On March 18th, Green Mountain Energy’s Sun Club program presented a certificate to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Strawberry Mansion High School, and EPRA for $40,000 worth of green energy for our new Green Resource Center. This gift will allow our soon-to-be-built greenhouse, hoophouse, and wash station to use solar energy, allowing us to demonstrate sustainability and promote alternative energy. Check back for more updates as we build out the Green Resource Center this season!
On November 3rd, seven members of the Philadelphia Eagles football team visited our Ridge Avenue Community Garden and Green Resource Center through a partnership with PHS. The Eagles planted fruit trees in front of Strawberry Mansion High School, toured the garden, and sampled snacks prepared with garden produce by Stawberry Mansion High School’s culinary arts students. We had a great time! Check out our photos page for more coverage of the event.
Culinary arts students present the snacks they prepared:
Garden salsa with housemade tortilla chips, yogurt-herb dip with housemade pita chips, low-sugar apple muffins, and kale chips. Wow!
Hard to believe it’s that time of year already! Save the date for our sixth annual apple festival- it’s shaping up to be the best one yet!
Sign up for the 3rd annual Boxers Trail Walk/Run! We always have a great time and it’s a great way to appreciate our beautiful section of the park. You can also register onsite on Saturday.
On Saturday, July 12th, we hosted a successful volunteer day at the Ridge Avenue Green Resource Center in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, The Office of the U.S. Attorney, the Strawberry Mansion NAC and CDC, and members of the Strawberry Mansion community. Thanks so much to everyone who lent a hand, and a special thank you to our partners who helped make this day possible! We were able to complete 14 new beds for our community garden and 9 additional beds to use with Strawberry Mansion High School’s culinary arts program.
Check out CBS Philly’s interview with Suku John, EPRA’s executive director, about the project and the volunteer day: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/07/12/folks-pitch-in-for-community-garden-day-in-strawberry-mansion/
EPRA’s weekly farmstand has a new location this year! Every Wednesday, we will be at our Ridge Avenue Garden from 3 to 6 pm. We’ll be selling a variety of freshly picked, organically grown vegetables and fruits from our gardens all around the neighborhood as well as sustainably grown products from other local farms. While you are here, you can check out the progress of our community garden and high school gardens as well! The garden and farmstand are on Ridge Avenue between Dauphin and Susquehanna, in the large vacant lot across from Strawberry Mansion High School. Our farmstand accepts FMNP vouchers.
And don’t forget to come out this Saturday for Strawberry Fest! It’s always a good time and we would love to see you there. See the post below for Strawberry Fest details.
Our 6th Annual Strawberry Festival is shaping up to be the best one yet! With a strawberry dessert making contest, crafts, seed bomb making and art installation with Heidi Barr, information on how to access land to start your own garden from the Healthy Food Green Spaces Coalition, games, tours of the historic house and orchard, and more! What a day!
We have started to fill in an exciting season of events! To stay in the loop, please visit our Events page to find out what’s in store. Two upcoming highlights include an orchard planting at Strawberry Mansion Historic House this Saturday, May 19th, and the exciting annual Strawberry Fest set for June 7th!
We can’t wait for spring to arrive so we can get back into the gardens, but luckily we grow our microgreens year round indoors, under growlights. Head over to our Photos page to see a few more pictures of what we’ve been growing throughout these cold months!
EPRA has gotten two shout-outs in the news this month! First, co-founder Haile Johnston was featured in Aetna’s 2014 African American history calendar for the work he and Tatiana Garcia-Granados do connecting healthy, fresh food to city neighborhoods through their work with Common Market and EPRA. Check it out here!
Then, we were mentioned in the Daily News for our work across from Strawberry Mansion High School creating a vegetable garden with community members, partners, and the school. The article is a great account of the partnerships and community-wide work that saved the High School from closure last season: read on here.