Cooking Workshop: Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

Fri. Nov. 21. 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. 

Farm to Table Cupcakes Workshop

Sat., Nov. 22, 12 to 2 p.m. 

Earthship Workshop

Sat., Nov. 22 to Sun., Nov. 23.

 

  







 

 

Entries in community (115)

Monday
Nov172014

Hard-Working Mussels

A new effort brings the mysterious mussel
back to a Philadelphia waterway

The lack of mussels in the Tacony-Frankford Creek made the stream a desirable target for the reintroduction of the hardy Elliptio complanata species. | Photos by Brian Rademaekers

When you think of mussels in Philadelphia, your first thought might be of ordering moules-frites, Belgium’s signature dish, from Monk’s Café. Ecologist Danielle Kreeger and a team of volunteers is trying to add another association. They want you to think of the Tacony-Frankford Creek, whose swampy terminus is at the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia, where the once plentiful mussel is being reintroduced.

In late August, Kreeger and her helpers took coolers with 50 mussels, scrubbed clean and fitted with tiny radio transmitters, to the creek. Carefully selecting spots along the streambed where they’ll be able to weather storm surges, Kreeger, a scientist working for the nonprofit Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), and her team gently placed them in small clusters. A GPS location and basic water quality data were recorded at each new mussel bed. The mussels will be monitored periodically. If the mussels survive, Kreeger and others will measure shell growth to determine how healthy the new beds are.

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Wednesday
Nov122014

10 Urban Farms in Philadelphia You Can’t Miss

In South Kensington, La Finquita farm offers gardening workshops to locals of all ages.

You don’t have to travel far from the city to find
sprawling acres of fresh, homegrown produce

Philadelphia local communities have cultivated bountiful urban farms, most just a SEPTA ride away. Innovative agricultural ventures from Chestnut Hill to Kensington to South Philadelphia are using sustainable farming methods to produce healthy fruits and vegetables. Stop by the Walnut Hill Community Farm Stand or participate in a Community Sponsored Agriculture program. Bring the kids to pick their own vegetables while learning about farming. Workshops available throughout the city offer instruction on building a small backyard garden or even pursue a career in agriculture. Looking to get your hands dirty? Many of the farms listed below are always looking for volunteers. We picked out 10 local urban farms in the Philadelphia area that are worth checking out.

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Monday
Nov102014

Philadelphia Council to Hold Hearing on City Composting

Compostable materials constitute approximately 23 percent of Philadelphia's waste composition. In the absence of a citywide food waste recycling program, all food waste is sent to the landfill. RecycleNOW Philadelphia says this is a missed opportunity because composting would help the city fulfill RecycleNOW’s zero waste vision and it could spur local, sustainable development. It’s a win-win.

This week, Philadelphians will get the chance to voice their thoughts on food waste recycling when the Philadelphia City Council holds a hearing sponsored by Councilwoman Cindy Bass on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. on Food Waste Recycling.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Plugged In

Mark McGee organizes electronics recycling events several times a year. | Photo by Megan Matuzak

Mark McGee, Kensington's undisputed electronics recycling champion 

The average American throws away approximately 62 pounds of electronics a year, says Kensington resident Mark McGee, citing a WHYY podcast on electronics waste. “I don’t think people realize there is a lot of toxic stuff out there when they throw a TV away,” McGee says.

McGee helps promote electronics recycling in Kensington, an area he's lived in for over 50 years, through his volunteer work with Sustainable 19125 & 19134. The resident-driven organization was created by the local Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) and the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) with the support of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) to promote sustainability, and aims to make the two zip codes the greenest in the city.

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Sunday
Oct192014

Bank On It

Photo by Raffi Berberian

Walkers, runners and cyclists can now add a new path to their outings: the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. The $18 million, 2,000 foot-long concrete structure runs parallel to the eastern shore of the river from Locust Street to the new stair tower at the South Street Bridge, and extends the Schuylkill River Trail.

As part of The Circuit—300 miles of multi-use network of trails throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania with 50 miles in progress and more planned—the Boardwalk provides more direct access to the Trail for residents in South and West Philadelphia. The Boardwalk sits about 50 feet from the shore and its 15-foot wide pathway has four widened overlooks to allow people to rest, fish and take in the Center City and University City views without blocking the main drag.

The entire path is supplemented with solar-powered overhead lights for evening runs and rides. The project was built by Crossing Construction, Weeks Marine Construction, Nucero Electric and All Seasons Landscaping. Boardwalk design and engineering was funded by the City of Philadelphia, and was completed by URS, Pennoni Associates and CH Planning. Ramp design was executed by Michael Baker Engineers. The Boardwalk is part of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation’s plan to connect the Trail on the Schuylkill Banks from the Water Works to Bartram’s Garden by 2016.