Farm for the City: Community Conversations and Discussions

26 Jun - 18 Sep 2018
Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102


PHS "Farm for the City" installation, opening reception at Thomas Paine Plaza, June 2018. 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. All summer long, PHS hosts a series of community discussions with local gardeners, community leaders, farmers, environmentalists, and activists on a range of food-related and environmental issues. See a list of discussions below.

  • June 26: Zero Waste Philly and Litter Cabinet
  • July 9: Water Ways Collaborative
  • July 18: Agro and Afroecology as Methodologies for Growing Life
  • August 2: Sanctuary Advocate Coalition with guest Sarah Thompson, Growing Safety
  • August 11, September 8: Penn State Extension: Master Gardening!
  • August 19: Mental Health in the Food Industry
  • August 21: Touch Earth and You’re Home
  • September 15: Growth Potential
  • September 16: Food Trust: Listening Session on Food in Philadelphia
  • September 18: Soil Generation: Urban Agriculture Roundtable