20th Anniversary Season Opening Celebration

Greensgrow 20th Anniversary

Greensgrow Celebrates 20 Years!

You’re invited to help us kick-off our anniversary year at our 20th Anniversary Season Opening Celebration at both locations. Open house, reception, and arts dedications in memory of our founder Mary Seton Corboy who passed away in August 2016. Mary was a true Philadelphia visionary, launching the city’s flagship urban farm, and innovating new solutions for small farmers and urban residents looking to improve their quality of life. During the annual Season Opening weekend, Greensgrow will contribute 5% of all sales to Mary’s Community Fund, a legacy project to provide small grants to community-led greening and beautification efforts. Winners of each year’s grants will be announced. Greensgrow’s 20th Anniversary year will continue to highlight Mary’s life and legacy, while building the organization’s capacity for the next 20 years of “Growing food, flowers and neighborhoods.”

Mary’s Community Fund is a legacy project to continue the life and work of Mary Seton Corboy, the founder of Greensgrow and a visionary in supporting a greener Philadelphia. The Fund provides small grants, up to $1000, to individuals or organizations in Kensington, the Riverwards, and West Philadelphia for projects that will: improve neighborhood public spaces; beautify the community; nurture a shared sense of neighborhood identity and community pride.

Seeding the Next 20 Years: The 20th Anniversary capital campaign goal is to raise $100,000 towards upgrades to make our locations more accessible and available for community events and programming. A series of on-farm dinners and special events, including the Taste of Kensington fundraiser on June 10 will contribute towards this project.

Greensgrow Farms

March 25th • 4:00–6:30pm
4pm: Mural Unveiling with our partners Portside Arts Center & St. Anne’s Senior Center. A presentation of a citation from the office of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney honoring Mary Seton Corboy.
5pm: Reception & announcements with refreshments from the Greensgrow Community Kitchen.

Greensgrow West

March 26th • 11:30–2:30 | Rain or shine
11:30am: Live music from West Philadelphia Foot Tappers
12pm: Tiny House ribbon cutting
The Tiny House was constructed as part of the Bodek Challenge, a year-long series of hands-on classes taught through constructing a fully-operational tiny house. Drexel donated the finished project as part of our outdoor experiential education classroom.
1pm: Reception & announcements.

 

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Community Garden Days

This year Community Garden Days are April 23 & 24, May 14 & 15. You can participate at Greensgrow Farms or Greensgrow West! Come out to on one of these weekends this Spring to get goods for your community garden. Community Gardeners will receive 10% off of purchases made for their community garden. Your garden must be preregistered to receive the discount at the time of purchase. Discount applies to nursery items only–produce and other food items are not included.
Register your garden here:

Community Garden Registration

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Community Garden Days

This year Community Garden Days are April 23 & 24, May 14 &15. You can participate at Greensgrow Farms or Greensgrow West! Come out to on one of these weekends this Spring to get goods for your community garden. Community Gardeners will receive 10% off of purchases made for their community garden. Your garden must be preregistered to receive the discount at the time of purchase. Discount applies to nursery items only–produce and other food items are not included.
Register your garden here:

Community Garden Registration

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Wreath Making Workshop

Registration Required. Learn to make beautiful holiday wreaths. Everyone will make a wreath to take home. We supply the frames, various greens and decorations like fall fruits, pine cones, bows and ornaments. $35.00 fee includes your wreath frame, wire, and greens, decorations extra.

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Wreath Making Workshop

Registration Required. Learn to make beautiful holiday wreaths. Everyone will make a wreath to take home. We supply the frames, various greens and decorations like fall fruits, pine cones, bows and ornaments. $35.00 fee includes your wreath frame, wire, and greens, decorations extra.

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Subaru Arctic Blast at Greensgrow Farms

Monday–Friday • 2–8pm | Saturday & Sunday • 10am–5pm

Join us on the farm for 10 days of fun holiday activities and workshops. The event kicks off with our annual Customer Appreciation Happy Hour and holiday lighting on the farm on December 4. The farm will be stocked with fresh cut holiday trees, wreaths, greens and gifts and we are open till 8 during the week for holiday shoppers. For kids, we are offering free make and take activities! Don’t miss the Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar on the weekends for a great array of handmade gifts from local makers and crafters. Plus, live music, toy drive and ice sculpture!

Make & Take Activities for Kids: Mon–Fri • 6–8pm | Sat & Sun • 11am–3pm • Stop by the craft table in the heated tent to make a fun winter ornament you can bring home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Appropriate for 12 and under.

Donate Toys!
This weekend during the Subaru Arctic Blast at Greensgrow Farms, we are partnering with a project called Instant RePlay to host collections of gently used toys and games. Instant RePlay works with Philadelphia family-support organizations to get donations directly into the hands of kids in need. More than 125,000 children in Philadelphia live in poverty, and simply toys and games provide a host of critical developmental and life skills. The Greensgrow collection will support kids and families affiliated with APM (Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha for Everyone). Types of toys that ARE accepted: gently used/new toys and games for 4-10 year olds; balls, baseball gloves, blocks, Legos/building materials, jump ropes, Frisbees, puzzles, board games, fake food/store items, musical instruments, action figures, toy cars, kids’ books. Types of toys that ARE NOT accepted; newborn/infant materials, anything requiring batteries, replacement parts, sports equipment (besides balls, baseball gloves) plush animals, broken toys, incomplete sets/puzzles/kits/games, play houses/castles activity books that have been written in, toy weapons.

Snowplay for Kids: Cancelled due to weather.

SABGF_WinterHoursCard_11.15_outlineScheduled Events

Dec 4 • 6:30–7pm • Kick-Off Holiday Lighting • Our 10 day event begins as we turn on the holiday lights on the farm with live music performances.

Dec 4 • 6–8pm • Customer Appreciation Happy Hour • Come make merry with Greensgrow as our way of thanking you for another successful year. Enjoy a nosh and a tipple and 20% off holiday, trees, greens and more. More.

Dec 4 • 6–8pm • Wreath Making Workshop • Learn to make beautiful holiday wreaths. Registration Required.

Dec 5 & 6 • 10am–4pm • Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar • Support local artists! Handmade gifts from some of the neighborhood’s most talented crafters and artists. More.

Dec 5 • 10am–2pm • Greensgrow Winter CSA Begins & Seasonal Farmstand. Find out more about the Winter CSA here.

Dec 5 & 6 • 11am–3pm • Hot Chocolate Bar. Warm up with a cup of cocoa and all the fixings when you visit the farm. Free, as long as supplies last.

Dec 7 • 6–8pm • Wreath Making Workshop • Learn to make beautiful holiday wreaths. Registration Required.

Dec 8 • 6–8pm • Vegan Holiday Cooking with Miss Rachel at the Greensgrow Community Kitchen • Registration Required.

Dec 8 • 6–8pm • Holiday Drinks Free Demo at Greensgrow Farms
Learn how to make limoncello, hot toddy and mulled cider. Free samples!

Dec 9 • 6–8pm • Live Jazz! EBE Austin Ensemble Gather for a cozy evening of live music in the greenhouse. The EBE Austin Ensemble will be playing holiday standards while you sit back with a warm drink, or browse our selection of holiday decor.

Dec 10 • 6–8pm • Knitting Circle. Come together to knit and crochet projects to donate to families who could use the extra warmth during this holiday season. Hot chocolate, cider and snacks will be provided. BYO Yarn and needles. Contact maura@greensgrow.org for details.

Dec 11 • 6–8pm • Family Activity Night • Bring the family for a night of old-fashioned holiday crafting. Free craft stations with an array of projects to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Appropriate for 12 and under.

Dec 12 & 13 • 10am–4pm • Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar • Support local artists! Handmade gifts from some of the neighborhood’s most talented crafters and artists. More.

Dec 12 & 13 • 11am–3pm • Hot Chocolate Bar. Warm up with a cup of cocoa and all the fixings when you visit the farm. Free, as long as supplies last.

Dec 13 • 11–2pm • Ice Carving Demonstration! Come watch a local artist, Kim Phuong, make a pig and a penguin with simple tools and a block of ice.

#subaruarcticblast

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Make Your Own Cocktail Bitters: Please note change of venue

Please note change of venue! The Bitters Making Workshop will be held on Saturday at Greensgrow Farms instead of at the Community Kitchen!

We apologize for any inconvenience, it’s just a few blocks from the original venue.

The time is still set at 12-2pm. Come through the gates on Cumberland Street and head for the greenhouse.

If you have not been to Greensgrow before, check out directions on our website here: https://www.greensgrow.org/locations/location/

Just in time for the holidays gift giving season! Learn to make this herbal essential for your bar, or to give as gifts to make your friends and family a little jollier this season. We are excited to have Phoebe Esomon from Emmanuelle and the Yachtsman coming to the Greensgrow for the first time to teach! She is well known for her homemade mixers in the Philly cocktail scene.

Our knowledgeable mixologist will give us a history how bitters are used and how they fit into cocktail history and culture. We’ll learn about the more common varieties of bitters and botanical agents and the methodology of compounding bitters.

Everyone will make two jars of bitters–one to gift, one to keep! We’ll get tips on crafting quality cocktails & mocktails. Sorry-we cannot serve alcoholic drinks at the Greensgrow Community Kitchen–but we can taste the bitters with non alcoholic drinks!

Photo from Alabama Chanin Journal, great article!

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Oyster Shucking Workshop

Registration required. Paul Appleby from Seafresh Oysters comes to the Greensgrow Community Kitchen to teach you how to shuck oysters! We’ll cover topics like oyster varieties, growing methods, taste differences, the history of aquaculture and issues of sustainability surrounding oyster farming.

Everyone will get to taste some of these cold briny bivalves as we get tips on best practices for shucking at home and you’ll get an oyster knife to take home! November is a great time to eat fresh oysters. As water temperatures cool down and spawning is through, and our local oysters are more plump and flavorful.

Paul distributes oysters to some of our region’s best restaurants and frequently gives lectures and trains restaurant staff on the subject. He is an FDA licensed shellfish vendor and has been “shucking & jiving” about oysters for over 20 years!

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Poultry Butchering with Master Butcher Bryan Mayer • 1:30-2:30

Registration Required. Bryan Mayer returns to the Greensgrow Community Kitchen to show you the ins and outs of breaking down a chicken. Everyone will get a chicken to butcher in class and take home. Our master butcher will walk you through the butchering process as you follow along; from start through the classic cuts. We’ll show you how to debone a chicken as well.

Bryan is extremely knowledgeable about butchering and animal welfare issues. We’ll discuss the importance of starting out with a healthy bird, and navigate the world of food labeling terminology. Butchering can help us appreciate and understand what we are eating more fully. Quality meat also translates into better, more complex flavors on the table.

This is an easy technique to master that can save you money at the market-it’s always cheaper to buy whole birds. We’ll learn great techniques for taking advantage of the entire bird and one of the most important aspects of butchering: how to maintain a sharp knife and how to determine what knife to use.

Ethically minded butcher Bryan Mayer writes the Ask Your Butcher column on foodrepublic.com and founded Kensington Quarters right here in the neighborhood and helped develop the renowned butcher-training program at Fleisher’s Craft Butchery. He consults with farmers, chefs, butchers and anyone else who will listen.

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Poultry Butchering with Master Butcher Bryan Mayer • 12-1pm

This session is sold out-but there are seats for the later class here. Registration Required. Bryan Mayer returns to the Greensgrow Community Kitchen to show you the ins and outs of breaking down a chicken. Everyone will get a chicken to butcher in class and take home. Our master butcher will walk you through the butchering process as you follow along; from start through the classic cuts. We’ll show you how to debone a chicken as well.

 

Bryan is extremely knowledgeable about butchering and animal welfare issues. We’ll discuss the importance of starting out with a healthy bird, and navigate the world of food labeling terminology. Butchering can help us appreciate and understand what we are eating more fully. Quality meat also translates into better, more complex flavors on the table.

 

This is an easy technique to master that can save you money at the market-it’s always cheaper to buy whole birds. We’ll learn great techniques for taking advantage of the entire bird and one of the most important aspects of butchering: how to maintain a sharp knife and how to determine what knife to use.

 

Bryan writes the Ask Your Butcher column on foodrepublic.com and is founder, former owner of Kensington Quarters right here in the neighborhood and was Head-Butcher at Fleisher’s Grass-Fed and Organic Meats in NY.

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