Pennsylvania Horticulture Society/City Harvest

Founded in 1827, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society offers a range of programs, activities, workshops, and publications geared to gardeners of all levels and interests.  One core program, City Harvest, aims to make fresh, nutritious produce more widely available by providing seeds to urban gardeners who have agreed to donate a portion of the produce to neighbors in need.  To help inmates of the Philadelphia Prison System find employment in the horticulture and landscape industries when they transition back to their communities, the program trains inmates to grow seedlings for the City Harvest program.  In 2015, City Harvest engaged 80 inmates and 140 gardens and farms that grew approximately 100,000 pounds of produce, half of which was distributed to 40 food cupboards and soup kitchens around the city.

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