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Grumblethorpe Garden and Farm Stand

We are requesting funds to support the garden at Grumblethorpe and it's seasonal Farm Stand.

The garden at Grumblethorpe lies on roughly an acre of land behind the historic house, Grumblethorpe, built in Germantown, Philadelphia by John Wister in 1744. For nearly 300 years the land in the garden has been worked and cared for, sharing it's bounty with the generations of Wisters that lived in the house and the surrounding community. While the neighborhood around the property has come on difficult times in recent decades, Grumblethorpe stands as a testimony to Germantown's rich history and it's gardens continue to serve as a example of environmental stewardship.

Today roughly half the garden consists of raised beds of perrenials, shrubs, specimen trees and annuals that are designed to instruct and inspire students and other visitors. The remaining half is a working farm with vegetable beds, fruiting vines, shrubs and trees. Produce from the garden is sold at our weekly Farm Stand in front of the property. Proceeds from the Farm Stand pay our teen workers and help support Grumblethorpe's Education Program.

Grumblethorpe's Education Program and garden serve local school children through fieldtrips and service learning projects; local teenagers are provided job training in horticulture and marketing experience; and finally, visitors from the neighborhood and beyond are afforded a tranquil sanctuary from the bustle of urban life.


Where it's at:

5267 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
United States

Garden type:

job training garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

children and at-risk youth

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Project leaders:

Andy Jickling
Diana Thompson

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606