The Urban Creators is a grass-roots organization that inspires inner-city neighborhoods to transform neglected landscapes into dynamic safe-spaces that foster connectivity, self-sufficiency, and innovation. We are change makers; story-tellers, urban farmers, dot connectors, movement builders, and innovators, cultivating knowledge, skills, and local resources to take the health of our communities into our own hands. We engage diverse networks in neighborhood revitalization efforts that build self-sufficiency and pioneer grass-roots economic development, while igniting a unified generation of passionate change agents, social entrepreneurs, and urban creators.
Uniting a diverse generation of civically engaged young social entrepreneurs with the skills, networks, analysis, and resources to sustainably develop our urban environments from the ground-up.
Building food-security in inner-city communities through the creation of community-based gardens and market farms on vacant or underutilized land.
Fostering economic resiliency, through integrative jobs training, creation, and small business development.
The Urban Creators was founded in North Central Philadelphia 2010 by a diverse group of young people, unified by a vision to organize across socially-constructed barriers in order to harvest people-power, economic resilience, and food justice in our neglected communities. We spent our first year organizing door to door in our neighborhood to gauge the interest and ideas shared by community members and stakeholders, and designing our theory of change. We spent our second year clearing away debris from a 2 acre plot of vacant land on the corner of 11th & Dakota street, and planting the first seeds of our movement to remediate the polluted soils of injustice in North Philly. Our third year saw the transformation this land into LIFE DO GROW; our urban farm, Community Resource and Innovation center, and our home.
Today, we provide organic produce to dozens of local families, sell to restaurants to sustain and scale our operation, and provide over 1,000 students and 50 ex-offenders each year with hands-on training in community organizing, sustainable design, agriculture, and entrepreneurship. Through this process, we have mobilized a vast network of local stakeholders, students, and allies who reflect the diversity of our founders, and together we are now engaging with policy makers and developers to enact social change on a more systemic level.
It is the innate diversity of our team that makes us who we are. The Urban Creators exist as the manifested intersection of our individual “Stories of self”, a culmination of the wide diaspora of backgrounds, experiences, skills, networks, ideas, corques, scars, and passions that we each bring to the collective as our interwoven social fabric make up the tapestry of our unified identity.
We are change makers; story-tellers, urban farmers, dot connectors, movement builders, artists, innovators, and hustlers, together representing the impact of individuals willing to step outside of their comfort zone to create something far larger than the sum of their parts.We are, Urban Creators.
We engage students of all ages in interactive workshops and hands-on activities that develop diverse analytical frameworks, technical skills, and holistic life practices. Together we will analyze the relationships between food and identity, energy and economics, the environment and society, and community and the elf, while developing a variety of skills and sustainable practices that empower us to become healthier individuals and pioneers of urban innovation.
Each of our three educational programs have unique, and specific offerings and outcomes. You can contract us to facilitate trainings in any one particular field, although we strongly recommend our combined program that integrates core elements of all three.
The true educational value of this program lies in its interdisciplinary design. Participants will not only learn to analyze issues relevant to the wellbeing of themselves and their communities, but will also develop a wide array of skills and practices that they can apply in establishing their own social enterprises, community action projects, or healthy lifestyles.
Services & Fees:
PUC offers a variety of educational service options at a fee-for-service rate of $150/session on site (at our farm), and $200 off site.
Our organic body care line consists of fresh herbal oil infusions to shea butter that promotes skin and hair health. We offer bulk orders as wedding or party favors, find us at our farmers market or the food trust common ground food market.
Email Troi@phillyurbancreators.org for orders.
We work with the neighbors to transform vacant plots of land into community gardens. We meet with neighbors to design the farm, and conduct community outreach to get more families involved. Now, the gardens are maintained by neighbors, and serves as a model of how we can come together to transform blight into beauty, and vacancy into food.
2315 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19133