A City’s Harvest

November 21, 2012

Chile peppers hang to dry on a wire fence at the Community Food and Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden in West Philly. Photo courtesy of Plan Philly’s Blog, Eyes on the Street.

The 3.5 acre Community Food and Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden in just its first year of operation has already got a crop field, greenhouse, community garden and fruit orchard.

Early last Spring, more than 100 fruit trees and berry shrubs were planted by the Philadelphia Orchard Project, and the new greenhouse provided some 60,000 transplants for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest Program’s other gardens throughout the city. An additional 10,000 and more plants were given to people who wanted to start home gardens. By late summer, area high school student helpers harvested over 6,500 pounds of organic produce from the garden.

The Center was developed as a partnership program with Bartram’s Garden, Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, City of Philadelphia’s Department of Parks & Recreation, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Anita Mc Kelvey © 2011-2016 The Philadelphia Pepper Project

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