What is Occupy Vacant Lots?
Originally conceived as Philly Food Forests, manifested as Mercy Emily Edible Park, the Occupy movement of October-November 2011 generated enough passion amongst residents of Philadelphia (and surrounding counties) to create Occupy Vacant Lots. We envision a future Philadelphia where every vacant lot is a free food-producing space, community orchard/ food forest, community park space, beautiful flower garden, or some variation thereof. Access to fresh, free food will take us to the next step of self-sufficiency & break us from the cycle of dependency we have on the government & fossil fuel-guzzling corporate food system.
We want to act hand-in-hand with pre-existing community organizations, resident activists, children, religious & educational institutions, & every individual in this city tirelessly working towards these same goals. If we combine minds, hearts, & resources we won’t have to wait around anymore for someone else to make the change.
Want to take Occupy Vacant Lots to your own neighborhood? Download this flyer as you reach out to people in your own neighborhood.
- Join the Google Group occupy-vacant-lots: groups.google.com/group/occupy-vacant-lots
- Write us at occupyvacantlots @ gmail.com
- Peek at the activity on Facebook: Occupy Vacant Lots.
- And be sure to watch this video, taken at our first work party: Occupy 2.0: Occupy Vacant Lots
Since Dec 5, 2011, we’ve had several work parties. A map with these sites and other sites we’re setting our sight on can be found on this public Google map Occupy Vacant Lots. If you’re in Philadelphia, and have a vacant lot within walking distance that you’d like to garden on, please, write us or add to this map.
- To see who owns a property, search OPA (Office of Property Assessment’s) database
- Public Property Listings | phila.gov/publicproperty/listings
- City-owned Properties, as a list | phila.gov/pdfs/propertyinventory.pdf
- City-owned properties, as a map | Google map City-owned Vacant Lots
- Skids & crates – Free assorted size and condition wood skids and wood crates available on regular basis at Fitness Exchange, 1004 Ridge Pike, Conshohocken, PA 19428. Next to Ridge Lumber. If interested please check in at store when you arrive and if you pick through what’s there leave the piles neat and stacked.
- Trees – for spring 2012 planting, see inventory from Center for Regenerative Ecology
- Fridays at the Farm – drool over these veggies to get you out in the garden!
- Permaculture Groups and Government Influence – tell the government what you want by doing it
- A Subversive Plot: How to Grow a Revolution in Your Own Backyard (or neighboring vacant lot!) – people taking a hands-on approach to re-localizing the global food supply.