Monday, March 7, 2011

coolio gardeny digs philly-side

philly rooted! 
Mission Statement
Philly Rooted strives to grow community and support the local food economy by developing urban farms and consulting developers, municipal government, private businesses and non-profits on how to incorporate urban agriculture into their policy and design.
History of the Organization
Philly Rooted was founded by Erica and Nic in Philadelphia, PA in 2010.  Their partnership began in 2008 when they started The Woodlands Community Garden under the umbrella of UC Green.  Erica has a B.A. in Biology from Haverford College and a Master’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of California, Davis.  She has worked at public gardens throughout the Philadelphia area, including Bartram’s Garden, Longwood Gardens, Tyler Arboretum, and the Camden Children’s Garden. Nic has worked on farms through the United States and South America, as the garden educator for University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Nutrition Initiative and at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  Nic and Erica are both on the UC Green Advisory Committee and the Landscape Committee at The Woodlands Cemetery and Trust where they manage The Woodlands Community Garden.



The site is focused on finding and eating locally grown/produced food in Philadelphia, its surrounding suburbs, and South Jersey. Whether you consider yourself a locavore, an adherent to the 100 Mile Diet, a Slow Food-er, or something else, we can all agree that eating local is not only good for you, it's good for everyone!
Ten Reasons to Eat Local [click the link for more info]
  1. Eating local means more for the local economy.
  2. Locally grown produce is fresher.
  3. Local food just plain tastes better.
  4. Locally grown fruits and vegetables have longer to ripen.
  5. Eating local is better for air quality and pollution than eating organic.
  6. Buying local food keeps us in touch with the seasons.
  7. Buying locally grown food is fodder for a wonderful story.
  8. Eating local protects us from bio-terrorism.
  9. Local food translates to more variety.
  10. Supporting local providers supports responsible land development.
We're not barefoot hippies with patchouli stank running around trying to save the world. We're students, homemakers, and professionals just trying to do what's best for us and what's best for our community - which is to eat local as often as possible!.

It all started as a crazy idea...
On a chilly cloudy day in March 1997, Mary Seton Corboy and Tom Sereduk pushed back the broken gates to an abandoned lot in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Without knowing it, they were firing the opening salvo in the urban agriculture movement.
When Mary and Tom went on a search for property on which to build an urban farm, old industrial land was what was available. A former glavanized steel plant to be exact.
A conventional farm seemed highly unlikely to spring from an industrial brownfield, so it was back to the drawing board where they re-visioned their urban farm employing hydroponic growing of lettuce. Surprising even themselves, it was a success.
In the years since the first cases of produce were delivered out of the back of the truck, Greensgrow Farm Inc has changed a great deal. Our willingness and ability to change, in fact, has been the root of our success.
Today Greensgrow stands as a testament to hard work and harder heads. What was once a dilapidated industrial site is today an active vibrant Farm Stand and Nursery.
When we first got started in you might have thought we were crazy. Now over a decade later, folks are calling us visionaries.
Well, we still think we're just crazy.

Eat well. Eat local.

walnut hill community farm

The farm is a partnership between The Enterprise Center CDC and the Walnut Hill Grower’s Cooperative, and is funded by the PHS City Harvest Community Grower’s Alliance grant. The farm is run by a collective of West Philadelphia youth who cooperatively farm and sell their produce at the Clark Park Farmer’s Market and at Milk and Honey Market.

The plot of land located almost directly under the 46th Street station of the Market-Frankford subway line, was once used by SEPTA for construction of the elevated line in West Philadelphia. Now it is filled with a myriad of plant life and edible vegetation. Residents of the West Philadelphia neighborhood run the farm collectively, and cooperatively grow and sell their crops. 

The Walnut Hill Community Farm was started in the spring of 2010, as a partnership between The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation and The Walnut Hill Grower’s Cooperative. It is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society City Harvest Community Grower’s Alliance. Although the plot of land is vacant for most of the day in the winter months, it is filled with young growers in the spring and summer. Rows of vegetable, herb and spice plants line the interior of the farm. A small shed with tools is the only space of land unoccupied by crops. The fresh produce grown at the farm can be bought at the Clark Park Farmer’s Market at 4300 Baltimore Ave., or the Milk and Honey Market at 4425 Baltimore Ave.

Philly Homegrown is an initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC). The goals of the project are:
  • to inspire consumers to shop from within the 100-mile foodshed
  • to broaden the market for local food
  • amplify the work of the local food movement of Greater Philadelphia.
The project is funded by grants from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the William Penn Foundation.
Locals and visitors agree that the food produced in our region is authentic, delicious and is part of our cultural heritage. It is already an important, ongoing theme of GPTMC’s marketing and a reason people come to our region. We have always promoted Philadelphia as a “food lovers” kind of town. Local food has been a piece of the food story in our region that we have long wanted to highlight.
The comprehensive plan that we are currently implementing includes strategies that shine a light on the accessibility, the flavors, the menus, the neighborhood gems, the nutrition, the experience, the places and the local personalities of the movement. Our overall strategy remains based upon the premise that as more people discover the benefits and virtues of local food, they will develop a greater appreciation of its value.

About PHS
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1827. Under the leadership of Drew Becher, PHS provides great events, activities, and publications for novice gardeners, experienced horticulturists, and flower lovers of all ages.
Our Mission: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society motivates people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture.

The Mission of the American Community Gardening Association is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.
The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities. The Association recognizes that community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighborhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighborhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.
ACGA and its member organizations work to promote and support all aspects of community food and ornamental gardening, urban forestry, preservation and management of open space, and integrated planning and management of developing urban and rural lands.
The Association supports community gardening by facilitating the formation and expansion of state and regional community gardening networks; developing resources in support of community gardening; and, encouraging research and conducting educational programs.


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