American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Farm for the City: Gardening for the Greater Good
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Location: 
Cabinet Room
Presenter: 
T. DeMent, M. Rader, J. Trezza, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pre-Registration Required: 
No

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society created a vegetable farm in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia. Visitors engaged with local experts in an exchange of knowledge about growing food and the impacts of community gardens. To engage a broad audience, the farm team represented a diversity of ages, ethnicity, and expertise. The farm hosted 89 programs during the four month installation ranging on topics from flower arranging and soil basics, to social dynamics and health issues, as well as growing 1,250 pounds of produce for a local lunch program. Participants will be encouraged to engage with groups to advocate for community garden preservation and support. Participants will examine how they approach engagement with communities and gardens comprised of culturally diverse populations.