Found a space, belongs to a church

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    • #218492

      Hello Grounded In philly community,

      I am somewhat new to the city. I lived in NYC most of my life. Moved last August to the Northeast. Been taking walks on Saturdays and came across a local church with a large outdoor green space. I sometimes go to one of the trees that is curved in a way that makes a nice seat. I have been looking for a space to start a community garden and then the two ideas converged, the outdoor church space as a community garden space. I did some research and found that in 2014, this space used to be a community garden! An organization for refugee services called HIAS had started it.

      Now from what I understand, HAIS is a Jewish organization in the sense that its founders are Jewish. I am also Jewish and I know there are some Jewish laws around entering a church and whatnot. I would want to make the garden accessible to Jewish neighbors. That is something to consider and keep in mind.

      I want to contact the church. I am just not sure how to go about it. The church is called All Saints Episcopal, located in Rhawnhurst on Loney Street, Ripley Street and Frontenac.

      What are your thoughts in going about this

      Asking if there are any observant Jews around, your insights are wanted.

    • #218495

      Hi Susan, great idea. I’d consider calling, emailing, and reaching out to possibly the Jewish Federation along with the Neighborhood Gardens Trust to see if they are part of it. Good luck!

    • #218500

      Thank you for your response.

      I have contacted Jewish federation weeks ago and they actually just linked me to the website here.

      I looked on the map you linked me to and there are no gardens for miles and miles. Pretty much none in Rhawnhurst. I screenahotted it but I’m not sure where the attach image icon is on the mobile version of this site so I can’t show it but it is disappointing.

      I guess I am setting out to make a bigger change than I imagined.

    • #218548

      It’s a worthwhile challenge indeed! You can attend the Vacant Land 215 workshop. More info below–

      Join us April 8 for Vacant Land 215: Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening in Philadelphia
      Our Garden Justice Legal Initiative and Soil Generation invite you to come discuss legal land access and preservation for gardens, farms, and other community-managed open spaces, including discussing resources available to growers during COVID-19. To view an online list of some of these resources and tips visit, Grounded in Philly.

      Representatives from Soil Generation, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Land Bank, the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, and the Philadelphia Water Department will also be available during this event to discuss options and answer questions. To make this program useful for you, bring property addresses and all your questions. Free registration here.

      When: Thursday, April 8, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

      There will be 45 minutes of brief presentations from participating organizations followed by 45 minutes for questions.
      Where: Online webinar

      Free Registration Here

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