The Neighborhood Gardens Trust is completing a study to identify and prioritize existing community gardens for permanent preservation. With support from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, NGT has been working with The Reinvestment Fund, City of Philadelphia and multiple stakeholders including gardeners and community-based organizations to inform a strategy for garden preservation that provides maximum benefit for the city and its residents. The meeting will take place on October 14, 2015 from 6-7:30pm at PHS, 100 N. 20th Street, 5th Floor Café.
National Geographic recently marked Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia with an article, “This City Turns Brown Into Green, Just as the Pope Wishes“.
We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass, and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature.
The article features the Nationalities Service Center Growing Home Garden which serves Burmese and Bhutanese refugee families. It also highlights NGT’s work to preserve gardens and the PHS City Harvest Program.
NGT Executive Director Jenny Greenberg presented on May 19, 2015 at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference, organized by the Center for Community Progress in Detroit, MI. Jenny participated in a panel discussion entitled “Understanding Landscapes: New Tools for Fighting Urban Vacancy”, along with PHS’ Bob Grossman, Senior Director of Landscape Management and Jeff Barg, Associate Director of Planning and External Policy Affairs, as well as representatives of Detroit Future City and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. Jenny highlighted NGT’s work to preserve community-managed open spaces as vital elements of a healthy and livable city.
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