Meet Urban Tree Connection’s 2017 Staff

UTC Staff

Join us in welcoming UTC’s 2017 Staff! From left to right: Aiyanna Sims, Community Education Coordinator; Nykisha Madison, Community Markets Manager; Hannah Thompson, Farm Manager Assistant; Noelle Warford, Executive Director; Misako Scott, Office Manager; Lisa Barkley, Community Liaison; Lila Bhide, Community Educator; Uwa Williams, Farm Manager

UTC is hiring!

Part-time Bookkeeper-Bookkeeping is completed in QuickBooks Online weekly and can be done remotely, the Executive Director (ED) and Office Manager oversee all necessary documentation is uploaded to SharePoint. In addition to entering transactions, bills, and invoices, the Bookkeeper maintains the weekly cash flow tool and completes biweekly journal entries to allocate payroll across the appropriate departments. The Accountant closes the books at the end of the month, but the Bookkeeper gathers all necessary month-end information and reconciles the credit card account. This position works closely with the Executive Director, Office Manager, and Accountant.

UTC Bookkeeper Job Description

UTC is Hiring!

Full Time Farm Manager-UTC’s vision for Neighborhood Foods urban farm sites is to utilize the farms as a tool to convene (Haddington) community together to build power and self-determination to address and meet its needs.  The Farm Manager is responsible for leading UTC’s scattered urban farm sites through an exciting time of cultivating community stewardship and growing, while producing sustainable and locally grown food.

UTC Farm Manager Full Position Description

Full Time Community Education Coordinator-UTC’s Community Education Programs aim to promote health and wellness, and leadership development among multigenerational groups, primarily in the Haddington neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The Community Education Coordinator is responsible for leading UTC’s community education programming which includes managing and coordinating the Teen Apprenticeship Program and multi-generational health and wellness workshops; and cultivation of community leadership development and stewardship of UTC’s scattered community garden sites.

UTC Community Education Coordinator Full Position Description

Neighborhood Foods Farm awarded Blue Ribbon in the annual PHS Greening and Gardening Contest


Neighborhood Foods Farm is a proud Blue Ribbon winner in the ‘Urban Farm’ category of PHS’s Annual Greening and Gardening Contest! Special shout out to our amazing farmers, and to our Neighborhood Foods Coop members Atuwfa & Cassandra for winning a Blue Ribbon for their Children’s garden at Blaine school. Click here to view a list of all 2016 contest winners.

Transitions & Forward Momentum at UTC

We Need Your Support!

Dear Friend and Supporter of Urban Tree Connection,

As 2016 comes to a close and we put our community farm and gardens to rest for the winter, all of us at Urban Tree Connection (UTC) are reflecting on this year of transition.  In April, we bid farewell to our beloved founding Director, Skip Wiener, who retired after nearly 30 years of leadership. It was Skip’s fierce passion and community-minded vision that led me to UTC in 2015, and I am humbled to carry the baton as the new Executive Director during this historical time when we are all being called to leadership.

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Our accomplishments are a reflection of our talented staff, community leadership, partners, volunteers, and funders like you. Together this year, we:

  • secured the deed to Neighborhood Foods Farms,
  • produced over 12,000 lbs. of sustainably West-Philly grown produce,
  • launched three new farm stands and a low-income CSA in food insecure neighborhoods, and
  • provided gardening and health and wellness education to over 200 children, teen apprentices, adults and elders.

UTC staff have also been building local and national relationships with growers and food justice advocates through farm and garden tours, dialogue and learning circles, and in gathering to urge City Council to invest in and protect community-based agriculture.

This forward momentum is launching us into 2017 with much more work to do! We are fighting to keep our core work intact as funding shifts. We are thankful for you, our faithful donors, and are depending on your continued support to sustain our work in Haddington.

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Together, you, UTC, and the residents of Haddington have created an extraordinary body of work.  During this time of great uncertainty, we must continue to build and reinforce the power of communities.  For UTC, this means community-led reclamation of land for the holistic health of the Haddington neighborhood.

Please support our efforts by making a donation to Urban Tree Connection this holiday season.  Donations can be made using the PayPal link above or if you prefer to donate by mail, simply make a check payable to “Urban Tree Connection” and send it to UTC, c/o First African Presbyterian Church, 4159 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104.


With deepest gratitude,


Noelle Warford

Executive Director


UTC Welcomes New Executive Director

A Letter from UTC’s Board Chair:


The Urban Tree Connection Board of Directors is proud and excited to announce Noelle Warford as the new Executive Director!  Noelle takes this position after the retirement of Skip Wiener, our beloved founding Director, who served an almost 30-year tenure.  Noelle has been working with UTC since April 2015 as the Programs Director.  In this position, she led substantial advancements, particularly in her leadership of the program staff, which increased cohesion and created a clear, shared vision for their work.

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UTC Nominated for Edible Philly’s 2017 Local Hero Award

local-heroEach spring, Edible Communities publications across the U.S. and Canada present Local Hero Awards to honor members of their communities who have made significant contributions to the local food movement. UTC has been nominated for a 2017 Local Hero Award by the Edible Philly Community.  Voting ends December 31, 2016 so be sure to cast your vote!  Awards will be presented at the annual Philly Farm and Food Fest in Spring and announced in the Spring 2017 issue of Edible Philly.