If you thought South Philly didn’t have enough open ground for a community garden, think again. A group of six green-minded individuals is working to take a non-functional traffic median at 24th Street (between Snyder and McKean), and transform it into an oasis filled with planter boxes, fruit trees, and berry bushes.
|It’s that landing strip right in the middle|
The group had originally hoped to open a garden in the empty lot at 20th and Snyder, but the project never came to fruition (the landowner plans to sell or build on the space). While the group does not yet have a proposed rendering of their new space, they expect it to carry over many elements from the 20th Street sketch.
|Just imagine a stripe instead of a box|
|As it looks today|
As the organizers envision it, there would be individual plots for those with green thumbs and community planter boxes for the experienced and uninitiated to cultivate together. The garden, beyond being a place to grow and supply fresh, local produce, will include a tented/arbored area where community members can convene and take classes on preparing and preserving their bounty. If all goes according to plan, the goal is break ground next spring and offer 25 membership stubs.
The group is currently in the process of securing a 10-year lease agreement with Parks and Recreation, the city department that holds the land title to the half-block long median, but with the full support of the area’s neighborhood organizations and positive reactions from those living near the site, the garden seems likely to sprout roots.
We’ll be sure to report back as we hear of new developments, otherwise, if you’re interested in volunteering, donating, or learning more, you can contact the group at: https://www.facebook.com/20thStreetCommunityGarden
You curious about something west of Broad? You may have noticed we’re keeping an eye out over there, too. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can answer those questions you’ve been dying to ask.