Our neighborhood

The North Philly neighborhood surrounding Life Do Grow Farm is a community that has seen many changes in the last several decades.  North Philadelphia was home to many industries and arts during Philly’s peak industrial era up until the mid 20th century. The space that is now Life Do Grow Farm, for instance, was once a box factory and a refrigerator factory. The Uptown Theater, right around the corner from Life Do Grow on North Broad Street, during its golden era saw historic performances from artists such as Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, The Supremes, and more.  Many of our residents are long-time property owners who have inherited a family legacy rooted in this history.

Unfortunately, through decades of divestment and factories either shutting own or moving away, the community’s economic stability was threatened and deteriorating. This inevitably hugely impacted the creative scene, causing many of the art communities to suffer as well. This devastation was compounded by racist policies that prevented Black Americans’ ability to invest in wealth and education, resulting in a deprivation of opportunities and resources.  

Now, North Philly faces an impending threat of gentrification at the hands of opportunistic developers seeking to buy out multi-generational land owners in the neighborhood. But North Philadelphia and its residents are resilient and creative in healing and empowering their own communities. Urban Creators is proud to be a member of this network of localized organizations dedicated to rebuilding and revitalizing the neighborhood.

Community Engagement


our partners

University Community Collaborative
Philadelphia Youth Network
WURD Radio
Uptown Entertainment & Development Corps
REC Philly
Her Philly Moves
Youth Build Inc.

PowerCorps PHL
Philly Mural Arts Program
Youth Arts & Self-Empowerment Project
Soil Generation
The Food Trust
North Philly Health Improvement Collaborative
Rising Sons
Pennsylvania Hortcultural Society

our funders

Earth Island Institute
Cliff Bar Foundation
Ben & Jerry's Foundation
Alfred & Mary Douty Foundation
Whole Food's "Whole Kids Foundation"
Ignite Good Millennial Impact Challenge
Philadelphia Foundation
Everytown for Gun Safety
Judges Walk Donor Advised Fund
US Department of Justice

Newman’s Own Foundation

Hendrickson Family Foundation

Patricia Kind Family Foundation
Bread & Roses Community Fund
Knight Foundation
City of Philadelphia Cultural Fund
City of Philadelphia Office of Public Safety
Good Company Ventures
Temple University Fox School of Business
Merck Family Foundation
Pierce Family Foundation
Berks Family Foundation
Claneil Foundation
Philadelphia Food Trust
Spruce Foundation