Posts Tagged ‘community gardens’

Pat Jamison

Pat Jamison – 1600 Rowan Walkway At 8:30 A.M. on a Saturday morning last September, Pat Jamison carried her speakers outside and serenaded her neighbors with the warm tones of Teddy Pendergrass to wake them for the fall clean up. ” It kind of gets the adrenaline going, you know?”  says Jamison, referring to the […]

New Work at Main Line Art Center

Two early successes from my Urban Farmers portrait series will be on exhibit at the Main Line Art Center. The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 16, 5:30 – 7:30. I’m sending a shout out to Don Shump, the Bee Beard Man,  and Jacob at the Philadelphia Bee Company and to all those lovely  Philadelphia Urban […]

Street Movies – Shared Stories

Thank you Scribe Video Center for organizing Street Movies! and screening Them That Do Films. The film about Lisa Barkley and the Haddington Homes gardens screened on Wednesday  in North Philly at another amazing urban garden built by the Philadelphia Urban Creators. Last night’s screening at Malcolm X Park was rained out by a beautiful, soaking […]


Light and Sound and the Moon

Photo by Mitch Borden Saturday’s screening at the 54th Street Memorial Garden provided a moment for all the volunteers, cooks, and kids who participated in the 3rd annual Neighborhood Foods Block Party, to relax. Lisa Barkley, who watched the video that featured her for the first time, covered her smiling cheeks with her hands and […]

JoAnn Manuel

JoAnn Manuel – 5200 Pennsgrove Street Stoop culture is big on Pennsgrove. Climb the eleven steep steps up to JoAnn Manuel’s front porch, pass through a small iron balustrade gate at the top, look left and right, you will see through every one of her neighbors’ identical porches. Look across the street for an eye-level […]

Lisa Barkley

Lisa Barkley – Haddington Homes – 55th Street & Vine Lisa Barkley shows me the view of her fruit tree orchard from the window of her bright yellow kitchen. “We have apple trees, pear trees, plum trees, cherry trees, peach, apricot and nectarine trees,” Barkley says. She sounds surprised by the bounty she helped create. […]


Anita Harris is profiled on West Philly Local

Anita Harris‘ backyard is a quarter-acre farm. It is also in the heart of West Philadelphia. The Farm has three hothouses that grow amazing tomatoes as well as many long rows of fresh vegetables and herbs. The Farm is run through a partnership between local block captains (like Anita)  Neighborhood Foods and Urban Tree Connection […]

West Philly Local posts profile of Maureen Tate

The neighborhood blog, West Philly Local, posted the profile of Maureen Tate, the block captain of 4800 Florence Ave. Thank you Maureen for your thirty years of dedicated service to the Cedar Park neighborhood. Cheers!

Anita Harris

Anita Harris – 5300 Wyalusing Ave Anita Harris’ inspiration to become block captain didn’t seem particularly ambitious when she started. “I needed something to do,” she explained. Anita was already working fulltime as a secretary and raising her two daughters.  She simply wanted to make her block of 5300 Wyalusing safe and clean. But I’ve […]


Maureen Tate

Maureen Tate – 4800 Florence Ave Maureen Tate became a gardener because of a killing. In the 1980s, during the era Maureen calls the “The Crack Period,” Cedar Park neighborhood residents organized drug vigils on the corner of 49th Street and Baltimore Avenue where they would stand in shifts all night and ‘stare down dealers’ […]