FarmPhilly supports over 60 urban agriculture projects on Philadelphia Parks & Recreation land; including orchards, vegetable and fruit production, youth education gardens, inter-generational gardens, community gardens, and market farms.
FarmPhilly runs youth education programs at recreation centers throughout Philadelphia, supports community gardens on city parkland, provides greenhouse propagation opportunities and works on garden preservation, long-term policy. Through these diverse program areas, FarmPhilly seeks to uplift the importance of urban agriculture and support its expansion across Philadelphia.
Junior Farmers is an innovative youth urban agriculture program with youth gardens established at 37 recreation centers throughout the city. The program works to educate and engage children in the greater Philadelphia area on the benefits of growing their own food, eating healthy, and caring for our neighborhoods & natural environment. Through co-operative efforts with participating recreational centers, we develop lessons and activities that meet the site-specific needs of each individual center while cultivating curiosity and environmental stewardship through growing, harvesting, and eating fruits and vegetables from our gardens. The program engages over 1500 youth participants each year, who participate in the care of our vegetable gardens, small orchards and pollinator gardens.
Working in Recreation Centers with After School and Summer Camps programs, Junior Farmers is uniquely positioned to bring the joy of growing food to youth all across Philadelphia. We strive to consistently encourage the youth involved in our program to care for their internal ecosystems, as well as the ecosystem of the gardens we are growing together and the communities we are a part of.
Community Propagation Program
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation hosts 18 community gardens on park land. The Community Gardens Network builds communication and skill sharing between the gardens while creating a larger sense of community and advocacy. Farm Philly staff provide technical assistance and pathways to resources. Over 450 gardeners rent garden plots and grow food for their families and/or distributed to neighbors, sold at farm stands, donated to food pantries. These 18 gardens are volunteer led operations that have created beautiful and productive patches of parkland that provide not only nourishment but recreational gardening for the surrounding community.
Carousel House Farm
Carousel House Farm is based at Carousel House, a recreation center for people with disabilities. FarmPhilly runs garden programming with the attendees of Carousel House, both during the school year with adults, and a summer camp program with youth. The farm produces around 1500lb of fresh fruits and vegetables each year. The produce is donated to Broad Street Ministry and given to attendees of the programming at the Farm and at Carousel House.
The farm has a partnership with Broad St Ministry’s free meals program, which provides free meals for vulnerable Philadelphians. Most of the produce grown at the Carousel House is donated to this operation. Members from the congregation come to Carousel House once a week and help with the harvest.
The Carousel House Farm also partners with Teens 4 Good, a nonprofit whose mission is to mobilize urban youth into taking leadership in their communities and addressing issues of food access and nutrition. Teens 4 Good brings out a group of kids everyday for 6 weeks over the summer to gain knowledge on urban farming, leadership skills, and community building.
To learn more about FarmPhilly contact Kim Jordan at KJordan@myphillypark.org.