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Grow Philly is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Philadelphia. Grow Philly’s mission is to build healthy, sustainable communities in Philadelphia. Through our triad approach to enrich the mind, body, and soul, we work to build and improve local communities by engaging the mind through musical therapy, encouraging an active body through futsal, and nurturing the soul with farming. Farm Mission Statement: The Novick Family Urban Farm is our non-profit educational farm program that is dedicated to promoting healthy choices, nutrition, sustainability and community engagement. By providing hands on learning opportunities to local Childcare programs, we are able to educate children at their youngest on healthy eating and nutrition, promoting long term healthy choices. We are also focused on building community relationships, not only through the produce we donate, but through the outreach programs we partner in.
In our current and largest program to date, with the generous support of the Novick Brothers Corporation, Grow Philly is connecting more Philadelphians than ever with high-quality educational programs and healthy, nutritious food at Novick Family Urban Farm. Children from local schools and childcare centers visit the farm and participate in hands-on learning experiences focused on nutrition, healthy eating, healthy choices and cooking skills. Teens employed in the summer and fall are educated on the techniques of healthy, sustainable growing, and they work the farm -- planting, maintaining, and harvesting a range of nutritious crops. Students also run a low?income farm stand in South Philly and host cooking classes.
We love volunteers and need your help!! Depending on the season, volunteers will help in all aspects of the farm. The non-profit, educational farm provides organic, culturally appropriate produce to refuges and South Philly residents in need. The farm programs have an intergenerational focus as elder gardeners work with youth to share both farming and cooking knowledge. Teens take classes in food and social justice as they work to examine their own community and improve food access for all residents. In our first season, over 800 students ranging from Prek- 12 th grade came on educational visits to the farm. We donated over 9,000 pounds of fresh, chemical free crops directly to communities in South Philly and Philabundance.