Getting Their Share

The Kensington Community Food Co-op needs 800 members by the end of 2014. | Rendering by MAKE.

Kensington community embraces their nascent food co-op

Stephanie Singer and her husband, Mike, had been interested in joining a food co-op for years, so when she initially heard that the Kensington Community Food Co-op (KCFC) was coming to her neighborhood she was excited. But she concedes, “I was a little skeptical at first since I know these things can take years and years.” After attending the KCFC location announcement party at the Philadelphia Brewing Company’s tasting room on May 4, her reservations disappeared. “I was very impressed by the large turnout,” she says. “It felt like this was really going to happen. At that moment, we were ready to make our financial commitment, and we joined as members.”

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Know Your Own (Soil)

photo courtey of NRCS Soil HealthThere's nothing like planting your own veggie garden to put super fresh, super healthy produce onto your dinner table. But in order to be sure your veggies are healthy, it's a good idea to be sure your soil is. Luckily, on Saturday, May 4 Shissler Recreation Center (1800 Blair St.) where a Soil Kitchen will be taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

A soil kitchen is an event where neighbors bring soil samples from their backyard or gardens to be anonymously tested for contaminants. These "kitchens" test pH and nutrient levels, and most importantly the presence of lead. North Philadelphia was once home to many factories during the industrial period, some of which were lead-based. Knowing what is in your soil is important for the health of our neighborhood and those living in it, especially if you have a garden or have children who enjoy playing outside.

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