A view looking southeast in the PHS Pop Up Garden at 20th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, created by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2011. Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Farm for the City transforms center city Philadelphia’s Thomas Paine Plaza into a temporary, 2,000-square-foot “farm-as-art installation” to encourage public conversations about the role of urban agriculture in strengthening communities. Over the course of four months, the farm’s raised bed gardens will grow an estimated 1,000 pounds of produce, which will be donated to Broad Street Ministry, a nearby community service organization dedicated to serving the homeless. Throughout the summer, public forums, gardening workshops, and performances will offer the public a chance to explore issues surrounding healthy food access, social equity, and more.