The East Passyunk Crossing Community Garden is located in the heart of our civic boundaries on the campus of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School. Established in 2013, this all-organic garden:
- Provides space to grow nutritious produce, herbs, and flowers.
- Serves as a green refuge from city life.
- Allows members to improve their physical and mental health through exercise and communing with nature.
- Serves as a mini-ecosystem for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
The Garden consists of 44 plots measuring 3’ x 9’. These plots are bordered by grass walkways, flower beds, and a small communal area. The Civic’s Clean & Green Committee worked with Saints Neumann-Goretti High School officials to create the garden on a sunny, unused parcel of lawn.
An all-volunteer Steering Committee composed of members of the Civic’s board and Garden maintain the space. The Garden has become a beloved space that welcomes a diverse cross-section of the surrounding South Philly community including:
- Families enjoy bringing their children to the garden to learn about nature, and taking home fresh produce for homemade meals.
- New neighbors and residents who’ve recently retired find the garden provides a hyper-local social outlet of like-minded folks. Friends they make during the gardening season last year-round.
- Immigrants and refugees have embraced the use of eight garden plots since the garden’s inception. Garden organizers pledged to reach out to all members of our neighborhood. Through a partnership with SEAMAAC, we connected with members of Philadelphia’s Chin Burmese community. These gardeners grow Chin Buang (aka roselle) a difficult-to-find leafy vegetable that’s a key ingredient in many tasty dishes.
- The Sisters of Saint Francis and IHM who reside in convents adjacent to the garden enjoy tomatoes, cut flowers, and friendly greetings shared by our members.
We think that our garden makes our neighborhood a better place to live. Please join us!
The garden season begins on April 15 and runs through November. Members pay an annual plot fee. Each gardener must fulfill work commitments that contribute to the overall maintenance of the Garden.
Sign up to add your name to our waitlist for a plot
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