People come visit us for many reasons, but urban agriculture has always been our claim to fame. Coaxing healthy vegetables out of what was once a factory site never ceases to amaze staff and visitors alike. At Greensgrow Farms, our original farm location in Kensington, you will see 3 large high tunnels where we grow food year round. These continue to be the powerhouses of our growing system, but our smart containers, greenhouse with seeding room and small hydroponic system contribute to a wholistic community of food production in Kensington.
Greensgrow Farms began it’s life as a hydroponic lettuce farm, growing thirteen different varieties of lettuce and mustard greens for the restaurant trade. Today we still focus most of our growing on greens and we choose crops that can be grown quickly and intensively that are in high demand; lettuces, salad mixes, Asian greens, kale, chard, etc. Look for the Greensgrow Grown label at our farmstands. In the spring and fall you’ll find our organically-grown veggie starts from our greenhouse.
We grow organically relying mostly upon healthy soils and compost as nutrient/fertilizer. We rarely use sprays and when we do they are only those approved for Organic use. Our compost is made on site and is added as needed throughout the year in the high tunnels. All of our crops are either directly seeded into the ground or transplanted into the ground after being started in our onsite greenhouse. Our plants are watered using a drip irrigation system; an efficient method that uses less water by irrigating directly to the root of the plants. Crops are weeded by hand with the help of hand tools and many volunteers. Everything is washed, bagged, and sorted on site.
In the city of Philadelphia, Greensgrow Grown produce is about as local as it gets, unless of course your are growing your own food, but we can help you with that too!