Down on the farm in Kensington

April 23, 2009 4:47:18 PM PDT
No need to leave the city to visit a farm, there's one thriving in Philadelphia's Kensington section. Mary Seton Corboy cofounded Greensgrow Farms at Cumberland and Almond Streets nearly 11 years ago.

Initially she grew only lettuce amid the rowhomes and warehouses, but today there's much more.

"We've got onions growing on the side and then arugula and mixed of mustard greens and leeks," Corboy said.

Much of the food is grown hydroponically without soil and Greensboro has become a resource for a half dozen nearby restaurants, like Ida Mae's.

"We really worked with the chefs to talk about what's coming out seasonality, and what they'd like to see, how'd they like to develop their menu," Corboy said.

This urban farm is also a resource for the increasing number of people, choosing to grow their own food, and for those planting community gardens

Action News was there as Denise Peterson and Edilma Franco purchased greens, bell peppers and herbs for a nearby garden at Cardinal Bevilaqua Community Center.

"We think it's really important for the kids to have experience getting in the dirt, getting their hands dirty, so we wanted to kind of use it as an enrichment thing for afterschool program," Peterson said.

The teenagers will begin planting in raised beds on Friday.

Back at Greensgrow, Patrick Dunn and the other workers continue their planting.

Follow Action News on Twitter

Get Action News on your website

Follow Action News on Facebook

Click here to get the latest Philadelphia news and headlines from across the Delaware and Lehigh valleys.