The farm is up and running! Amazingly, we were able to turn a trash filled vacant lot into a functioning farm in less than two months.
All the of the nearly 50 raised beds are built, filled with soil and have vegetables growing in them. And our greenhouse and shed are built. The bamboo fence also is up and looks great! And our water and electric hookups were just completed in the last week.
The whole farm team has worked long and hard over the last few months but there is no way we could have achieved everything without the generous outpouring of support from volunteers in Brewerytown and from all over the city.
We have radishes, beets, carrots, summer squash, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce heads, collards, brocoli, and tomatoes growing in the ground. Our peppers, eggplants, okra and swiss chard are growing in the greenhouse and will be transplanted out soon. Now that we have water I started harvesting and delivering veggies to the Marathon Grill. I have been selling the restaurants radishes, lettuce heads, spinach and collard greens. Look for these items when you visit a Marathon Grill. They are organic, locally grown and delicious. They are also extremely fresh because they are delivered to the Restaurants within an hour of harvest.
Our on-site community garden is also ready to go. We have 15 plots and almost all are spoken for by local community members. Our community gardeners began working on their plots last week. We have a great group of gardeners and it’s great to see them out on the farm and also keeping me company on long hard days.
The space we set aside for a community gathering space is coming together and looking good as well. There are several picnic tables with some ornamental and flowers going in soon. We got a grill and had our first monthly community Farmecue last Sunday. Over fifty people came out to enjoy the farm and eat good food.
Keep following the blog. We will be posting more pictures and some events that are coming up soon. Including a great opportunity to enjoy and support the farm during Philadelphia’s Beer Week.