Come spring and summer, I start to really crave fresh fruits and vegetables. I just want to eat crisp, fresh foods that won’t weigh me down too much. It’s really difficult to find quality produce in the city, though – which is why we’re so lucky to have Greensgrow Farms. Greensgrow was founded in 1997 by Mary Seton Corboy and Tom Sereduk, who started out growing crops on a rented field in New Jersey while exploring the market for urban farming. One day they found a litter-strewn lot in Kensington, Philadelphia, that had been a steel galvanizing factory and signed a lease. The first crop of their urban farm consisted exclusively of baby field greens grown hydroponically for wholesale, but it was the switch over to retail that really helped Greensgrow become what it is today. Their grassroots approach is what makes them so inspiring – from pest control (a black cat named Blanche) to the very construction of their nurseries (made of used parts) to their bee hives (hand-me-downs Mary got at a dinner party). Today, Greensgrow is a nationally recognized leader in urban farming and runs a number of initiatives such as their seasonal CSAs (referred to by them as City Supported Agriculture, since they are located in the city), Farmstand, Community Kitchen and Nursery. It’s an amazing place – if you live in the area you must check it out! I’m also signing up for their summer CSA and I’ll be sure to share all the delicious produce that I get here on the blog :). For now here’s a photo tour of Greensgrow!
Visit their website, greensgrow.org.