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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!

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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


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Late August Update

We grow and donate food to local food cupboards through the PHS City Harvest program

Our new and returning members this year have grown a myriad of flowering and fruiting plants and vines. The garden is looking lush and there is fruit a plenty!

We must thank Gary and Jim from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for donating the use of 1/2 the garden land and water access. We must thank Natalie and Haley and the Greater St Paul United Church (Haverford Ave) for expanding the land we toil. We must thank Preston’s Paradise for assisting us in our expansion and preparation for our possible move in November (from the total land we work to the 1/2 that Penn Presby owns).

As always… explore our website, and e-mail sloanstcommunitygarden@gmail.com with any questions or interests.

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Felled Tree

This morning I awoke to an unrecognizable yet notable sound… closest to the crackle-boom-hiss of a certain celebratory tradition. But, fireworks at 6am?

An hour later, walking into the garden, I look up to see the rain had swelled seemingly everything and in so doing, took down a rotten tree in the lot NW of the garden and laid it across the back third of the garden (roughly 15 X 30′).

From the NE corner of the Garden

It plummeted onto a plot,

top in member 4X8'plot

tumbled our tumbler,

compost tumbler on ground

covered the compost barrels,

the 2 barrels are hidden under the branches

flattened our fence,

back SW garden fence

weighted our wires, but remarkably left the hive untouched, nestled in its corner 2′ away.

We're all glad!

The bees however, seem a bit disoriented, swarming the felled tree. But, there’s been human presence all day and no problem!

The Good News:
Seth from Univercity City District (http://www.universitycity.org/ or seth@universitycity.org) answered our call immediately, offering help from their Operations Manager. They will assess the situation and assist us in clearing and removing the tree. I had also had reported the incident to PECO, but they have not shown as promised, yet (800-494-4000).

Additionally, today was our first PHS City Gardens Contest judging! They were quite in awe and very understanding… agreeing that this year’s weather has been hard on gardens.

Stay tuned for progress but until then, check out more pics on our picture page!

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The Wired Gardner

Check out the April edition of the Pennsylvnia Horticultural Society’s newsletter, The Wired Gardner. Web reviews, news, events, Q&A….


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Some advice for those who want to plant asap and love peas. Click here for the article.

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We’re in Good Company!

The Obamas plan to plant a garden on the White House grounds. read more here

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