Our Growing Practices
Mill Creek Farm partners with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program to grow food. At our farm, health begins with the soil. Healthy soil produces healthy food that will nourish healthy bodies. We do not use synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides, or GMO products. Sustainable farming practices such as crop rotation, cover cropping, companion planting, and good old fashioned hand weeding are implemented to maintain and improve soil health.
From June through November, you can purchase produce:
- Saturdays from 11am - 2pm, at the farm on 49th and Brown Street beginning June 4th, 2016.
- Wednesdays from 1pm - 5pm, at the Haddington Farmer’s Market at 52nd & Haverford Ave. beginning July 6th, 2016.
We accept Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers, ACCESS cards, and “Philly Food Bucks.”
- Bok Choy
- Braising Mix
- Butternut Squash
- Chinese Cabbage
- Garlic Scapes
- Hot Peppers
- Lettuce Mix
- Mustard Greens
- String Beans
- Sweet Peppers
- Sweet Potato
- Swiss Chard
- Asian Pear
- Red Plum
Farm Tours and Field Trips
A trip to Mill Creek Farm consists of a one-hour tour of the farm and facilities. During the tour your group will explore the many aspects of urban farming including our chemical free/sustainable growing practices, composting, food access, our bee apiary as well as demonstration projects such as our innovative tool-shed made of recycled and salvaged materials, a composting toilet, a living roof, a water catchment system, a cob (a natural building method) walls and oven, solar electricity, and a found object mosaic.
Our educational programming can be adapted for all ages and we can link activities to themes relevant to the group (i.e. urban/vacant land use, community service, nutrition, environmental stewardship, plant life cycles, sustainability, etc.). If your group (teenagers and older) is interested in expanding the trip to include farm work, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.
Youth Leadership Internships
Mill Creek Farm offers paid high school internships to students living in the Mill Creek neighborhood. A crew of students works 20 hours a week in the summer and 8 hours a week during the school year, gaining leadership and job training skills while working on the farm and at our markets. Students can remain in this program for up to four years, improving their relationship to healthy eating and exercise, becoming more comfortable in the outdoors and building awareness of the food justice movement.
Each season Mill Creek Farm offers apprenticeships for people interested in expanding their knowledge of sustainable agriculture and urban farming. Apprentices assist with field work, harvests, our markets, and tours.
After-School Gardening and Cooking Clubs
Our after school program provides hands- on exploration of an urban farm for students from local elementary schools. From seed to mature fruit, students learn what it takes to grow healthy fruits and vegetables and expand their pallettes while learning about the benefits of fresh produce. Students participate throughout the academic year, watching the farm change through the seasons. Students continue to visit the farm and volunteer during summer vacation and become eligible for our paid internships upon entering high school.
Community- Led Workshops and Workday
Mill Creek Farm offers educational workshops and skill shares on topics ranging from Cobb Building to Healthy Soils to Vegetarian Cooking. We enlist the expertise of staff and
community members to lead workshops. Check our Events page to stay up to date on educational offerings. All workshops are free to the public and open to people of all ages and abilities.
Mill Creek Farm is an educational urban farm located in West Philadelphia that is dedicated to improving local access to fresh produce, building a healthy community and environment, and promoting a just and sustainable food system.
All charitable donations are tax-deductible. The Mill Creek Farm is a program of A Little Taste of Everything, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.