High tunnel almost ready for planting!

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!

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Pavilion Progress

The tireless farm crew- Q, Raheem and Ryan

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!

We’re planting seeds for the spring season!

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!

Kylin, our Philly Fellow, Annie and Ryan planting seeds for spring crops.

The flats will be grown under lights and careful supervision until the seedlings are ready to be planted at the Farm and the other gardens

The gardens are a buzz!

Our resident bee colony pollinated crops at the farm all season this year!

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!