairmount Park Horticulture Center Orchard, West Philadelphia. Fruit trees, berry bushes, and a wide range of perennials and groundcovers grow together in this educational food forest planting developed in a partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, PSU’s Philadelphia Master Gardeners, and POP. The orchard is located near the Hort Center gazebo between the Shofuso Japanese House and the long fountain. To visit, follow directions and hours listed for Shofuso ( http://www.japanesehouse.org/visit-us/visitor-information/ ).
  • Grumblethorpe Orchard, NW Philadelphia. New fruit trees, berry bushes, and a filbert hedge were added to old Grumblethorpe, a Germantown historic house museum with a community farm program that involves neighborhood kids in food growing. See website ( http://www.philalandmarks.org/grum.aspx ) to arrange a visit.
  • Overbrook EC Orchard, West Philadelphia. JASTECH partnered with POP to create this food forest orchard at the site of their Overbrook Education Center. The site also features a production hoophouse, aquaculture demonstration, pollinator gardens, and extensive stormwater management infrastructure. The produce is used in educational programs and an on site teaching kitchen.  Best way to visit is to volunteer or participate in a wide variety of cultural and health programs.
  • Penn Park Orchard, West Philadelphia. POP assisted in designing and planting an extensive food forest orchard at the southern end of Penn Park on campus at the University of Pennsylvania.  The park is accessible from 30th & Walnut St and check out a bird’s eye view of the orchard from the South Street bridge!
  • FNC Poplar Orchard, North Philadelphia. The FNC Community Learning Farms run a variety of educational and community programs and sell home-grown produce at farmstands and farmers markets around the city. The orchard supplements vegetable production and proceeds are reinvested in their youth programs. The 8th & Poplar site is the original Teens 4 Good Farm and one of POP’s first planting locations. Visit the farm and purchase produce at their weekly on-site farmstand, Wednesdays 3pm-6pm (growing season only).
  • Strawberry Mansion Orchard, East Fairmount Park. Historic Strawberry Mansion now features an orchard, berry patch, and pollinator garden and the produce is used in on site educational programs. A partnership between POP, the Committee of 1926, East Park Revitalization Alliance, and Philadelphia Parks & Rec.
  • SHARE Orchard, North Philadelphia. POP, the SHARE Food Program, PHS, Penn State, and other partners collaborated in developing this exciting green resource center and urban farming demonstration site at SHARE headquarters. The orchards and gardens supplement regional emergency food sources with fresh, organic produce and help inspire and teach those needing food support to begin to grow their own! Best way to see the site is to sign up to volunteer (http://www.sharefoodprogram.org ).
  • Woodford Orchard, East Fairmount Park. The East Park Revitalization Alliance, Naomi Wood Trust, and Philadelphia Parks & Rec collaborated with POP to bring an orchard back to the Strawberry Mansion section of the park, which was once dotted with agricultural estates. EPRA’s youth programs maintain and use the orchard for learning and eating and the site is a regular host to workshops and harvest festivals. Visit this established POP orchard during Woodford Mansion’s open hours from 10-4 Tuesday through Sunday.

POP ORCHARDS

  • Bartram HS Orchard, Southwest Philadelphia.  Fruit trees and berry bushes now compliment raised garden beds tended by a student garden club at Bartram High School.  A partnership between Bartram HS, POP, the Farm at Bartram’s Garden, and PHS.
  • Calvary Orchard, West Philadelphia. Calvary St. Augustine teamed up with POP and Preston’s Paradise to plant an orchard in the side yard of the church. Produce is distributed within the community.
  • Carousel FNC Orchard, West Fairmount Park. This orchard and berry garden was planted in partnership with the Federation of Neighborhood Centers and Parks & Rec at the Carousel House. The FarmPhilly program of Parks & Rec operates this urban farm site.
  • Casa del Carmen, North Philadelphia.  Casa del Carmen is a Catholic Charities service center serving the immigrant communities of central North Philadelphia.  POP and the Coalition Against Hunger helped to plant fruit trees, berry bushes, fruiting vines, and herbs that will complement vegetable beds in providing fresh produce for Casa del Carmen service programs.  Planted with support from the Nature Conservancy.
  • Chester Avenue Orchard, Squirrel Hill. The Chester Avenue Community Garden includes a small orchard and the most productive kiwi vines in the city. The harvest is distributed to gardeners and neighbors.
  • Earth’s Keepers Orchard, West Philadelphia. Located at the Kingsessing Rec Center, this urban farm features fruit trees, kiwi vines, and berry bushes planted in partnership with POP. Earth’s Keepers manages the Youth Agriculture & Entrepreneurship program, which sells fresh produce to the neighborhood at a weekly farmstand.
  • Evelyn Sanders Orchard, Fairhill. The Women’s Community Revitalization Project planted this orchard as a community space in their new housing development for low income women and their families. The orchard is cared for by Historic Fair Hill and the harvest is distributed within the community.
  • Francisville Orchard, Francisville. Urbanstead ( http://www.urbanstead.org/ ) maintains this orchard originally planted in collaboration with the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation. Fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and grape vines supplement vegetables grown at a nearby garden in this lower North Philadelphia neighborhood.
  • Greenfield Orchard, Center City. This orchard was planted as part of an ambitious ecological upgrade of Greenfield Elementary School’s landscape known as the Greening of Greenfield. Students use this edible forest garden as a resource to learn about food and ecology and the harvest provides healthy and nutritious snacks.
  • Hartranft Orchard, North Philadelphia. This schoolyard orchard is maintained in partnership with Educationworks.  It was originally planted in collaboration with the Mural Arts Program in a school greening project that included de-paving part of the parking lot.
  • Hunting Park Orchard, North Philadelphia. Fruit trees, grapes, and a wide range of berry bushes and perennials are planted at the community garden in this revitalized North Philadelphia park. A partnership between the Hunting Park Community Garden, Fairmount Park Conservancy, Parks & Rec, and POP with initial support from the Junior League. Produce is distributed within the neighborhood by the community gardeners.
  • Kleinlife Orchard, Northeast Philadelphia.  POP’s first orchard in Northeast Philadelphia is located at the Kleinlife Community Center.  Orchard produce compliments vegetables grown on site and distributed through a vital meal delivery program operated by Kleinlife.
  • Lea Elementary, West Philadelphia.  POP assisted in planting fruit trees, berry bushes, and pollinator gardens as part of a large scale schoolyard greening and stormwater management project.  A partnership between Greening Lea, UPenn’s Netter Center, Philly Water, and POP.
  • Lighthouse Orchard, North Philadelphia. POP assisted the Federation of Neighborhood Centers in planting this orchard at Lighthouse Field in North Philly. The orchard and farm space is now maintained by the Lighthouse and a variety of neighborhood partner groups.
  • Monumental BC Orchard, West Philadelphia.  POP assisted in planting fruit trees, berry bushes, and more at Monumental Baptist Church.  Produce from the orchard and vegetable gardens are distributed to members of the congregation.
  • Nicetown CDC Orchard, North Philadelphia. This orchard is part of a community garden developed by Nicetown Community Development Corporation. The harvest is distributed to gardeners and neighbors.
  • Norris Square Neighborhood Project, North Philadelphia.  POP partnered with the Norris Square Neighborhood Project to plant new fruit trees, berry bushes, and pollinator and herb gardens at Las Parcelas community garden and neighboring lots.  The plantings are maintained and harvested by community gardeners and youth in NSNP’s programs.
  • Ogden Orchard, West Philadelphia. A complete edible landscape was planted around Ogden Gardens, a newly built home for adults with autism. Preston’s Paradise and residents of Ogden help maintain the orchard and gardens and the harvest is distributed within the community.
  • Pastorius Orchard, NW Philadelphia. New fruit trees, berry bushes, and pollinator gardens now compliment vegetable beds at Pastorius Community Gardens and the produce is distributed to gardeners and the community.  A partnership between the Pastorius gardeners, POP, and the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust.
  • Penn Alexander School, West Philadelphia.  POP assisted Penn Alexander in planting a small schoolyard food forest with fruit trees, berries, vines and a pollinator garden with support from The Nature Conservancy.
  • Pentridge Children’s Orchard, Cedar Park. Figs and berry bushes were added and aging apple trees revived at the Pentridge Children’s Garden, a community-run garden space providing food and fun for the children of this West Philadelphia neighborhood.
  • Philadelphia Montessori Charter School, West Philadelphia.  POP assisted in planting fruit trees, berry bushes, and pollinator gardens as part of a larger greening project at this public charter school serving Southwest Philadelphia.  The orchard plantings are cared for by teachers and students and produce is used within the school.  Planted with support from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Garden Club of America.
  • Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Orchard, North Philadelphia.  POP assisted the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House in planting a food forest orchard and herb garden at their Erie Ave location.  The yield will is harvested and used in the kitchen to feed the families of seriously ill children staying at the facility.
  • PhillyEarth Orchard, North Philadelphia. The Village of Arts and Humanities has been transforming their neighborhood with art, gardens, and educational programming for decades. Their PhillyEarth program features a community food forest orchard, raised beds, chickens, and a variety of innovative structures made from salvaged materials.  Expanded with support from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Garden Club of America.
  • Preston’s Paradise Orchard, West Philadelphia. POP helped plant cherries, figs, pawpaws, and more as part of food forest plantings at this remarkable urban homestead. The produce enhances the efforts of Preston’s Paradise to expand food production and access in their neighborhood of West Philadelphia.
  • Richard Allen Orchard, West Philadelphia. Planted in collaboration with staff and students from the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School. Produce is distributed to students and food pantries.
  • Roxborough HS Orchard, NW Philadelphia. The student greening club partnered with POP to plant fruit trees, berries and perennials in their school courtyard to grow healthy snacks for future generations of students.
  • Roxborough PC Orchard, NW Philadelphia. The Roxborough Presbyterian Church expanded their community garden with an orchard of fruit trees and berry bushes. The harvest is distributed to a local food bank and shared among community gardeners.
  • Saint James UMC Orchard, North Philadelphia. Fruit trees, berry bushes, and a pollinator garden are planted in front of the church parsonage and the produce is used in youth programming and to enhance the food cupboard at St James. A partnership between Saint James United Methodist Church and POP with initial support from Project for Sacred Places.
  • South Philadelphia HS Orchard, South Philadelphia.  This small schoolyard orchard is planted in partnership with South Philadelphia High School and the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association.
  • South Philly Teen Orchard, South Philadelphia. Teens from the United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia work with Grow Philly to maintain POP’s first orchard site and distribute the produce within the neighborhood.
  • Temple PC Orchard, North Philadelphia. The Eden Project is an initiative by the Temple Presbyterian Church to create a bountiful paradise in the formerly empty lot across the street. Fruit trees and berry bushes compliment raised beds and the produce is distributed to needy members of the church’s community.
  • Tertulias Orchard, Norris Square. Grupo Motivos, the women’s collective of the Norris Square Neighborhood Project, maintains this orchard and a beautiful herb garden to the site. The harvest is distributed to neighbors and used in cultural and culinary programs.
  • Tilden MS Orchard, Southwest Philadelphia. Fruit trees and berry bushes now compliment raised garden beds tended by a student garden club at Tilden Middle School.  A partnership between Tilden, POP, the Farm at Bartram’s Garden, and PHS.
  • USLA Orchard, South Philadelphia. The Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy partnered with POP in planting a small orchard at one of their South Philly garden spaces. Grow Philly now operates the gardens and involves high school students in growing and distributing food in their neighborhood.
  • Walnut Hill Orchard, West Philadelphia. The Walnut Hill Community Farm operates an on-site market and CSA at this SEPTA property converted to a community park. Fruit from the orchard supplements vegetables and other produce grown on site. A partnership between POP and the Enterprise Center.

SUPPORTED POP ORCHARDS (sites receiving support outside of POP’s standard community partner process):

  • CHOP Karabots Farm, West Philadelphia. This new community farm operated by the Enterprise Center is located at the Karabots facility of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  The farm features fruit trees and rows of berries and vines.
  • Emerald Street Farm, North Philadelphia. This small community farm in Kensington features two very productive plum trees.
  • Guild House West Farm, North Philadelphia.  Greener Partners operates an urban farm including fruit trees at this affordable housing center for seniors.
  • Jewish Farm School, West Philadelphia.  New fruit trees and berry bushes are part of expanding food forest plantings at this West Philly sideyard farm, home to a variety of educational programs led by the Jewish Farm School.
  • Mercy Edible Park, South Philadelphia. MEEP is one of several sites planted by Philly Food Forests, a cooperative permaculture-based urban farm program.
  • Mill Creek Urban Farm, West Philadelphia. This well-established urban farm (http://millcreekurbanfarm.org) features a wide variety of productive fruit trees and berry bushes.
  • One Art Orchard, West Philadelphia.  One Art is a multi-faceted community space featuring arts, music, educational and cultural programs.  There is a small existing orchard and plans to expand to nearby vacant lots.
  • Philadelphia Prison Systems Orchard, NE Philadelphia. POP assisted in designing and planting the city’s largest orchard at the Philadelphia Prison Systems complex. Individuals and staff at the facility care for the orchard and distribute the produce to nearby food pantries as part of an expanding green jobs training program.
  • Rivera Rec Orchard, North Philadelphia. Orchard plantings now enhance a multi-generational garden supported by the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation FarmPhilly program.
  • Saint Bernard Community Garden, West Philadelphia. A small food forest and berry garden were planted at the St Bernard Community Garden with help from the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, Audobon Society, and POP.
  • Sayre HS Garden, West Philadelphia. POP has partnered with the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative in expanding and supporting orchard plantings in this productive school courtyard garden.
  • Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, Center City. The Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission provides housing and services for the homeless. Sunday Breakfast, the Asian Arts Initiative, and POP collaborated in creating colorful raised bed gardens featuring a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruit.
  • Tulpehocken Orchard, Germantown. The West Central Germantown Neighbors maintain a newly planted orchard at the Tulpehocken SEPTA station.
  • Stenton Orchard, NW Philadelphia. Weavers Way Community Programs works with residents to care for a small farm including fruit trees and berry bushes at the Stenton Family Manor.
  • Urban Tree Connection, West Philadelphia. UTC ( http://urbantreeconnection.org) maintains urban farms, orchards, and gardens throughout the Haddington neighborhood and offers educational programs and a CSA.
  • Weavers Way Farm @ Awbury Arboretum, NW Philadelphia. Weavers Way Co-op (http://weaversway.coop ) operates this expansive urban farm, which includes fruit trees, berry bushes, and kiwi vines.

OTHER CITY ORCHARDS (not currently affiliated with POP):

  • One Art Center, West Philadelphia.  One Art is a multi-faceted community space featuring arts, music, educational and cultural programs.  There is a small existing orchard and plans to expand to nearby vacant lots.
  • Stenton Orchard, NW Philadelphia. Weavers Way Community Programs works with residents to care for a small farm including fruit trees and berry bushes at the Stenton Family Manor.
  • Urban Tree Connection, West Philadelphia. UTC ( http://urbantreeconnection.org) maintains urban farms, orchards, and gardens throughout the Haddington neighborhood.