Greensgrow engages our neighborhoods in cultivating social entrepreneurship, urban agriculture, and community greening. Greensgrow is a nonprofit and nationally recognized leader in urban agriculture. We are dedicated to promoting social entrepreneurship through the reuse of land once deemed useless. In the process we are reconnecting city dwellers with rural food producers and promoting the greening of Philadelphia’s homes and gardens. Together we are building a better, more progressive and sustainable Philadelphia.
We run two garden centers, educational programming, food access programs and other projects resulting in permanent jobs and sustainable income. A small, dedicated staff runs our multi-faceted organization.
Today visitors to Greensgrow Farms, our original farm location, are greeted by three large raised beds, green houses, a well stocked garden center and farmstand, our animal family, and a variety of events and educational workshops. What was at one time a trash-strewn brownfield is now a vibrant, active center of the community where entrepreneurship and sustainability thrive. “Greensgrow is a powerful model for our nation’s cities, proving that contaminated urban sites can be fully rehabilitated for community benefit.” What was at one time a trash-strewn brownfield is now a vibrant, active center of the community where entrepreneurship and sustainability thrive.
Greensgrow West is a West Philly community hub built on a long abandoned site on Baltimore Avenue. The site features and features a tiny house with a reading library, a thriving garden center, greenhouse, mini-farmstand, chickens, and a variety of community-focused events and educational programming.
As the premier urban agriculture project in the country, we have been recognized nationally as “original”, “innovative”, “purposeful” and “successful”. Over many years and much thought Greensgrow has evolved from a growing only operation to an operation where we move thousands of pounds of food grown on local rural farms through our farm. We have created jobs, improved local food access, re-energized once abandoned land and set a standard for excellence in urban farming and building relationships that directly impact both the rural producer and the urban consumer.
We continue to develop exciting, affordable and workable plans for growing food and flowers on land that was once deemed unusable. Today Greensgrow remains dedicated to developing profitable urban green businesses that grow the best products, people and neighborhoods.