programs

We approach community and youth development through three distinct, yet interrelated programs that address Food, Transformative Education, and Art & Celebration as core pillars of community resiliency.


Services


IMPACT

We use a combination of narrative and numbers (qualitative and quantitative indicators) to evaluate our impact. Since 2010, we have: 

  • URBAN AGRICULTURE & SUSTAINABLE LANDCARE

    • Transformed 3 acres of blighted land in North Philadelphia into a thriving network of urban farms, gardens, public parks, and artistic/cultural venues

    • Established 1 Urban Farm, 2 community gardens, and 9 school gardens

  • EDUCATION & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

    • Engaged over 5,000 students and volunteers in service-learning experiences (2011-19)

    • Provided 125 jobs and leadership development opportunities for 75 (unique individual) youth (2013-19)

  • ART & CELEBRATION

    • Curated 65 Public Events that engaged approximately 9530 attendees

    • Provided dynamic platforms to build visibility for 395 local/emerging artists and 179 local and black & brown owned businesses (2010-2019)

  • COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    • Provided jobs for 65 North Philadelphia residents (6 adults and 58 youth, 2013-2019)

    • Generated over $1.2million towards economic development in North Philadelphia (between 2010-2020)

    • Contributed to a 40% decrease in Part 1 Violent Crime in the neighborhood directly surrounding Life Do Grow farm (2008-2015)

    • Incubating/Investing in the growth of 3 small, local, and minority owned businesses