Community Garden

Growing our Community

Welcome to the East Passyunk Crossing Community Garden, right in the heart of our neighborhood at the Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School campus. We’ve been here since 2013, and our all-organic garden is pretty special because:

  • It’s a place where you can grow your own tasty produce, aromatic herbs, and beautiful flowers.
  • Need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life? Our garden offers a peaceful oasis.
  • Gardening isn’t just about plants; it’s a chance to boost your physical and mental well-being while connecting with nature.
  • Plus, we’re all about supporting our local pollinators – bees, butterflies, and other helpful insects love hanging out here too!

Our garden is made up of 44 plots, each measuring 3’ x 9’, surrounded by lush grass walkways, charming flower beds, and a cozy communal area. It’s all thanks to the hard work of our Civic’s Clean & Green Committee in partnership with the Saints Neumann-Goretti High School. So, come on in and let’s grow together!

Our wonderful Garden is kept thriving by an all-volunteer Steering Committee, made up of friendly faces from the Civic’s board and dedicated Garden enthusiasts. Here, we’ve created a space that’s near and dear to the hearts of a diverse group of South Philly neighbors:

  • Families find joy in bringing their little ones here to discover the wonders of nature and bring home fresh produce for delicious homemade meals.
  • Recent newcomers and retirees have discovered a local social hub filled with kindred spirits, making lasting friendships that go beyond the gardening season.
  • Our garden has warmly welcomed immigrants and refugees, offering them eight special garden plots right from the start. We’re all about reaching out to every corner of our neighborhood, and thanks to our partnership with SEAMAAC, we’ve connected with the vibrant Chin Burmese community. They’re growing Chin Buang (or roselle), a unique leafy vegetable that adds incredible flavor to their dishes.
  • Even the Sisters of Saint Francis and IHM, who live in the nearby convents, relish the garden’s delights. Tomatoes, lovely cut flowers, and friendly chats with our members are some of their favorite things.

Together, we’ve created a place where everyone feels welcome and connected.

Garden and Shed