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As part of my Sustainable Food Systems Planning course, I took 15 students to visit three urban farming locations, managed and operated by Weavers Way nonprofit organization. The first stop was Hope Garden at Stenton Family Manor – the first production and education garden in Philadelphia for families experiencing homelessness. We also visited Hope Farm at Martin Luther King High School. Through this program, Weavers Way teaches life skills related to urban farming and nutrition to MLK students with intellectual disabilities and autism. The second stop was Awbury Arboretum where Weavers Way has production farms and green houses for food co-ops, CSAs (Henry Got Corps), and farm stands. The final stop was their urban farm at Saul High School. In addition to managing a production farm and a huge composting facility, it provides farm education curriculum and hands-on farming experience, teaching students about small-scale, sustainable vegetable production and distribution. We also visited the dairy lab at Saul. Here are some photos from the two and a half hour tour.

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