Philly Maker Week

Wed., Sept. 17 through Sun., Sept. 21. 

Food For Thought: Eating in Season

Thurs., Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m

Bike Ride on the Schuylkill River Trail

Sat., Sept. 20 through Sun., Sept. 21

 

  



 

 

 

Entries in community (107)

Monday
Sep152014

Engaging Personality

Bartram's Garden volunteer Mary Armstrong says the historic site has "something for everybody." | Photo by Dan Murphy

Mary Armstrong expands Bartram's Garden network

Longtime Bartram’s Garden volunteer Mary Armstrong says she especially loves engaging visitors from the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhoods that surround the garden. “I like the fact that you can get people who just stumble in with their bikes, start talking to them, engaging them,” she says. “It’s a place of refuge. It’s important to keep it here—not just as a piece of history, but as a place for people to go.”

Since volunteering in 2009 at Bartram’s as a community ambassador, Armstrong has inspired many to become members of the 45-acre urban oasis and former home to one of America’s first botanists, John Bartram.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Class Action

 

Haddington Woods is the first place students of a free land management class will test what they've learned. | Photo by Jen BrittonFree land management course teaches citizens
to take care of their forests

Twenty-five Philadelphians gathered this past June to learn how to manage their forest. But many of those who met at the Haverford Avenue branch of the Free Library in West Philadelphia had no technical background in restoration, ecology or anything else you’d expect for land managers.

The “Short Course in Land Management,” taught by David Hewitt, research coordinator for the Wagner Free Institute, was a “highly distilled version of an ecology course I teach to city planners at Penn,” Hewitt says. The free, six-week course is part of an innovative experiment to engage local residents in managing the city’s forests, meadows and waterways, and is open to anyone. The laboratory is Haddington Woods.

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Monday
Aug182014

Food Entrepreneurs Wanted for Restaurant Incubator

Common Table aims to shepherd restaurateurs, chefs and
local food pioneers to develop their dreams

Entrepreneurs are invited to test their restaurant ideas at Philadelphia's first pop-up restaurant incubator, Common Table, set to launch this fall.

Aspiring restaurateurs, creative chefs and local food pioneers will develop their dream restaurant from concept to creation backed with professional support from The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation (TEC-CDC). Selected applicants will undergo an individualized, 6- to 12-month training program toward implementing their ideas at the retail space in West Philadelphia. Those interested should apply for the Common Table Fellowship.

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Saturday
Aug162014

Tools of the Trade

 

West Philly Tool Library is mounting an ambitious $10,000 crowdfunding campaign using Indiegogo to increase its capacity for a rapidly growing community of members.

West Philly Tool Library crowdfunds to bolster community 

“We say we have about 3,000 tools, but we actually haven’t counted in a while,” says Peter Foreman Murray, executive director of the West Philly Tool Library, as he eyes a long shelf cluttered with drills and chopsaws. “We’ve numbered that we’re probably closer to 4,000, but it’s better to go with a safe estimate.”

Looking down the long brick and aluminum warehouse space that is the West Philly Tool Library, it’s easy to understand why an exact count might be tough: the walls are nearly completely covered by racks of rakes and weed whackers and shelves for imposing construction implements, while the center of the room is taken up by a long table hidden under scores of garden tools. 

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Friday
Aug152014

Super Model

  

Philly Foodworks promises flexibility for consumers, a market
for small food producers, and a bridge 
from rural to urban

Although we talk about community supported agriculture (CSA) frequently in the pages of Grid, it’s a relatively new business model. First introduced into the U.S. in 1986, it offered a brilliant solution to a problem farmers regularly faced: cash flow. By encouraging consumers who wanted fresh produce to pay farmers in advance, the model bridged a gap in the winter and early spring when farmers had little to sell. When crops are ready to be harvested, consumers get a weekly box—a share of a wide variety of the freshest fruits and vegetables you can buy. It’s a big win for both the eater and farmer. 

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