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Programs

UTC partners with Haddington and West Philly residents to build a local, sustainable, and equitable food system on reclaimed land.


Urban Farming & Gardening

Neighborhood Foods Farm (NF) was founded in 2009, by UTC and 3 community leaders as a solution to food insecurity and the growing number of vacant lots in Haddington. After significant remediation, NF farm is now a fully functioning ¾ acre urban farm. We have also developed 27 other vacant lots have been converted into pocket parks, community gardens, and educational spaces. Together, these sites comprise a network of green spaces that annually produces 6,500 pounds of sustainably grown and culturally significant vegetables.   

Community-Led Food Distribution

Our produce is distributed through Community-Led Farmers Markets and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in targeted areas in West Philly where residents have limited access to healthy produce. We engage residents with limited incomes by offering produce at affordable prices and encouraging the use of subsidized forms of payment and incentive programs like EBT/Access and Senior vouchers. Our farm stands are uniquely operated by community members and youth apprentices, to whom we offer training and support. We regularly donate our excess produce to local food pantries in Haddington.

Community Education & Land Stewardship

Our education programs promote health and wellness, and leadership development; and are rooted in food, land and environmental justice. For adults and families, we host hands-on workshops at our community gardens and farm sites, covering topics such as healthy cooking, sustainable growing methods and medicinal tincture-making. We provide community gardeners with technical assistance, resources (plants, soil, tools), and growing space at our community gardens.  UTC also operates a Youth Apprenticeship Program, where we mentor high-school aged youth in urban farming, local food distribution and leadership development.


More About Us:

UTC 2020 Annual Report

UTC 2019 Overview Refresh

Who We Are and What we Are About

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