This 51-plot Community Garden, established with Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension in 1977 is the successor to Great Depression allotments and WWII Victory Gardens. The garden provides flowers, fruit and vegetables to local residents and annually donates substantial quantities of food to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest. What makes this garden even more special is that it is managed by a coordinating committee of neighbors of Awbury Arboretum.
A Permaculture orchard is under development through partnership with the Philadelphia Orchard Project and Food Moxie. Our volunteers have cleared the area, and the first plants were installed on Arbor Day 2013. There is also a children’s garden maintained by Food Moxie. Weavers way uses the entire Agricultural Village for educational programs.
Mort Brooks Farm
The “Mort Brooks Memorial Farm” est. in 2000 commemorates a long-time proponent of Urban Agriculture. A full time farmer and many volunteers have worked the 2-acre farm since 2007. This partnership provides food to Weavers Way Cooperative stores in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. The farm was established on ¼ acre of Awbury Arboretum’s “Northwest Tract” in 2000 by Mort’s wife Norma Brooks and her friends from Weavers Way Co-op in partnership with Awbury Arboretum.
In 2008, Penn State Cooperative Extension partnered with Weavers Way Farm and Awbury Arboretum to build a hoophouse at the Agricultural Village for experimentation with season extension.
Weavers Way partners with the Philadelphia Horticultural Society City Harvest Program, providing food to several organizations combating hunger in Philadelphia. Since 2008, Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension, Weavers Way Farm, Awbury Arboretum, PHS City Harvest Program, and KJK Associates have joined in season-extension through use of a high tunnel/hoop house, a heated greenhouse to start seeds and a newly-constructed shade house for hardening off seedlings.
The Philadelphia Committee of the Garden Club of America funded a Pollinator Garden in 2010, and 10 new Bee Hives will be located here during 2013. Plants are both nectar and pollen-rich natives and exotics. Adjacent to this area are the 4 raised beds of the Hand Weavers and Dyers Guild of Philadelphia and the recently established Awbury Arboretum Nursery. A central compost project for multiple tenants is in planning stages at the west end of the Agricultural Village.
Awbury Arboretum Landscapes Compound
Awbury Arboretum Landscapes maintains a secure equipment enclosure for its proprietary Landscaping service at the Agricultural Village. AAL maintains Arboretum grounds and offers maintenance, design, and installation services for area private clients.
An educational facility with two classrooms and a demonstration kitchen opened at the Agricultural Village in Spring 2013. When not in use for Awbury programs, the Education Building is available for rental.