2019 Gardening Season Has Opened!

As the snow disappears and the sunny warmth of spring is creeping in, the 2019 Gardening Season has opened. From a December workday organized with the Academy of Natural Sciences with People’s Emergency Center and PNC bank volunteers we cleared away the end of 2018 to gardeners braving the ice to plan for garden bed repairs, the garden is getting ready for Spring 2019.

Check out our JOIN US! page for information about the collaborative and about becoming a greening member and Like the garden on Facebook

First Spring Flower 2019 - Hellebore
First Spring Flower – “Hellebore” March 2019

Eastern Black Swallowtail

Eastern Black Swallowtail

We welcome butterflies to our garden. This little guy who some neighborhood kids named “Herb” (with a non-silent “H”) will be an Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly after he eats quite a bit more of our fennel. Enjoy little one, munch on!

Membership Meeting

SLOAN ST COMMUNITY GARDEN WELCOMES YOU TO JOIN US THIS SEASON to grow for food, for charity, for beautification, for the health of green space… Explore, eat, play, sit quietly, or toil… Just leave the space better than you found it… To start, come to our


March 9th, 3pm
At the PEC 325 N. 39 th St
Philadelphia PA 19104

Meeting Purpose: To welcome & orient new members, renew returning memberships, assign plots, brief update on status, organizational decisions moving forward.
Time: approx 2 hrs

February 2014 update

This past year Sloan St Community Garden

  • grew and donated over 200 lbs of food to the Peoples Emergency Center’s emergency food relief  weekly give away through Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest Program.
  • enjoyed our new layout and new members… Reconstructed beds, replanted perennials , grew boundless amounts of cabbage, leafy greens, tomatoes, herbs, squash, okra and eggplant for our own cupboards, maintained our 3-bin compost system and pruned, played and feasted around picnic tables on BBQ’d  food with friends, family and neighbors.
  • survived the ongoing construction adjacent to us (Duling Construction donated $500 to the garden – a gesture to counteract the repetitive use and misuse of garden land.)
  • We thank Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for allowing us stewardship of their land and Lisa Mosca and others at PHS for supplying us with materials, labor & advice, and the PEC for their ongoing partnership.

Want to Join us?

  • Want to grow your own healthy food while caring for & enjoying an expansive outdoor green & organic space? Want to be a part of a green movement? We will be having our Opening Season Membership meeting in March. Check back for the scheduled date and time!
  • membership basics: small annual fee(around $10), weed, water and organically control pests in your own plot & containers (weekly-daily depending on time of season) 3 collective workdays per season,  leave the space better than you found it, 2 collective meetings per season where we decide organizational moves, committee work (roughly 1 hr per week maintaining communication, tools, grounds, city harvest)
  • email sloanstcommunitygarden@gmail.com for more info, but give us a week to respond, we’re all volunteers here!

June update

One of four City Harvest dedicated beds
One of four City Harvest dedicated beds


The weather has made for lush growth and through the efforts of the City Harvest committee, Sloan St Community garden donated over 20 lbs of produce to A-Space (4722 Baltimore Ave) for their Friday Food Not Bombs free vegetable give away. 

Thank you Tim Dunn of A-Space, the CH Committee, Penn. Horticultural Society and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

We intend to donate again this coming week to A-Space

Friday 6/28 @3:00pm… Please spread the word to those whom would benefit from no cost greens, kale, herbs, broccoli and more…

For more information or if you are interested in getting involved, email: sloanstcommunitygarden@gmail.com. (Please give us a few days to respond, we are all volunteers, thanks!)

Potato boxes dedicated to City Harvest
Potato boxes dedicated to City Harvest

Join us! We are on the 300 N. block of Sloan St.

Do you want to become a member?

Herbs & Beans

Sloan St Community Garden is looking for organic gardeners committed to enriching their lives and the neighborhood by growing for themselves and the community.

This season we enthusiastically look forward to completing our revitalization of our space after our move to the adjacent lot this past fall. This will include building more beds that will need new green thumbs to tend them.

Questions in the meantime? Look through past posts and/or e-mail sloanstcommunitygarden@gmail.com to get in touch with membership coordination.

Winter Update 2013

Greenhouse made of Repurposed Windows
Greenhouse made of Repurposed Windows


Happy Winter from SSCG, currently a group of 14 strong volunteers in 2 locations… seeking neighbors of Saunders Park committed to improving a garden and community…

2nd Generation Gardeners
2nd Generation Gardeners






We’ve moved!

Mid November we dug, carried and recreated the garden on the adjacent property, reconstructing several of our beds atop the concrete of the Penn Presbyterian lot (thank you Gary Ginsberg!). With the generous support of PHS contact Lisa Mosca, we hope to reconstruct the same area of plot space, however configured differently (Garden Layout Post Move) than in our previous situation.


Garden Member Ari and PHS contact Lisa Mosca fill the reconstructed bed...
Garden Member Ari and PHS contact Lisa Mosca fill the reconstructed bed..

We’re in the papers!

St Bernard  & Sloan Street Community Garden’s battles with corporate development.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Reporter Virginia Smith’s Blog (to search) on Zoning Law Changes that affect Community Gardens – do they legitimize or stymie community gardens?

Our Current Status in Battle

According to City of Philadelphia zoning maps, the developer has overstepped his bounds and fenced in about 30 square feet of property that does not belong to him. We are investigating through the city office to find out if his approval for Zoning is illegitimate based on the seeming discrepency and transgression of private property rights.

If your green space/organization needs help…

If you or your community in need of support to sustain your garden or green space, contact Lisa Mosca at PHS (lmosca@pennhort.org), Amy Laura Cahn at PiILCOP (acahn@pilcop.org), and the People’s Emergency Center if you live in West Philadelphia, or e-mail: sloanstcommunitygarden@gmail.com and ask us a question. Just please be patient and give us a week to answer, we are all volunteers:)



2012 Spring
Spring 2012


Moving Work Day #2 Saturday, Dec 15 @ 12 noon

We had great success this past Saturday with help from old and new members, supporters and friends…

BUT…we are not yet done and have been rained out Sunday, 12/9.

Working rescheduled date: 12/15 @ 12noon.

Check back to confirm or…


moving beds

filling in soil
filling in soil

email sloanstcommunitygarden@gmail.com with questions, to RSVP or just show up ready to shovel, wheelbarrow and what-not…

Join our Moving Day!

Sloan St Community Garden Moving Workday
Sat Dec 8th @ 12noon
Join Us!!!

On Saturday Dec 8th at 12:00 noon, Sloan St Community Garden will be moving all of our beds, perrenials and field stone to the property next door.
After roughly 10 years of existence, the developer who bought the property out from under us in a sheriff’s sale has given us a letter to vacate by Dec 15th and luckily the owner of the adjacent property has agreed to let us move in! In order to salvage what we have created, we need YOUR HELP.
Please lend a hand, if you can…
E-mail sloanstcommunitygarden@gmail.com if you have questions or to confirm your attendance, or just show up!img_5296OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA