Urban Tree Connection

Annie in the Inquirer!

In Articles, Farm, News on May 4, 2012 at 17:04

UTC’s very own Annie Preston is featured today in the Philadelphia Inquirer!  Last week, Virginia Smith, Inquirer writer and author of the Philly.com gardening blog Kiss the Earth, came out to spend some time with Annie at the Farm and the Pearl Street Garden.  Annie, a current Temple University junior, recently received two awards for her dedication to public service and the environment, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Morris K. Udall Scholarship.

Annie Preston tends pepper and tomato plants on the farm at 53d and Wyalusing.

Annie has worked with UTC since 2010 and has been a major force in shaping the organization, especially Neighborhood Foods, our urban farming coop, into what it has become today. As Virginia notes in the article, “In two short years, she has helped build this ¾-acre farm and position it to become a thriving, community-centered enterprise.”  Her goal for the future: “to transform grant-dependent farms like this one into self-supporting, even profitable, neighborhood enterprises.”

We’re so proud to have you on our team, Annie!

Thanks for telling more of our story, Virginia!

Tykei Plummer, 5, with a ladybug he found at the Pearl Street/Conestoga Garden.

Red burgundy okra bud in the high tunnel at Neighborhood Foods Farm.

(Images by David M Warren via Philadelphia Inquirer)

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