Farm for the City

Coming June 15, 2018!

Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Farm for the City will spotlight healthy food access issues and invite the public to help solve these issues through urban gardening and farming. The Farm for the City, a creative and interactive food-awareness public engagement installation, will be created on Thomas Paine Plaza, next to the Municipal Services Building. The demonstration farm will open in summer 2018 and continue into the fall as a site for dynamic public forums, gardening workshops and performances. Programming will bring people together in a civic discussion about social equity and food security, encourage policies that promote healthy communities, and highlight ways urban agriculture strengthens neighborhoods. The farm will produce an estimated 1,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to be donated to Broad Street Ministry, which is dedicated to serving the homeless. Young apprentices will assist in the food production on the farm and will engage visitors in dialogue about urban gardening and social issues related to food security.

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Meet the Project Team: 

Charlyn Griffith, Program Curator - An interdisciplinary artist and social scientist who is deeply committed to naming frontline communities as impact makers in all areas of industry (particularly as it relates to development, education and art) and to doing thinking that supports sustainable and culturally responsible design and placemaking. Charlyn Griffith is a part of Wholistic, a queer, woman and POC led incubator of sorts. She is an active member of Soil Generation, a Black & Brown-led coalition of gardeners, farmers, individuals, and community-based organizations working to ensure people of color regain community control of land and food, to secure access to the resources necessary to determine how the land is used, address community health concerns, grow food and improve the environment. 

Dylan DeVlieger, Farm Manager A Philadelphia-based farmer with a background in fine art. From helping in his family’s garden as a child, to growing vegetables professionally in Delaware County, Dylan has been gardening for as long as he can remember. Prior to working for PHS, he was the field supervisor at Red Hill Farm, a 130 member CSA Farm owned by the Sisters of Saint Francis. Aside from growing vegetables, Dylan is an active forager and wildcrafter. He is excited about plant diversity and the unending possibilities that working with plants provides.  Dylan is passionate about the intersection of art, horticulture, and social and environmental justice.

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Major support for Farm for the City has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.