Farm at Bartram's Garden Transition
$11,330 of $30,000 goal
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Farm at Bartram’s Garden as a neighborhood-based program to support food sovereignty and youth training efforts in the Southwest Philadelphia community. Since its founding in 2012 as the Community Farm and Food Resource Center, the Farm has always been a hub for learning, sharing, and growth—not to mention delicious food! This new chapter promises to be an exciting opportunity for the Farm, and we look forward to sharing this journey with you. Join in the adventure by making a gift today.
Last season, powered by 22 paid local high school interns, we produced over 12,000 pounds of food, worked alongside 45 Southwest families in the community garden, provided hands-on education for more than 9,000 schoolchildren through Bartram’s Garden programming, distributed over 80,000 vegetable transplants through the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) City Harvest program for more than 130 farms and gardens around Philadelphia, hosted over 1,500 volunteers, and held 50 affordable weekly farmstands. We are grateful for the support and investment of our partners at the University of Pennsylvania Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Orchard Project, and the City of Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation Department in establishing the Farm as well as in achieving these milestones over the last five years.
Agriculture was a vital part of life at the Bartram homestead in colonial times, and today the Farm provides many valuable opportunities for reconnecting with and building upon this important legacy. The Farm’s mission includes hands-on opportunities for community members and youth to grow, preserve, and prepare their own food. These efforts range from sharing seedlings to providing community garden plots and tools to hosting cooking and food preparation workshops. We believe in the importance of lifelong learning and mentorship, and the Farm programming includes a special focus on providing our youth with practical skills and helping them develop lifelong habits for good health and self-sufficiency.
We enter this new chapter with excitement and ready to dig in further! We envision expanding and deepening our work in food sovereignty, youth empowerment, and community outreach. We seek to
· develop local and national models that provide tools for organizing for food sovereignty;
· mentor and empower young people from our community;
· support and connect with elders;
· nurture culturally engaged community gardening;
· and, of course, increase access to fresh, organic, nutritious food in the historically undeserved parts of our neighborhood.
To achieve these goals, we need your support. We are very excited to see the Farm continue to grow, and in order to expand our current programming, we need to raise $30,000 within the next three months. We hope that you will join our many dedicated partners in making this opportunity possible: please use this secure server to make your tax-deductible gift now. You can learn more about our values and impact—and get a behind-the-scenes view—through the video above.
We sincerely appreciate your support of the Farm and look forward to working with you as we continue to grow. Thank you for considering this request, and stay tuned for the launch of our monthly newsletter in July!
Farm at Bartram's Garden
Farm at Bartram's Garden
We have raised $3,000 dollars already our way $15,000 to support the farm and high school intern stipends! Let's keep it up! Thank you so much to all who gave given so far! WOOHOO!!
From now until giving Tuesday- If you give a gift of $200 or above you will receive your very own Sankofa Community Farm Tshirt!! -- Its a wonderful holiday present for a loved one. "Go back and Get It" Grown in Southwest Philadelphia.
There are so many amazing causes to give to this season. We also know that when you support the Sankofa Community Farm, your dollars will go to directly to local, hands-on work with youth, families, and elders in Southwest Philadelphia. Your generosity directly funds intern stipends, affordable organic produce and building self reliance through food sovereignty in our community.
Every dollar counts:
$15 buys heirloom seeds to plant in the greenhouse
$50 funds ingredients for a community meal
$100 covers a new wheelbarrow
$200 pays a local youth intern for one month
Use the discount code FARM16 and get $15 off each ticket! (Full price of $60 at the door)