PHILADELPHIA — Over time, people who work in urban agriculture have articulated three major purposes for urban agriculture: community development, entrepreneurship, and job training. This field trip includes two stops with three examples in northwestern Philadelphia: a community garden run by Weaver’s Way just across from Saul High School and a very large community garden overseen by the Schuylkill Center. We’ll also see the new livestock facility at Saul. These two stops illustrate the three major reasons for urban agriculture in Philadelphia: community development, education, and entrepreneurship.
- Everyone will be driving their personal automobiles. There is amble parking at both locations.
- Report at 10:30 am to the Schuylkill Center at 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128. Call 215-482-7300 or go to https://www.schuylkillcenter.org/ for further directions. Park in the Center parking lot.
- We’ll spend about an hour with Steve Goin, Director of Land and Facilities, and see one of the largest community gardens in Philadelphia.
Next, we’ll motor to W.B. Saul High School, 7100 Henry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128 and Weaver’s Way which is adjacent to Saul at 7095 Henry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128.
- Park at Saul and cross Henry Ave. to the Farm.
- Here, we’ll hear from Nina Berryman about Weaver’s Way and the Coop as well as Alexa Dunn, Principal of Saul, to show off the new agriculture building.
- A box lunch will be served as we have a time of visiting during our first in-person meeting since the beginning of the pandemic.
- There will be a box lunch available for $15.00 that includes your choice of a chicken or beef sandwich (or vegetarian offering), water, and dessert.
- To make a reservation, send your name and your luncheon choice to email@example.com.
Contact Dr. Scott Sheely at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
–Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture