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

Participants in the event will have a chance to check out the gardens at South Philly High School, study up on the growing methods the students experiment with, and take part in an introduction to pallet gardening and installation. These compact gardens offer all of the eco-benefits of container gardening, with the added recycling component. Those wooden shipping trays would have just been thrown away.

Pallet gardens are well-suited to herbs, particularly rosemary and other shallow-rooted edible plants, like strawberries, lettuce, arugula and spinach.


Bring only garden gloves and enthusiasm. All the needed materials, seeds, and instructions are free. The pallets are 4 feet by 4 feet and should fit into most vehicles, but you may want to bring a drop cloth to keep your car clean.

The course is being taught by the fabulous Molly Devinney, who heads up the student-led growing program at South Philadelphia High school. Molly began farming at Ursinus College’s student-led organic farm. After graduation she moved on to farming while studying abroad in New Zealand, and after college in Weavers Way Co-op in Mt. Airy.

Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

RSVP here. There are only a few spots left, so act quick!

– Jessica Griffin

 UPDATE: The folks at the Co-op say they’re exploring whether they can add any more seats or another class. We’ll keep you posted, but it wouldn’t hurt to check the website just to see if they’ve made any updates.

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

  • May 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Any chance there will be a Sunday session? According to TicketLeap this event is sold out. 🙁

    • May 17, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Wow, that was quick! I just emailed them to see about adding classes or spots and will update. Thanks for letting me know

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