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We build community one vacant lot at a time.

The Urban Tree Connection is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that engages children and adults from some of Philadelphia's most disadvantaged neighborhoods in community-based, urban-greening projects.

We believe that community-based urban greening is a great way for residents of all ages to bring about positive change in their neighborhood. In addition to beautifying the neighborhood, urban greening projects also provide a variety of economic, environmental, health-related and social benefits.



What's new at UTC

Urban Tree Connection's Annie Preston Featured in the Phila. Inquirer!

UTC’s very own Annie Preston was recently featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer!  Several weeks back, Virginia Smith, Inquirer writer and author of the Philly.com gardening blog Kiss the Earth, came out to spend some time with Annie at the Farm and the Pearl Street Garden.  Annie, a current Temple University junior, recently received two awards for her dedication to public service and the environment, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Morris K. Udall Scholarship. To read the news article online, visit the Inquirer website. To view our blog post about it, click here. We're so proud of you, Annie!

Neighborhood Foods CSA Now Accepting New Members!

Urban Tree Connection is partnering with the Enterprise Center CDC to introduce a 22-week CSA program (community-supported agriculture), and you can be a member! Members of the Neighborhood Foods CSA will receive weekly shares of vegetables from West Philadelphia gardens and fruit from farms in the greater Philadelphia area. The 22-week CSA runs from mid-May to October, and offers add-on options of locally-produced seasonal jam, local honey, and bread from Four Worlds Bakery.  Pickup locations are Fridays and Saturdays at Rittenhouse Square, Four Worlds Bakery at 47th & Woodland Streets, Walnut Hill Community Farm at 46th & Markets Streets, and in Narberth. If you are interested in signing up click here!

UTC's Teens-Go-Green Landscape Service is Taking New Clients!

The Teens-Go-Green Landscape Service is entering its fourth season! The T-G-G team works throughout the summer landscape season for both private and commercial properties while earning a wage, apprenticing under the supervision of experienced UTC landscaping staff, and developing trade skills and behaviors needed to secure future employment in the field of landscaping. Support our neighborhood teens! Email Misako at misako@urbantreeconnection.org for more information!

UTC’s Teens-Go-Green Helps Tend Concourse Lake

UTC’s Teens-Go-Green has been asked by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Garden Clubs of America to help clean up and maintain Concourse Lake on Belmont Avenue in Fairmount Park. Concourse Lake is undergoing a magnificent transformation as part of the Garden Club’s Concourse Lake Restoration Project 2013, to mark the 100th Anniversary of its founding. Teens- Go-Green is honored and eager to take on this landscaping project, and is developing a Parkside Volunteer Corps to help with this huge responsibility.

Seniors’ Delivery Route

We are currently working on the formation of a seniors’ produce delivery service to be implemented next season. The route will service senior members of the Haddington community. Learn more about the pilot of this project.