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Community Farm and Food Resource Center at One Year

December 20, 2012

The concept of food sovereignty is brought to life at Bartram’s Farm in neighboring Southwest Philadelphia. The farm is just one part of the Community Farm and Food Resource Center at Bartram’s Gardens, and has recently celebrated its first year of operation. Bartram’s Garden is a program of the Penn Netter Center for Community Partnerships and the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative.According to Tyler Holmberg, one of the farm’s co-managers, in its first year alone, Bartram’s Farm:

  • produced over 6,500 lbs of food,
  • involved 25 local families (several from Bartram's Village) in the community garden,
  • distributed over 60,000 vegetable seedlings through the PHS city harvest program to over 100 farms and gardens around Philadelphia,  
  • hosted over 1200 volunteers and
  • held 20 farm stands on Thursdays at 54th and Lindbergh Sts.

All work was done by volunteers and 21 local high school paid interns – important, points out Mr. Holmberg, because self-reliance is a core value of food sovereignty, along with the production of local, organic, affordable, nutritious, and culturally relevant food. Read about last year’s ground-breakingof this Penn-related community initiative.

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