Sustainable Food Systems Planning Students Tour Urban Farms
Adjunct Assistant Professor Mahbubur Meenar recently arranged two guided farm tours for students enrolled in the Sustainable Food Systems Planning course. One tour was at the Philadelphia Urban Creators in North Philadelphia, guided by the groups co-executive director Alex Epstein. The other tour was at Pennypack Farm and Education Center in Horsham, where Katelyn Melvin (pictured with Community Development and Community and Regional Planning students) was the guide. Of the Pennypack tour, Amanda Lafty (MCRP ’16) said, “Getting a chance to check out Pennypack Farm was an awesome opportunity. Not only did we get a chance to see the farm production process, we also got to see a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in action. I really enjoyed learning about how they work through the winter to provide fresh produce year round. Getting to try some fresh raspberries wasn’t too bad either!”
The mission, operation, scale, and setting of these farms are distinct. While Philadelphia Urban Creators is working to improve community food insecurity, food justice, and community capacity building, Pennypack Farm is operating a successful CSA program and offering educational services to people of all ages. The students learned a lot about the different functions and missions of the farms from these tours.