Growers of Food, Flowers & Neighborhoods
Greensgrow stands as a testament to hard work and harder heads. What was once a dilapidated industrial site is today an active vibrant urban farm including a Farmstand, CSA and Nursery. The nonprofit, Greensgrow, brings green ideas to life while Greensgrow Farms & West bring food and flowers to our neighbors.
From Brownfield to Green Block
In 1997, Founder Mary Seton Corboy and then-partner Tom Sereduk were exploring the market for an urban farm. They found a litter-strewn lot in Kensington and signed a two-year lease – choosing a livelier, more sustainable future for the abandoned brownfield that was once a steel-galvanizing factory
and today is Greensgrow Farms.
Greensgrow farms more than great greens. Our nonprofit serves as an incubator for seedling initiatives, such as our Mobile Markets, SNAP box and LIFE Programs. We strengthen their roots and give them time to flower and grow into sustainable programs that nourish our mission.
Beautifying Our Backyard & Beyond
While the nursery at Greensgrow Farms inspires and educates with workshops and plants, the nonprofit, Greensgrow helps beautify the city. Each year, plants from the Philadelphia Flower show are re-purposed on Earth Day; Greensgrow and Subaru join in organizing a neighborhood planting efforts to brighten up the streets and build community.
Nourishing Our Neighborhood
Ever in support of social entrepreneurship, Greensgrow helps local food entrepreneurs get their start inside our commercially licensed kitchen at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. The Greensgrow Community Kitchen also provides a space where we prepare our seasonal pantry goodies and for workshops led by local chefs and makers.
Eat Well, Eat Local
Food is a community effort and shared responsibility. Through initiatives like our CSA, the SNAP Box program and Community Garden Days we encourage everyone to eat well and invest in the local, living food economy. The face-to-face relationship we have with our farmers creates transparency, builds community and helps ensure a safe, resilient food system.