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Boy, have I got exciting news for those of you that live in Philadelphia and are looking for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share for the upcoming 2009 growing season! Since CSA shares of all kinds sell out quickly in this city that is so passionate about buying local, having the brand new “Henry Got Crops” CSA is a welcome addition to the mix. This CSA is being organized/overseen by Weavers Way Farm, but it is anticipated that the majority of the produce in the shares will be grown by the great students at W. B. Saul High School along Henry Avenue in Roxborough (for those of you familiar with the area, it’s the unexpected little farmstead with the horses and cows on Henry just past all those big apartment complexes).
Weavers Way has been working with Saul students for awhile now in the greenhouse and this expansion to field production and a CSA seemed like a natural next step in helping educate and employ these ambitious kids. In addition to the weekly share of vegetables (large enough for a family of four), there will be opportunities for CSA members to pick their own flowers and herbs at the farm as well as buy additional local products such as cheeses and meats. Awesome, right? I think so!
You can join or get additional information by emailing henrygotcrops(at)weaversway(dot)coop [just convert the (at) to @ and the (dot) to . at the time you compose your email]. If you’re wanting more information about Weavers Way Farm and its staff, check out the Garden/Farm page here and the co-op’s webpage.
Weavers Way Farm Harvest Festival
October 11, 2008
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Please join us for an afternoon of autumnal fun as we celebrate the first annual Harvest Festival at Weavers Way Farm, located in Awbury Arboretum, 1101 Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA. Festivities will feature a variety of musical entertainment, hay rides, raffles with great prizes, plenty of farm fresh food, and much more! And of course, enjoy visiting the fields of this funky urban farm surrounded by hundreds of trees in their full fall splendor! For more information about the farm and what to expect, visit the farm’s webpage at http://weaversway.coop/index.php?page=the_farm.
This isn’t a food related post, but it is a “straight from the farm” topic and a fun one at that so I thought I’d share. I was asked recently to do the centerpiece arrangements for a fundraising dinner for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), which happens to be the organization behind the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” campaign that’s done so much for small farms like Weavers Way Farm. I was obviously thrilled to do the floral designs for this lovely event being held in the conservatory of Longwood Gardens, and I worked exclusively with flowers grown at our farm and in my own garden to create these pieces. The pumpkins were also locally grown on a farm in Lancaster County.
Cut flower production and floral design with locally grown flowers is fast becoming an intense passion of mine since I began working and studying at Longwood Gardens. I was pleased to have this opportunity to demonstrate how locally grown seasonal flowers, even in late September, can be just as sophisticated and opulent as a bunch of hot house roses or otherwise. I hope you would agree.
So don’t just think about buying local vegetables, fruit, meat and cheeses. Also think about buying your flowers locally as they are also an important of most small farmers’ palette of products. Local flowers also avoid the environmental issues of the energy consumed in growing flowers out of season in greenhouses far away and often shipping them across international borders.
The third annual Philadelphia Urban Farm Bike Tour was another huge success, despite the undesirable heat wave that’s hit the city. Nearly 100 riders braved the scorching weather to take a look at six urban agriculture projects, which included Weavers Way Farm, Martin Luther King High School Farm, Mill Creek Farm, Spring Gardens Community Garden, Teens4Good/Philly Orchird Project, and GreensGrow. The ride finished with a well deserved pizza and beer party at the Philadelphia Brewing Company. Thank you to all the riders who came out to participate – it was a blast meeting everyone and sharing our passion for urban farming! Your generous donations will go to support these important projects!
Here’s a slide show of the pictures I took. Feel free to visit the Flickr page too.
We’re planning another Philadelphia Urban Farm Bike Tour for this summer, starting again at Weavers Way Farm, which has grown by leaps and bounds since last year, and ending up again at Yards Brewery–same place, but new brews and a new name–Philadelphia Brewing Company. The ride’s planned for Saturday, July 19th, 8:30 a.m. to roughly 3:00 p.m.
There will be a few changes and additions this year. Here’s a quick overview of those changes:
1. We’re looking to add another farm to the urban mix–Teens4Grow, at 8th and Poplar (not far off the path to GreensGrow Farm).
2. The women from DC who took the three-month urban farm bike tour of the Northeast will be joining us again. And, for those who are interested, they’ll be showing a work in progress version of the film they’re making about their trip at 5 pm on Saturday the 19th, probably at Video Library in Mt. Airy.
3. We’re asking for a donation of $10, payable at the start of the ride in cash, to help support the farms we visit (it will be split evenly between them) — and to pay for the pizza that will be delivered to the brewery at the end of the ride.
Tell your friends about the ride. I’d love to hear if any of my readers are going to be joining us! More details, including a full route, will be available closer to the time. Rest assured you don’t have to be a rockstar cyclist to complete this tour. We go slow and talk a lot along the way. And most every hill is downhill, I swear!