Despite the sweltering temperatures that have been ravishing our fair city lately, fall is just around the corner. For many this means heading back to the classroom, which is why we here at GRID chose to focus part of our September issue on education in Philadelphia.
Our cover story delves into the controversial world of school lunch. With dozens of school kitchens closing, meals are being converted into pre-packaged “satellite lunches.” Find out why the School District has implemented this change, and how food advocacy organizations like the Food Trust and PUFFA are reacting. On a similar note, one of our feature stories highlights WePAC, a West Philadelphia-based non-profit working to re-open school libraries with the help of local volunteers.
Getting back to school also means refreshing your wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy new. The Style section of our September issue will guide you through Philadelphia’s best thrift stores, and features fashion-savvy locals who, with limited funds and lots of thrifting know-how, will show you how to put together wearable and unique outfits utilizing once-worn finds.
Of course, this issue’s pages also include articles on energy, agriculture, recycling, and local food. Samantha Wittchen breaks down the functions (and big ticket price) of geothermal systems; and offers a how-to on ditching dried-up pens in this month’s Recycling Challenge. We also talk farming, and highlight Pendle Hill’s innovative aquaponics system and the agricultural knowledge Chipping Hill Micro Farms is providing year round. Plus, mouthwatering savory pancake recipes, cool-weather crops, and digging for freshwater mussels.
So how do we celebrate such a diverse and dynamic issue? At one of our old Issue Release Party stomping grounds: Mt. Airy’s own Earth, Bread & Brewery. Join us on August 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. for book smart and style smart chatter. EBB’s house-brewed beers are flavorful and refreshing, and the mouth-watering flatbread menu features pies made with local and organic Daisy Flour (we’re partial to the crunch-packing, garlic-infused “Seed” pie).
Intimidated to venture outside the confines of downtown Philly? Never fear, traveling to EBB is simple and straightforward:
Hop on SEPTA Regional Rail and take either the Chestnut Hill East line to the Sedgwick stop, or Chestnut Hill West to Allen Lane. Walk two blocks west from Sedgwick, and two blocks east from Allen Lane to Earth, Bread & Brewery at 7136 Germantown Ave.
See you there!