The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and the Sankofa Group Farm at Bartram’s Backyard have partnered to construct over 50 house backyard beds this yr as a part of The Sankofa Residence Backyard Mattress program. This program will present hundreds of kilos of home-grown produce for Southwest Philadelphia residents and their households, serving to to focus on meals sovereignty in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The partnership between PHS and Sankofa Group Farm is part of PHS’s Harvest 2020, an initiative that provides sources for folks in communities to develop meals for themselves and their neighbors.
Thus far, Harvest 2020 has resulted in additional than 31,000 kilos of produce distributed to these in want by gardeners from all through the Larger Philadelphia area.
With monetary help from PHS, the Sankofa Residence Backyard Mattress program was in a position to fund the constructing and set up of backyard beds at over 50 houses all through Southwest Philadelphia. PHS additionally supported this system with seedlings, employees to assist construct the backyard beds, and supply and set up.
All year long, PHS operates a Inexperienced Useful resource Middle by means of the Sankofa Group Farm at Bartram’s Backyard to develop hundreds of seedlings for distribution to greater than 140 group gardens. These group gardens supply sustenance, social connection, and stability for neighborhoods all through Philadelphia whereas additionally offering contemporary produce all through the rising season to over 60 meals pantries within the area.
“Growing entry to wholesome meals is a vital focus space for PHS, so we have been happy to allocate a portion of funds from the beneficiant pledges of people and our colleagues at Subaru of America to companions just like the Sankofa Group Farm at Bartram’s Backyard,” Julianne Schrader Ortega, PHS’s VP & Chief of Wholesome Neighborhoods, mentioned.
Based in 2011, the Sankofa Group Farm is an African-focused, spiritually rooted, intergenerational farm spanning 4 acres on the southern border of Bartram’s Backyard on the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia.
For almost a decade, the farm has labored to strengthen the group’s meals sovereignty, partnering with neighbors and using native college students to develop, harvest, and distribute contemporary, chemical-free produce.
Yearly, the Sankofa Group Farm produces and distributes over 15,000 kilos of meals and works with greater than 50 native Southwest Philadelphia households inside its group backyard, positioned onsite at Bartram’s Backyard.
Via a 2019 grant from the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Group Meals Undertaking, the farm’s college students launched the Sankofa Residence Backyard Mattress program to permit for extra Southwest Philadelphia neighbors to develop their very own meals.
College students designed a sign-up system and promoting, canvassed their communities, and discovered to construct and set up raised house backyard beds. Taking part residents are inspired to decide on their favourite crops and are supported with alternatives totally free gardening workshops and technical help.
“The Sankofa Group Farm and the Sankofa Residence Backyard Mattress program are key components of our deal with meals sovereignty, particularly in these difficult instances,” Maitreyi Roy, Bartram’s Backyard govt director, mentioned. “We’re so glad to associate with PHS’s Harvest 2020 and its Inexperienced Useful resource Middle to make sure that everybody in our neighborhood can develop their very own meals.”
For extra info, go to: www.PHSonline.org/Harvest2020/overview.