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In West Philadelphia, a community garden threatened by development

John Lindsay (left) and James Seward hold fresh produce from the community garden on Wiota Street. They are concerned that developers are interested in bidding on the property. ( Margo Reed / Staff Photographer)

It’s not the only garden facing potential closure in the rapidly developing area, which has been identified as one in need of community-garden preservation by a nonprofit devoted to the cause.

By Tricia L. Nadolny
Sept 18, 2016


Unlike a traditional community garden with neighbors claiming their own plots, Wiota Street is designed to grow as much produce as possible.

The sweet, green, and jalapeño peppers are in plot three; celery, rhubarbs, and beans are in plot four; flowers are in plot five; and turnips are in plot six. A peach tree anchors the property. Compost bins run along one wall, and a grape arbor stands near the Powelton Avenue fence. Herbs, marked with colorful signs painted by students from a local charter school, are in the far corner.

From April to September nearly 275 people volunteered here, according to a log Lindsay keeps.

The harvest is sold at a Sunday farm stand, with the proceeds going to run the garden, Lindsay said. He takes anything left over to local food banks and homeless shelters.

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