Marathon Farm: Work Days, Hoedown, Farm Dinner and More!

Grab your work boots and help Marathon Grille build an urban farm! In our December 2010 issue (Agriculture, p. 18) we shared that Marathon Grille and Emerald Street Urban Farm's Patrick Dunn were teaming up to transform vacant lots into blossoming farms. The team has identified a site in Brewerytown, and this weekend will kick-off the first of Marathon Farm's Volunteer Work Days at the site on 27th and Master Streets:

Saturday and Sunday March 12-13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lunch, gloves and tools will be provided (if you own a battery-operated drill, bring that along too!)

Contact: or 215-282-1505

Additional work days will also be held on Wednesday, March 16 from 2 - 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., plus a Grand Opening Work Day with Mayor Nutter on Monday, March 21 from 12 - 6 p.m.

On top of getting down and dirty on the farm, the team is also hosting a "Hoedown ~ Farmraiser" and "Farm Dinner" to raise funds for the urban farm:

March 20, 7 - 10 p.m. Hoedown ~ Farmraiser: Music, food, local beverages, and a raffle! The Keystone Mountain Boys and Sour Mash will perform and every penny of your $10 admission will support Marathon Farm. Held at Marathon Grille, 10th and Walnut.

March 26, 7:30 p.m. Farm Dinner: Only 50 seats available for this one folks! This four course dinner will not only celebrate locally grown ingredients, but celebrate "Earth Hour" as well. All the lights will be turned off, and guests will enjoy each course by candle light.

Again, contact: for event details.

Visit Marathon Farm's blog for more information, and to make a donation to the farm through Kickstarter (the goal is $10,000!)