The Growers We Support
EAST PARK REVITALIZATION ALLIANCE (EPRA)
EPRA is a community gardening organization established in 2003 in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of Philadelphia adjacent to Fairmount Park. The group is committed to building a healthy community by turning vacant land into community gardens, connecting neighborhood residents to the adjacent park, planting trees, and running after school and summer programs for youth. EPRA also focuses on food and land access by supporting and training community gardeners, running two weekly food pantries, operating a weekly farmstand, and distributing fresh, neighborhood-grown produce to the community. I appreciate EPRA's connection to the history of urban farming in the neighborhood, the relationships between rooted growers and neighborhood youth, and the vitality fostered in the community through EPRA’s work. Learn more and get involved here.
WEAVERS WAY FARMS
Weavers Way is the urban farm that inspired me to launch the kitchen garden series. The farm consists of 6.5 acres split between two field locations a few miles from my Philadelphia home. The farmers at Weaver's Way grow more than 50 different types of vegetables and fruit on those few acres. The farm produces enough to supply an on-site farmers market, provide fresh goods to the Weavers Way Co-op stores, and keep the Henry Got Crops CSA members awash with produce. This bit of soil carved out of the urban landscape lifts my spirits and also provides food for my own table. I spend 2 hours a week, 24 weeks out of the year in the bountiful fields at Weavers Way Farms helping to harvest organic produce and renewing my commitment to small scale sustainable urban agriculture. Learn more and get involved here.