Fresh Food in SCI-West!!

 
 
The Walnut Hill Community Farm
 
The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation (TEC-CDC), in collaboration with a number of funders and partners, transformed an 11,580 square-foot plot of land next to the 46th Street stop on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line into the Walnut Hill Community Farm, providing new open space and fresh food for the community. The farm includes 14 raised beds, available to the public to rent for the season, as well as farm rows for commercial production. The production area is tended by our Youth Growers who learn business skills and financial literacy while running the farm like a small business and earning an income through the venture.
 
kid on farmThe Growers sell produce from a stand at the Walnut Hill Community Farm, at SEPTA’s building in Center City, and to several restaurants and businesses in West Philadelphia. When the Growers sell in Center City, they are accompanied by a cooking demonstration by Penn State’s Nutrition Links, showing customers how to make delicious prepared food from the produce sold by the Growers. In addition, the farm provides produce for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program where neighbors can buy a share of the farm and receive a bi-weekly box of produce.
 
Although the area once was surrounded by a chain link fence, the farm now has an open design with no fences or walls, completely accessible to the public. Striving to be as sustainable as possible, the farm only uses chemical-free growing techniques, permeable paving to absorb rainwater, and an innovative water capture system that harvests stormwater from the adjacent transit station, piped up to the farm by a solar-powered water pump.
 
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Farm in Bloom
The Walnut Hill Community Farm has been developed in cooperation with local residents, the Walnut Hill Community Association, and an Advisory Committee including a diverse set of stakeholders. The Farm is supported by the US Department of Agriculture’s Farmers’ Market Promotion Program, Farm to City, UC Green, and the City Harvest Growers Alliance program of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Its community Youth Growers Cooperative is managed with the assistance of Philly Rooted. We are grateful to all of the organizations and individuals who made this exciting project possible. For more information, please contact Bryan Fenstermaker at bfenstermaker@theenterprisecentercdc.org or 215-895-4020.
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