Soil Testing and Consultation

Environmental Protection Agency scientists tested soil for lead, arsenic and cadmium and representatives from the Agency for Toxic Substance & Disease were available to read soil test results; what they mean and what can be done in response to make soil healthy for growing food. »photos

Free Soup, Cosmic Kitchen

Three hundred bowls of soup served per day. Each day two different vegetarian recipes made from locally grown ingredients. »photos


Wind Turbine Workshop, Sam Newman 

Learn how to build your own wind turbine from household materials. In the first part of this three-part workshop, Sam will talk about wind turbines, location, and circuitry.»photos

Composting and You, Tim Bennet

An introduction to the principles and processes of turning organic waste into nutrient-rich compost.

Community Stock, Futurefarmers

Learn how to invest in Community Stock! Chef Patrick Caulfield will provide lessons on investing in the value of communal local food systems. This workshop will invite small communities to join forces to create vegetable stock source from their gardens, tables and neighbors. Bring Table Scraps!

Soil: The Interface of Life, Kyle Siranno

Look at the diversity that exists beneath our feet, and the patchwork of organic material that makes up our urban soil landscape.

Young Farmer Meet Up, Greenhorns

The Greenhorns and the Philadelphia Urban Farm Network introduce young farmers in the area that make the food you eat- a time and space devoted to meet and mingle and discuss issues young and beginning farmers face; Land Access. Policy Reform. Institutional Support. Community Collaboration. »photos

Don Quixote Reading at the Monument

Chapters from Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel Cervantes read aloud in front of the monument on 2nd and Girard. In both English and Spanish. »photos


The Greenhorns

The Greenhorns is a national, grassroots non-profit organization made up of young farmers and many collaborators. Our mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers in this ample and able 21st century America. »website

Sam Newman

Samuel Newman was born and raised in the Midwest until he studied sculpture at Alfred University in upstate New York State. Major factors in his early development include playing in an algae-filled creek, falling off of a bicycle, and his father tricking him into believing that electricity can come out of the human armpit. He is currently exploring the shifting character of Detroit, Michigan. »website

Melissa Miles

Melissa Miles, Organizer for the Eastern PA Permaculture Guild, is an Environmental Biologist + Conservation Planner, Permaculture Designer/Teacher and Consultant. She has studied Biogeochemistry, Green Building and Sustainable Design at the graduate level and has served as Organizer for the Eastern Pennsylvania Permaculture Guild. Additionally, Melissa manages The Permanent Futures Institute at Two Miles Micro-Farm -- a peri-urban, micro-farm and regenerative design and training center located in south eastern Pennsylvania. Melissa is a contributing author for The Permaculture Research Institute in Austrailia and writes on the subject of Sustainable Agriculture for the Philadelphia Examiner.

Kyle Siranno

Kyle Sirianno currently works as an assistant geoscientist with Tetra Tech EC, an environmental consulting firm specializing in remediation of hazardous waste. Before Joining Tetra Tech, Kyle worked as the Samuel Fels Intern for the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society as a soil scientist. Kyle received his M.Sc. at Penn in Environmental Chemistry in 2009.

Tim Bennett

Tim Bennett is the owner of Bennet Compost. Bennett Compost collects compostable materials from households and businesses in Philadelphia and creates high quality compost for use in home gardens

Cosmic Kitchen

Founded in 2000 by Executive Chef and owner Peg Botto, Cosmic Catering is a full service catering company that believes in only using locally made and grown products. Chef Peg is a Philadelphia native who graduated with a Bachelor's of Finance from the University of West Florida and attended the Philadelphia Restaurant School. She is a member of the Sustainable Business Network and donates her time and energy to maintaining a sustainable green business.