The Novick Urban Farm staff are taking the dangers of COVID-19 very seriously, and will expect volunteers to do the same. We successfully hosted over 140 volunteers in 2020, and are well prepared to make this experience as safe as possible for everyone involved. We can provide disposable masks and hand sanitizer, and we regularly sanitize all farm tools. Being an outdoor location allows us to easily maintain safe physical distance, and we will continue to limit our volunteer/visitor group sizes per CDC recommendations until it is safe to return to normal operations. For the moment, our educational visits are on pause, and we are spending the majority of our focus on farming. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any further questions or concerns about our current COVID-19 safety protocol.
Our farm season runs from March through November. We are always looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of farming! Volunteer tasks can include weeding, planting, harvesting, spreading compost or woodchips, and much more. We can host individuals, or groups of up to 10 people (temporary limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions). Volunteer shifts can be scheduled for any weekday, and occasional Saturdays - please reach out to find a time that works for you. Community support is essential for our operation, we can not do this without your help!
The Novick Urban Farm is a 501c3 non-profit, educational farm in South Philly. The farm provides organic, culturally appropriate produce to refugees and other South Philly residents in need through a low-income farm stand, as well as donations. In a non-pandemic year, the farm also hosts field trips and educational visits for local childcare centers, aimed at getting young kids excited about healthy foods and fresh, local produce.
Novick Urban Farm is a 501c3 educational production farm located on 1.3 acres in South Philadelphia, with a dual mission of providing healthy food access and education. With a focus on community outreach through our low cost farm market, we are dedicated to supporting and preserving food traditions that reflect the multi-cultural landscape of our neighborhood. The farm’s educational programs provide children’s groups, and people of all ages, hands-on experiences focused on sustainability, biodiversity and nutrition.
Situated on previously undeveloped land outside Novick Corporation’s South Philadelphia headquarters, Novick Urban Farm is an education center that yields 20,000 pounds of organic produce annually. Goals include: Teach children the value of nutrition; provide access to these offerings. Host educational field trips for thousands of children from childcare centers and schools each year. Support the local community, in which we work and live, through distribution of produce to food-insecure families. Donate or sell produce to the community, at a low cost, with all proceeds supporting Urban Farm programming. Create community involvement/partnership opportunities, including Farm Apprenticeship/Empowerment Program and Volunteer Opportunities. Trained in skills including sustainable growing, proper food handling and sales tracking, teen and adult members of local refugee communities receive a stipend, gain a support network and leadership skills, as they adjust to life in Philadelphia.
Annually, Novick Urban Farm teaches 3,000 area children about the value of nutrition, while feeding thousands of people in need. The farm has been providing hands on learning to childcare and school programs since 2014, with yearly growth. Through multi sensory learning, children taste an array of produce that they may not otherwise have access to. They explore the various textures, scents and tastes that our herbs and vegetables have to offer. Our raised planting beds give children the opportunity to practice their fine and gross motor skills as they dig, plant and water their own crops. Children learn basic nutritional concepts, plant lifecycles, pollinators and more, depending on the season. Children leave excited to try new healthy foods and experiences that are brought back to the classroom and home.
Expansion in 2016, led to the farm offering in-class lessons to local childcare centers. These lessons are ideal for fall and winter months to expand the education opportunities outside the traditional farming season. We partner with Einstein Health Network to utilize their nutrition education lessons and materials.
Our 1.5 acre property on site employs organic growing practices, and focuses on produce that is culturally relevant to the community. The farm is a collaborative growing project, where expertise is shared across cultures and generations. Apprentices and volunteers include refugees from Burma, Myanmar, Nepal, and various Hispanic cultures.
Immigrants & Refugees
We'll work with your schedule.
3660 S Lawrence StreetPhiladelphia, PA19148
February 4, 2021
Weekday shifts are 2 hours, Saturday shifts can be 2-4 hours
Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian