The farm crew never stops! Yesterday, Raheem, Quinzell and Ryan installed the plastic on the high tunnel. This will almost double growing space at the farm!
Archive for February, 2012|Monthly archive page
The UTC crew is hard at work despite the crazy weather fluctuations we’ve been experiencing! Q, Raheem and Ryan are building the washing pavilion at the farm and finishing up construction of the high tunnel. Stay tuned to keep up with the progress!
Urban Tree Connection is partnering with the Enterprise Center CDC to introduce a 22-week CSA, or community-supported agriculture program, and you can be a member! Members of the Neighborhood Foods CSA will receive weekly shares of vegetables from West Philadelphia gardens and fruit from farms in the greater Philadelphia area. The 22-week CSA runs from mid-May to October, and offers add-on options of locally-produced seasonal jam, local honey, and bread from Four Worlds Bakery. Pickup locations are Fridays and Saturdays at Rittenhouse Square, Four Worlds Bakery at 47th & Woodland Streets, Walnut Hill Community Farm at 46th & Markets Streets, and in Narberth.
Purchasing a share is more then buying a product, it is an investment into local business and local communities. All profits from our CSA are re-invested into the Haddington and Walnut Hill neighborhoods where the produce is grown, supporting urban employment and youth leadership development.
If you are interested in signing up, click here!
As the weather fluctuates throughout February, seed starting has begun in the basement of the UTC office in preparation for spring planting. Annie, Ryan, and Quenzell planted out many flats last week with seeds of collards, kale, lettuces, and many varieties of herbs and flowers including calendula and marigolds. Already we can see some sprouting!
Spring is a busy season at UTC. Between finishing high tunnel and rainwater catchment construction, building the washing pavilion, and preparing all of the gardens for spring planting, you’d hardly know we’re still in the middle of winter. And this spring, we’re adding another two beehives to the farm to pollinate crops, teach kids about insect-ecosystem relationships, and produce golden, treatment-free West Philly honey!