Get to know South Philly with a self-guided garden tour

The South Philly Food Co-op will be hosting their third annual South Philly Garden Tour on Saturday, September 7. The tour, which is a self-guided exploration of the South Broad Street Corridor, will stop at green spaces around the neighborhood from Washington to Snyder avenues between 11th and 17th streets.

The green space landmarks along the path include public parks, private residences and commercial gardens including a stop at Le Virtu restaurant, an after party at South Philly Tap Room, and all starting with a check-in at the gardens at South Philadelphia High School, whose new roof garden project has been getting a lot of attention recently. The first 200 attendees to check in at the high school will receive a free gift bag courtesy of Occasionette gift shop, filled with giveaways from the event sponsors. Refreshments will be made available by Lucky Old Souls food truck at check-in.

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Calling All Green-Thumbed South Philadelphians

One of last year's garden tour participantsIn anticipation of its third annual South Philly Garden Tour this fall, the South Philly Food Co-op is in search of a few good gardeners to volunteer to show off their green spaces large and small, from rooftop oases to alleyways, backyards and balconies. 

This year's self-guided tour of private home gardens will be held Saturday, September 7 from 1 to 5 p.m., and the Co-op seeks participants from the South Broad Street corridor — 11th to 17th streets, Washington to Snyder. To participate, submit the following information by August 1, 2013 to
  • A brief description of your garden (as you would like it to be published in the pamphlet), 5 to 75 words
  • An interesting fact about your garden
  • A photo or two to show off your space
The Co-op's mission is to open a member-owned cooperative grocery store that makes good food available at a fair price to all residents of South Philadelphia, while empowering the local community through sustainable practices, food-centric education, outreach and community building. The Co-op is 480-plus members strong, and the Garden Tour helps raise funds that will go toward opening the grocery store.
To learn more about the Co-op or become a member, visit


South Philly Food Co-op one step closer to reality with new "75 in 75" campaign

A SPFC memerbship comes with benefits that include free and discounted access to events like the annual local gardens tour. | Photo by Albert YeeBeing lured in by South Philly Food Co-op’s “75 in 75” campaign feels not unlike that strange moment when you realize you can’t turn your radio tuner from WHYY, even though it’s just Patrick Stoner once again trying to get you to part with your money. You want to hear more. And you want to do something good.

It turns out the similar vibe is no coincidence. Alison Fritz, president at SPFC and a chief architect behind the recently launched membership campaign, worked at WHYY.

“I’ll be sitting there yelling at the radio, thinking ‘If they can get 300 new members in 30 minutes, we can get 75!’” says Fritz, a Passyunk Square resident who heads the South Philly Food Co-op board. The “75 in 75” drive is a well-organized effort with hooks ranging from its own hashtag (#75in75) to coordinated potlucks where a SPFC member will come to your dinner table and make the pitch. And, besides having a catchy ring to it, the effort’s numerical namesake – they’re aiming for 75 members in 75 days, ending April 30th – has a tangible meaning. By gaining 75 new people, SPFC crosses the threshold needed to finally secure a brick-and-mortar location. With 368 members and counting, they’re well on their way to the goal of 425.

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