Philly Food Forests/ Occupy Vacant Lots Workparty on Ridge Ave with Workshop, Free Store, and Potluck – Sunday, 1/22, 10-3

When: This upcoming Sunday, January 22

Where: 1652 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Join Occupy Vacant Lots & The Philadelphia Coalition of The Heart for our 5th clean-up since early December 2011.

There’s a lot next door to PCOH headquarters, The Peace Space, at 1652 Ridge Ave. PCOH has been planning to grow food here for a while & would love for OVL to get involved. The community farm will have lots of local support & participation as PCOH has been doing work in the area for quite some time already.

This clean-up event will also have other bonus fun & educational plusses:

(1) POTLUCK: Bring some food or drink to share with all our other volunteers. Our clean-ups have had beautiful spreads of delicious healthy food, including homemade soups, breads, salads, muffins, fruit, sandwiches, quiche, etc. No need to spend a lot of money on this–what’s in your fridge works, too! Bringing thermoses of water, hot tea, coffee, etc. will also be very appreciated (especially the hot stuff in the cold!).

(2) FREE STORE: Bring used, well-loved, but still usable items that you don’t have much use for anymore. Clothes, books, small furniture, CDs, DVDs, & dishes are things that have been brought to Philly Food Forests events in the past which have gone over well. People can take these items for free, or swap them for things they bring. At the end of the event, we’ll decide among ourselves whether to store these items for our next event or donate them to a local charitable thrift store, such as Circle of Hope Thrift or AIDS Thrift.

(3) WORKSHOP: Occupy Vacant Lots volunteer & longtime permaculture advocate, Fred Kittelmann, has developed a local currency system called hOURS–helluva Organized United Reciprocation System–that he wants to tell us all about. It’ll be really good for anyone interested in self-sufficiency, breaking away from the capitalist monetary system, growing food for barter, & local economy to hear about. See more about hOURS here:

(4) OUTREACH: This will be our first event with literature to hand out to neighbors. OVL has been developing a sign-up sheet for interested gardeners; a petition for neighborhood support & protection against construction on garden sites; a survey to learn the food, gardening, & recreational interests of nearby residents; a brochure to explain OVL’s mission& vision, & a ‘zine for interested people which goes further in depth on various food sovereignty/ urban gardening/ land use issues. If you love talking to new people, we need you to help us distribute this information!

WHAT TO BRING: trash bags, gloves, food, drink, warm clothes, free stuff you don’t want anymore, smiles, & love.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Closest to the Fairmount Broad Street Line Stop, & the 15, 61, & C bus lines.

WHAT IS OCCUPY VACANT LOTS: We are a hodge-podge group of volunteers from all over working to create a future Philadelphia where every vacant lot is a free food-producing space, community orchard/food forest, community park, beautiful flower garden, or some variation thereof. Access to fresh, free food will take us to the next step of self-sufficiency & break us from the cycle of dependency we have on the government & fossil fuel-guzzling corporate food system. We want to act hand-in-hand with pre-existing community organizations, resident activists, children, religious & educational institutions, & every individual in this city tirelessly working towards these same goals. If we combine minds, hearts, & resources we won’t have to wait around anymore for someone else to make the change.


Let’s take our city & our happiness in our hands! Rise up together!


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