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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
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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!

image image image image imageHere are a few photos from this past weekend.

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

OPENING SEASON MEMBERSHIP MEETING

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

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

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.