4. Community Outreach

This page has the following sections:
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Organization Websites
4.3 Community Social Network (Internet-Based Groups, Facebook Pages, and Blogs)

4.1 Introduction
Community-based agriculture has shown positive effects in the communities where it has been implemented, benefiting the residents with access to food, as well as social interaction and a learning opportunity (i). Local food system, which promotes the buy local, grow local movement, includes community businesses or initiatives such as urban farms, community gardens, farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture (CSA), and food co-operatives. It also supports community participation and engagement. Local agriculture enhances food equity and social integration, and provides natural human capital (ii). It also addresses the issues of food access and food justice (iii). Justice issues highlight the role of access to food, and call for solutions such as local agriculture, as they enhance food equity, social integration, and provide natural human capital (iv).

Urban agriculture programs have been always framed around larger social, economic, and environmental agendas. Many gardens were not resulted from the grassroots efforts, but relied on direct supports from federal, state, and municipal programs and special interest groups (v). Besides providing fresh foods, community gardens offer two other benefits: (a) act as a medium for addressing “larger social concerns such as economic relief, education reform, and civic accord”, and (b) “provide opportunities for people to engage with their environment through the process of gardening and with the community through the social interaction of organizing and maintaining the gardens.” (vi)

There are three distinct but overlapping models of urban agriculture in Philadelphia; the traditional community garden, the Community Based Organization (CDC), and the entrepreneurial farm. These three models provide different services to different demographics in the city and do so for different reasons. The primary mission and services of the various organizations are community greening, food production, community development, and education. They provide these services primarily to low and middle income households, and to school age children. Through the creation of knowledge around fresh food, these organizations are creating a higher demand for fresh produce and working to create healthier neighborhood residents. They are also creating indirect economic opportunities for their neighborhood through hands on training in a professional setting. A variety of transferable skills are assisting teens to find gainful employment through urban agriculture programs.

Philadelphia’s numerous Third Sector Organizations are engaged in community outreach programs and activities that are related to hunger, food insecurity, food production, and food related training and education. Third Sector Organizations include community development corporations, educational institutions, and other non-profit and grassroots organizations. The following list includes some of those organizations.

4.2 Organization Websites
Better Blocks Philly
Cranaleith SpIritual Center
East Park Revitalization Alliance
Eastern PA Permaculture Club
Fair Food Philly
Fair Hill Burial Ground
Farm to City
Farm to Philly
Federation of Neighborhood Centers
Francisville Neighborhood CDC
Garden Justice Legal Initiative
Green Sanctuary Earth Institute
Greening Greenfield Committee
Health Promotion Council
John B Kelly Elementary School
Liberty Lands (NLNA)
Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Nationalities Service Center Senior Center
Neighborhood Gardens Association
Norris Square Neighborhood Project
Pennesauken Free Public Library
PA Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)
PA Horticultural Society – City Harvest
Philadelphia Grow Project
Philadelphia Orchard Project
Philadelphia Urban Creators
Penn State Agricultural Extension
Philly Compost
Philly Homegrown
Philly Rooted

Saul Agricultural High School
Soil Kitchen
Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative
Teens 4 Good
The Enterprise Center CDC
The Food Trust
The Home Grown Institute
The New Growth Project
Urban Nutrition Initiative
Urban Tree Connection

4.3 Community Social Network
Groups & Campaigns
Buy Fresh Buy Local
Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land
Food Organizing Collaborative
Philadelphia Urban Farm Network
Sharing Backyards

Facebook Pages
Better Blocks Philly
Fair Food Philadelphia
Fairhill Burial Ground
Farm To Families
Greensgrow Farm

La Finquita
Norris Square Neighborhood Project
Philadelphia Backyard Chickens
Philly Food Forest
SHARE Food Program, Inc.
Southwark Queen Village Community Garden
Temple Community Garden
The Enterprise Center CDC
Weaver’s Way Co-Op

African American United Fund
Nationalities Service Center – Refugee Urban Farm Project
Norris Square Neighborhood Project
Philabundance – Driving Hunger Out
Philly Food For Thought
Philly Food Forest
Temple Community Garden

Photo Courtesy: Philly Food Forest, Philly Rooted, Temple Community Garden

(i) Macias, 2008
(ii) Macias, 2008
(iii) Wekerle, 2004; Raja et al., 2009
(iv) Macias, 2008
(v) Lawson, 2004
(vi) Lawson, 2005



  1. Please attend our block party on Aug 9, 2014 at 5400 block of Florence Ave to distribute information to residents.Several other outreach programs will attend.Come between 9am and 3pm.

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