K & J Homegrown Produce & Farmer's Market

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Gorgas Park Farmers Market

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Henry Got Crops

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Henry Got Crops is a partnership CSA between W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences, Weavers Way Cooperative, and Weavers Way Community Programs; working together to provide the community with safe, local and sustainable produce!

 

Weavers Way Co-op Farm, Weavers Way Community Programs, and W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences have collaborated on a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm located on the grounds of Saul High School on Henry Avenue in Roxborough. The farm, called “Henry Got Crops!” is run by Weavers Way staff working closely with Saul’s agroecology program and the school as a whole to not only bring food to the community, but to serve as an educational opportunity for students at Saul. The farm is located right on campus, and teachers and their classes learn about and partake in small scale, organic vegetable growing. This is one of the first high school-based CSAs in the country. There are many different opportunities for student involvement, ranging from hands-on work in the fields, to helping with community outreach, to doing applied research, budgeting, planning, and newsletter writing. As the busiest time of year for farming coincides with the high school's summer vacation, the farm is able to hire students for summer work opportunities, thereby providing job training experience and job placement right on school grounds. The construction of season-extension infrastructure, such as hoophouses, will allow continuation of a strong program during the colder months, when school is in session.

Pretzel Park Farmers Market

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Vision

The Manayunk-Roxborough Food Coop is a member-owned collective of residents who want additional food sourcing options in our area. We aim to bring high-quality, local, organic, and affordable food to the Manayunk and Roxborough neighborhoods of Philadelphia. We realize this goal through a weekly a farmers market (now in its second year), a variety of local events, and continued growth.

Through the co-op we will promote wellness, environmental sustainability and financial stewardship. We intend to share knowledge, promote healthy lifestyles and cooperative business practices and provide a community gathering place. Reinvesting our profits back into the community also helps to stimulate the local economy and facilitate growth.

Background

The Manayunk-Roxborough Food Co-op was started by a group of citizens who came together in February 2012 and put the cooperative wheels in motion. On April 18, 2012, a community outreach meeting was held in Manayunk and over 250 area residents turned out to learn about bringing a cooperative grocery store to their neighborhood. Since then, the co-op has expanded from one small group of people to include a governing board, several committees, and incorporated in 2013. In addition to expanding our internal organization, the co-op has hosted or been a part of many community events, volunteer meetings, committee meetings, and has already started to bring you fresh, local goods by opening our Pretzel Park Farmers Market in 2013.

Future Plans

Our short-term efforts are focused on growing our Pretzel Park Farmers Market and increasing our community presence at the Gorgas Park Farmers Market and other local events. We‘re also in process of creating a Buyers Club to bring members more choices for fresh, local food items. In order to make all of these great things happen we need you to get involved as a new member, volunteer and community leader. We need many voices, hands and committed members to continue to explore the possibility of opening a member-owned, cooperative grocery store in the next few years.

Jollay's Farmers Market

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