Grounds for Change: Activating Vacant Land

Mill Creek Urban Farm


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An educational urban farm in Northwest Philadelphia

The Mill Creek Farm is an educational urban farm dedicated to improving local access to fresh produce, building a healthy community and environment, and promoting a just and sustainable food system. "The Mill Creek Farm implements its mission through farm-based learning programs, by cultivating and distributing fresh produce, and by demonstrating ecological technologies and creative resource use to provide for basic needs. We believe in food justice: that everyone has a right to affordable, healthy, quality, culturally appropriate food that is accessed in a way that is community-controlled, environmentally sustainable, and socially just." Mill Creek Farm is an urban farm and community garden in West Philadelphia. The farm is named for the buried streams that run beneath the site, formerly a vacant lot. The property was awarded to the Farm in 2005, thanks to support from the Philadelphia Water Department and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and now features innovative facilities like a toolshed built of salvaged materials and solar panels, greywater collection and stormwater management, and a biodiesel-powered bus that houses its mobile market project.


Mill Creek Urban Farm

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