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.
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.
On June 11, 2015, Councilwoman Cindy Bass and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell presented the Neighborhood Gardens Trust with a resolution adopted by City Council designating and recognizing June 20th as Community Gardens Day in Philadelphia. The resolution was presented to NGT Executive Director Jenny Greenberg, along with NGT board members Phoebe Coles, Alison Hastings, Carla Puppin, and Viery Ricketts Thomas.