Want to lead a community workshop?
POPHarvestEd Community Educators have woven food sovereignty into Philadelphia’s neighborhoods by sharing cultural, culinary, and medicinal uses of lesser known fruits, nuts, and herbs widely available through POP’s orchards and the wider Philadelphia region. We believe all people have something to learn and teach, and we celebrate the many ways people come to knowledge in their own unique experience and time.
POP curates workshops year round, both in person and virtually, most often using beautiful orchard spaces throughout the city as workshop locations. Your proposal is the most effective tool for telling us about yourself, the skill you would like to share, and how you would translate that into a POPHarvestEd workshop. We consider proposals on a rolling basis.
Experienced presenters and those newer to teaching are both encouraged to apply! We aim to provide a platform for diverse expertise, traditions, experiences, and viewpoints concerning lesser known harvests and foodways in our region.
POP provides a teaching honorarium, sponsors teachers to complete ServSafe food safety certification, pays for workshop supplies, organizes the host location and logistics, and provides educator guidelines on sensitivity, inclusion, and communication.
Past POPHarvestEd workshops have included Mushroom Inoculation, Herbal Salves, and Pickled Green Plums.
If you’re interested in leading a POPHarvestEd workshop please fill out the POPHarvestEd Workshop Proposal Form. Contact Education Director Corrie Spellman-Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The POPHarvest program, which first launched in 2014, currently consists of group gleaning or foraging— the harvest of abundant but lesser-known fruits, nuts, herbs, other edible and medicinal plants that grow in and around the city of Philadelphia. Past POPHarvest gleaning events resulted in the collection and sharing of hundreds of pounds of fruit including juneberries, mulberries, and crabapples. We have also created resources focused on their care, preparation, and preservation. In previous years we have also harvested excess fruit from backyards and regional commercial orchards to distribute to emergency food services.
POP also builds partnerships with mission-aligned businesses to support our fruit-focused education campaigns, taking gleaned harvests and turning them into food products that showcase a diversity of uses for under-appreciated fruits! Please reach out to us via email@example.com if you have suggestions for gleaning opportunities.
If you’d like to help pick fruit with us, please join our POPHarvest google group.