Philly's gardening community gets a chance to grow urban farming throughout city

A garden at 22nd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There's a push to make urban farming in Philadelphia more sustainable, and the city is asking residents to help them map out a plan.

Before the city puts out an urban farming plan, they're getting feedback on people's gardening habits.

"Let us know where they're gardening, where they're urban farming, where are their projects. We're also asking folks to define urban agriculture," explained Philadelphia Parks and Recreation's Ash Richards.

Richards said there are roughly 400 urban gardens in the city, and they want to make sure they all have the resources they need to thrive.

"The plan is to actually implement recommendations out of this plan that will help support and grow the amount of gardens and urban agriculture projects in the city," she said. 

Richards said they want to make sure the plan helps as many Philadelphians as possible.

"We also want to explore economic development opportunities: how can people make a living from this work, what is the work force development implications of the plan," she added. 

This comes as the city looks to make urban farming more sustainable.

"We definitely want to change the narrative about urban agriculture. That it's not a temporary thing, it's something that is embedded in communities and it's a part of our economic and equitable development of the city," Ash said. 

Officials are currently holding public feedback sessions for their plan they want to release next September.