This was a tough year. On August 7th we lost our founder, friend, leader, and Chief Idea Officer, Mary Seton Corboy, to a long-fought battle with cancer. She beat the disease but the fight took a toll. Doctors called Mary the bionic woman for consistently beating the odds for over 12 years. Despite numerous obstacles, she would never consider giving up.
We won’t give up either.
Mary instilled in all of us – her staff and her champions like you – a fierce determination to persevere. Next year marks the 20th Anniversary of Greensgrow, an improbable idea on a forgotten lot that now leads a worldwide conversation about how we make cities better places to live. I am honored to be taking up the reins left by Mary and work with all of you to steward her legacy and the important work of Greensgrow into the next 20 years. I’ve been a part of the farm as it grew from a staff of 4 to over 40 (plus a pig) over the last ten years, and there is more work to be done in furthering our mission of engaging our neighborhoods in cultivating social entrepreneurship, urban agriculture, and community greening.
We need your help.
Your past donations have helped make Mary’s vision a reality. We know we can count on you to carry the vision forward. Please consider adding your name to Mary’s Community Fund, a new legacy project established in Mary’s honor which provides annual grants to community beautification projects, like the Teaching Garden at Hackett Elementary that Greensgrow completed this year. A gift of $200 or more helps underwrite the growth of Mary’s vision in perpetuity. To make a donation, fill out the form below.
Most importantly, stop by to say hi. Share with us what The Greensgrow Effect has been in your life. Rejoice in Mary’s memory and find your place in Greensgrow’s bright future as you visit the farm this season and next.
With love and gratitude,
Mary’s Community Fund: Donations made in Mary’s memory will go towards our newly established Mary’s Community Fund, a grant program administered by Greensgrow. It is open to all individuals and organizations in Kensington and West Philadelphia. Each year $500 grants will go towards community beautification efforts including, but not limited to, public art, window boxes, street trees, or regeneration of a local park.
To donate by mail Please send a check made out to Greensgrow Philadelphia Project with “donation” in the memo line and mail to: Greensgrow Philadelphia Project 2503 E. Firth Street Philadelphia, PA 19125 * A 501(C)3 Nonprofit: All donations are tax deductible through the Greensgrow Philadelphia Project. At your request, we will provide you with a receipt when your donation has been received.