What we’ve been growing this Spring

A few snapshots from Strawberry Mansion this season!

With artists Heidi Barr and Nickki Payne, youth at Healthy Choices afterschool make fabric photo transfers for a garden-based textile art project.

With artists Heidi Barr and Nickki Payne, youth at Healthy Choices after-school make fabric photo transfers for a garden-based textile art project.

Mr. James, along with his fellow gardeners Mr. George and Mr. Marin, has been tending this lot on 31st street for over 30 years.  Here, he removes weeds from beds before he plants.

Mr. James, along with his fellow gardeners Mr. George and Mr. Marin, has been tending this lot on 31st street for over 30 years. Here, he removes weeds from beds before he plants.

We tried growing red-stemmed spinach for the first time.  We loved its appearance and flavor.

We tried growing red-stemmed spinach for the first time. We loved its appearance and flavor.

Thank you to Green Mountain Energy and Sun Club!

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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!

The Eagles Visit our Ridge Avenue Garden

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.

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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!

23 new beds added to our community garden on Saturday!

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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/

The EPRA Farmstand starts next wednesday!

DSC_4965EPRA’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 strawberryvacant 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.

Check Out Our Upcoming Events

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!DSC_4656

It’s been a long winter!

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!

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