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Author Archive | Jessica Griffin

What's Happening in:  Grays Ferry 

New community garden planned for Snyder Avenue church

A version of this post was published in partnership with, a project of Temple University’s journalism program.

orthodox church

The Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church is the only Russian Orthodox Church in South Philadelphia. The parish held a well-attended centennial celebration in October.

“My grandmother and grandfather mortgaged their home to help build this church,” said Catherine Kavalkovich. “Many of the founding members did.”

Carpatho Russians from Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia founded the church in 1913 at 2800 Snyder Ave. in Grays Ferry. Some descendants of the original parishioners attend the church to this day. When Catherine was a young girl there were 350 members, but as families moved out of the city, church numbers dwindled to fewer than 30.

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Take a free “pallet-gardening” class with the South Philly Food Co-op

Want to turn your smallish concrete yard patch into a verdant green oasis? Start with the upcoming free pallet gardening workshop at South Philadelphia High, hosted by the ever-growing South Philly Food Co-op.

This workshop – which comes with a free pallet - is a great way to get a jump on your garden, recycle, and hang out with some fellow green thumbs. Plus, photos of robust pallet gardens are all the rage for followers of garden porn.

Ahhh, so that's what a pallet garden is

Ahhh, so that’s what a pallet garden is. Pics provided by the Co-op

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