2017 | Year 1

  • Future site of Sanctuary Farm Phila – corner of 24th and West Berks

  • Breaking Ground – Mother’s Day, 2017

  • Building beds

  • First planting

  • The first vegetable harvested! 

  • Harvesting sweet potatoes with the neighborhood children

  • Ended the season with 1,028 pounds of produce harvested

  • Harvested 1,082 pounds of fresh produce

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2018 | Year 2

  • Year 2 – Families and friends coming together to learn, discover, and play

  • Our second site at 22nd and Cecil B. Moore

  • Drexel Engineering students installing solar panels

  • Teaching gardening to children at the Project HOME and Honickman Learning Center summer camp

  • Our first “Veggie Script” Program

  • Ended the season with 1,887 pounds of produce harvested

  • Harvested 1,887 pounds of fresh produce

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2019 | Year 3

  • Began partnership with Stephen Klein Wellness Center to address health disparities for community members living with diabetes.

  • Penn Charter students spent the semester learning about food insecurity

  • Shipley students prepared our 3rd site at 22n and Ceicel B. Moore 

  • Our first permanent produce stand

  • We began keeping bees – harvested 200 pounds of honey

  • Congreso Health Center cooking demo and tour of the farm

  • Sweet potato harvest

  • Harvested 4,894 pounds of fresh produce

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2020 | Year 4

  • Covid interrupted much of our regular programming

  • Undeterred by accidents and Covid, we continued to give out produce for free

  • Sponsored family “covid unit” days for families to come and volunteer together

  • With the need for food increasing, we spread out onto an adjacent abandoned lot

  • Ended the year with 2,500 visits to the stand and 700 people served

  • Harvested 5,059 pounds of fresh produce

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