Philadelphia’s getting a little greener this summer!
An interactive public agriculture project, Farm for the City, transforms a concrete public plaza in Center City into a working farm and green space from June 15 to September 30.
The farm, created by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, helps feed those in need at Broad Street Ministry and hosts public forums, gardening workshops and community dinners.
FARM FOR THE CITY FAST FACTS
- Farm for the City turns a public plaza across from City Hall into a working urban farm from June 15 to September 30.
- The farm will grow 1,000 pounds of produce to donate to Broad Street Ministry.
- Free events are scheduled to raise awareness about food-access issues.
According to Broad Street Ministry, which provides meals and services to people in need, more than one in four Philadelphians are food insecure — in other words, they don’t have easy access to nutritious, affordable food.
This summer’s PHS Farm for the City pop up, located at the 2,000-square-foot Thomas Paine Plaza of the Municipal Services Building across from Philadelphia’s City Hall, aims to demonstrate how city residents can harness the power of horticulture to enrich and strengthen their communities and help make healthy food more accessible to those in need.
Free and open-to-the-public forums, gardening workshops and civic discussions at the site spread knowledge about gardening and start a dialogue about social equity and food security. Events educate attendees about and encourage participation in activities that promote healthy communities, like urban agriculture and gardening.
Two community dinners hosted by the organization at the site — featuring food grown on the farm — hope to bring 150 people from different backgrounds together to dine and discuss food security and healthy community building.
In addition to the community programming, Farm for the City expects to produce 1,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to donate to Broad Street Ministry for its Hospitality Collaborative program to serve those in need.
Learn more about this inspiring initiative here and see the fully-functioning farm in person starting Friday, June 15.