Building on the success of Growing Home, the Growing Together Garden was conceptualized in 2014 and launched in the spring of 2015. It is a partnership between NSC, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Church of the Redeemer Baptist.
A Team Effort
Development of the 2.8-acre site was supported by PHS, which funded the installation of a $45,000 waterline, provided $30,000 worth of fresh dirt and compost and assisted with the creation of the beds. More than 200 volunteers came together to clear the land in preparation for the garden.
A Place for Partnership
Growing Together brings together refugees from Burma, Congo and Bhutan; Point Breeze residents; and parishioners from Church of the Redeemer, among others. Land for the garden is leased from the Church. The space is unique in that it brings together long-time Philadelphians and refugees, encouraging new forms of connection in a shared urban-agricultural space.
New: Entrepreneurial Garden
An entrepreneurial garden program kicked off in 2016 with a farmer-training program. PHS agricultural experts are working with refugee farmers on specialty-crop development and other projects, with the ultimate goal of creating opportunities for refugees in the urban agricultural sector. Stay tuned for updates as the project unfolds.
By the Numbers
- Officially opened in 2015
- 2.8 acres of growing space
- Close to 200 family plots, with room to expand
- 200 entrepreneurial plots
- Monthly community workdays & garden meetings