In South Philly, Rethinking Urban Agricultural


Fresh basil, hydroponically grown." | Photo: Jason Sherman, for Philly

Fresh basil, hydroponically grown.” | Photo: Jason Sherman, for Philly

  • On the second floor of an old factory beside I-95 in South Philly, Jack Griffin wants to revolutionize how urbanites get their produce and use their living space. His Metropolis Farms, opened last year, eschews the space constraints and environmental vicissitudes to be had with your customary vacant lot-turned-garden plot. With hydroponic vertical-agriculture, Metropolis can reasonably lay claim to being North America’s first vegan-certified farm. Griffin speaks with NewsWorks about his vision: to eventually branch out into West Philly and Northern Liberties, sign deals with Philly’s restauranteurs and to “bring artesian farmers back” by proving “that anybody can do this.”
  • Philadelphia has its third poet laureate: Yolanda Wisher. The former Education Director of the Mural Arts Program and Pew Fellow shared “A Love Letter to Philadelphia,” whose poetry community has shaped and inspired her. “I hope to grow that community of poetry and poets during my tenure as laureate and I will invite all Philadelphians, poets or not, to help me write the poems that tell our city’s story,” says Wisher.
  • Hoping to further engage its neighbors, Reading Terminal Market over the weekend collaborated with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation in their inaugural joint celebration of the Chinese New Year (beginning today), which included cooking demonstrations, tea sampling, choreography and calligraphy.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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