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Walnut Hill Community Farm

Walnut Hill Community Farm

The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation (TEC-CDC) and residents of the Walnut Hill neighborhood in West Philadelphia transformed an 11,580 square-foot vacant lot at 4610 Market Street into the Walnut Hill Community Farm, a local source of fresh, healthy produce that is also the site of garden and health education programming, youth entrepreneurship initiatives, and community events. This productive growing space acts as a platform for education and community engagement around healthy food and lifestyles.

The Walnut Hill Community Farm has been developed in cooperation with local residents, the Walnut Hill Community Association, the Paul Family, and an Advisory Committee including a diverse set of stakeholders. The Farm is supported by Central City Toyota and the Toyota Foundation, SEPTA, and Farm to City. The site integrates several environmentally sustainable infrastructure improvements including a rainwater catchment system, solar-powered lights, and a solar-powered irrigation and greenhouse system. The Walnut Hill Community Farm received the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2011 and 2014 Community Greening Award and includes a productive orchard and a community park planted with native trees, shrubs, and grasses.

You can purchase produce from the Walnut Hill Community Farm at the following locations:

  • Walnut Hill Community Farm Stand at 4610 Market St., open every Thursday from May through November from 4 PM to 7 PM.
  • Farm to City Farmers Market – Penn Bookstore at 36th and Walnut St., open every Wednesday from May through November from 10 AM to 2 PM.
  • West Philly Foods Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program – An aggregation CSA whereby produce is sourced from several local rural and urban farms and personally boxed for members each week from May through October.

 

For more information about the project, please contact Carly Freedman at cfreedman@theenterprisecenter.com or (215) 895-4057.

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