Partners in Urban Agriculture

Farm Philly partners with local agriculture and community groups. Together, they work on land projects, community programming, and food policy. Below Farm Philly’s land partners and program & policy partners are listed. 

Land Project Partners

Farm Philly works with partners who lease or use park land for agriculture projects with a public benefit. These include:

  • Community orchards
  • Community gardens
  • Demonstration gardens
  • Education farms
  • Production farms
  • Food forests

Fair Amount Food Forest  
Address: 2300 N 33rd St, 19132

Fair Amount Food Forest is an orchard and food forest with fruiting trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals on the grounds of Woodford Mansion in East Fairmount Park, just outside the mansion’s gate. The orchard is a community-based, publicly-accessible, and educational food forest and garden. It serves as a community learning center and gathering space. Here, community members can grow fresh, healthy food which allows them to build healthy relationships with each other and the environment.

Photo credit: Fair Amount Food Forest photo gallery

Federation of Neighborhood Centers
Address: 834 Poplar St, 19123

The FNC Community Learning Farm (8th & Poplar Farm) was created in 2005 on the land of the East Poplar Recreation Center. FNC engages community members through weekly volunteer drop-in hours and markets, educational workshops, community events, and school tours, and improves access to affordable healthy food through their weekly farm market, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and community garden with 30 raised beds.

Fox Chase Farm
Address: 8500 Pine Rd, 19111

Fox Chase Farm is a 112 acre working educational livestock farm located on a historic dairy farm in Northeast Philadelphia at Pennypack Creek. FCF is operated by the Philadelphia School District on a long term lease; the School District employs a resident farmer, and an on-site administrator to schedule school visits and conduct programming. Parks & Rec sponsors seasonal festivals and other public events coordinated by the Pennypack Environmental Center, and the Friends of Fox Chase Farm actively supports the farm by engaging in fund-raising activities, community outreach and historic research.  These programs provide educational opportunities for children and adults to visit the farm and learn about various aspects of a working, educational farm.

Master Gardeners Demonstration Vegetable Garden & Food Forest
Address: 100 N Horticultural Dr, 19131

Trained by Penn State Extension, the Master Gardener volunteers share their love and knowledge of gardening with the community through a variety of projects, including demonstration gardens at Fairmount Park. The demonstration gardens teach children and adults about plants that impact our everyday lives. It features a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are donated and also free for the public to harvest.

Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden
Address: 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, 19143

​Sankofa Community Farm is a 3.5-acre community-based crop farm, rooted in the experience of the African Diaspora. As a spiritually centered farm, Sankofa prioritizes reverence for Spirit, human beings, and our relationship to the myriad beings beneath and above the soil. Sankofa Farm offers over 60 different crops and wild foods for our community’s healing and produces over 15,000 pounds of food annually for local farm stands and other markets.

Saul High School
Address: 7095 Henry Ave, 19128

Henry Got Crops is a community-supported farm. It is located on the campus of the W.B. Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences. The farm grows food for the community and provides educational opportunities for Saul High School students. Weavers Way Co-op manages the farm in collaboration with Saul students and teachers. The nonprofit group Food Moxie provides the farm’s education curriculum and hands-on training. They teach students about small-scale, sustainable vegetable production and distribution.

The Spring Gardens
Address: 1832 North St, 19130

The Spring Gardens is a community garden located in the Spring Garden neighborhood, built by neighbors in 1995. The garden helps families grow food and flowers for themselves and for donations through PHS’s (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society) City Harvest. The garden serves as an outdoor classroom hosting cooking workshops, gardening classes, school education tours, farm bike tours, and provides hands-on learning for student interns, visitors and volunteer groups.

Strawberry Mansion Orchard & Gardens
Address: 2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr, 19132

This orchard and garden is located in the front yard of Historic Strawberry Mansion, this kitchen garden grows a variety of edible fruits and vegetables. The garden also contains a famous strawberry patch tended by a master gardener and volunteers from around the city. In 2015, the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) planted a variety of fruit trees here, where the public can now harvest orchard fruit.

Woodford Mansion Orchard
Address: 2300 N 33rd St, 19132

The orchard is on the grounds of the historic Woodford Mansion in East Fairmount Park, inside the gates. The mansion had an orchard in the past, although its location and contents are unknown. The Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) designed the current orchard. It is an “eco-orchard.”  That means it is low-maintenance, sustainable, and organic. It has a diversity of hearty semi-dwarf trees, bushes and perennial herbs and flowers.

Aerial view of Saul High School Farm - Photo credit Mark Beerly
Strawberry Mansion Orchard and Gardens
Participants standing together at the Fair Amount Food Forest
Youth participants selling vegetables at the Sankofa Community Farm Stand
Volunteers sharing stories and laughing at 8th and Poplar Farm
Master Gardeners having a work day at the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden

Program and Policy Partners

Farm Philly collaborates with program and policy partners to work on a variety of initiatives. These include:

  • Community agriculture
  • Land and food justice policy
  • Food access programs
  • Education and training
  • Workforce development
  • Community programs
  • Farmers markets