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Farm Philly Program
Department of Parks and Recreation
One Parkway Building
1515 Arch Street, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 683-3583
FarmPhilly@Phila.gov
 
Farm Philly, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's urban agriculture program, supports the creation and maintenance of urban agriculture projects on PPR land, such as orchards, vegetable and fruit production, youth education gardens, inter-generational gardens, community gardens and market farms. Through our diverse program areas, Farm Philly also seeks to uplift the importance of urban agriculture and support its expansion across Philadelphia.

Community Gardens Network

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation hosts over 40 community gardens and orchards 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.

Junior Farmers

An innovative youth urban agriculture program, Junior Farmers teaches youth ages 2-12 years old the benefits of growing their own food and rewards of tending to the natural environment. Junior Farmers establishes small youth gardens that incorporate not only growing vegetables but also small orchards and pollinator gardens.
  
Working in our Recreation Centers with Tots, After School and Summer Camps, Junior Farmers is uniquely positioned to bring the joy of growing food to youth all across Philadelphia.

Garden Preservation

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation recognizes that community gardens are treasured spaces in their neighborhoods. PPR has formed a partnership with the Neighborhoods Gardens Trust, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, the Department of Public Property, the Office of Housing and Community Development and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation to create a process to protect long-term community gardens from the reach of development.


We thank our partners for their commitment to advancing this work!
Penn State 4H, Penn State Master Gardeners, Philadelphia Orchard Project, Teens for Good, Urban Nutrition Initiative, Earth’s Keepers, Temple Community Garden, The Mayor’s Food Policy Council, The Food Trust, Nationalities Service Center, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, Neighborhood Gardens Trust, Greener Partners, Fairmount Park Conservancy, East Park Revitalization Alliance, Philadelphia City Council