Kids Harvest Festival End of Season Market Celebration
October 31st, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM November 1st, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Conestoga-Pearl Gardens, 55th & Vine St. Neighborhood Foods Farm, 53rd & Wyalusing
*Potluck Meal *Fall Produce
*Haunted House *$3 Platters & Potluck Sides
*Kids Games *Vendors Welcome
*Harvest Fruit & Treats *Recycling Bin & YARD TREE Giveaway!
On the last Saturday of summer, a sound crew rolled through, lights went up, and the Memorial Garden transformed into a beautiful concert space. Neighbors brought over chairs or sat out on porches, and kids gathered to listen to the African drumming group and two singers. Aissia Richardson, coordinator of the first Philadelphia Home Grown Music Festival, joined as MC for the last of eleven concerts in gardens across the city. We can't wait to partner again next year!
On Sunday, September 14 UTC staff and teens set up and ran a pop-up market at Sharon Baptist Church. Organized and led by Dori Buttz, UTC's Market Manager and farm team member, the set up happened early in the morning, offered a large and beautiful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, some of which were grown at UTC farm sites. Jeff Daniels was there with wife, Patricia, offering colorful tomatoes and eggplants from the raised bed church garden, newly built on the Sharon Baptist grounds. Church members from two services came to check out the offerings and with UTC teen market assistants helping with tally sheets, they filled bags and queued up to pay at the check out table. It was a great success!
The Chester Housing Authority has asked Urban Tree Connection to transform 3.5 acres of underutilized open space at the 250-unit Ruth Bennett Housing Complex into a series of vegetable production beds, orchards, and edible gardens. We are excited and honored to have been selected for this cutting-edge initiative. With the help of Bennett residents and dedicated volunteers, UTC staff are making terrific progress on the first phase of the transformation. The entire project will take three years and all the skills of the UTC team as we engage community members, train residents to help run the farm, and implement programs for children and teens. Watch for our progress and let us know if you would like to help.