Philadelphia Horticultural Society unveils 'Farm for the City' at Thomas Paine Plaza

"Farm For The City" is open to the public through September.

Hadas Kuznits
June 15, 2018 - 2:55 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia Horticultural Society has set up "Farm for the City," where anyone curious about gardening can come out and learn more while enjoying the beauty of plants. 

The Philadelphia Horticultural Society took over the hot concrete space at Thomas Paine Plaza and turned it into a green space filled with fruit and vegetable plants.

"Philadelphia has more than 400 community gardens and urban farms, but many people never see them," said PHS president Matt Rader. "So we decided to plop a garden right in the middle of the city where everybody can come across it!"

The project is called "Farm for the City" and it's open to the public through September. Rader says when you come here, you can talk to the farmers to learn about gardening, especially in the city where space is at a premium.

"Well, there's more space than you think! So you can grow food on your countertop, you can grow it on a windowsill or a balcony," he said. "We're also working really hard to preserve in the ground community gardens in and around Philadelphia by securing land, putting into the neighborhood garden trust and preserve it for the future."