Temple students Anne Preston and Yuan Huang received prestigious national scholarships in recognition of their work — both scholarly and with hands to soil — on community-based urban farming in Philadelphia. Both of them received Udall Scholarship, while Anne also received Truman Scholarship.
Anne “runs a one-acre farm that she built as a freshman for the nonprofit Urban Tree Connection on a vacant lot in Haddington, a low-income West Philadelphia neighborhood. Her farm produces thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables annually while engaging children, teenagers and adults in the community in all aspects of production, distribution and management. “I’m interested in working solutions to concentrated poverty, food access and re-entry employment,” Preston said. “A lot of people think the idea of urban gardens is nice and pretty, but it’s harder to convince people that it’s a powerful agent of change in the city. I see what we’re doing with urban farming as something that can be a part of community-led revitalization in cities around the world.” [Temple News]
Yuan, a former president of Temple Community Garden, “is committed to creating new approaches to urban design, focusing on sustainable urban agriculture in underserved communities. At Temple, she pursued research on green roofs in Philadelphia with the support of a Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship grant.” [Temple News]