To kick off the start of summer, PUC threw its second community block party. This was our first opportunity to celebrate our progress with friends, families, partners, and neighbors on the farm itself.
The goal of this block party was simple: to have fun and bring the surrounding community into the space to learn about what we are doing and discuss ways that we can collaborate in solidarity to further transform our land, as well as the rest of North-Central Philadelphia. After weeks of outreach and canvassing in the neighborhood, groups of neighbors came out to show their support and learn about our project.
After taking groups on tours of the farm and breaking out into small discussions about the project, we all shifted our attention to food: hot dogs, hamburgers, and most importantly, LETTUCE HARVESTED FROM THE FARM! Luckily, the block party coincided with our first harvest and community members were able to sample some of the greens that we had planted in the ground just a few weeks before.
Throughout the afternoon, DJ’s from the Fairhill Public Housing projects provided the pulse for the party, playing music that could be heard from York St. down to Nevada. Kids throughout the neighborhood followed their ears towards the music and their noses towards the food, and spent the day helping us paint the walls surrounding the farm.
And together we also planted some of our first tomatoes!
Overall, the event was a real success. The farm now looks far more welcoming and is in the consciousness of many more of our closest neighbors. A number of these neighbors also expressed a lot of interest in getting involved and helping us to keep up the garden by growing, eating, and eventually selling the vegetables grown right here in, by, and for the community.