NGT has completed a strategic garden acquisition study made possible through a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The study strategically identifies and prioritizes gardens for preservation to provide maximum benefit for the city and its residents. NGT worked with PHS, the Reinvestment Fund – Policy Solutions and LRSLAstudio, Inc. to facilitate the creation of a plan. It was developed through a mixed methods research approach that included spatial data analysis, stakeholder engagement, and assessment of community gardens and open spaces. The plan details how NGT will acquire preservation-ready gardens and support new gardens to become preservation-ready.
The 3rd Annual COMMUNITY GARDENS DAY will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016.
On the cusp of summer, Community Gardens Day is a celebration of the shared growing spaces which bring so many benefits to Philadelphia. The Neighborhood Gardens Trust is excited to celebrate the importance of community gardens to Philadelphia, to its communities and to you!
From tranquil spots filled with flowers and trees to bountiful vegetable gardens, community gardens are an essential element of the neighborhood fabric, environmental health, and local food system in Philadelphia.
From 10AM to 1PM, visit one or many of these vibrant and unique growing spaces which are offering tours, garden advice, demonstrations and more. To find a participating garden near you, scroll down to view the map of locations.
For more information and to register for Community Gardens Day tours:
Click the image below to download the Community Gardens Day map.
The Neighborhood Gardens Trust is working with the new Philadelphia Land Bank to support their shared goals around the development and preservation of urban agriculture and open space. The Land Bank board recently authorized a contract with NGT to assist in the review and assessment of the City’s current expressions of interest for community gardens, and to research existing gardens that are operating on city-owned property. This partnership is an important step in the process of improving legal access for community gardens on city-owned land in Philadelphia.
Enchantment Theatre Company has selected the Neighborhood Gardens Trust as the winner of its 2015 Eden Award. Since 2009, Enchantment has presented this award to an individual or organization that exemplifies the values that guide Enchantment – imagination, originality, transformation and community. This award will be presented at the opening performance of Enchantment’s newest original production, Peter RabbitTM Tales, December 12, 2015 at the Arts Bank Theater.
Peter RabbitTM Tales, is based on the original tales of Beatrix Potter – a pioneer in land conservation. Enchantment is honoring the Neighborhood Gardens Trust for preserving and protecting the very nature that inspired Ms. Potter’s art and stories. For more information, see the press release.
For tickets to Enchantment’s Opening Day Benefit: An Enchanted Garden Party on the 12th of December, click here.
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.