Welcome Terrence-UTC’s New Chester Farmer

IMG_1274UTC is excited to welcome our first ever Community Engagement Farmer, Terrence Topping-Brown, who will be joining us as the cornerstone of our new Farm and Education Program, funded by the Chester Housing Authority, at the Ruth Bennett Homes in Chester, Pa.  A native of Upper Darby Township, Terrence grew up in the neighborhood next to Haddington and still has strong connections to the area.  He presently coaches track at Upper Darby High School, his alma mater, and is excited to be working with folks near his hometown to build food security.

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Wild Edibles at the Farm

Chickweed

Chickweed as it is going to flower.

While there is not a lot that can endure the dogged days of winter, there is one wild edible that can be seen holding tenaciously to the frozen ground, reaching its limbs through cracks in the ice and breaks in the snow, and populating the pathways in our high tunnels.  UTC/NF farmer Rachel de Vitry shares her insights on Chickweed, a surprisingly resilient cold hardy vegetable that makes a happy home on our farm:

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