Carousel House Farm

Farm Philly’s public farm in West Fairmount Park

Program Overview

Located on a half-acre of land at the Carousel House Recreation Center, the Farm currently grows up to 4,000 pounds of food (vegetables, fruit and herbs) per season, as well as flowers. The Farm is Philadelphia’s only public production and education farm, open to residents and growers across the City. Throughout the growing season, Farm Philly delivers educational opportunities, job training programs and peer-to-peer exchanges for youth and adults who want to learn hands-on farming, composting, harvesting and food production skills. The farm serves as a work and educational site for Farm Philly’s collaborative partner PowerCorps PHL. Over the years, the Farm has provided opportunities for residents to purchase vegetables, herbs and flowers through a Farm Share (i.e. or Community Supported Agriculture), while ensuring that food produced on public land is also directed to food access partners.

Program History

Carousel House Farm was founded in 2011 in partnership with the non-profit Federation of Neighborhood Centers (FNC), which runs educational programming and workforce development for youth in Philadelphia. In 2017 Parks & Recreation took over managing the site through the Farm Philly Program, and expanded the farm, programming and educational opportunities.

Field Trips to the Farm

  • All field trips are 90 minutes long, outdoors, and interactive.
  • Each field trip is hands-on, with opportunities to harvest, plant, or tend to plants on the farm.
  • These activities will change based on the needs of the season and student age.
  • In addition to a farm tour, we offer three options for your field trip focus:
    • Growing Our Food
    • Soil & Plant Science 
    • Climate Change on the Farm
  • As an outdoor site please prepare accordingly. i.e., bring water, sunblock, bug spray etc. Expect to get a little dirty.
  • A porta potty is located on-site.
  • Please note that the Farm is not ADA-accessible.
  • Please fill out an Interest Form here.
  • We offer field trips at no cost to groups in Philadelphia, however our capacity is limited. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. 

Volunteer at the Farm

Volunteer Days are every Tuesday from 5-7pm. Go to our events page to register and learn about other upcoming events.

Contact Farm

Diversified Vegetable Pre-Apprenticeship

Farm Philly partnered with Pasa Sustainable Agriculture  in 2022 to become a training partner with the Diversified Vegetable Pre-Apprenticeship program.  In coordination with PowerCorpsPHL, Farm Philly has been training young urban farmers since 2015. As part of the Pasa partnership, Farm Philly will expand on the workforce development efforts to train a diverse urban agriculture workforce. As a training partner, Farm Philly manages the pre-apprentice recruitment, training, and supervision, while Pasa offers the curriculum and administrative support. Farm Philly will strengthen diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in agriculture through this partnership by creating a career pathway for agriculture.

For more information, please visit the PASA’s website here