In the summer of 2018, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Farm for the City: Growing for Greater Good transformed center city Philadelphia’s Thomas Paine Plaza into a temporary “farm-as-art installation.” Gardening workshops, large-scale community dinners, poetry and storytelling performances, and interactive panel discussions encouraged public conversations about the role of urban agriculture in strengthening communities and created a sense of ownership in the garden’s output. Over the course of four months, the farm’s raised bed gardens grew more than 1,200 pounds of produce, which was donated to Broad Street Ministry, a nearby community service organization dedicated to serving the homeless.
In these interviews, Farm for the City program curator Charlyn Griffith, farmer Stan Morgan, and Broad Street Ministry chef Stephen Shillingford discuss how food access can revitalize a community and the connections among art, agriculture, and creativity.
Questions of Practice: "Farm for the City" Participants on What Urban Farming Can Do for a Community
"Farm for the City" project participants discuss how urban farming can elevate a community’s potential. Filmed at Thomas Paine Plaza on August 9, 2018.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit membership organization that connects people to horticulture to create beautiful, healthy, sustainable communities, offering programs and events for gardeners of all levels and working with volunteers, organizations, agencies, and businesses to create and maintain vibrant green spaces. In 2017, PHS received a Center Project grant to create Farm for the City: Growing for Greater Good.