Back in August, we told you all about all the cool stuff that’s happening at the Walnut Hill Community Farm, out in West Philly. Well, the good news keeps on coming! The Enterprise Center (the people who administer the farm) and the Walnut Hill Growers Cooperative (the ones who actually work that patch of land) have been awarded a USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program grant. These funds will allow them to bulk up the farm’s production, open an on-site farm stand and increase their marketing efforts. Walnut Hill is just one of five sites in Pennsylvania to receive this funding.
The hope is that this grant will enable the Walnut Hill Farm to capitalize on the success of their first season and continue to transform what was once a vacant lot into a space that is vibrant, alive and open to all. Greg Heller, a managing director at The Enterprise Center CDC, has this to say about the award,
Walnut Hill is a neighborhood that has high rates of poverty, few places to buy healthy food, and a critical need for improved food systems. The fact that USDA is willing to invest in an urban agriculture project in a low-income community through such a competitive program is testament that the folks in Washington realize the importance of finding innovative solutions to improving urban food access, and are willing to put money into pilot projects like ours that are truly grassroots and have the potential to become national models. We couldn’t be more excited!
Congratulations Walnut Hill Community Farm! We can’t wait to come out this summer and shop at your farm stand next summer.