It’s no surprise that the hyperlocal food movement is growing in Philadelphia like a community garden. With hundreds of gardens dotting the urban landscape and scores of new gardening enthusiasts moving into the city, now is the time to celebrate the joys of eating fresh and local. It’s almost time for PHeaSt!
This popular PHS event to be held on October 17 at The Navy Yard pairs great chefs with passionate local growers to curate Philadelphia’s most delicious. Funds raised at PHeaSt support the PHS City Harvest program providing fresh produce to those in need. Since 2006, more than 280,000 pounds of produce has been donated by local growers to local food cupboards.
At PHeaSt you will see and taste the great variety and quality of hundreds of beautifully prepared dishes filled with locally-sourced and organically grown fruits and vegetables. Chefs are busy now coming up with recipes that incorporate sweet potato, onions, spinach, butternut squash, lettuce, swiss chard, mustard greens, bitter melon, microgreens, arugula, bok choy and tat soi. Last year’s most popular dish was Herb Crusted Short Ribs with Root Vegetable Hash and a Caramelized Onion and Fig Jam!
The City Harvest growers are urban farmers and community gardeners who are dedicated to delivering the best product to help their community strive for healthy living.
Click here to buy tickets and see a full list of participating restaurants. We are proud to announce this year’s line-up of great growers for PHeaSt.
Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI)
The Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) is a program of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania that engages, educates and empowers youth, University students, and community members to promote healthy lifestyles and build a just and sustainable food system. UNI impacts hundreds of young people a year through their programs in gardens, schools and community centers around West Philadelphia.
Chester County Food Bank
The Chester County Food Bank provides food to nearly 70,000 people every month through programs including a backpack initiative that provides food to students in need, raised garden beds at schools and community centers throughout the county, and by gleaning fresh fruits and vegetables from 36 farms throughout the county. They also propagate thousands of seedlings at Springton Manor for partner sites that grow and donate produce back to the food bank.
For Earth’s Keepers, being able to provide affordable, healthy, organic produce to everyday community residents is a way of giving back to the community and the environment. These growers educate young people and their families on how to provide proper nourishment for their bodies and care for the planet. Earth’s Keepers run on-site weekly farmer’s markets, summer programs, and after-school programming with people in the Kingsessing neighborhood of West Philadelphia.
East Park Revitalization Association
Founded in 2003, EPRA supports a healthy Strawberry Mansion neighborhood by focusing on youth development, environmental improvement, and comprehensive health promotion. EPRA maintains three gardens in the neighborhood, whose vegetables and fruits are sold weekly at a Farm stand, donated through Food Banks, and harvested and eaten by neighbors. EPRA and PHS still collaborate with Strawberry Mansion High School to maintain the Strawberry Mansion Community Food Resource Center.
Fall might actually be the favorite part of the growing season at Farm 51. If you plant early enough, you’ll set yourself up for many months of harvest. For Farm 51, providing a portion of fall crops to PHeaSt is a way to meet and work with talented chefs, see the creativity of the chefs and what they choose to do with the seasonal produce. It completes the circle from seed to serving.
Germantown Kitchen Garden
The Germantown Kitchen Garden was established in 2007 by Matt McFarland and Amanda Staples, a husband and wife team. The Germantown Kitchen Garden sells high quality organically grown fruits and vegetables through a weekly CSA, as well as two restaurants in their East Germantown neighborhood. They joined PHS City Harvest in 2009.
The Lower Moyamensing Civic Association
LoMo partnered with South Philadelphia High School to create SPHS Gardens as both a school and community garden. SPHS engages students, teachers, and neighbors in the prices of growing, maintaining, selling and enjoying organic vegetables, fruits and herbs. Gardening has been integrated into the curriculum of the culinary arts, biology, math, special education and ESOL departments at South Philadelphia High School. SPHS is currently working towards the goal of a green roof garden on campus.
Nationalities Service Center’s Growing Home Garden
Growing Home Gardens, located in South Philadelphia, provides a safe and peaceful space for recently resettled Bhutanese and Burmese refugees in South Philadelphia with a place to garden as a community. The program seeks to improve refugee diets by providing nutritious produce indigenous to their ethnic backgrounds; offer refugees a therapeutic outdoor space in which to build community, reconnect to their agricultural roots and engage in regular exercise; and provide refugees with a steady food source to supplement their limited food budgets.
Southwark / Queen Village Community Garden
Southwark / Queen Village Community Garden (SWQVCG) provides a space for public gardening, creating and connecting communities and nurturing bio-diversity. SWQVCG estimates that 255 families in the surrounding neighborhood share their harvest. In addition to 67 garden plots worked by 74 gardeners, the garden has flower beds, a wide variety of irises, an herb garden, a grape arbor, an orchard and berry patches. The garden is the last open space of its size (over 18,000 square feet) in the neighborhood.
The Summer Winter Community Garden, located in Powelton Village, is one of the oldest community gardens in Philadelphia. The garden is run entirely by volunteers for the benefit of its members. The Summer Winter Community Gardens provide sustenance, beauty and a sense of calm within its confines. Gardeners maintain their own plot and also help maintain common space, including the borders and paths, by participating in weeding and other maintenance needs, and regularly provide food for Philadelphia’s hungry.
Weavers Way Coop Farm
Weavers Way is a cooperative food market open to the public and has become an integral part of the rich fabric of Northwest Philadelphia today. The Co-op Principles are the basis of Weavers Way’s value system—working toward a better Earth and making a shopper happy with a friendly smile. Weavers Way Coop Farm provides high-quality, fairly priced foods and a broader understanding of their importance to its members and community. Weavers Way Coop Farm has an ongoing commitment to serve and forge a bond between local sustainable food producers and the co-op community.