Greensgrow Farms in Kensington is an Urban Gardeners Paradise
Greensgrow Farms: Growers of Flowers, Foods and Neighborhoods
What a mission statement. Greensgrow Farm started in 1997 on the site of an old galvanized steel plant. Newer residents to Philadelphia often don’t realize just how industrial this city was & that much of our vacant land is attributed to the lack of industry. The whole site Greensgrow occupies was deemed a “brownfield” which meant that it was potentially contaminated with low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution. The founder, Mary Seton Corboy, was clearly a woman with a vision & the will to execute.
Walking into the urban farm today one would never realize the site’s previous life. The farm feels like an urban jungle oasis, it’s own mini eco system, buzzing & alive with plants, trees, vines, bees, bugs, butterflies, people & last time I was there goats & a Muscovy duck with a brilliant red face.
The best part about Greensgrow is that you are going to an urban nursery to buy your plants. Urban gardeners face more harsh conditions then most suburban or rural gardeners & the employees here understand this & are able to guide you in the right direction.
They have an indoor greenhouse where you can buy all manner of succulents, cacti & indoor plants to decorate your abode & bring the outdoors in. You could create a little terrarium for a very low care green accent. Read this article to get an idea of just how good for you greenery, whether indoors or out, is for quality of life.
Other Reasons Greensgrow is Awesome
They have a farmstand where you can buy delicious local foods. You can sign up for their C.S.A., either full share or half share, which runs from late May to November (AND they have pick up in different neighborhoods). They partnered with a neighborhood church to open a community kitchen where they host demonstrations & rent out to food entrepreneurs. They will also do custom container design, garden design, green favors, retail/residential curb appeal service (YES!) & flower arrangements.
Go visit them! They are a great local business making a huge impact in the community.