There are a ton of ways to get involved with the Permaculture community here in Philadelphia. There are volunteer opportunities on farms and gardens around the city, and workshops going on all the time. There are permaculture groups on facebook and meetup.com. I’m also hosting a monthly Philly Permaculture Movie Night and Potluck where you can come meet members of the Philly Permaculture community.
Experimental Farm Network – Looking for donations of skills, time, tools, resources, and money. The Experimental Farm Network is dedicated to facilitating participatory plant breeding and other collaborative agricultural projects, with the explicit aim of developing climate-change-mitigating crops and sustainable farming systems.
Urban Tree Connection – “A nonprofit organization that engages children and adults from low-income neighborhoods in community-based, urban-greening projects. The mission of the Urban Tree Connection is to assist urban communities to revitalize their neighborhoods by transforming abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction.”*
Fair Food – “A project of the White Dog Café Foundation. Dedicated to bringing locally grown food into the Philadelphia marketplace and promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture for the Greater Philadelphia region. Fair Food operates a Farmstand in the historic Reading Terminal Market that emphasizes local and artisanal foods from small-scale producers, like humanely raised meats, organic and specialty fruits and vegetables, and raw milk cheeses.”*
City Harvest – “A partnership with equally committed organizations across Philadelphia, City Harvest has grown and donated 180,000 lbs of fresh produce—helping to feed 1,000 families each week of the growing season.”*
NKCDC: New Kensington Community Development Corporation – “NKCDC’s mission is to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building. Sign up for their newsletter or check out their listings for volunteering at neighborhood clean-ups, or community events.”*
Gandhi Garden (Trenton, NJ) – A community garden in Trenton, NJ maintained by the SAGE Artist Coallition.