EPA Green Power Partner
In February 2013, Greensgrow joined a select group of leaders in the green power market when we were added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Green Power Partners. Our commitment to green power is accelerating the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. Along with more than 1,400 EPA Green Power partners, Greensgrow is now part of a collective that is buying more than 27 billion kWh of green power annually – equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions from electricity use of more than 2.8 million average American homes.
Green Mountain Energy
In 2012, we met Amanda from Green Mountain Energy, a smart young lady pushing locally sourced solar and wind power. She stopped by the farm to see what we were up to, given our common ground of sustainability, and naturally we started sharing ideas. After a few meetings, coffee talks, and lunches, we decided to start doing demonstrations together around the city, and we invited Green Mountain to come to the farm and talk about the green energy movement. Shortly after becoming community partners, we were thrilled to receive their Sun Club award, a $20,000 grant to build a solar power installation on the farm at Greensgrow’s headquarters, a 16 panel solar pavilion located above our farmstand. The Sun Club is a unique program enabling Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers, including many in Philadelphia, to provide solar power to nonprofits like Greensgrow, this was the first major Sun Club donation in Pennsylvania. The solar panels have reduced our carbon footprint and energy bills, and raise awareness of renewable energy.
Green Mountain is the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer. Founded in 1997, the company is a green power pioneer and celebrates more than 15 years delivering on the mission to “change the way power is made”. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity, as well as carbon offsets and sustainable solutions for businesses. One of Green Mountain’s largest customers is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid over 19.4 billion pounds of carbon dioxide CO2 emissions. Visit us online at www.GreenMountain.com.
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Yes-we choose our friends wisely. We work closely with the brewery, it just makes sense-we are blocks from each other and they share our commitment to the community. They come by to pick up a CSA share which they use to feed the staff. We grow hops that goes into the fall brew called Harvest from the Hood. For many years, they hosted our annual fundraising dinner Whole Hog. Each year we team up to participate in the Philadelphia Flower Show window box and lobby display contest-and we win!
At any given Greensgrow farmstand, you’ll have the privilege of meeting our friend and neighbor Dean Brown, owner & distillery at Rowhouse Spirits, a tiny artisan distillery right here in our neighborhood. Each week he samples his fine distilled liquors that incorporate local products at Greensgrow Farms. Rowhouse Spirits produces very small batch Gin and other herbal spirits and will be setting aside malt, corn, and rye based spirits in barrels to make whiskey that will be offered at a later date. We have known Dean since his days working at the Philadelphia Brewing Company.
Saint Anne’s Senior Center
Our neighbors at St. Anne’s are a big asset to our little neck of the woods. Just across the street from the farm, they generously let us park our trucks in their lot. They also regularly send over senior seniors from the neighborhood who volunteer with all manner of tasks on the farm. In return, they are part of our annual Earth Day celebration when we clean up and do lots of greening projects in the community. In 2015 we partnered here on the farm to build waist high raised beds for the seniors to maintain their own vegetable plot without the hassle of bending over!
Saint Michael’s Lutheran Church
Home of the Greensgrow Community Kitchen. St. Michael’s and Greensgrow paired up in 2008 to turn an unused church kitchen into a community kitchen to be used by up and coming small food entrepreneurs and food education organizations. St. Michael’s also hosts a number of other community groups like local girl and boy scout chapters, and provides other community support such as, a weekly food pantry and affordable day care. Check out their website for their full calendar of activities.