About

This blog is the voice of the Penn Garden at the University of Pennsylvania.

But what is this garden of which you speak?

Penn Garden was established this year with the support of the Penn Green Fund.  As its name implies, the Garden is a space where we grow various fruits, vegetables, and other plants.  Everything grown in Penn Garden is natural, meaning that aren’t using any artificial chemicals or fertilizers.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to help out on the garden, and reep the benefits of their help (a.k.a. come harvest time the people who helped get to take home some of the produce).  It’s free, fun, and dirty, so come get involved!

Do you need any prior experience to help out on the Garden?

No.  The garden is an educational space where people at all experience levels can work and learn together. We conduct periodic tutorials with gardening experts because there’s always more to learn!

So where exactly is Penn Garden?

It’s west of Rodin College House, near the bike racks across from St. Mary’s Church. From the corner of Walnut and 40th Streets, head south towards Locust Walk.

Okay, but what is the mission of the Garden?

The mission of this garden is to educate the Penn community about urban agriculture and to advocate for environmentally friendly, fair food systems. From an academic perspective, the goal of the garden is to educate students about issues surrounding food including public policy, food systems, and environmental sustainability. In terms of advocacy, the goal of the garden is to personally connect the Penn community to sustainable eating practices and increase understanding of food systems and food justice. These goals will connect the Penn community to the food it consumes and link it to the wider world.

Now that we have answered some of your questions about the garden, we hope that you will get involved!  We welcome all who are interested, and we are sure that you would love to help keep our campus green (besides the fact that working on the garden is a great way to have fun, make new friends, and get your clothes dirty).  So contact us or check out the calendar and get involved!

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2 Responses to “About”

  1. Roberta Miller September 20, 2010 at 11:55 pm #

    Please sign me up for your email messages. I am interested in helping!

  2. kidsingardens February 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Thanks so much for stopping by and reposting my little piece on peas! Good work you’re doing!

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