The Philadelphia Orchard Project, based here in University City, does some pretty amazing things. POP plants fruit trees and other edible plants throughout the city – on vacant lots, in community gardens, at schools, and in other spaces – in low wealth neighborhoods where people lack access to fresh food. POP welcomes volunteers to help with their plantings, one of which is coming up next Monday, October 11th, here in West Philadelphia. Spend a few hours getting your hands dirty and show your support for this great initiative.

Please RSVP via the POP website to let the organizers know that you’ll be coming and for more information.

Monday, October 11 @ 10am 
839 N. Preston St, West Philadelphia
Lend a hand with new orchard plantings at Preston’s Paradise, an innovative urban homestead and non-profit that works to expand food access in the Belmont neighborhood.  What a way to spend your Columbus Day!  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
RAINDATE: Tuesday, 10/12 @ 10am

The West Philadelphia High School flower and vegetable garden is seeking a volunteer(s) to help design and/or build a rainwater harvesting and watering system.  Located on Walnut St. between 47th and 48th, the school building does not have downspouts to connect to its existing rain barrel for rainwater collection. The group would love to work with an experienced builder, landscape designer, or engineer to design a solution.

Please respond to their craigslist post if interested.

Mariposa Co-op Relocation Update

The excitement keeps building for Mariposa’s relocation and expansion.  A recent article in Flying Kite interviewed Leah Pillsbury, the Capital Campaign Coordinator at the Co-op. “Our offices are now sitting in the new building, and construction is just starting,” says Pillsbury. Along with financing from the PIDC, a Community Design Collaborativegrant, and help from The Reinvestment Fund, low-interest loans from [...]

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GenPhilly Event: Connecting Seniors to Community Gardens

Neighborhood gardens can provide elders with the opportunity to grow their own food, exercise, share their wisdom, and express creativity.  Generation Appreciation Philadelphia (GenPhilly) will be looking at opportunities and resources to connect seniors with gardens in their neighborhoods at their upcoming event, Germinating Partnerships: Connecting Seniors with Community Gardens on Tuesday, February 1 from Noon – [...]

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Up On The Roof: The legalese behind green roofs and rooftop farm

In urban areas, green roofs and rooftop farming are great methods for improving stormwater management and food access. On Saturday, Feb. 12 Penn State University Philadelphia Master Gardeners will host a workshop on the  labyrinth of municipal zoning and code enforcement, and the engineering realities of old buildings. The workshop will be lead by two [...]

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Contribute Your Photos to World Water Day Photography Exhibition

World Water Day is coming up, and in its honor, the Rotunda (4014 Walnut Street) will be hosting an exhibit on March 18th of photographs and other artwork depicting water in all its forms, from puddles to oceans. If you fancy yourself a photographer and have some great images taken within the last year (slush [...]

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Volunteer and Create “Green Homes” on Spruce Street

This Saturday, November 6, from 8:30AM to 4PM, you can volunteer to “green” retrofit Philadelphia’s first “Green Homes” blocks – the 6000, 6100 and 6200 blocks of Spruce Street in West Philadelphia.  The residents on these blocks have volunteered to green their homes as a component of PWD’s Green City, Clean Waters program. On these properties, volunteers [...]

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Urban Transformation at Shoemaker Green

What are currently a set of aging tennis courts will be converted into a green space connecting Penn’s central campus to the new Penn Park. Developed by Andropogon Associates, a Philadelphia-based landscape architecture firm, the new park will minimize stormwater runoff from the park and nearby rooftops through the use of rain gardens, porous pavers, [...]

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Fermentation Hoe-Down in West Philly

The newly formed Fermentation Society of Philadelphia is hosting its first event on November 21st in West Philly!  Have tons of cabbage from your CSA and no clue what to do with it all?  An avid beer maker but curious what other wonderful fermented products you can make? Want to share your favorite sourdough bread [...]

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Mariposa Food Co-op Is Moving and Expanding

With roots dating back to 1970 at its current location, Mariposa Food Co-op is maintaining and expanding upon its West Philadelphia heritage with a new, larger location on Baltimore Ave.  Announced last week, Mariposa will be moving to the landmark Belmont Trust Company Building at 4824 Baltimore Ave.  To be completed by next summer, the new location [...]

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