Hello to all! Philly Food Forests (PFF) is alive and well! Last year was a year full of changes and restructuring for us and so unfortunately we were running around so much we forgot to come here and tell you all the great things that have been happening. Today outside it was warm and sunny! Feels like spring is finally being ushered in (although, sadly, there are rumors of us getting below freezing next week). This year makes it our fourth season as urban gardeners reshaping various little corners in Philadelphia. PFF was started with Robyn’s vision, hard work, and green thumbs. Today, there are many of us who have taken up her vision and carry it proudly as we make it our own.
A new update is that I’ve embedded our PFF google calendar into this website. You can find it under the “calendar” tab. This is where you’ll find our upcoming schedules events in each garden space.
I’m still working on updating the photos and a few other tabs – for the next few weeks there may be a new change each time you visit.
I’m one of the primary caretakers of our Mercy Emily Edilbe Park (MEEP) in south Philly, so I’m going to quickly give you a few updates on that garden:
- We successfully ordered asparagus! It shall arrive next week!
- This week we got horseradish and lemon thyme plants!
- We started using a journal to account for everything done in the garden. The journal is kept behind the sign pointing out the squash hill and asparagus. We’re asking anyone who stops by to please write in the journal, just a quick note to let us know you were there and what you tackled while there.
- We learned this week that one pickup truck full of mulch doesn’t get you very far. In order to much all the new paths we’ve created, we’d need about 20-30 pickup trucks full. Good news is that we’ve been communicating with the Bartlett tree chopping company and we’re tentatively scheduled to get a large load of wood chips from them in the week of April 21st.
- We made some great flyers that we intend to post around our neighborhood in hopes of boosting community involvement locally. We even laminated some to help them survive the rain so we can post them outside.
- We had a meeting with the Bermese refugees who also have a garden space on Mercy street. It was a good meeting – we cleared up many misconceptions and perceived slights were corrected or apologized for and we’re starting a new page this summer, with no grudges! Interesting, they have the same name as a new organization that started last year: Growing Home.
- On April 12th, the Bermese refugees are throwing a lunch for the block in order to get everyone to meet and hang out.