Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Farm for the City will spotlight healthy food access issues and invite the public to help solve these issues through urban gardening and farming. The Farm for the City, a creative and interactive food-awareness public engagement installation, will be created on Thomas Paine Plaza, next to the Municipal Services Building. The demonstration farm will open in summer 2018 and continue into the fall as a site for dynamic public forums, gardening workshops and performances. Programming will bring people together in a civic discussion about social equity and food security, encourage policies that promote healthy communities, and highlight ways urban agriculture strengthens neighborhoods. The farm will produce an estimated 1,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to be donated to Broad Street Ministry, which is dedicated to serving the homeless. Young apprentices will assist in the food production on the farm and will engage visitors in dialogue about urban gardening and social issues related to food security.
PHS seeks a Program Curator to create a visionary engagement strategy for Farm for the City, making the connection to urban gardening as a means to address and support food security through meaningful civic dialogue and providing a series of dynamic public engagement opportunities, programs, and performances to inspire action among diverse audiences. RFP's will be accepted through November 15th. Details here
Major support for Farm for the City has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.