Parks & Rec garden programs

Supporting urban farming and native plants on Parks & Recreation property.



FarmPhilly brings farming to the city. We support urban farming projects on Philadelphia Parks & Recreation land. Our projects include orchards, vegetable, and fruit production, youth education gardens, intergenerational gardens, community gardens, and market farms. Through our programs, we call attention to the importance of urban farming and support its growth across Philadelphia.


Community Gardens Network
Parks & Rec hosts dozens of community gardens and orchards on park land. The Community Gardens Network builds communication and skill sharing among the gardens. We also create a larger sense of community and advocacy. FarmPhilly staff provide technical help and pathways to resources. Please email if you are interested in joining the Community Gardens Network.


Community Propagation Program
Every February through June, the Community Propagation Program (CPP) provides greenhouse space to the public. The heated space at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center:

  • allows people to grow out fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs
  • provides a much-needed resource for folks without access to a greenhouse
  • serves as a communal and collaborative setting for growers of diverse backgrounds.
Space is available to:
  • Philadelphia residents
  • community gardens
  • non-profit organizations
  • businesses
Qualified parties can rent up to three 8' by 3' tables. Growers receive access to:
  • potting benches
  • soil
  • water
For rental information, and to sign up for the program, please email


Junior Farmers
Junior Farmers teaches young people ages 2–12 years old the benefit of growing their own food and taking care of the natural environment. Junior Farmers establishes small youth vegetable and pollinator gardens and small orchards. Working in our recreation centers with tots, after-school, and summer camp participants, we bring the joy of growing food to youth all across Philadelphia.


Plants Make Positive Places (P3) Native Garden program

The P3 program helps create low-maintenance, native gardens in Philadelphia. It does this by providing staff and volunteers with:

  • plant material
  • resources
  • training
The program:
  • Makes our park and recreation system greener.
  • Connects residents to healthy green landscapes.
  • Educates the community caring for their park.
  • Increases the number of native plants in Philadelphia.
Why native plants?
Native plants are good for our environment and save time and money because they:
  • are hardy and have adapted to the local conditions.
  • don't need pesticides, fertilizers, or watering.
  • provide important habitat for good insects, birds, and wildlife.
Best of all, they make a beautiful garden!


1515 Arch St.
10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Process and eligibility

Questions about Farm Philly programs?
Email questions to or call (215) 683-3583.


Interested in the P3 Native Garden program?
Email questions to

Interested in gardening?

Search for gardening activities on the Parks & Rec Finder.

Sponsors & Partners

Earth’s Keepers

East Park Revitalization Alliance

Fairmount Park Conservancy

The Food Trust

Greener Partners

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

The Mayor’s Food Policy Council

Nationalities Service Center

Neighborhood Gardens Trust

Penn State 4H

Penn State Master Gardeners

Pennsylvania Horticulture Society

Philadelphia City Council

Philadelphia Orchard Project

Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

Teens for Good

Temple Community Garden

Urban Nutrition Initiative